Staying with Ramiro in Havana was a very good decision. His house is located exactly as described and in a city (and country) with - despite many improvements in recent years - severe public transportation problems it is no problem to walk to the Old Town or Vedado (or much further afield, though I suspect I am not typical here) from, should you be adverse to using taxis (as the only alternative to buses). The immediate neighbourhood is perfectly safe while also 'lively' (though certainly not 'touristy'). Those visitors who want to eat out will not find much on the doorstep, but there are a couple of bakeries etc. offering bread or biscuits nearby, as well as a few "3rd category" bars. The bedroom is lovely and clean and cool (it does not face the street so there is little direct sunlight), the bathroom with shower and toilet equally so and Ramiro makes an excellent breakfast. He is an excellent, knowledgeable, aimable host who will gladly share suggestions and can, if required, arrange accomodation in other casa particulares elsewhere in Cuba. Particuarly pleasing was that he was not involved in a 'hard sell' of gifts, food or other things - his suggestions on what to do or where to go were entirely without any hint of personal (financial) gain and there was therefore also no pressure. All in all, it was a pleasure to stay here at the beginning and at the end of our - unfortunately - all too short visit to the Republic of Cuba and I would wholeheartedly recommend Ramiro as a host. If I manage to stump up the money to visit Cuba in the future I would like to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ramiro offers a modern house with terrace, living-room, two bedrooms, a kitchen and dining-room, and a great central location. There is a wide roof that can be used as a solarium, or for a night under the stars. Ramiro speaks English fluently; at your request, he will provide contacts with other accommodations in the provinces to make your travels around Cuba easier and more enjoyable. Ramiro is a great cook and provides breakfast at an additional cost of 4 CUC. Daily housekeeping is provided. A great place to start your Cuban vacation. ... more less