We chose this casa for its central location in Habana Vieja. It is within walking distance of the Capitolium, the main shopping streets (San Rafal for the more local shops) and Obrapia or O'Reilly for the most touristy ones, as well as the beautifully restored Plaza Vieja, Plaza las Armas and Plaza Catedral.
The street itself may seem frightening at first - we were two young women travelling together and were first shocked by the amount of attention we were getting from the local men. Once we got used to it, we walked the streets comfortably, even at night returning from a dinner on Plaza Vieja or nearby Mercadero.
The Casa owners were a friendly elderly couple whom I believe we met (most of the time there is an owner/manager there, taking care of the bookings and helping in any question you have who speaks good English). There are some other persons taking care of the food and cleaning during the day/evening, so there is always someone at home to let you in.
This casa is on the 2nd floor of the building - just to remember if you are coming with a large piece of luggage and the taxi driver won't help carry it up for you. Also, just to keep in mind - the 3 bathrooms open from the hall/foyer area and are used by all the guests.
The large dining room in the semi-opened terrace is refreshing on a hot evening and the rooftop also has a table and a hammock to relax in after a long day. The casa is in the heart of town - so if you are a light sleeper, bring your earplugs as life stops late / starts early in this part of town!
This is a busy casa with returning guests so book in advance - there is internet connection so its likely you will get a quick response.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Colonial house, Constructed In 1913, comfort, sure, Wide, Drafty And Natural Exelente Iluminacion nailed in the HISTORICAL CENTER OF THE OLD HAVANAN, HERITAGE OF THE HUMANITY, two livin room, 4 Baths, two terrazas:a Terrace Restaurant, Where Breakfast And Dinners Are Offered, Beside Serving As Terrace Of Being, a big Terraza Viewing-point with panoramic sight of 360 degrees, Enabled To read, To sunbathe, To enjoy The Sight Of Old Havana And Bordering Places, To play Children Of Sure Form, or To rest In Una Hamaca, 4 Wide Rooms For Accomodations, fans, Air conditioning, Minibar, A matrimonial bed and The personal one per room ... more less