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“A Wonderful Casa!!!”
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Tamargo
Ranked #38 of 366 Trinidad B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 January 2012

Casa Tamargo is in a perfect location, on one of the cobbled streets of the old part of Trinidad, a couple of minutes' walk from the bus station, two houses down from the Cubatur office where you can arrange tours or buses to the beach, a block away from most of the major tourist sights and museums, and two blocks away in the other direction from the internet office and the bank. From the street you walk into a beautiful old colonial home, and on through to a shaded, tiled, and plant-filled courtyard. The guest rooms, quiet, spotlessly clean and with private bathrooms, are at the far end of the courtyard, with a rooftop terrace above them. The courtyard has chairs under a vine-covered trellis, where you can sit in the afternoon and drink your "cafe con leche" or maybe a cocktail or wine. The rooftop terrace is another place where you can enjoy refreshments and relax. But perfect as the casa is, it is the hosts, Felix and Matilde, that make this such a delightful place to stay. They are always smiling and friendly, and available to prepare food or snacks, to give tourist advice, or even to take the time to teach you how to say correctly in Spanish some sentence that you are stumbling over! Matilde is a marvellous cook, and after eating one meal there, why would you choose to eat anywhere else? The food is as varied as it can be in a country with limited food choices, and it is cooked and seasoned perfectly, without a lot of oil or fat. We also felt no pressure to eat at the casa, if we had preferred to go out to eat. An extra bonus is the fact that Matilde and Felix are very careful with their reservations. They confirm reservations by email and honour them, keeping your room available, even though some travellers who have reserved may not actually show up if they have been lured elsewhere by "jineteros" at the bus station or on the streets. We stayed with them for four nights and would have loved to stay longer. This is a casa that you MUST visit, and where you should stay for quite a while!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

My family stayed here for 5 nights during our xmas holidays and could not have hoped for a better casa. Felix and Matilde are about as awesome as hosts get. Matilde cooked us delicious meals whenever we felt like it (just tell her the same day what you'd like to have, seafood, pork, chicken, beef and she'll get it) and Felix's cocktails are strong and excellent:)
The rooms have everything you need and are cleaned daily. Matilde gives out beach towels when you ask her and you have a laundry room at your use (equipped with a sink made of stone that makes you feel like a true cuban when you're washing your clothes! Of course Matilde will also do your laundry for a minimal charge)

The small city centre is a few minutes walk away, casa de la musica is right up the street. Matilde speaks only spanish but even if you don't, Felix knows a bit of English. The philosophy however is that they will teach you Spanish during your stay! You will be helped with everything you need, including taxis, finding a hairdresser in a local garage for 5 $, and vivid presentations about cuban history and the development of the casa from a colonial inherited home to a casa particular. You will not regret staying here.

Room Tip: There are three rooms; two (with 2 and 4 beds) that share a wall and you can hear what ppl in the ot...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 December 2011

This was the best casa we had in our 3 weeks journey around Cuba!! It is located not far from the city center, walking distance. We stayed with Matilda and Felix for 3 nights, we enjoyed it very much. The family is extremely nice and helpful. Matylda prepares excellent salsa with either shrimps or lobster. The owners are very friendly, treating you like a member of their family. The rooms are in a good condition and very clean. If you need to relax - patio or terrace upstairs are really inviting. We definitely recommend this casa!!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank Chicas P
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

You enter the house, and you feel as you were part of the family already.
Felix and Matilde are the best hosts you can imagine. The house is beautiful and it is impossible not to relax. The food is excellent, the rooms simple but very clean.
I can sincerely recommend staying at casa Tamargo.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank cubalibrito
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Reviewed 8 September 2011

We drove nine hours, somtimes through heart-stoppingly dangerous mountain roads, to get to Trinidad and were exhausted by the time we arrived. And there, standing on her doorstep waiting to look after us for a few days, was Matilde. I was probably a bit tired and emotional after such a long journey but I actually got a bit tearful when she showed us into her beautiful home.
This is an absolute gem of a B&B. Matilde and her husband Felix will care for you as if you are family. Their home is immaculate and perfect for a family like ours (two rooms, one a double, the other a triple). Matilde is a great cook (don't bother trying anywhere else in Trinidad, you won't find better) and Felix whips up a mean cocktail.
Trinidad is amazing, really gorgeous, and Tamargo is right in its heart. We had dinner in the casa and then walked up to the town square for late night live music and dancing.
Take a trip to the lovely beach at nearby Ancon and do not miss Parque El Cubana. It's a 15 minute drive out of Trinidad and once there you walk for about 45 minutes through the jungle and emerge at a glorious waterfall. The best swim we had in Cuba.
I have never left a review on Trip Advisor before but I felt so strongly about this place that I wanted to spread the word.

Room Tip: Only two rooms - both lovely
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank hatherz
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Reviewed 19 June 2011

Are Matilde and Felix my long-lost Cuban auntie and uncle? That would explain why I felt so at home here. Except my mom doesn't serve fantastic breakfast spreads and dinners of fried fish with cheese centers. And my dad would never greet me at the front door at 2am with a smile and a hearty "Adelante la juventud!" This place is the perfect mix of formal colonial culture and warm, casual hospitality. They do everything just right (think Tabasco, Nesquik, and real butter), and they do it with kindness and generosity. When I say we'll be back to Casa Tamargo, I really mean it. As Uncle Felix would say: Hasta la victoria siempre!

Oh yeah if you're driving they'll show you a good, visible spot on the small street in front of the entrance

Room Tip: The two rooms in the back courtyard are doubles
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

Excellent service, clean rooms, nice bathroom, very pleasant, would recommend to try Matilde´s Ropa Vieja...the best I have ever eaten!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Francisco Javier Serquera 266 | Entre Marti y Maceo, Trinidad 62600, Cuba
Region: Caribbean > Cuba > Sancti Spiritus Province > Trinidad
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Ranked #38 of 366 B&Bs / Inns in Trinidad
Price Range: £1 - £1 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4

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