About the Homestay
The family home of "Mercedes and Ariadna" provides comfort and safety. The guests will be well received and you will enjoy a colonial property of the early twentieth century which is spacious, bright, with masonry walls and high ceilings and mosaic floors. It can be reached in 10 and 20 minutes walking to Havana Center and Old Havana (Central Park), in 1 minutes to the bust of Julio Antonio Mella (university leader), in 2 minutes to the University of Havana and in 6 minutes Rampa street and you will be in Malecon Habanero (10 minutes).
The house has spacious and airy rooms, but we only rent 2 double private rooms. One is air-conditioned, has a private bathroom for the use of the guest only. The other room is equipped with fans and its bathroom is shared with the family or guest. The rooms are well-furnished, have double beds and
single Bed and have a set of towels at the guest's disposal.
The house is on the first floor and has common spaces for the enjoyment of the guests. It consists of a dining room, a hall and a living room with a balcony overlooking the street and offering beautiful views of VEDADO.
Mercedes is MSc. In Information Management, an engineer in Automated System Management, works all day and in free time shares with guests and exchanges opinions, likes dialogue. I live with my daughter Ariadna. She studies at San Geronimo University and can communicate in English.
From the house there is easy access to major recreational and cultural centers of the city either by bus or walking; 10 minutes Theaters and ice Coppelia, Movies, Malecon symbol of Cuba, Restaurants and Cafes that serve in National Currency (CUP) and Convertible Pesos (CUC), counseling centers, travel agencies, banks, hospitals. Places to enjoy music like Buena Vista Social Club, you will always find, discos and jazz, mojitos for 3 cuc near the house. We are friendly and attentive to our customers.
Services we offer: breakfast, laundry service, local and national taxi, pickup in and to the airport. We also arrange national trips to the whole country (Varadero, Viñales, Playa Girón, Trinidad), Spanish language courses. We also make maps available and provide information about the tourist sites of the capital.
Neighborhood is quiet and safe. The area is characterized by the movement of young people, mainly students of the University. Near the house there are a variety of museums, galleries, shops, supermarkets, restaurants of different kinds of prices, hotels, bars, night clubs as well as cultural centers of tourist interest.
- Non Smoking
- Air Conditioning
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
The house is located in the limits or between downtown Havana and Plaza de la Revolución (closed)
Collective taxis are 5 minutes from home, and bus 2 minutes with several lines; very close there are coffee shops and restaurants that provide services in pesos (CUP) or convertible pesos (CUC) information centers to tourists, the Rampa, the Malecón Habanero symbol of Cuba and the Cubans, recreation centers, cinemas, theaters, the Coopelia meeting Point of the lovers not only to the ice cream, agencies of Rent cars and the tourist bus to 5 minutes with panoramic view, the Palace of the Rumba place to enjoy the Flolklore, Alley of Hamell.
You can walk to many places of interest, Central Park is 1/2 hour walk, Old Havana, and the Capitol, in addition there are several lines of buses or taxis, you can also move in the so-called almendrones (collective taxi) which are the cars (cars) of the 50s that still provide services in CUP, the price is very economical 10 Cuban pesos for each passenger, which makes it very comfortable to move around the city
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Amusement Park
- Sports arena
- Health club
- 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
Our family considers its guests: travelers or guests with the interest to know about the culture and history of the country. To maintain a family atmosphere, at home we have elementary standards.
-Breakfasts from 8:30 to 10:30 in the morning, includes light breakfast, coffee or tea, bread and butter, EXTRA PAYMENT if you want the BREAKFAST OF THE HOUSE.
_The exit of the room is done at 12 noon
_ The entrance to the room is made after 2:00 p.m.
-The visits are received in the room, never in the room -Do not smoke inside -
The house, do it in the hallway or balcony
- Pets are not allowed in the house
-Maintain the security of the house
-Don't be in intimate clothes outside your room
-Smoking is allowed outdoors only.
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.
Complimentary Light Breakfast.
AVAILABLE ON REQUEST AT AN EXTRA COST
Our hostel is interested in receiving guests interested in knowing about the heritage values of Cuba.
We do not stay Cubans inside the Hostel.
We rent only children over 12 years.
Smoking is not allowed.
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Muy encantados de conocer a Mercedes.
La habitacion es muy limpia, con todos equipos que se necesita. Desayuno completo y ricisimo !!! Recomendamos de venir a esta casa.
We had a great stay at Mercedes' place. Everything was lovely and both her and her daughter were very helpful and kind.
Our family of four enjoyed our stay at Mercedes home. Mercedes and Ari both were so lovely, welcoming and very helpful and our two young boys felt very comfortable. The recommendations they gave us were invaluable and we greatly appreciated the tourist information they had in the room. The location of their home in Vedado is really very good and an easy walk to restaurants, transport, the money exchange and we felt safe. Thank you for hosting our family.
The casa is located between Vedado and Havana Centre, close to the University and The revolutionary square. Havana Vieja is a big half hour walking. Well located, nice and clean house. Steep and small stairs to enter. Mercedes was very helpful and did everything to make us feel comfortable on our first days in Cuba. Her breakfast gave us the energy to walk for hours and hours in this astonishing heart-moving (and often heart breaking) city. Lots of good restaurants in the area and both very nice Colonial and Modernist houses. We particularly liked Pajla restaurant. Don't limit your visit to Havana to Havana Vieja. Maybe one drawback, our room had no outside views.
Mercedes has a big bedroom and bathroom. You can sleep well, it is quiet.
We are a hungarian couple, we stayed in Mercedes casa s 6 nights, we had the most amazing hosting in our journey. Mercedes is a big hearted, helpful person, we got more idea where to go, how to manage the transfer, where to eat cheaper :). She accepted us like family members. Mercedes not only hosted us, she took care of us the whole journey in Cuba.
Thank you for all Mercedes.
We had a great time at Mercedes place! Very helpful host, nice and quite position. Clean room and bathroom. Both very spacious. See you next time!
My friend and I spent one week at Mercedes and her daughters house. We enjoyed it very much! She could help us with advices for the best places (food, bars, sightseeing) in Havana. The house is very close to the university of Havana and a very quiet and nice place. The quarter Is absolutely perfect meeting nice people, but be careful in the old quarter. We really recommend it!
Mercedes es una persona muy amable y atenta. Su hogar es sencillo pero muy cómodo. Está excelentemente ubicado. Mercedes es una anfitriona que respeta y sabe adaptarse a las características, intereses y gustos de cada visitante. Es clara y directa con sus requisitos para aquellas personas que se alojan en su hogar. Mi estadia alli fue muy agradable.
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