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“Havana Haven”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Casa Mer

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Casa Mer
Ranked #34 of 257 Speciality Lodging in Havana
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“Havana Haven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2013

Our family of 6 stayed twice at Casa Mer - the first time on arrival for 4 nights and when we returned to Havana after our travels through Cuba. It is a magnificent 1940s house designed along classic Art Deco lines - wide corridors, funky bathrooms and the most wonderful hosts. Wilfredo, Alexandro and the beautiful character of Mercedes - mum to all who live and stay at Casa Mer. The warmth and hospitality our family were shown by this family set the benchmark for our stays in Cuba. By the time we left we felt to be part of the family. As hosts they go out of their way to help you - including some early morning calls, unfriendly hours on going to the airport and holding some of our luggage for us while we toured. Brekky is a delight and the bottomless espresso cups kept us charged all day! Havana is a busy and at times overwhelming city to sightsee - and as it is often toured through a haze of exhausting salsa, rumba and rum cocktails having a haven away from the tourist clamour of the inner city is a welcome respite. Catching taxis home late at night to Casa Mer was like coming home. We would highly recommend this casa.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

Casa Mer is one of my best memories of Cuba. The colonial house is absolutely beautiful, very clean, with a lovely terrace and lovely owners that took care of us during our trip. They helped greatly to arrange for a car Trinidad, they went out of their way to find us accommodation in Trinidad and Santiago de Cuba and they even offered to take us by car to the city centre (for a cost of course, but its easier to have the taxi next to you then to start looking for one). I really got a bit of Cuban life through our stay at this casa and Mercedes is such a lovely lady with whom we had nice conversations. We celebrated the NYE in Havana and they recommended us a local restaurant, drove there and book the table for us. Absolutely great. Vedado is the best part of Havana where anyone should stay. Its quiet and full of colonial houses. Most of the embassies are there.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Klostar Ivanic, Zagrebacka, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2013

We stayed in casa mer 8 days and it was perfect. Family is very dear and good. We went to Cayo Largo, so we left some things out there and return to pick them up and everything was fine. Aleksandar (living at home) he can tell you of some good restaurants, he has led us, and the food was excellent and cheap. Food and hygiene in the house are excellent. If we ever go back to Cuba, we will stay in a casa mer!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2013

We stayed at Casa Mer for three nights in January. Wilfredo and his family, especially grandma, took good care of us. Nice big house and rooms and great breakfast. It's located in a quiet neighbourhood with good restaurants nearby. They took us to Habana Vieja in an nice old Lada for a few CUC.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2013

I stayed 6 night (30 CUC/room/night) in this casa particular with a friend at the end of January 2013, beginning of February. We simply loved it!!! The location, the hosts, the atmosphere, the coziness and comfort! Excellent choice!

Senora Mercedes, her son Wilfredo and the nephew Alejandro are great hosts and their home offers an oasis of green tranquility in Vedado. The location is excellent because it allows a better picture of the city itself. I highly recommend travelers to try and discover the other parts of the city, not just Habana Vieja, and the best way to explore the very pretty and leafy Vedado is to choose to stay there. Taxis are about 5 CUC in and out of the historic center and the ride is worthy, Alejandro has a car and takes guests every morning to the city center. There are also nice venues to dine out in Vedado, as well as some landmark places one must visit in Havana (Hotel Nacional, Fresa y Chocolate for jazz, Plaza de la revolucion, el Malecon, etc.).

The house is very beautiful, pre-revolution architecture, very spacious, nice garden, big and comfortable rooms, well equipped bathrooms and all the comfort one might need,The beds are very good!! (during our trip through Cuba we encountered some dramatically bad beds:-)) A special mention to the cleanliness of the house, the rooms and bathrooms are spotless and elegantly furnished, bedsheets smell great, so much better than some hotels we have seen in Varadero! Breakfast is excellent (5 CUC per person) and the hosts have always good advise to offer and a solution for any kind of issues concerning planning trips around the island.

I highly recommend this casa particular for those who travel to Havana for leisure as well as business. We had an excellent time there. Many thanks again to Mercedes, Wilfredo and Alejandro!

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2013

We stayed at Casa mer on our first few nights in havana, and then again on the last 2, before heading out of the country.
I cannot recommend this place enough.
First: if you re trying to pick between staying in vedado or havana vieja, I strongly recommend picking the former. its more airy, open, residential, a break from the hustle and bustle of Old havana, the noise, the crowds. after you spend your days roaming old havana, its so nice to go back to vedado, for some down time.
Second, many of Havana's must see sights are actually in vedado, so you re not at all far away from where you wanna be.
this casa has it all: friendly and knowledgable owners, real people, a real family, that is eager to help and advice you on your trip, but is not in your face in a touristy sort of way. they re wonderful people, educated, well mannered, and best of all,kind. their casa is immaculately clean and comfortable, its rooms spacious, high ceilinged, comfortable, the breakfast wonderful, their backyard amazing for making you feel like you re really on holiday.
After having spent 8 days in cuba, and a few nights in other casas, in cienfuegos, trinidad etc, I can honestly say that this was the best place we stayed at. and i cant imagine it getting any better.
if you have to choose, please choose this one. Amazing!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Powell River, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2013

We enjoyed our stay at Casa Mer. They were wonderful with our baby and made us feel really welcome. They even managed to cook us a dinner on the evening of our arrival with short notice, although they made it clear that they were not willing to provide any further dinners and so we had to go to restaurants in the neighbourhood. The highlight for me was the art deco bathroom in green and black...unbelievable, loved it. A beautiful and relaxed house in a nice neighbourhood. We would recommend this casa to anyone.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Casa Mer
Address: Calle 28 # 206 | e/21 y 19, Vedado, Havana, Cuba
Region: Caribbean > Cuba > Ciudad de la Habana Province > Havana
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Ranked #34 of 257 Speciality Lodging in Havana
Number of rooms: 25

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