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SUGGESTED CASAS IN TOWN
Center, near Parque Cespedes
30 casas
Vista Alegre including Terrazas
6 casas

Metropolis of the Oriente, second largest city in the country, mother of the Sierra Maestra, scene of an original, extroverted and mezclada culture, the ciudad where most uprisings took place (1868, 1895, 1898, 1953, 1957), Santiago de Cuba also boasts the largest afro-caribbean contingent in Cuba.

Having fled the Haitian revolution of 1791, some 18,000 coffee plantation owners (French families such as the Durand, Vidaux, Dallest, Lafite, Lombard, Bourzac, Manet, Préval and Lemoine)
and their slaves settled here where they found an independent spanish colony, well-protected (El Morro fort built in the 16th century) and in dire need of cheap labor - the city only had 20,000 residents - which was not arriving fast enough from Africa.

Its geographical location, like that of Kingston, Jamaica which it likens — and with which it has more than cultural ties, makes it a veritable boiler in summer
when humidity slows even the most hardy of visitors down. The city's reputation has nothing to envy any other Cuban large city...

Oh, yes : it was
the country's original capital city for 135 years, until the mid sixteenth century.

Yesterday the Rebel, Hospitable Today, Heroic Forever [Rebelde Ayer, Hospitalaria Hoy, Heroica Siempre]

DISTANCES
Baconao, 48
Baracoa, 193
Bayamo, 120
Camaguey, 331
Chivirico, 68
El Cobre, 20
El Salton, 80
Gibara, 185
Gran Piedra, 23
Guantanamo, 61
Holguin, 155
Jiguani, 88
La Habana, 858
Maffo, 68
Manzanillo (coast), 245
Mayari Arriba, 55
Palma Soriano, 40
Rio Cauto,
Siboney, 15
Trinidad, 588

Documentary Film Festival 2011 - Click to link •]• Moncada Poster from the 70's
"
Without Women, there is no Revolucion" - Vilma Espin Guillois Presente! © Melanie Cervantes

carte prov santiago
MAPS & LINKS
Map - Palma Soriano to Guantanamo and the coast
Map - Bayamo to Santiago region
Supermap - Port & center up to La Moncada
Supermap - Repartos (burroughs) south of center
Map - The Centro of the Centro (4 x 4 blocks)
Map - The city : large street plan
Map - The city : detailed streets
Map - Repartos Sueño and Vista Alegre with casas
Map - Reparto Santa Barbara
Map - Region and small towns
Map - Bay area undetailed
Map - The coast, east of the city
Map - Region and west of the city
Schedule - Cuban trains
Schedule of rising and downward tides
Viazul Bus Routes Ruta 24 + Ruta 25 + Ruta 26
Schedule - Bus to/from Baracoa and Guantanamo
Island-wide bus connections — horariodebuses.com
Currency - Daily exchange rates
WHAT'S ON - Casa de la Trova, Musica, etc
All that's natural in Santiago province
LIVE - arrivals & departures at Santiago airport

All the Web particuba.net
POPULATION 493,840 (2007)

PLAYAS
Beaches closest to Santiago are located 19 km east, along a 33-km stretch of coast between Siboney (see our page here) and Baconao, 48 km from here La Poseta de Juan Gonzalez, 20km away along the coast : waterfall and lake for freshwater bathing.

WIFILANDIA
Wi-Fi Zones in town include : Parque Cespedes, Plaza del Marte, Parque de Ferreiro and Paseo Maritimo La Alameda; to use, one must buy a 2cuc per hour code at the following locations which offer Internet on desktop computers open Daily 8h30-19h30 Telepunto, (Hartman, corner of Callejón del Carmen), Centro Multiservicios de Céspedes (Heredia s/n, corner of Santo Tomás), Centro Multiservicios de Alameda (Ave. Jesús Menéndez No. 603 e/ José A. Saco y Callejón Cuba), Centro Multiservicios de Vista Alegre (calle M corner of Ampliación de Terrazas)

SERVICES
Cubataxi 65-1038 : ask for Che (Osvaldo Bez), a super guy and part-time beekeeper or his buddies Daniel "Italiano" or Eugenio Borrero, best taxistas in town Clinica internacional, Vista Alegre, 64-2589 Cubana airline 69-1014 or 69-1865 : greet agent Wesme Pila Beltran at main airport counter : a fully-bilingual graduate of Youth Canada World. Local Yoga Instructor : Salas at Parque Santamaria on Wed and Thu at 16h

