About the Homestay

Very Safe Spacious
  • Welcomes
  • Males
  • Females
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Students

Recently renovated and painted. It has 2 bedrooms with one bath in the middle that at times (when both rooms are rented), may have to be shared. It is very open with new living room furniture. The home is located in Centro Habana. It is about a 20 minute walking distance thru Centro Habana to reach La Habana Vieja and towards El Vedado in the opposite direction. It is the same distance to the famous Malecon walking North. The area is 100% typical Cuban and is SAFE day or night. There are places to dine close by, cafeteria style, with awesome Cuban food, beer, coffee, cigarettes, etc, and at a great price. Our home is perfect for one couple, 2 couples, 3 or 4 friends or a family of 4. The price is very reasonable. (PLEASE CHECK ON THE CALENDAR BEFORE BOOKING. PRICES MAY VARY DEPENDING ON THE SEASON AND DEMAND).
There is a Cuban grocery store close by to buy groceries, water and many items of food and personal hygiene. You can rent one bedroom or both bedrooms. I live in the front thru the hall so you will have complete privacy...
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND>>>As you can see in the pictures, the space is large enough, clean and in my view beautiful....however, please remember that Cuba is not a luxury destination! Things are still quite basic and service levels medium to low most places. Occasionally there are power outages and at times (very occasionally), the water may be cut by the city. However, I have a big reservoir tank on the roof and it should not impact our guests. Water pressure is not what is in America or many other places in the world, but it is sufficient and that is the way it is all over Cuba.
The bathroom is located between the 2 bedrooms. Therefore, when both bedrooms are rented, the one bathroom will have to be shared. The bedrooms are totally private!!! This layout works well in my view, because 90% of the times, we only have one bedroom rented and you can have the total place to yourselves. Also because normally a family of 4, 2 couples or 3 or 4 friends are the majority our guests this is a perfect set up. But those times when both rooms are rented to different guests , then that one bathroom becomes a shared bathroom!!! The bedrooms are large enough and clean. The main bedroom #1 is air conditioned but the second bedroom #2 is not. Bedroom #2 has rotating fans that keep the air circulating.
Our home is comfortable, SAFE, and clean for our guests and my family. All these things are good to keep in mind when making your decision to go to such an adventurous and magical destination as Havana!
The airport is 9 miles or 15Kms SW of the city. It takes 15 to 20 minutes via car to come home.
ATTENTION; WE ARE NOW ABLE TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO OTHER CITIES FROM OUR HOME AS FOLLOWS:
VINALES IS 25.00cuc, VARADERO 25.00cuc, CIENFUEGOS 30.00cuc, TRINIDAD 35.00cuc and SANTIAGO 75.00cuc. PRICES ARE PER PERSON. IF INTERESTED, PLEASE MAKE SURE AND ASK AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE AT THE HOUSE!!!!! IT IS KNOWN AS TRANSPORTATION COMUM. The vehicle seats 7 persons (mostly tourists). They will pick up in front of the house at AROUND 8.30am. The pick up days will vary throughout the week so it is wise to LET US KNOW AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE AT THE HOME SO WE CAN SCHEDULE FOR YOU IN ADVANCE. Gracias mil!!! Familia Cruz
Welcome to my Casa.

House Facilities
  • Patio
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning

Bedrooms available for booking

Note 2 night min stay 

   

Bedroom #1
From 8 $ per night
Double Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Double Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

Main bedroom. Sleeps 2 comfortably. Air conditioned and spacious with high ceilings. A side door leads to the patio, kitchen and main living room. Another door leads to the bathroom. WHEN BOTH ROOMS ARE RENTED, the bathroom must be shared.

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
 1 guest
2 guests
Nightly Price
10 $
15 $
Weekly Price
60 $
90 $
Monthly price
280 $
400 $
Bedroom #2
From 8 $ per night
Double Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Double Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

Sleeps 2. Rotating fan. The doors lead to the bathroom, the kitchen, the small patio and to the living room. This room requires a 2 day minimum stay...WHEN BOTH ROOMS ARE RENTED, the bathroom must be shared.

