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“The heart of Viñales: Casa Marilyn” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Casa de Marilyn
Ranked #8 of 200 Vinales B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“The heart of Viñales: Casa Marilyn”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

I carefully read through reviews on tripadvisor and elsewhere to choose my casas in Cuba. I have to say that I can now join the throng in recommending the welcome and warmth of a stay with this wonderful family, they are an absolute joy.
The room was comfortable, with two double beds and a bathroom. There is also a wonderful roof terrace with views across the valley to the Mogotes, but what makes this casa so special are the family themselves. Marilyn and Adel are both ex-teachers, bright, interesting people with a lovely sense of humour.
Marilyn arranged a walk with an excellent guide, Tito, to Los Aquaticos. We also went on the 'semi automatic' horse riding tour to the lake, tabacco farm, and caves- both wonderful day trips.
Salsa dancing with Tamira and Giselle in the living room was great fun too!

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Michael R
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Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

Marilyn and Adel are very nice and helpful. Adel drove us to the caves and the beach and waited for us all day, for a very good price. They want you to have the best stay and want to make you feel comfortable. They have good food, a beautiful house, and a beautiful family!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

I recently stayed at Casa Marilyn's for 3 nights whilst visiting Vinales with a friend. All the reviews we had read before we arrived were true: lovely family, great food, very helpful and enjoyable recommendations for local walking and horse-riding tours, salsa lessons, useful tips on what to drink and what to avoid, locally, all enhanced by the joyful force of nature which is Marilyn herself. My friend returned to Vinales a week after we'd originally visited, with some other friends, and despite Marilyn having no space in her own Casa at that time, when the Casa they had been going to stay in let them down, Marilyn organised them alternative accommodation with her neighbour, Marisol. The whole family are lovely and staying with them was a great pleasure.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sian w
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014

We stayed 3 nights at Marilyn and Adel's Casa and this was THE BEST, we stayed at throughout our entire Cuba trip. Marilyn picked us up from the bus stop and took care of us the entire time we stayed at hers.
We really felt at home. She arranged horseback riding for us and Adel took us to the nearby caves with his old timer - what an experience. We cannot recommend this Casa highly enough and already miss the long chats with Marilyn on the terrace with the best Mojitos in the whole of Cuba.

If you go to Vinales you must stay here Andre and Simon - London

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank xmunu
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014

We stayed 3 nights at Marilyn and Adel's Casa and this was THE BEST we stayed at throughout our entire Cuba trip.

Marilyn picked us up from the bus stop and took care of us the entire time we stayed at hers. We really felt like home. She arranged horseback riding for us and Adel took us to the nearby caves with his oldtimer - what an experience.

We cannot recommend this Casa highly enough and already miss the long chats with Marilyn on the terrace with the best Mojitos in the whole of Cuba .

If you go to Vinales you must stay here

Andre and Simon - London

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Andre S
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

The casa is clean, with hot water, very close walk to the centre of town, modern bathroom, comfy beds. Whilst it ticks all the right boxes, it is the family who really make it. Marilyn is a beautiful person who is happy to sit on the front porch and tell you all about Cuba. Her breakfasts and dinners are
HUGE and delicious and she
recommended some fantastic tours and day trips for us. She really does go above and beyond to make you feel at home. You'll definitely enjoy your stay!

  • Stayed November 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

There's not much you can say about Casa Marilyn other than BOOK NOW. It was by far our best casa in Cuba (followed closely by Panchito's next door).

Marilyn and Adel are very friendly. We got picked up by Adel in his awesome 1950s car and driven through the Vinales countryside. His English isn't the best but he was still very nice.

You get to the house and it is great. Very new and clean and extremely relaxing. Marilyn is all smiles and speaks great English so we were able to get on well. She gave us a fresh mango juice and the great hospitality just continued from there.

The dinner was unbelievable. Way too much though so if you are eating there you can probably skip lunch or just not eat for a few days after. I recommend it. Breakfast is also great. The usual Cuban spread of eggs, bread and fruit with good strong coffee.

The room is very comfortable and private as you have your own lock. There is a fridge just outside with any water and things that you need.

We could only book one night there so we moved next door to her friend Panchito's casa but that didn't stop her helping us out. I got ill on the last day and she gave us medication which is pricey over there and ensured I was fine before starting my journey. She was amazing and very kind.

Marilyn will be your mother in Cuba. She's got lovely kids so you know she'll do a great job. Go and meet her.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank lewisbish1
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Additional Information about Casa de Marilyn

Property: Casa de Marilyn
Address: Calle primera, No. 4B, entre A y B.Reparto La Carbonera | Behind the hospital of the village, Vinales 22400, Cuba
Region: Caribbean > Cuba > Pinar del Rio Province > Vinales
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #8 of 200 B&Bs / Inns in Vinales
Number of rooms: 2

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