House in front of sea
Malecon 113, Havana, Cuba
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Beautiful view Facing the Ocean Jun 19, 2012
I booked this guesthouse through the internet as it has a very good review and location wise it is in famous sea front of the Malecon drive, walking distance to the old city wall, and close to the old town. The price of the room is a wee bit higher than other guesthouse around the areas. The guesthouse located on the first floor of the building and it is a bit difficult to find by taxi driver from the airport and have to climb the stairs as no elevator in the apartment.
When I arrived, the nephew of the owner was there waiting for me and he speaks English well, unfortunately the owner didn’t speak English at all. After proper “check in” – writing the name in the big book and paid the room in advanced, I get the key and shown the en-suite room in the back.
The room is very basic but clean, with big windows facing the messy neighborhood house in front of the building, one double bed and one single bed, small desk to put my stuffs, medium size refrigerator, very old air condition with strong noise. No wardrobe in the room and no space to put my clothing’s, so it has to stay inside the luggage. The bathroom is very tinny and old but hot and cold water is working properly. No soap or shampoo inside the room, you will need to bring your own.
The good thing about this guesthouse is a breakfast which consists of fresh juice of mango or pineapple, fresh fruits – banana, pineapple, mango, and pink guava. Plenty of bread with butter and jams, and any style of eggs you like and tea or coffee. Breakfast is not included in the room price; have to pay extra cuc4 per person. The old man who cooks and serves breakfast is really good and chatty even though he couldn’t speak English, he use sign language and try to communicate with the guest. You can have breakfast in the balcony facing the ocean when the weather is good.
The guesthouse also provides dinner for the guest for the fee. There is dinner menu and drinks in the room and need to let the owner know one day in advance if want to have dinner inside the house. Dinner was good and plentiful and taste better when the old man cooks it.
As a guest, we can use the facility in the house and can stay at the lounge and balcony which facing the ocean on Malecon drive with beautiful sunset and old city wall.
Inside the guesthouse was very quiet and peaceful at night time, however very busy during the day. There are plenty of up-market restaurants near the guesthouse facing the ocean. I would recommend having lunch or dinner at those up-market restaurants as the view is wonderful, the service and the food also good. The decoration of those restaurants is nice and some design like a garden with plenty of parakeet in the cage.
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House in front of Sea Jun 19, 2012
We found there are two main plusses with this hotel. Its location and the breakfast. The hotel is located at the main street (Malecon) along the sea in Havana. The small casa got three or four rooms - one of them were under construction when we visited. But you can use other parts of the apartment as well. There are a small table where you can get breakfast for and other meals if you like - there is no pressure about eating dinner at the case and you will actually have to order in advance if you want to eat here. The dinner is good if you are lucky enough to have the old man who works as a cook in the casa to cook it - otherwise it is up to the owner to make it and she doesn’t seem to be quite as consistent as a cook as the professional.
The living room is furnished with old style Cuban furniture - which is pretty old fashioned by western standards - but it is a nice change to sit in the old rocking chair and enjoying relaxing like your grandparents might have done it. The most attractive feature of the apartment is the big balcony facing the Malecon. From here you have a good view of the many old cars driving past down on the street - which is one of my favourite things to do in Havana - spotting old American cars you have never seen before. You also got a decent view of the sunset over the ocean in Cuba.
The room itself isn’t all that impressive - there are the basics like a couple of beds, air-con and a small table to leave your things on. But it is fairly small - fortunately our room was in the back of the apartment which meant we didn’t have a view of the sea but we didn’t have any significant traffic noise from the road down below. The bathroom is pretty small and especially the shower is a bit tight for space - but you can manage. Just remember to bring your own soap since the casa doesn’t provide any soap.
There was a bit of a problem with our room when we stayed there - if you closed the bathroom door from the outside you couldn’t open it again (fortunately if you closed it from inside the bathroom you could still open the door). Obviously we accidently closed the door a couple of times - but fortunately the room next to ours were under construction and they had a couple of handymen with their tools. And one of them opens our door a couple of times. After he had forced the door open a couple of times he decided it would be safer if he just removed the split which would lock the door all together. After this we had no more problems with our bathroom door.
There were a similar problem when we tried to walk out the front door down the stair - it couldn’t open - but fortunately this handyman was a master in forcing doors open when locked.
The other main attraction of the room was the breakfast - which we really liked. I guess some people would find the breakfast actually that great. It consisted basically of just two things - omelette (or fried eggs) and fruits. And there were a lot of amazing fresh tropical fruits which was what we really enjoyed about the breakfast - all the mango, banana and pineapple. If you don’t like tropical fruit you probably won’t enjoy the breakfast very much.
We actually liked the place so much so we decided to book the room again for when we would return a few weeks later. When we returned the owners seemed a bit awkward about our return - it turned out they had rented out the room and they were all full. This was somewhat off a bad service which significantly reduces the overall impression. Even though they did compensate us by finding a different casa nearby which rented out for a cheaper price and gave us a complimentary free breakfast during our stay.
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