About the Homestay

Urban Cosy
  • Welcomes
  • Males
  • Females
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Students

I am journalist and my wife Verónica is a teacher of Spanish and Literature. We are retired and we enjoy meeting people from all over the world and making them feel like at home. We recommend places of interest and provide recommendations for walking around the city, preventions and information of the history and culture of our beautiful island.

The guests will have a duplex apartment, which is part of the main house where we live. It is private and independent. Upper level: bedroom with air conditioning (split) and a private bathroom (cold and hot water). Lower level: dining room, living room, digital TV, kitchen with refrigerator, gas stove, rice cooking and other accesories for cooking. Receptions: 24 hours.

We give our guests independence, but we are available if they need us, to offer guidance and advice to them.

There is a cleaning service periodically and changing of towels and bedding. Cleaning, security, peacefulness and complete privacy are guaranteed. The phone service (local calls) is included on the price of the booking.

If our guests want to travel to other provinces or places (Viñales, Trinidad, ect) we look for accommodations for them. Also, we look for collective taxis so our guests can travel in a comfortable and economical way.

Pets

Dog

House Facilities
  • Laundry
  • TV
  • Non Smoking
  • Air Conditioning

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 1 night

Maximum stay is for 365 nights

Available for given dates

Room 1 (single or double beds)
From 15 $ per night
Twin Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom private (exclusive to guest)
2 Single Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates
Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
  • Hair-dryer
 1 guest
2 guests
Nightly Price
15 $
15 $
Weekly Price
105 $
105 $
Monthly price
450 $
450 $
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About the Area

It's surrounded by historical and cultural centers, theaters, craft markets, art galleries, fast food points, shopping centers, Banks, airlines and car rental agencies, and many of Havana's famous nightclubs. Very close it is located the ¨Cuban Art Factory (FAC)¨, where you can enjoy a varied mix of Cuban art, culture and entertainment. You don’t need to take a taxi or rent a car to go to the most frequent visited places by Cuban and foreign people, so you will save a lot of money.

Local Area Facilities
  • Tennis
  • Park
  • Gym
  • Swimming
  • Cinema
  • Library
  • Museum
  • Shopping Centre
  • Fishing
  • Restaurant
  • Bus Stop
  • Hospital

Meals

Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.

Included in the stay
  • Complimentary Light Breakfast
  • Use of Kitchen

House Rules

Upon arrival at the apartment, the guest is registered in the Official Tenant Registry Book, for which he must have a passport and a visa document. Individuals are respected and no one is discriminated at all.

Visits are allowed, but with prior presentation of the identification, without the need for official registration or firm. This is done for safety reasons.

To keep the apartment smoke-free and to avoid accidents, the client must smoke in the outside area of the terrace.

Smoking is not allowed.

19 Reviews

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    United States
    Age 35 - 44

    4 hearts
    March 2020

    Jose and Veronica and their son Alden were wonderful hosts. The place is a small apartment complete with kitchenette. They do not provide meals at this time, but there are good restaurants a couple blocks away, and they are happy to provide cafecitos at the house. Alden sat down with me immediately and showed me all the local places on a map and explained the CUP/CUC system. The best part of the stay was talking with Jose and Veronica about their own travels, as Jose, now retired, was a journalist who filed stories from all over the world. I feel my trip was richer for having the chance to meet them and stay with them a few days. Two things to note -- the house is wonderfully close to the Malecon, close to the bus station, and walking distance to the Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC). The only downside was that the shower was very tiny, so if you are a big person (typical American) you honestly will not fit! Otherwise, a great experience!

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    Homestay Host Family José in ,

    Hello Summer, thanks for your review. We agree with you, the shower is tiny. That is why we always offer our shower to the guests in the cases they are big persons. It´s another way they feel in family. That is always our goal. Best regards, José and family

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    Netherlands
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    June 2019

    These people are so sweet! They will help you with everything, the best restaurant, a collectivo or an other casa in Cuba. The room is clean and every day they are cleaning it. It's located 15 minutes from the busy city of havana. You can take the hop on hop of bus for 10 euro and use it for a whole day:) They will make you feel at home from the moment you come in! thank you for everything and hopefully till next time!

    Kind regards, Cees and Laura.

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    Homestay Host Family José in ,

    Dear Cees and Laura, thank you so much for your kind review. You are very sweet and lovely people too!!! It was a great pleasure for us to have you at home and we hope you come back soon. The best of the world for you and your family. Best regards, José and family

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    France
    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    May 2019

    Notre circuit à Cuba démarrait par un séjour de 3 nuits à La Havane dans le quartier de Vedado chez José et Véronica. Quelle rencontre! Nos hôtes ont été d'une hospitalité, d'une gentillesse extraordinaires, pour mon épouse et moi cette expérience est inoubliable. Nous sommes retourné une nouvelle nuit de retour de Vinales et même sommes allé salué José avant de quitter Cuba, merci à tous les 2 et j'espère une chose... c'est de vous revoir! bisous à tous les 2 et à Alden!

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    Homestay Host Family José in ,

    Dear Valerie and Jean Yves, you are wonderful and lovely people and we wish you the best of the world for you and your family. When you come back you will have a Cuban family waiting for you. A big hug, Jose and family

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    Belgium
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    April 2019

    It was a very nice welkoming in Cuba by José and his family. We liked the place a lot and got a lot of interesting information. Thank you for the lovely stay!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family José in ,

    Dear Lore and Willem, thanks a lot for your review. It was a pleasure to host you and we hope you come back soon. Our best wishes, José and family

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    Scotland
    Age 35 - 44

    5 hearts
    April 2019

    José and Veronica were very welcoming for us. They cared that we had a good time in Havana. We were traveling with our 3 month old daughter and they were good with her.
    We stayed in different casas for 3 weeks while we were in Cuba and José and Veronica were the most welcoming.
    The space has everything we needed. They only speak basic English and I was sad that my Spanish isn't better because it would have been lovely to have had long conversations. Their son Alden lives round the corner, speaks fluent English and will help you with and queries.
    They live in vedado a block from the malecon which is a nice location, however if you want to be in old Havana, then you are 6km away.