SMALL HOTELS
Hostal San Basilio E (San Basilio (Bartolomé Maso) 403, e/Calvario (Porfirio Valiente) y Carniceria; tel (22) 65-1702) : now a "boutique" hotel with doubles incl. breakfast from 54cuc; 8 rooms in restored colonial casa Gran Hotel Santiago on Enramada (J. A. Saco), corner of San Félix : basic doubles for 30-40cuc; tel. (22) 65-3020 : part of the local hotel school with 15 rooms to rent. Both accept credit cards, offer in-room fridge and a/c. Review here.

EXCURSIONES
Marina Marlin best for bay tour (min. 10 pax) for 12 cuc including drink Paradiso Heredia 305, best for cultural tours; others offer pretty much the same, such as Cubatur Heredia, corner Lacret : full day including Morro castle for 54 cuc pp Cubanacan las Americas corner M

TRANSPORTATION
Air Three daily 2h10 flights with Cubana and AeroCaribbean (Tel. 22-69-1014) from Havana ; fare 120cuc; taxi to town 8-10cuc, 8 km. Rail (see sked link above) The Tren Especial to/from Havana leaves every 3rd evening (Tel. 62-2836 or 7759), leaving at 21h00, arr La Habana at 12h15 the next day Bus Viazul tel. 62-3050 or 8484; see sked link above Car rentals : Via Rentacar 68-7278 at Cubatur across from Casa Granda : ask for Rafael, honest and cool; also : Cubacar 65-3525, Havanautos 65-1056, Cubacar 68-7206 Scooter rental : Hotel San Juan [av Siboney y Calle 13] Santiago site with transport info here


Santiago 3 x day via Santa Clara, Sancti Spiritus, Ciego de Avila, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin and Bayamo — Viazul Ruta 24 Others rutas to/from here Ruta 25 and Ruta 26


The Tren Especial or Tren Frances to Havana leaves every 3rd evening. Lovely, comfy and fast-looking (using the old Paris to Amsterdam Trans-Europ Express carriages) but takes 15 hours to get to the country's capital, 858 kilometers west — on the bumpy tracks crossing the island © maninseat61

REGIONAL MAP HERE

Not a traveler resting in a casa particular but rather some martyr or saint resting in a glass case in the Cathedral — with a capital see ; ) © sogestour


On the santiagoenmi blog, there are not only captivating posts about the streets but also captured beauty, as above in what looks like Padre Pico with its staircase © santiagoenmi

Cayo Granma •|• El Cobre
Catedral and bahia from Hotel Casa Granda rooftop © sogestour ] Restaurant on Cayo Granma, tiny island in the bay © insay organic.hu

A DOZEN MUST-DO'S
... take a walk on Enramada (J. A. Saco) street for pedestrians only between 9 and 9 from Plaza de Marte to Corona : used to be filled with smoky cars
...
look over the shoulder of one of dozens of Santiagueros hooked on wi-fi in parks Cespedes, de Marte, Alameda or Ferreiro
...
ride a bike on the shaded streets of Vista Alegre ... check out the domino fanaticos of Padre Pico in Tivoli
...
spy on pedestrians in Parque Cespedes from the roof of the Casa Granda Hotel ... take in the panorama from Balcon de Velazquez
...
bite into a filet of fish on Cayo Granma smack in the middle of the bay : get there by a local bus or taxi (5cuc) to Punta Gorda and switch to the ferry
...
find a rare book at Libreria La Escalera where the muy sympatico Eddy will introduce you to a music trio, calle Heredia 265
...
marvel at the energy of dancing kids and aging singers in the cultural spots of calle Heredia ... refresh your eyes admiring the classic paintings in Museo Emilio Bacardi Moreau
...
relive recent history in La Moncada and at the Museo de Lucha Clandestina
...
slowly sip a cafecito at La Isabelica, facing Plaza Dolores
...
remember history at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. In all, a sound and sight spectacle you will enjoy remembering. In spite of everything, this city's soul manages to stick to yours. The way India does, in a kind of a love-it-or-leave-it relationship.


