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Hostal Plaza Vieja
Ranked #146 of 688 Havana B&B and Inns
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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“Just the best”
Reviewed 23 February 2014

These apartments are above a micro brewery right on the Plaza Vieja in Old Habana. The location is absolutely perfect and so central....despite the central location we had no problem with noise at night. The property has a communal area for eating and a small balcony, along with one ensuite room on the first floor plus two rooms with a shared bathroom on the second floor. As we were two couples we took the latter. The rooms only had inside windows but we didn't find this a problem as there was enough light, air conditioning if needed, and really quiet. The whole place was kept spotlessly clean. Above everything it was Maria the housekeeper and Daniel the Manager that made our stay so perfect. They were both lovely and so friendly. Maria cooked us a lovely breakfast each morning and most evenings we also ate at the casa.....Maria's cooking was better than eating out! There was a fridge stocked with water and beer that could be purchased very reasonably or you could store your own to drink with a meal or on the balcony. Maria and Daniel made us so welcome...nothing was too much trouble!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

If you are lucky to book Hostal Plaza Vieja in advance, you have one less thing to worry about during your stay in Havana. You can relax on a balcony and enjoy the view of Plaza Vieja. We only managed to stay there for 1 night (they were booked after that), but would have extended our stay if it was possible. Daniel, who manages the property, was the most helpful and friendly person who shared lots of tips for an enjoyable stay in Havana. Regla made a killer breakfast in the morning - don't miss it. Room was clean and we slept very well until a baby who slept downstairs woke up... otherwise it was a very enjoyable experience. One downside - no private bathroom. Price - great, especially for a couple. I would go back!

Room Tip: The room we stayed in was upstairs and had no window - but we heard no street noises, which is a plu...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, Canada
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

Me and my boyfriend stayed in this casa for 5 nights during December 2013. We are very happy with this casa and would strongly recommend to anyone going to Havana!

Location - is amazing! On the main square, all touristic locations are very close!
It may be a bit noisy during the day due to casa being located above the busy and very populat amoung tourists restaurant. However, it did not cause us any trouble! It is getting quiter after 10pm and quite during the night.

Rooms - decent size, we stayed in ensuite room, which was very comfortable.
The rooms do not have window, but it again did not bother us at all! For some reason this very comon in Cuba and you get used to it very quickly

Service was very friendly and helpful! There was a lady coming in every morning to cook breakfast and clean the flat/rooms. Breakfast was tasty. Flat was very clean and modern!

OVerall, if I ever come back I would definitely stay there!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

First of all my rating of 4 is based on my comparison with 3 other places I stayed in Havana during this trip. The main reason is the fact that the two rooms on the 2nd floor have share a bathroom (the one room below has its own bathroom). I really did not miss not having a window in my room since I did not spend time in it much. Other than that, the service, cleanliness and location is great.
The hostel is newly furnished with modern furnishings and great air conditioning.
Daniel is a great host and he waited for me until I arrived late in the evening around 9pm. He does not live there. Please note that this is more of an independent feel type of place and it worked for me as well. Breakfast was plenty with eggs, toast, fruit, coffee, juice. They have beer and water in the refrigerator and you can help yourself and pay for it later (honor basis).
I enjoyed coming out to the balcony and watching the action down the street and into the plaza as well. It is a great place to be as you can just run up and take a quick shower and siesta and just relax when it is too hot outside. I never heard any noise from below after I went into my room.

Room Tip: Ask ahead of time in case you do want the room with the bathroom. Note, none of the bedrooms have wi...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

The hostel has a top locaion on the nicest square in the old town. It is very clean and there is daily service in the rooms and common spaces. Main disadvantage is the lack of proper windows in all of the rooms, but there is air conditioning in the rooms to make sure you will survive:) The teracce is beautiful and - alond with the dining room- is readily available to guests. The staff are very friendly and helpful, they helped us with the transport and some tips when we arrived and carried our (heavy) luggage up the stairs.

Room Tip: despite sharing a common bathroom, the two rooms on the upper floor are nicer.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

We had a wonderful experience in plaza vieja hostal. Nice location And bedroom. The staff was fantastic, in special Daniel That was definetely The perfect host ever. When i arrived Daniel was expecting us And dos all The effort to Make our stay The best possible. Artemio resende And fernanda

  • Stayed November 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

I stayed here with friends for 2 nights upon arrival in Cuba. English speakers - do not let the word 'hostal' put you off - it isn't a 'hostel'. There are 3 rooms in the Casa, so if you only take one room, then you may be sharing the apartment with other people, but the bedroom doors have locks. If there are 6 of you, the whole place could be hired. The price is very reasonable (30 CUC per room per night if I remember correctly, in October), with breakfast an additional 5 CUC per person if you choose to eat there.

The casa is very clean & the location is perfect - overlooking Plaza Vieja (& above a brewery/bar!). It's a perfect base for walking around Havana Vieja, & there are lots of shops, bars and restaurants in the area.

We originally tried to reserve a place somewhere else, but we were recommended this place instead - & very glad we were! Daniel was very accommodating, waiting all day for the first members of of party to arrive, and then coming to our taxi to meet us & carry our bags (as cars cannot enter Plaza Vieja). We left Havana after 2 days to travel around, but there is so much to see that we returned for another 2 nights at the end of our trip. We tried to reserve Hostal Plaza Vieja again, but it was full. However, the owners also have another similar casa on Calle Cuba (also with great views, but this time near the lighthouse on la Malecon).

We only stayed in one hotel in Cuba, and this was not in Havana, so we cannot compare this with the quality of hotels available in Havana. However, the nicer hotels are very expensive and for the price here, this is perfect! I would definitely return.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Hostal Plaza Vieja
Address: Calle Muralla No.160, e/ San Ignacio y Cuba, Havana 10100, Cuba
Region: Caribbean > Cuba > Ciudad de la Habana Province > Havana
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Ranked #146 of 688 B&Bs / Inns in Havana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostal Plaza Vieja in Old Town - Get ready to experience the perfect vacation, spending every day enjoying spectacular views and all the luxuries of a beautiful Historical home! It is a Colonial house with lovely 3-bedrooms, the house has a kitchen and living areas, making it ideal for a large group or even for families or Couple.Located on Plaza Vieja an Important and lovely Plaza in Old Havana ... more   less 

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