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“Beautiful classic casa, great service” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Casa Eclectica 1925

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Casa Eclectica 1925
Ranked #18 of 690 Havana B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Gatineau, Canada
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful classic casa, great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

Jose Antonio runs a tight ship at Casa Eclectica and in a good way! The house is beautiful and well-kept with lots of antiques and slices of old Cuba. We had to keep a close eye on our two boys aged 5 and 7 to make sure they didn't break anything--perhaps not the ideal place for young kids. Also it is on the third floor with a long hoof up the stairs--not recommended for those with weak knees...
The house features a beautiful terrasse from which you can watch the decades-old cars whizzing down the one-way street.
Jose is welcoming, helpful, discreet and very attentive to detail. If he can't accomodate you an extra night beyond your reservation, he will go out of his way to help you find another casa in Havana or elsewhere.
Food was copious and definitely a cut above what most casas serve (in our experience).
It's a bit more expensive than elsewhere (as are many things in Havana) but you can't go wrong at Casa Eclectica.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MH_Matt
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joserentroom, Propietario at Casa Eclectica 1925, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
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Muchas gracias por tener la gentilesa de mostrar su opinión en este sitio tan importante para otros viajeros .
Sinceramente ha sido un placer haber conpartido estos días con ustedes y con sus simpáticos hijos esperemos en un futuro encontrarnos de nuevo y pasar un agradable encuentro para conversar.
Saludos José Antonio.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Brugg, Switzerland
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

this casa is the middle of center havanna, where you see surprisingly few tourists. you can reach old havanna with the touristic places and restored part of the city by foot in about 15 minutes.
The casa itself is clean and has a little bit of this colonial era - spirit. The family is kind and is glad to show you directions and places to see on the map, if it is your fist stay in havanna. the food is also very good. I can realy recommend this casa!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Luz_Tr
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joserentroom, Propietario at Casa Eclectica 1925, responded to this review, 17 May 2014
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Realmente estamos muy satisfecho por haberle sido útil en su estancia en nuestra casa, por lo que fue un gran honor haber compartido estos días tan esplendidos con ustedes por lo que deseamos que se encuentren bien y les enviamos las gracias por su opinión tan sincera.
Un fuerte abrazo José Antonio y Gladys
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

This was an excellent casa. Jose and family are very welcoming and helpful. We had a meal which was delicious and breakfasts are also very good. The building is very nice - especially the balcony which is nice to sit out on and watch the world go by with a beer. The showers are good. The 2 bedrooms have air con ( bit noisy) and beds are a bit soft, but it is very comfortable, safe and a good location. Jose is very charming, friendly and helpful. Would recommend.

Room Tip: Both rooms are good.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Strandy54
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joserentroom, Propietario at Casa Eclectica 1925, responded to this review, 19 April 2014
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Ha sido un inmenso placer de haber compartido estos días esplendidos con ustedes por lo que nos sentimos muy honrado con su presencia en nuestra casa y muy satisfecho de que se hallan sentido a gusto en nuestra casa por lo que tendremos un buen recuerdo agradable de ustedes. Le deseamos que se encuentren bien y que si regresen en un futuro nos visiten de nuevo.
Saludos. José Antonio y Gladys.
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Havana, Cuba
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

This was one of the best experiences of foreign accommodation I've ever had. At every stage during my trip, Jose Antonio and his family were charming, helpful and efficient. I lost my wallet a few days into my trip so couldn't pay my bill immediately, but Jose Antonio gave me a week's grace and even lent me cash to get me through the following days, even though I wasn't even staying at his casa any more!

Jose Antonio takes great pride in his home and it has been refurbished beautifully. It's an atmospheric old Havana home and I spent many happy mornings and evenings hanging out on the balcony, which has a view of even more stunning Havana architecture!

The food was delicious - ask for the lobster!

I can't thank Jose Antonio enough for the help he offered me while I was in Cuba. He even invited me for a family meal after I had left the casa (free of charge). See you in 2015 Jose Antonio!

Ed from London

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Havana T
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joserentroom, Propietario at Casa Eclectica 1925, responded to this review, 6 March 2014
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Muchísimas gracias por esta maravillosa opinión.
No tienes que darme la gracias, para mi fue un grandicimo placer haberte ayudado en todo lo que pude ya que es difícil verce en un país extranjero sin dinero y si lo tuviese que hacer de nuevo lo haría con un inmenso placer así que te diré que fue un inmenso placer de haberte tenido en mi casa y haberte conocido espero que te encuentres bien y podernos ver en un futuro no muy lejano.
Te enviamos un fortísimo abrazo José Antonio y Gladys

Siempre te recordaremos con mucho afecto y cariño .
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

After a long flight you want a place that is easy to find (for your taxi driver) and welcoming. This casa is both of those. We were greeted from the balcony above and once we had gone up and were settled, Jose offered us some rum to get us straight into the Cuban spirit (pun intended).