Bayside, Paseo La Alameda (de Michaelsen) runs on Calle Jesus Menéndez between Calixto García and Aguilera and was named in honor of German-born benefactor, adoptive son and classical music and art supporter Hermann Michaelsen in 1929. It is also a wifi zone © unk ] Bucolic spot on the Universidad campus — somewhere © unk

El Cobre © dtcuba.com
Enramada (J. A. Saco) street, is pedestrian and more breathable from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. © sogestour ] Nuestra Señora de la Caridad (Oshun for santeria believers) at El Cobre where Cubans pray the country's patron saint and romantics look for Hemingway's gift to Cuba : his Nobel Prize Medal © William Trumbull

Poder Popular © Heidi Jonker
Parque Serrano along Enramada © sogestour ] Parque Céspedes and Poder Popular where Fidel gave victory speech on Jan. 2, 1959 © Heidi Jonker

Bailantes © F.J. Kruff
Music pioneers at
Casa de La Trova Pepe Sanchez © sogestour ] Señora buying birdseeds © sogestour


This is one many views of the bay — La bahia de Santiago © unk ] The Casa de La Trova Pepe Sanchez won the Best on the island — CubaDisco award © pedro de la osa, cubarte


The famous terrace of Hotel Casa Granda, overlooking Parque Cespédes, our perennial favorite and hangout in the Oriente © sogestour
IF STONES COULD TALK
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia The cemetery boasts tombs of José Marti (2nd most revered spot in Cuba after El Cobre). Hourly changing of the guard is impressive; also Carlos Manuel de Céspedes "Father of the Fatherland"; Cuba's first President, Tomas Estrada Palma; Mariana Grajales who was not only Antonio Maceo's widow but a revolutionary still revered in much of Latin America.

Also,
Frank and Josué Pais, two of the more recent heroes — of the modern Revolucion as well as the graves of those who died in the failed taking of La Moncada on 26 de Julio 1953; the black marble tomb of Emilio Moreau Bacardi (1844-1922), writer, journalist, businessman and advocate of Cuban independence, jailed in 1876, exiled in 1879; elected Mayor in 1901 then served as Senator. His descendants and family cronies turned against the Revolucion and the Bacardi name now stands for corruption, coercion, unfair trading and terrorism in The Guardian UK 15 August 2002 02.16 BST

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MOVING RIGHT ALONG
There are many other must-sees in the ciudad : Balcón de Velázquez, Casa del Caribe, Castillo del Morro, Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Asunción, Cayo Granma, Cuartel Moncada, Museo de Ambiente Cubano, Museo de Lucha Clandestina, Museo Diego Velasquez, Museo Emilio Bacardí Moreau, Teatro Heredia, Iglesia Santa Lucia.

CHOPPING FOR BARGAINS
Good and well-designed stuff ("more stuff" like George Carlin used to say) at Galeria de Arte UNEAC (Heredia, e/Pio Rosado y Hartmann) Egrem Records boutique (Hartmann, e/Maximo Gomez y Portuondo) has musical instruments and CD and DVD's Rhum at the Caney factory on Peralejo and Cigars at Casa del Habano on Aguilera and Menendez