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • TV
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
 1 guest
2 guests
Nightly Price
10 $
10 $
Weekly Price
60 $
60 $
Monthly price
280 $
280 $
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About the Area

This area is very SAFE!!!! Perfect for those that enjoy walking thru the real Habana. You will see how real Cuban families live. Their homes, their schools, their methods of transportation. You will experience this vibrant culture full of music and happy people considering what they have gone thru for the past 60 plus years. It is a tourist/picture taking paradise. Guaranteed!,,,,
The Havana International airport is 15KM or 9 Miles SW of the city. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes by car depending on traffic. The usual fee is 25.00cuc cash...

Local Area Facilities
  • Park
  • Shopping Centre
  • Bus Stop
  • Hospital

Meals

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

Included in the stay
  • Use of Kitchen

House Rules

No wild parties. No drugs. No children under 4 years old. No pets. No visitors allowed unless prior approval is obtained.

Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

14 Reviews

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    Belgium
    Age 35 - 44

    5 hearts
    December 2018

    If you want to discover the real Cuba :you have to go there. There are the most kind, warm and nice people. Thanks for everything!!!! You are the best!!!
    Si vous voulez aller en Havanna, tu dois aller chez. Un grand merci pour tout!!!!
    Muchos gracias por todos!!!!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Mercedita in ,

    Lies, Thank you so very much for this great review. Having you both in our home was a wonderful and pleasant experience. You were kind, considerate and the perfect guests.. Our home is now your home.. Please comeback and see us soon.. Thanks again...
    Mercy and family

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    Spain
    Age 45 - 54

    5 hearts
    May 2018

    Ha sido una experiencia inolvidable la vivida en casa Merche por todo las vivencias que he vivido gracias a que me han facilitado todas las cosas que realmente he necesitado durante mí estancia , preocupándose de que pudiera realizar la gran mayoría de objetivos que tuve antes de marchar a la isla de Cuba y preocupándose de que estuviera como en casa, así que darle las gracias a Merche ,familia y amigos/as por su preocupación.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Mercedita in ,

    Hola Natalio, gracias por tus 5 estrellas. Cuanto nos alegra que lo hayas pasado bien en mi apartamento y en La Habana. Fue un verdadero placer tenerte por acá con nosotras.. Dios quiera y podamos vernos pronto en un futuro no muy lejanos.. Mientras tanto recibe un fuerte abrazo mio, de mi familia y de La Habana. Gracias mil.. Mercy

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    Ukraine
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    April 2018

    We liked our stay with Mercedita very much. The hosts are really friendly and hospitable, Mercedita answered all our questions and give us recommendations where to go and what to see, which were really helpful. The apartment is not far from the downtown, shops, bus stops; we walked everywhere by foot. Also it is clean, with air condition, hot water, kitchen. Mercedita speaks English pretty good, which is rare for Cuba. We highly recommend you to spend your time in Cuba with Mercedita.

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Mercedita in ,

    Hola Tetiana, thank you so very much for this wonderful review..We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us.. It was a real pleasure having you at my place.. We wish you a very nice summer back home with you and your family. come back and see us.. Your family in Cuba Mercy and family..

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    Germany
    Age 18 - 24

    3 hearts
    March 2018

    Mercedita ist wirklich eine nette Frau, die wir allerdings nur am Anreisetag zu Gesicht bekamen und ansonsten ihren Vater und ihren Sohn/Bruder (?). Aus diesem Grund war es auch am ersten Tag nicht möglich Frühstpck zu erhalten, weshalb wir es am 2. Tag gar nicht erst versuchten. (Vielleicht lag es auch an der Uhrzeit [8 Uhr] zu der wir aufgestanden sind....)

    Die Unterkunft hat uns nicht so sehr gefallen, denn das Zimmer hatte weder ein Fenster, noch eine Klimaanlage (lediglich einen Ventilator, was uns zumindest nicht ausreichte). Außerdem wurde das Bad mitgenutzt, was in der Nacht oftmals zu einem riesen Schrecken führte (aufgrund der Lautstärke hatte man das Gefühl jemand wäre in seinem Zimmer).

