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Aparthotel "Hostel-Simon"
Reviewed 12 September 2012

Me and my husband stayed with Simon and his family on 3 different occasions during our 3 week trip in Cuba. Hostal Simon is the best place we have stayed in Cuba. (We stayed in 4 other cities/casa particulars in Cuba). The hostal is located in a quiet neighbourhood on the outskirts of Santa Clara and is just a short ride into town. Their place is manicured, clean, and very cozy. Simon has 4 rooms, all with a private bathroom. Each room has its own kitchen although we never used it because the meals they prepared for us were so good (and very reasonably priced)! The place itself was beautiful but the people are what made the stay so great. They helped us in ways that we never expected and went out of their way to make our stay, and our whole trip, an incredible experience. Simon is a very crafty man and you’ll be surprised at the things he’s made. He also has 2 cars, one of them being a 1951 Ford Prefect. Simon’s daughter, Adalys, is such a warm person. She always looked for ways to make our stay special. On our last day, they planned a special feast for us which they cooked on their custom-made barbeque. They truly made us feel like we were a part of their family. We’ve travelled to Cuba several times and although we’ve had great experiences at other casa particulars, our stay at Hostal Simon was the best. Next time we go to Santa Clara, we won’t be staying anywhere else!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 May 2012

This is a beautiful, small casa particular. It is in a quiet location near the university. From the outside it looks unimpressive. But when they open the gate , you will be delighted. There is a nice courtyard with a lot of plants and trees. Your bungalow is in the garden. It is equipped with a sleeping room, small bath room and a dining room with a little kitchenette. But you probably will not use the kitchen facilities, as the hosts prepare excellent dishes. The host family is very nice and extremely helpful.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2016
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  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 April 2016
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Room Tip: Hola, Soy Diego de COLOMBIA. Recomiendo el Hostal por la excelente y cálida atención de sus comensal...
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  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 April 2016
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Room Tip: Cualquier Habitación es buena, pero recomiendo las del segundo piso y al fondo
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  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 December 2012
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  • Stayed: January 2012
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Additional Information about Aparthotel "Hostel-Simon"

Address: Street Calle 7ma # 619 / 6ta & 8va, Reparto Universitario, Santa Clara 50100, Cuba (Formerly Casa Hostal Simon)
Region: Caribbean > Cuba > Villa Clara Province > Santa Clara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 48 Speciality Lodging in Santa Clara
Price Range: £11 - £15 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The apart-hotel "HOSTAL-Simon" is a safe and comfortable retreat, offering guests a cozy and friendly family atmosphere to guarantee a pleasant stay, with different types of accommodation, suitable for those seeking tranquility and constant attention ... with the most complete and economical package of services.... Their RATES ARE ALWAYS NEGOTIABLE! Accepts travelers passing through one night and also others who come for longer periods ... As exclusivity that makes the difference and complements especially in the apart-hotel "HOSTAL-Simon" a very practical and economical service is included with the transport of the family for: 1. Welcome and / or farewell client in airports, bus stations or elsewhere in Cuba that is previously agreed by email or phone. 2. Guided tour "PATH FOR CHE" to visit and learn the most important historical, cultural and tourist sites in Santa Clara. 3. Guidance, advice and management to use the most appropriate transportation options in the itinerary of tourists throughout Cuba. 4. Coordination of reservations, transportation and reception in the accommodation of the different Cuban cities. The apart-hotel "HOSTAL-Simon" is at # 619 7th Street, between 6th and 8th Cast University of Santa Clara in Villa Clara, a 10-minute drive from the Central Plaza "Parque Leoncio Vidal" and 15 minutes the "Abel Santa Maria" International Airport. In the geographical coordinates 22.432867-N, -79.904962-O. Professionalism, absolute discretion and experience over twenty years in this activity, coupled with the exceptional conditions of privacy and location in the center of Cuba, make this a preferred option with very good value. Many tourists take as a base camp this facility and leave every morning in different directions to visit the attractions of other locations, saving in the cost of housing, making better use of their time and reducing the mileage: APPROXIMATE DISTANCES FROM THE APARTHOTEL "HOSTAL-SIMON" COURSE LOCATION DISTANCE KM Havana (NW) 300 Remedios (NE) 35 Caibarien (NE) 45 Cayo "Santa Maria (NE) 95 Cayo "The Witches" (NE) 65 Cienfuegos (SW) 70 Trinidad Cienfuegos (SW) 140 By Topes (S) 110 By Guinia (S) 95 S. Spiritus (SE) 155 Varadero W 200 This building of two floors in the area of ​​the Central University "Marta Abreu" has 5 capacities (bungalows) such as "separate cottages" and autonomous, with direct access from the street through the inner courtyard garden with lawn and ornamental plants and indoor parking spaces for five cars. In addition to the air-conditioned bedroom (with possibility of increase in the amount of their beds), each cabin has its entrance room, individual bathroom with hot water, its Pantry-kitchen with plateau and enabled with stove and refrigerator ... Referring to availability and according to the composition and interests of the group, in each of the 5 bungalows can be enabled beds for extra guests or when the customer decides to incorporate new companions. In the 460 m2 protected by high perimeter wall that has the property, you can enjoy a nice break in the tables and swing the gardens, on balconies, in the small private indoor pool, rooftop and other areas enabled for dining and personalized cocktail that is provided. While working to please all tastes, the specialty cuisine is excellent Creole food preparation in view of the customer in the Pantry-parrillada Central and / or charcoal barbecue in the garden. On request laundry and ironing of personal clothing is provided. ... more   less 

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