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Cabaret Tropicana Santiago © Barbara, picasa
ADMIRE
Dancers and musicians performing at Cabaret Tropicana Santiago (similar but not as "outrageous" as Havana's Tropicana) : located about 2 miles out of town : 35cuc per person; on a smaller scale, the Santiago Café at the Melia Santiago Hotel : 5cuc per person. Otherwise, lots of music shows by up-and-coming and established stage artists where dancing along is allowed ; ) Locations on calle Heredia : Casa de la Musica at #208, Casa de la Trova (Patio de Artex) at #304, UNEAC's Patio de la Jutía Conga at #266, Museo del Carnaval at #303, Casa del Estudiante at #205 or the Patio de los Dos Abuelos (Grandfathers' Patio) at calle Pizarro (Pérez Carbo) #5 on Plaza de Marte and Casa de las Tradiciones at 154, calle Jesus Rabi, e/San Fernando y Princesa.
DEVOUR
... what food is on offer in these paladares (private restaurants) and state-run restaurants Paladar las Gallegas Bartolomé Maso 305 for its pork, chicken or lamb; Paladar Salon Tropical (photo left) on Luis F. Marcané 310 in reparto Santa Barbara in the area of the Las Americas Hotel : smoked pork, chicken, salads served on the rooftop terrace; Santiago 1900 on Bartolomé Maso 354 in what used to be the Bacardis' family casa : recently re-opened, everything is in moneda nacional, so less than 5cuc per dish; La Fontana in the Melia Santiago for its ravioli or pizza, pork or chicken; La Teresina on Aguilera (Marina) in a super setting opening onto Plaza Dolores : chicken, pizza and pasta; La Perla del Dragon almost beside the preceding does the Chinese thing, szechuan and wotnot; El Cayo on Cayo Granma - in the middle of the bay - serves sea catches of the morning but only at noon; El Barracón, opened in 2008 on V. Garzon, corner of Prudencio for its creative new Afro-Cuban cuisine; El Morro with breathtaking views of the sea : for lunch, a full plate of comida criolla (typical Cuban fare) for 12cuc; Zunzún a good choice on offer at Manduley 159 in Vista Alegre with super meals of lobster, paella or curry chicken.
OUR RECOMMENDATIONS
::: Unless you only want a room in any house which may be of the same quality, but not the specific casa you booked through these photos, say or write : "Quiero asegurir que mi cuarto reservado esta situado en tu casa propria." ::: So as to not abandon honest owners with empty rooms, reconfirm your booking by phone as soon as you can after arriving in Cuba. ::: Please write or phone a casa owner to cancel a booking. As late as it may seem, it allows them a chance to rebook. ::: Children under the age of 16 may share a bedroom with adults for free. Specify the child's age when booking. ::: Since October 2010, maximum bedroom capacity is not limited to two adults (we will erase all mention of this on our pages). ::: Also, large casas are not limited to renting only two bedrooms per night. ::: At the end of the casa name, the V signals the casa was suggested by travelers or owners but not verified by the website staff. If you try it and like it, write us about it. ::: Unless otherwise mentioned, the average room rates and service prices are : 20-25cuc per bedroom per night [up to 40+ for 4 in a room]; breakfasts 3-5cuc, dinners 7-10cuc. ::: Any casa particular anywhere in Cuba must have a hot water shower, otherwise it cannot have a permit to rent. ::: Please share your Complaints, comments & suggestions webmaster [@]cubacasas.net

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CASAS RENTING IN THE CLASSIC CENTRE, AROUND PARQUE CESPEDES
with Casa Granda Hotel on one side and the Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion
and the
Balcon de Velazquez and the Ayuntamiento on the others.
There you have five of the top places to see in Santiago.

From one side of the park, one takes
Heredia street to find La Trova and other hot music spots
From the other end of the park, take
Enramada a no-car, all-pedestrian street from 9 to 9 every day !
And do not forget
Padre Pico with its stairs leading to from little bars beyond,
fascinating
Museo Bacardi and some impressive pieces,
Parque Dolores with local fauna of all orientation
and
La Escalera libreria slash troubadour spot
The Catedral's steeples on Parque Cespedes, the out-of-towners' town center
BOOK BY PHONE
• From Canada and the USA : 011 53 + # preceded by the city's area code, 22 • From Europe, Great Britain, Scandinavia, Mexico : 00 53 + phone # preceded by area code 22 ••• HOW TO DIAL A CUBAN PHONE NUMBER HERE ••• CELL PHONE NUMBERS on our town lists and casa pages are preceded by 05 for calls originating Havana; from anywhere else in Cuba, dial 01 + the 8 digits of the cell.

BOOK BY EMAIL :
Click on logo to open a message addressed to that casa in your email application; or right-click to copy address. Spanish vocabulary here.

Click photos to see each casa's page and description. Map of area with casas here.
See Centro casas in sequence.

