About the Homestay
It is a large house located in a building from the beginning of the last century (1938) which is kept in very good condition and retains its style of the era on the outside and inside the house. The house is of high strut (4,5 m) and has 18 windows, most of them of almost 2 meters of height by 1 m of width, that assures in the spaces much illumination and natural ventilation. In several of the spaces of The house ceilings are highlighted on its edges with high relief valances, bronze lamps and some furniture of the time. From the balcony of the dining room can be seen through San Miguel street a typical view of the area of the city and the most expeditious way to reach Old Havana. It has 4 rooms with 3 bathrooms and of these, 2 are dedicated with their respective private bathrooms to rent for guests.
Although the house has a single entrance, there is an exterior corridor or corridor that is a common area (in which there is no room) by which access to each of the guest rooms and towards the end of the house that Is where the kitchen and the room of the hosts are located and is the area where they are usually found. This access provision provides privacy equivalent to that of a separate entrance for each of the rooms that are rented.
Services and common areas:
You will have a room basically with two personal beds that can be easily joined, for 2 people. You can add an extra bed of personal type in room 1 and even a bunk bed in room 2, if needed. It is heated with air conditioning and fan although it has 2 windows that ensure adequate natural ventilation. A spacious closet will provide you with comfort for your luggage and travel clothes. For night lighting has a 5-bulb lamp on the ceiling of the room, indirect lighting in the closet and a small night lamp. It also has a small armchair, 3 large mirrors and a bedside lamp. On the walls of the room there are evenly distributed 5 round and flat spigot outlets. You will have sheets, towels and winter blankets. A private bathroom with hot and cold water 24 hours with soap and toilet paper. The room and bathroom are cleaned daily. The tollas are changed every 2 days and the sheets every 3 can be more frequently, if necessary.
The breakfast schedule is flexible, always after 6 am and before 12 noon.
You can freely use the common areas of the house: living room, dining room, balcony, hallway, kitchen and small room of the hosts.
The living room and dining room, as a living area, reading, listening to music, planning the tours, hosting visits, drinking, smoking, etc. You can use the TV, music player and refrigerator that is primarily intended for guests' needs to store their beers, refreshments and food that they purchase and need to preserve. You will also have the home phone to make calls within the city or another city to coordinate the stay in the next few days in the country, or other interest.
You can use the kitchen of the house for the elaboration of any drink, and light food that you want to prepare. You can request the laundry service or simply use the laundry area of the house and the side aisle to put clothes to dry.
Attention to guests:
The guests have total independence to enter and leave at any time of the house. For this they have the entrance keys to the building, the apartment and their room. They have no time limits for arriving at night to the house.
If you are a group of friends or a family, and decide to rent the 2 rooms of the house then you can communicate the 2 rooms internally with their 2 private bathrooms, thus having a greater comfort in your stay in our house. (See the other room available in the other advertisement)
In addition to the Spanish language which is our native language, we can communicate in the English language and in the Russian language.
The water we drink at home, which we use in the juices of the breakfasts that are offered and the one we provide to our guests, if they request it, is safe water because it is left 3 minutes after it starts to boil and then it is filtered. This eliminates microorganisms and all salts dissolved in water that can cause disease.
Public transport services:
At 150 meters it is possible to have urban buses that connect the coastal area of the city, known in a stretch as Malecon, from East to West and vice versa. This route links all the areas of greater interest of the visitors of the city. Its routes connect Old Havana with the residential area of Miramar, passing through our area that is known as "modern" Havana for an approximate price of 0.05 CUC per person. Also at 200 meters you can take the Collective Taxis which for approximately 0.50 or 1 CUC per person, also make the same route. At 300 meters you will find the transport service of the Tourist Bus of 2 floors which with a ticket for 5 CUC (in these months of the year) makes the same tour allowing to observe wonderful views of the city. This ticket, valid for all day, allows to stay in places of interest for the visitor and to take the bus again. At 300 meters you can take the "Yellow Taxi" that can take the visitor to any area of the city.
If you rent a car for part of the time or for all the time you are staying in our house, only 50 meters away you have a very secure car park with night watchman service. In addition, during the day, the car can be parked in front of the house with great security.
Wait for the guest at the air terminal the day of your arrival in Havana, if requested.
The house makes the payment in CUC of the taxi that moves it from the Airport to avoid delays by concept of money change in the first hours of the arrival.
Offer a loan of about 15 CUC per person in CUC for the expenses of the first hours, until the guest makes the change of money.
To facilitate the coordination for the stay in other private houses of family, of good comfort and kind attention, of the West and Central zones of the country, in the cities of: Viñales, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Santa Clara and Varadero.
Provide ease of payment (in cash) at any time of your stay in the house. It can be in CUC, in Euros or in US Dollars at the rate as it is being quoted in Cuba on the date you come to the country. Regarding the Euro, on this date, in Cuba, the US Dollar has an exchange rate lower than the Euro.
- Internet Access
- Non Smoking
- Allow Smoking
- Air Conditioning
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
The house is located in a very central area of the so-called "Modern Hana" that is distinguished by being the center of social, cultural, artistic and governmental activity of the capital, where many recreational centers, nightclubs, cabaret, hotels , Theaters, shopping centers and government structures, mostly built in the 50's of last century.
