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Fantastic location and a very warm hostess Apr 19, 2011
We stayed at Marthas in Havana for a total of 12 nights in March / April 2011. On arrival you enter the building (an 18 storey tower block) through the garage which is a little dark and daunting, but then once you get up to Marthas on the fourteenth floor, you’re greeted by a whole new world.
The apartment (almost the whole 14th floor) is decorated in a neo-colonial style with marble floors and cool well appointed furniture. The bedrooms are large and airy with good quality fittings. The bathrooms are private, very clean and spacious, and more importantly there is constant hot water for the showers. The apartment has a beautiful balcony patio area which is ideal for whiling away a few hours, drinking rum, smoking cigars and playing the odd game of Cuban dominoes.
Martha is instantly loveable with a relaxed honest attitude and loves quiet polite travellers. Martha herself is a beautiful lady who’s been in Havana since the time of the revolution, and enjoys chatting about the pros and cons of the socialist system.
Martha will cook you a decent breakfast for 5 CUC (4 USD) per person which is great. It is really easy to get an official taxi to the city centre from the Hotel Presidente which is on the same Avenue as Marthas, and remember to tell the taxi driver your price before starting out. Four Cuban Convertible Pesos (3 USD) will get you to Parque Central, which is the hub of most things in Havana, near to the big hotels, El Capitolio (Parliament Building) and the start of the Old City. Ask Martha about the best places to eat in the area, especially the small local cafe / restaurant set in a small garden on Calle 13, the same street that the tower block is on, great friendly service and great cheap food.
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable time was spent there, and we would definitely return. One other thing, don’t be confused by the fact that Marthas is listed on hostel booking websites, this is not a hostel, as each room is totally private with private bathrooms. This is definitely not a hostel, and in my opinion (I’ve travelled a lot worldwide) it is probably more akin to a 4 star hotel, certainly for Havana. Marthas is absolutely ideal for couples wishing to visit Havana without being hassled by groups of rum fuelled youths that you sometimes find in the downtown hotels or hostels.
Go to Marthas and you will find a beautiful apartment waiting for you, owned and run by a beautiful lady...
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