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NENITA
Two a/c bedrooms, ensuites, lovely patio
San Jeronimo (S. Hechavarria) 472, entre Carniceria (Pio Rosado) y Calvario (Porfirio Valiente), facing Museo Vilma Espin. Tel. (22) 65-4110

Santiago La Nenita © Sogestour
TERRAZA PAVO REAL
Two a/c br's, ensuites, patio, roof terrace
Santa Rita (Diego Palacios) 302, entre San Pedro (General Lacret) y San Felix (Hartmann). Closest casa to Parque Cespédes.Tél. (22) 65-8589 cell 53 40 27 93

TERRAZA PAVO REAL © sogestour

CASA AZUL
Upstairs, three a/c bedrooms, ensuites, patio
Calle Jaguey 121, e/Padre Pico y Escudero, downtown, 5 blocks from Parque Cespedes. Tel. (22) 62-0319 cel. 52 82 10 57

CASA AZUL

ROSA y PEDRO
Two a/c bedrooms, ensuites
Mariano Corona 805, entre Santa Rita (Diego Palacios) y San Carlos (Rafael Salcedo), five blocks from Casa Granda. Tél. (22) 62-0101



MARUCHI
Two a/c bedrooms, ensuites, patio
Hartmann (San Felix) 357, e/ Trinidad (Gral Portuondo) y San German (Maximo Gomez),
steps from Casa de Frank Pais. Tel. 22-62-0767 cell 52 61 37 91



NIVIA
One ventilated bedroom with ensuite bathroom
General Portuondo (Trinidad), #510, entre Hartman (San Félix) y General Bandera (San Bartolomé) near Parque Cespédes Tél. (22) 62-28-93

Casa Nivia © Nekane Rinxols

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NESTOR y CARMEN V
One a/c bedroom with ensuite bathroom
Santa Rosa (Desiderio Mesner) # 290, e/ Mariano Corona y Mejorana, a 5-min walk from Casa de la Trova and Casa de la Musica, from Cespedes Park. Tel. (22) 62-5863



LOURDES
Upstairs, two a/c bedrooms, each with ensuite
Felix Pena (Santo Tomas) 454 (upstairs), e/San Francisco (Sagarra) y San Jeronimo (Hechavarria), close to Parque Céspedes. Tel. (22) 65-4468

Lourdes de la Caridad © Sogestour

ALINA
One a/c bedroom with ensuite bathroom
Felix Pena (Santo Tomas) 453 (upstairs), e/San Francisco (Sagarra) y San Jeronimo (Hechavarria), close to Parque Cespedes. Tel: (22) 62-4397

La casona

ROSAURA V
One a/c bedroom apartment with own bathroom
San Basilio
(Bartolomé Maso) no. 459 altos (upstairs), entre Calvario (Porfirio Valiente) y Reloj (Mayla Rodriguez), in historical quarter of town. Tel. (22) 65-1141

ROSAURA VAZQUEZ PÉREZ

YULIET V
Upstairs, two ac bedrooms, kitchenette, terrace
San Basilio (Bartolomé Maso) 513, e/Clarin (Padre Quiroga) y Reloj
(Mayla Rodriguez) near Hostal San Basilio Tél. (22) 62-0546.



VILLA MAJA
One a/c bedroom with ensuite, roof terrace
Heredia 574 (upstairs), corner of Paraiso (Placido), steps from Plaza de Marte and the new pedestrian street, Enramada (J. A. Saco). Tel. (22) 62-7583.

Villa Maja © Sogestour

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SANDRA V
Upstairs a/c bedroom, ensuite, terrace
Carniceria (Pio Rosado) # 762-A e/ Santa Rita (Diego Palacios) y San Carlos (Rafael Salcedo), three blocks from Parque Cespédès. Tel. (22) 65-5492 or 65-4574 Cell. 52 70 60 22



MARIA V
Two a/c bedrooms, each with ensuite bathrooms
Rey Pelayo (Eduardo Yero) n° 86, e/ Reloj (Mayla Rodriguez) y Calvario (Porfirio Valiente), 6 blocks from Parque Cespedes. Tel. (22) 62-2152 Cellular 52 40 07 61

Maria de la Cruz Figueroa

MARINO V
One a/c bedroom with own bathroom
Rey Pelayo (Eduardo Yero) 112, entre Reloj (Mayla Rodriguez) y Clarin (Padre Quiroga), equidistance from the city's three center parques. Tel. (22) 62-5381 

MARINO SAN JOSE

RAIMUNDO
Two a/c bedrooms, each with ensuite bathroom
Heredia 308, entre Pio Rosado (Carniceria) y Porfirio Valiente (Calvario). Steps from Casa de la Trova, Casa de la Musica and Parque Céspedes. Tel. (22) 62-4097