The distance from the house to certain places of interest may be important: 250 m from the University of Havana campus, 250 m from the urban bus station to go to Old Havana (very cheap), 300 m from the Wi-Fi zone , 300 m of the most used specific route of the so-called collective taxi (very cheap), 400 m from the emblematic Hotel Habana Librey its services for all of cafes, car rentals, shopping centers and communications, 400 m of important Hospital Calixto Garcia, 400 m of services of the "Yellow Taxi" 24 hours, 400 m from a station to take the Touristic Bus Tour around the city, 500 m from Money Exchange and ATM, 600 m from the Alley of Hamel, 700 M from the Hotel Nacional, 900 m from the Havana Malecon (to the north), 900 m from the Revolution Square (south), 2 km from the Havana Capitol and the historic center of the city known as "Old Havana" And also 2 Km from the station to take the Tourist Bus Towards the beautiful ones. Beaches of the east, only 25 minutes from the city.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Bus Stop
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
Available on request at an extra cost
- Full Breakfast
The complimentary light breakfast includes only fruit juice and toast. A full breakfast is offered for 3 CUC each.
Do not do parties in the house.
The air conditioning of the room will be available only with the guests inside the room.
No smoking in the room. It can be done in common areas or areas with ventilation.
You can receive visits in your room and common areas.
You can drink any drink in your room and common areas.
Smoking is allowed indoors and outdoors.
the time with Hecor & Lourdes was very nice! Starting every day with a delicious breakfast and a lot of helpful support of Hector in English we enjoyed a nice time of three days in Havanna. Hector helped with general possibilities of traveling through Cuba and places to see. Thanks a lot!!!
Patrick and Mara :)
wir wurden sehr herzlich empfangen. Von Hector bekamen wir viele Tipps zu Sehenswürdigkeiten und Restaurants in der Nähe.
Die Unterkunft ist sehr schön und gepflegt. Wir hatten auch Zugang zum Balkon, der zwar klein ist, aber für 2 Personen ist er sehr gemütlich.
Das Frühstück war sehr gut und konnte individuell zusammengestellt werden.
Hele lief gastgezin, die alles voor je willen doen. Hector dank je voor de fijne dag die we bij jou hebben gehad!
Locatie is ietsje minder.
Hector is the best host! We couldn’t get the better one! I really recommend him!
He is THE LEGEND! ❤️
Céline and I both enjoyed our stay at Hector's very much! He helped us planing the whole trip, gave us adresses in other towns, told us everything we wanted to know about la Habana and kept some of our luggage until we would go back to the Airport in the end. He and Lourdes made us feel very welcomed. At the end of our trip we returned earlier than planned and therefore stayed another night at their house. It felt like coming home and everything was just as nicely as the first time including Hector's little history lesson which he presented with lots of passion and patience. :-)
We would absolutely stay there again and can only recomand those two lovely people to everyone!
- Tus hijas de Suiza, Céline & Jorina
Last december we stayed at Hector's upon arrival in Cuba. They warmly took us in their casa. Hector had already arranged for a taxi to pick us up at the airport and arranged that he would pay in advance for us so we didn't have to endlessly wait in line for the ATM at the airport. This way we could withdraw the money the day after at a more convenient moment. We actually enjoyed our stay this much that we came back at the end of our trip to spend our last day as well in this casa before we returned home. Very hospitable, friendly, took time to point us in the direction of several highlights and understands English as well.
Hello everybody. Let me tell you something. Hector's casa was out first stay in Cuba. Hector goes all the way to make the stay as welcoming and pleasant as possible. As, we planned only a few days for Havanna Hector ha shown us the must-see places to visit in our limited time. We also really enjoyed all the talks and discussions in the evening. Staying with hector was our best choice in the whole cuba-trip, as Hector was the welcoming and most friendly person we met in cuba. BEST START IN CUBA EVER. Thank you very much for that.
PS: Your english is way better than you think ;)
Nossa estadia na casa de Hector foi incrível. A casa é ampla, fresca, limpa e próxima dos principais pontos de interesse turístico. Hector e Lourdes são pessoas maravilhosas que nos receberam com muito carinho e atenção. Nos ajudaram inclusive a traçar o roteiro para as demais cidades que visitamos. O café da manhã é ótimo e as longas conversas com Hector melhor ainda. Fizemos uma grande amizade e já pensamos em voltar em breve! Saudade grande !
Nuestra estancia en la casa de Hector fue increíble. La casa es amplia, fresca, limpia y cerca de los principales puntos de interés turístico. Hector y Lourdes son personas maravillosas que nos recibieron con mucho cariño y atención. Nos ayudaron incluso a trazar el itinerario para las demás ciudades que visitamos. El desayuno es excelente y las largas conversaciones con Hector mejor aún. ¡Hicimos una gran amistad y ya pensamos en volver pronto! Saudade!
Hector was the friendliest guy in a country full of friendly people. He gave us a very warm welcome. He was helpful in every situation and gave us very good recommendations and tips all the time. After a few days we felt more like family members than guests. Thank you for the good time, we enjoyed it so much. It was the best stay of the whole journey. I couldn't recommend him more.
Hector was a wonderful host and gave the warmest welcome. He was so friendly, informative, intelligent and sincere. His advice and recommendations were earnestly given and I could not be more grateful for his help. When I needed to be up very early for a bike ride, he insisted on getting up even earlier to make sure I had breakfast. He also helped me put together the best walking routes through Havana and made every effort to accommodate my dietary needs. And we had the most interesting conversations about Cuban history so I now feel much more informed! My only regret is that I could not stay longer. He truly is a special person with a big heart and I felt very much part of his home. If I ever return to Cuba, I will definitely stay at Hector’s again. To anyone looking to book a place to stay in Havana, look no further than Hector’s, I could not recommend him enough!
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