The room was simple but comfortable. No double bed but you'll soon find out that is a common theme throughout Cuba. It's not too much trouble to either push them together or jump in one. I would only advise this if you're with a partner, not your mum or something.

The bathroom was great and very clean. Hot water and a great shower. What more do you need?

The family are very close and spend the nights in the lounge chatting away, inevitable with a rum in hand. This is great if you want to practice your Spanish but not so great if you have no Spanish to start with as they don't speak brilliant English (enough to give directions and recommendations though).

The location is great as it is in Central Havana. This gives you easy access to both Habana Vieja and Vedado. We walked to the old town regularly and you get to see a slice of Cuban life along the way. Plus, you are only around the corner from Havana's best restaurant La Guarida (book the balcony).

Overall Jose was a great host. He likes to leave you to do your own thing a bit more than other hosts around Cuba which is good for your privacy but bad if you need something and he's not around. This only happened once and it was only a problem because we were unorganised. After all, I think he should be allowed to leave the house.

Only other thing, there is a dog. He is Jose's favourite member of the family. So if you are allergic just remember some medication.

PS. When you are in town make sure you eat at Dona Eumitia. This is the best food we had in the whole of Cuba. The rice and beans were insanely good.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lewisbish1
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joserentroom, Propietario at Casa Eclectica 1925, responded to this review, 15 January 2014
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Muy amable y muy amplia opinión por lo que le estamos muy agradecidos por su sinsera opinión,siempre lo recordaremos a usted y su esposa con mucho agrado por lo que las puertas de nuestra casa siempre estarán abiertas para ustedes.
Deseamos que se encuentren bien. Saludos José Antonio
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Canberra, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

Jose was a great host and his house is in a fantastic location for exploring Central Havana and Old Havana. Jose was really helpful with organising transport and suggesting places to visit and things to do.

We really enjoyed our stay at Casa Eclectica, Say 'Hi' to Jose from me when you go!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Tim H
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joserentroom, Propietario at Casa Eclectica 1925, responded to this review, 15 January 2014
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Muy agradecido por su opinión ya que fue un inmenso placer haberlos tenido en nuestra casa. Esperamos que en un futuro no muy lejano nos volvamos a encontrar. Les deseamos sinceramente que se encuentren bien y les mando un fuerte abrazo.
José Antonio.
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Miami, Florida
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

I stayed in the casa for a week and am so grateful I chose to stay here. The room was extremely comfortable, clean and spacious and the private bathroom inside my room was really nice. Jose Antonio is an incredibly nice person who is extremely knowledgeable. He goes above and beyond to help with whatever you are looking for. I had breakfast every morning and it was amazing! The location is great and very central. When I visit Cuba again I will definitely stay here again without a question.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TravelQueen1217
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joserentroom, Gerente at Casa Eclectica 1925, responded to this review, 3 January 2014
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Muchísimas gracias por tan agradable y sinsera opinión. Para mi fue un inmenso placer haberte tenido en mi casa y ayudarte en organizar tus viajes en la isla que mas puedo decir.......... que las puertas de mi casa siempre estarán eternamente abiertas para ti.

Un fuerte abrazo y siempre te tendremos presente..... José Antonio.
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Property: Casa Eclectica 1925
Address: C/ Neptuno N0 619 Entre Gervasio y Escobar (Segundo Piso) | 1 Km. De la Habana Vieja, Havana 10211, Cuba
Region: Caribbean > Cuba > Ciudad de la Habana Province > Havana
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 690 B&Bs / Inns in Havana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Somos una casa de renta ubicada en Centro Habana, uno de los barrios mas tradicionales de la capital, nuestra instalacion esta muy bien conservada y decorada, una vez estando en ella usted podra vivir en un ambiente de principio del siglo XX por la decoracion y la antiguedad del lugar.Nos encontramos muy cerca de los principales sitios turisticos y recreativos de la ciudad convirtiendonos asi en un destino muy solicitado por nuestros clientes, entre los lugares mas cercanos se encuentra el malecon habanero tipico simbolo de cubania, la Casa de la musica de La Habana, hoteles de gran prestigio como el Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Hotel Habana Libre, Hotel Plaza, Hotel Parque Central, Hotel Inglaterra, entre otros, asi como las fortificaciones mas importantes construidas en la etapa colonial cuando Espana era la metropolis, estamos hablando de la fortificacion de San Carlos de la Cabana (complejo Morro Cabana) desde donde puede contemplar de las maravillosas vistas del mar caribe y todo el litoral habanero.Contactenos y venga a un excelente lugar para pasar sus vacaciones.Les garantizamos la recogida al aeropuerto solamente por 40cuc. Se estrena nueva habitacion para noviembre con su bano privado y todas sus comodidades como aire acondicionado,minibar,etc en la cual se puede comunicar con otra habitacion a traves de una puerta en caso que sean familias. ... more   less 

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