Raimundo Ocana © Sogestour

JUAN y NASTIA V
One a/c bedroom with own bathroom
Diego Palacios (Santa Rita) 419 altos (upstairs), e/ Pio Rosado (Carniceria) y Porfirio Valiente (Calvario), four blocks from Parque Cespédes. Tél. (22) 62-4274

JUAN y NASTIA ANTONIO TEJERA © MARCO CHARBONNEAU
MABEL V
One a/c bedroom apartment with own bathroom
Padre Pico No 354 upstairs entre San Basilio (Bartolomé Maso) y Santa Lucia (J. Castillo Duany). At foot of Padre Pico, in town center. Tel. (22) 65-5317

Santiago de Cuba • Casa Mabel © radames fiol

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GISELA y JOSÉ V
Two a/c bedrooms, with ensuites
Pio Rosado (Carniceria) 409, e/ San Jeronimo (S. Hechavarria) y San Francisco (Sagarra), minutes from Parque Cespedes. Tel. (22) 62-5176

GISELA FUSTE y JOSÉ DUHARTE © sogestour

CASA LINE V
Indep. apart., two ac br's, one bath, terrace
Calle José de Diego (Princesa) 362 1/2 (Upstairs-altos), e/ Corona y Eduardo Martin (Mejorana), 200m from Casa de las Tradiciones. Tel. (22) 62-7808 cel. 58 10 06 45

CASA LINE © sogestour


GUILLERMO y JUANA
Onroof, one a/c br, ensuite, private terrace
San Fermin 158, entre San Mateo (Sao del Indio) y San Antonio (Narciso Lopez), 5 blocks from Hotel Casa Granda. Tél. (22) 62-4451



MARIA DEL CARMEN V
4 ac bedrooms, ensuites, large patio, mini-pool
Trinidad (General Portuondo) 667, entre Calvario (Porfirio Valiente) y Moncada, steps from Iglesia de Trinidad. Tel. (22) 65-8240 cell 53 38 77 46



OSVALDO V
Large upstairs ac br with mini-balcony
San Geronimo 155, e/ Corona y Padre Pico about 200m du Parque Cespedes Tel. (22) 65-8020 Cell 52 46 63 19



VILLA ROMA V
Two upstairs ac br's, with ensuites, roof terrace
Padre Pico 614 altos, e/Princesa y San Fernando, some 50m from Casa de las Tradiciones. Tel. (22) 62-2801 cell 54 25 75 65


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TERRAZA SANTIAGO V
Two upstairs ac br's, with ensuites, roof terrace
Santa Lucía (Castillo Duany) #163 1/2 altos (2 floors up), e/ Calle Corona y Padre Pico right by escalinita Padre Pico. Cell 54 07 84 95 or Gabriel 52 46 73 87



MARIBEL y DIOGENES V
One upstairs ac br with ensuite, roof terrace
Jose A. Saco (Enramada) 811 altos (upstairs), e/ Hernan Cortes (E. Tamayo) y San Miguel, two blocks from park Plaza de Marte. Tel. (22) 65-2744 cell 53 40 28 16



SOL y VICTOR V
Two a/c bedrooms, with ensuites
Calle Hartman (San Felix) # 356, e/ Trinidad y San German, in town center, some 5 blocks from Parque Cespedes. Tél. cell 54 08 08 39 or in casa (22) 65-5631



LA CEIBA V
Two a/c bedrooms with ensuites, patio
General Portuondo (Trinidad) # 651¼, e/ Calvario (Porfirio Valiente) y Moncada, right by Santísima Trinidad church. Tel. (22) 65-8924 cel 53 73 65 66

Hostal La Ceiba
COLONIAL TERESA V
One a/c bedroom, ensuite, rooftop terrace
Calle Colon 63, entre Trocha y San Fernando, downtown in Tivoli area, 3 mins from Casa de las Tradiciones. Tel. (22) 62-9508 cel. 53 19 52 54



CASA TITA V
Upstairs, one ac br, ensuite, kitchen, terrace
Calle Felix Pena (Santo Tomas) 107, e/ San Antonio (Narciso Lopez) y San Ricardo (Gonzalo de Quesada), about 10 mins. from Parque Cespedes. Tel. (22) 65-5326 cel. 53 95 17 22


CASA TITA Étage complet : ch clim, sdb, cuisine, terrasse


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Off-centre in this quiet and safe residential area, these casas offer travellers with a rented car some easy parking. The neighbourhood of Vista Alegre (of which a part is officially named Terrazas de Vista Alegre just to confuse you more : those pencil-pushing city workers never give up, do they ?) is also closer to the road leading to the beaches.

