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Acommodation in Cuba

Discover the different kinds of accommodation available to you in Cuba. 

The Republic of Cuba boasts great diversity of accommodations that adapt to every kind of budget and taste. From small huts in the beach, to great five-star hotel complexes all-included!

All-Included Hotels and Hotel Complexes:

Paradisus Princiesa Mar Resort & Spa
Paradisus Princiesa Mar Resort & Spa, Sol Meliá

You should know that all hotels and complexes have, at least, a 51% participation of the Cuban State, and are administered by one of the existing organizations.

Villa La Carita, Cubanacán
Villas La Carita, Cubanacán.

Islazul offers budget and popular hotels among Cubans. They are paid in CUP (Cuban Pesos). Although facilities and features tend to be limited, they are always clean and staff are friendly. These hotels stand in small provincial towns and the atmosphere is utterly Cuba.

Cubacán goes a little further and offers a mixture of accommodation with a low and medium price. Its hotels and villas are located both in the main cities and in touristic complexes.

Gran Caribe offers medium and high-end hotels. Most of its complexes offer the “all-included” option, especially in La Habana and Varadero.
Habaguanex is focused in a few hotels in La Habana. This group manages almost all the hotels located in historical buildings. The benefits from these go to the restoration of Old Havana.

The most lavish hotels are normally managed by foreign hotel chains such as Sol Meliá or Superclubs. These chains manage the collaboration with organizations such as Cubanacán or Gran Caribe. These hotels stand in the centre of the beach touristic complezes, and the quality of their service is up to high standards, the same as in Mexico or the Caribbean.

Caribe. These hotels stand in the centre of the beach touristic complezes, and the quality of their service is up to high standards, the same as in Mexico or the Caribbean.

Private Homes:

Private Home in Cuba
Private Home in Cuba.

Staying in a private home is an excellent options for independent travellers, since it is usually both inexpensive and comfortable. Besides being the perfect way of getting to know first hand how daily life is for Cubans; landlords tend to be excellent tourist guides.

Private homes for rent are marked by the blue sign “Arrendador Divisa” in the door. The island is full of this type of accommodations, and range from attics to historic buildings. The cost tends to average around 45 to 100 CUC. Bargaining could be difficult, since owners are required to pay taxes regardless of whether the room is rented or not. It is also always required to produce your passport (not a copy), since owners have to keep an inventory of guests. Furthermore, private homes with rooms for rent do are inspected by the government to guarantee their safety and cleanness.

Las comodidades que debemos esperar en este tipo de alojamientos son: aire acondicionado, nevera, cuarto de baño propio, y al menos 2 camas. Algunas de ellas también cuentan con extras como terraza, patio, televisión, caja fuerte, aparcamiento y cocina.

The kind of facilities we should expect are: AC, fridge, en-suite bathroom, and - at least - two beds. Some also feature some “extras” such as terrace, TV, safe, parking, or kitchen.

Campismos or campings:

Campismo Los Cocos
Campismo Los Cocos.

Cubans tend to spend their vacations in this kind of lodging. Campismos or campings are well known and there are around 80 in the country. Their facilities are spartan: bungalows made of concrete and with bunk beds and showers, or tents.

Campings are classified in national and international ones. National ones are, in theory, only for Cubans, whereas international welcome tourists as well, and have more luxurious features such as AC.

There is around a dozen international campings in Cuba, some with little difference from hotels, and range from 10 to 30 CUC per bed and night.
National ones are much more inexpensive, and their features are kept to a minimum. However, should you want to stay in them, you will be glad to know that camping staff are allowed to rent a bungalow or plot for a tent to a tourist if availability allows it (Cubans will always have priority, though).

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