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    Homestay Host Family José in ,

    Dear Bron and Lachland, thanks a lot for your review. It was a pleasure to host you and we hope you come back soon. A big kiss for baby Eleanor. José and family

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    Germany
    Age 65 - 74

    5 hearts
    April 2019

    Unseren ersten Aufenthalt in Habana bei Veronica und José haben wir sehr genossen.
    Wir wurden herzlich empfangen. Uns wurde gleich ein Getränk angeboten.
    Sie sind sehr freundlich und überaus hilfsbereit. Alden, ihr Sohn, der nebenan wohnt, spricht gut Englisch und hat uns gleich bei der Ankunft ausführlich über alle wichtigen Dinge informiert.
    Er informierte uns ausführlich über Sehenswürdigkeiten in Havanna und die beiden kubanischen Währungen.
    Er gab uns seine Telefonnummer, falls wir noch weitere Fragen hätten, könnten wir jederzeit anrufen.
    Sie boten ebenfalls an, uns bei der Vermittlung der nächsten Casa zu helfen. Sie organisierten ein Taxi, um uns zur Viazul Station zu bringen.
    Das Appartement entspricht den Photos. Es war alles sehr sauber, und Abends saßen wir auf dem kleinen Freisitz mit 2 Schaukelstühlen.
    Die Lage ist ruhig und günstig gelegen.
    Man ist gleich am Malecon, am Melia Hotel Cohimba, wo es Internet gibt. In die Altstadt ist es auch nicht weit.
    Alden gab uns sehr gute Tips, für Restaurants in der Nähe, die super und günstig waren.
    Uns hat es so gut gefallen, dass wir gleich unsere letzten Abende vor der Rückreise bei José und Veronica gebucht haben!

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    Homestay Host Family José in ,

    Dear Inge and Berthold, thanks a lot for your wonderful review and your preference. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. You are wonderful and lovely people. We are looking forward welcoming you back again!!. Best regards, José and family

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    Argentina
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    April 2019

    Estuvimos alojados mi novia y yo y, sinceramente, no tenemos más palabras que agradecimientos. La casa está impecable, con todo lo necesario (y más) para poder estar cómodos. El barrio, el Vedado, es muy tranquilo y posee varios puntos de interés cercanos, lo que hace a su excelente ubicación. Pero más allá de estas cuestiones que no son menores, claro, queremos destacar la amabilidad y la excelente predisposición de José y Vero. Son dos personas simplemente maravillosas, y cuando decimos que nos hicieron sentir como en nuestra casa, lo decimos muy en serio, de corazón. Fue una experiencia única poder conversar y compartir con ellos, realmente aprendimos mucho sobre Cuba, su historia y sus costumbres. Por eso, gracias!
    Una casa así, con personas así, da gusto encontrarse en la vida.
    Ojalá se repita pronto!
    100% recomendable!!!!!

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    Homestay Host Family José in ,

    Muchas gracias por sus bellas palabras. Nos satisface gratamente que se hayan sentido como en casa. Ustedes son personas encantadoras, jóvenes muy sociables, bondadosos y amigables. Es muy fácil tomarles cariño y hacerlos parte de nuestra familia. Así los sentimos y esperamos tenerlos pronto por acá nuevamente. Un fuerte abrazo,
    José y familia

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    Spain
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    February 2019

    Pocas veces un viajero tiene la certeza de haber dado en el clavo al escoger hospedaje sin tener una clara referencia.. Con esto queremos decir que Vero y José nos han ofrecido toooodo lo que veníamos buscando,y no hablo de buen precio... Que lo tienen. Desde el minuto 0 la calidez de este matrimonio y su hijo os ha sobrecogido,son personas amables e increíblemente formadas que no dudarán en tratar a quien se hospede con ellos como si fueran de su familia. Les estaremos siempre agradecidos por aceptarnos en el primer contacto con el gran país llamado Cuba. Pd: vamos. Repetir con ellos, ya que no se puede mejorar

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    Homestay Host Family José in ,

    Queridos Mariona y Karlos, ustedes ya son parte de esta familia cubana. Son personas extraordinarias que siempre tendrán un lugar en nuestro corazón. Vuelvan pronto, que acá los recibiremos con el cariño que se merecen. Un fuerte abrazo,
    José y familia

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    Canada
    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    February 2019

    José and Veronica were gracious hosts. They gave us helpful information to plan our days in Havana and they made us delicious coffee. Our stay was wonderful.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family José in ,

    Dear Lauren and Bill, thanks a lot for your review. It was a pleasure to host you and we hope you come back soon. Our best wishes.

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    Germany
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    January 2019

    José and his family - they are the most warm-hearted people you can imagine! We spent a wonderful time at their place and highly recommend booking with them! We felt like home from the very first moment. The location close to the malecón is unique and they can organize taxi, etc. The breakfast was delicious and we would have loved spending more time at their place! Un abrazo muy fuerte para ustedes! Gracías por todo!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family José in ,

    Dear Eva!!!, we hope you had a nice come back travel to Germany. Thanks a lot for your kind and beautiful words. And thanks to you for the opportunity of meeting you. You are also a wonderful and lovely people. We are looking forward to welcoming you back for another stay!.

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