Built in the 50's, Vista Alegre has allures of an American suburb, albeit unrenovated, without malls or shops (which are ruining the Empire of Evil as we all know ;), except in nearby major hotels : Santiago, San Juan and Melia Las Americas.

Some palatial homes have been turned into institutions :

• Alliance française, calle 6 #253 corner 11 (22) 64 15 03
• Casa del Caribe, calle 13 #154 corner 8 - photo below right
• Centro Cultural Africano, ave. Manduley 106 corner 3
• Galería de Arte Universal, calle C e/ M y Terrazas
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OUR RECOMMENDATIONS
Unless you only want a room in any house which may be of the same quality, but not the specific casa you booked through these photos, say or write : "Quiero asegurir que mi cuarto reservado esta situado en tu casa propria." ::: So as to not abandon honest owners with empty rooms, reconfirm your booking by phone as soon as you can after arriving in Cuba. ::: Please write or phone a casa owner to cancel a booking. As late as it may seem, it allows them a chance to rebook. ::: Children under the age of 16 may share a bedroom with adults for free. Specify the child's age when booking. ::: Since October 2010, maximum bedroom capacity is not limited to two adults (we will erase all mention of this on our pages). ::: Also, large casas are not limited to renting only two bedrooms per night. ::: At the end of the casa name, the V signals the casa was suggested by travelers or owners but not verified by the website staff. If you try it and like it, write us about it. ::: Unless otherwise mentioned, the average room rates and service prices are : 20-25cuc per bedroom per night [up to 40+ for 4 in a room]; breakfasts 3-5cuc, dinners 7-10cuc. ::: Any casa particular anywhere in Cuba must have a hot water shower, otherwise it cannot have a permit to rent. ::: Please share your Complaints, comments & suggestions webmaster [@]cubacasas.net
BOOK BY PHONE
• From Canada and the USA : 011 53 + # preceded by the city's area code, 22 • From Europe, Great Britain, Scandinavia, Mexico : 00 53 + phone # preceded by area code 22 ••• HOW TO DIAL A CUBAN PHONE NUMBER HERE ••• CELL PHONE NUMBERS on our town lists and casa pages are preceded by 05 for calls originating Havana; from anywhere else in Cuba, dial 01 + the 8 digits of the cell.

BOOK BY EMAIL :
Click on logo to open a message addressed to that casa in your email application; or right-click to copy address. Spanish vocabulary here.
Click photos to see each casa's page and description. Map of area with casas here. Or check out this new detailed map aqui.
See Vista Alegre casas in sequence.

Click logo to move to next casa.
MERY y TANIA V
One a/c bedroom, ensuite, private entrance
Calle Anacaona # 107 entre Aguilera y Taínos, some 5 mins. walk from La Maison. Tel. (22) 64-1970

MERY Y TANIA GOMEZ

CASA GALLART
Two a/c bedrooms, each with ensuite bathrooms
Calle 6 No 302 corner (esquina) 11, between Sagrada Familia and Casa del Caribe in reparto Terrazas de Vista Alegre. Tel. (22) 64-3307



MARGARITA BERROJO
One a/c bedroom, ensuite, lovely grand patio
Calle 6, No 406 entre 15 y 17, reparto Vista Alegre. Tel. (22) 64-2450

JULIA V
Two a/c bedrooms, each with ensuite bathroom
Calle 6 #407, entre 14 y 17, a few steps from the Alliance française. Tel. (22) 64-3663

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AYMARA y PABLO V
One a/c bedroom with own bathroom
Calle Centro Gallego # 4 e/ Aguilera y Anacaona, 5 mins. walk from "La Maison", Hotel Melia or Las Americas. Tel : (22) 64-1018

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ARIEL y LAYSOL
Two a/c bedrooms, each with ensuite bathroom
Calle Raul Pujols (Calle de Siboney) #102, corner Aguilera, near San Francisco. Tel. (22) 64-4145

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