    Insgesamt muss ich daher leider sagen, dass dies die Casa war, die uns am wenigsten gefallen hat. Super schlecht ist sie nicht, aber ich würde sie auch nicht unbedingt weiterempfehlen.

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Mercedita in ,

    Hola Julia. Sorry you were not happy with a few issues while at the home. All the issues you mentioned as dissatisfaction are well stated in the home description and it appears that you did not read them well before making the reserve..
    The bathroom is to be shared when both rooms are rented. The home has 2 bedrooms. Bedroom 1 as air condirioning and Bedroom 2 (

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    Norway
    Age 25 - 34

    4 hearts
    March 2018

    We stayed here the two first nights in our trip to Cuba. Mercedita wasn’t there when we arrived, but her brother and father was. Her brother spoke some English, and when Mercedita came the next morning she gave us a map over the city, and some good tips on what to do. That morning we were a little upset that we didn’t get any breakfast because we were starving and they asked us, but the next morning she made us breakfast that included a really good chocolate milk. The casa was more like an apartment, and we got it all to ourselves. We especially liked the air conditioner in the room after long and warm days sightseeing. The toilet didn’t always flush everything down, but hopefully that is sorted now. It takes a while walking from the casa to both new and old Havanna, but it wasn’t a problem. Just an opportunity to se more of Havanna. The family were super friendly and helpful, and Mecedita helpt us book our next casa in Trinidad, and the taxi collectivo to take us there.

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Mercedita in ,

    Hola Anette,, thanks for the 4 star review!. I am glad that overall you were happy. We have had some family issues with both our mother and father and they have been in and out of the hospital. But I managed o still care for you as required to the best of our abilities and I am glad I did!! We enjoyed your company!!!.. I am glad I managed to get you to 'Trinidad and that you liked the breakfast including the Hot chocolate! We hope you have a safe trip back home and a wonderful summer.... Take care and thanks again for staying with us!! Mercy and family...

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    Sweden
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    February 2018

    Merci and the family are wonderful and superhelpful hosts. The apartment are cozy and very clean. If its your first time in havanna she will give you lots of good advices. We are very pleased / Carl and Ingunn

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Mercedita in ,

    Hola Carl and partner. Thank you very much for staying with us at the apartment and thank you very much for the wonderful 5 star review.. WE enjoyed your company very much and we are happy that you had fun.. Hope you comeback and see us sometime in the future. Thanks again. Mercy and family

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    France
    Age 45 - 54

    3 hearts
    February 2018

    Très bon accueil et très agréable.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Mercedita in ,

    Beau couple en voyage de noces. Nous leur souhaitons le meilleur dans leur vie future

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    Canada
    Age 65 - 74

    4 hearts
    February 2018

    Bonjour, Mercedita et sa famille sont très gentils et accueillants. Leur maison est grande et propre et il y a une cuisine fonctionnelle. Située dans une rue tranquille et sécuritaire du centro Habana, quoique le soir on y entend de la musique assez forte dans les alentours..
    Située a environ une demi heure de marche du vieux Havane.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Mercedita in ,

    Pierre merci beaucoup pour la merveilleuse revue. C'était un plaisir de vous accueillir ! ! Nous vous souhaitons un séjour amusant et sécuritaire le reste de vos vacances ici à Cuba et vous souhaite un bon voyage de retour à votre retour. Il y a de reste du groupe. Jusqu'à ce que le nid du temps. Nous avons vraiment vous remercier pour l'entreprise.. Famiia Cruz...

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    France
    Age 25 - 34

    4 hearts
    February 2018

    Very nice and kind stay, Merce is very awesome as her family !!!!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Mercedita in ,

    Hola Sophia, gracias for the review.. Hope you made it back home safely!! Have a great year and thanks again.. Mercy and family

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    Mexico
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    January 2018

    Gran experiencia un placer conocer grandes personas en el mundo !!!!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Mercedita in ,

    Gracias Javier. E lplacer fue nuestro.. Esperamos verlos de nuevo. Aca ya tienen su casa.. Un fuerte abrazo desde La Habana... Familia Cruz

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