About the Homestay
VERY CLEAN HOME, VERY WELL SITUATED IN A SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD, This is a beautiful upper floor colonial style home managed by my sister, my mother and I. Marvy and Alberto answer and approve all the internet requests since they speak the best English. The home is in a very SAFE area day or night!!! It is centrally located and it is very CLEAN. It has 2 air conditioned bedrooms and 2 PRIVATE BATHS with door locks. The MAIN bath in the hall is the primary bath. However, if that bathroom is occupied, then you are free to use the second full bathroom located next to the kitchen, (UPON RQUEST). Both are private and with locks on the doors. (Bedroom 1 has a Queen side bed that sleeps 2. Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds and a 3rd single bed can be brought in to accommodate up to 3 people. The home is located in Central Havana, and it is within 20 minutes walking distance to most places of interest and tourist attractions. The famous Malecon sea wall/walk is only 5 blocks from our home.
The price of each room varies depending on many factors including how many in a room, length of stay and season. Please check the calendar before you book to view current prices. (ONLY USD OR EUROS ARE ACCEPTED),,,
In this home you will have complete privacy and security. We live in the back of the house and are available 24/7 to make your stay trouble free and pleasant. A full breakfast (7.00usd per person) is served upon request, in advance ....
Guest could have access to the refrigerators in the house to store water, etc. . Transportation to and from the airport average total price is approximately 25.00usd via Taxis. it can be more or less depending on the driver or the type Taxi..(More than 3 riders with many bags may cost a bit more). There are plenty of Taxis and private drivers that can bring you home outside of the Terminal building. They are all safe!!! The airport is 15 km or 9 miles from the house. The ride from the airport to the house can take anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes depending on traffic. We can help with information about tour guides, places of interests, and many other local attractions. (Keep in mind however, that we are not a travel agency and information given is only to help supplement whatever info you may already have and to make your stay a more enjoyable and pleasant stay). We are a family that will welcome you with open arms..
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND>>>As you can see in the pictures, the space is large enough, clean, SAFE and in my view beautiful....however, please remember that Cuba is not a luxury destination! Many things are still quite basic. Water pressure is not what it is in America or some places in Europe, but it is sufficient. We have a big reservoir tank on the roof and even on those rare occasions when there are water cuts by the city, it should not impact our guests.
Thanks for looking and Welcome to La Habana. Welcome to our home.
ATTENTION; UPON REQUEST AND WITH PLENTY OF NOTICE WE MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO OTHER CITIES FROM OUR HOME TO YOUR DESTINATION AS FOLLOWS: (PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE).
VINALES IS 25.00, VARADERO 25.00, CIENFUEGOS 30.00, TRINIDAD 35.00 and SANTIAGO 75.00. PRICES ARE PER PERSON. IF INTERESTED, PLEASE MAKE SURE AND ASK AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE AT THE HOUSE!!!!! IT IS KNOWN AS TRANSPORTATION COMUM. The vehicle seats 7 persons (mostly tourists). They will pick up in front of the house at AROUND 8.30am. The pick up days will vary throughout the week so it is wise to LET US KNOW AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE AT THE HOME SO WE CAN SCHEDULE FOR YOU IN ADVANCE. Gracias mil!!!
ATTENTION: Once you pay your deposit fee to Homestay, then you shall pay the difference due us on either EUROS OR USDs upon arriving at the house... Only those two currencies are accepted!!!
Welcome and we look forward to host you....
Marvy, Alberto and Familia Cruz Soza
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Our house is located 5 blocks from the famous Malecon and parque Maceo area. The airport is 15kms or 9 miles from the house. It is a 15 to 20 minute drive depending on traffic. The home is in a very SAFE area (Concordia 626 altos. (entre) Oquendo y Marquez Gonzalez)., very well situated and it is very CLEAN. It is within close proximity to Old Havana, Hotel Nacional, La Universidad de La Habana. Paseo del Prado, El Castillo del Morro, Vedado área, La Bodeguita del Medio, el Palacio de la Rumba, el Callejón de Hamel, El Floridita, el Capitolio, La Catedral, El Hotel Inglaterra, and many more tourists attraction areas. Most within walking distances. It is a very safe area day or night. There is local transportation and taxis available . Most taxis are old vintage American cars that are still functioning. However, there are modern taxis available as well as tourist/sightseeing buses. Local bus transportation are also available but are mostly used by locals at a very cheap cost. They are crowded and an experience worth having, if only one time.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Bus Stop
- Train station
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Smoking can only take place in the balcony. We live in the back of the house and we are available 24/7. If you want or need anything, or if you are looking for something and can not find it, PLEASE ASK.... NO PARTIES, NO HEAVY DRINKING, NO DRUGS, NO LOUD MUSIC, and NO GUESTS ALLOWED INTO THE HOUSE WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL. Because there may be guests in the adjacent room, we ask that you keep this in mind and be considerate and respectful of those in the other rooms. Be quiet, don't slam doors and keep noise to a minimum. Specially at night time..It is your responsibility to ensure that personal belongings are not left behind.
The home has two individual private bathrooms. If one is occupied then you are welcome to use the other. We will do all possible to make your stay in our home a pleasant , safe and enjoyable experience. Welcome to La Habana.
PLEASE NOTE: Prices for the holiday season Dec 24th Until Jan 2nd is higher. Please see calendar for prices during this time.
(ONLY USD OR EUROS ARE ACCEPTED AS PAYMENTS UPON ARRIVAL)...
Your host is a non-smoker.
Smoking is allowed outdoors only.
It was the first house in Cuba and I can't be any luckier. Marvelys was an amazing host and keeps helping me during all the tour. She always has time for me and if it wasn't for her my trip would have been way less pleasant. Moreover, her house in Habana Cientro is clean and quite and in a good position (10 mins of walking from Habana Viejo and the same time for Varadero).
Gracias por Todo marvelys y Buena suerte
Marvelys is an awesome person. She was very kind and offered help on all kinds of things. Allthough she was facing a tough situation, she organized a room for us at her neighbours house. Also very nice people, we had the best stay possible there. If you want to stay in Havana, this is the place!
Marvy's house has been my first accomodation in Havana and honestly I can't be any luckier. The house i extremely clean and comfortable (I had my own bathroom), the room has air conditioning and it's well located: in the heart of Havana cientro, it's next to Malecon and you'll be able to reach Vedado, Havana vieja and plaza de la revolucion in 20 mins (of walk, in taxi it's more or less 5-10 mins). Moreover, the neighborhood is safe and calm (I travel alone and usually come back home at 11, no one ever bother me). But the best part of this house is Marvy herself. She helped me with everything (changing money, getting a sim, finding a new house in Cienfuegos and the taxi to get there, ecc) and more then everything, since only thanks to her help I was able to recollect my luggage that was lost in airport. It really was a pleasure to meet you Marvy!
The host cancelled the booking 2 days before the arrival date.
Fue una estancia muy agradable. Marvelys nos dió una bienvenida muy cálida y fue una anfitriona maravillosa. Si volvemos repetiremos con ella sin duda! Un abrazo!
Una casa preciosa con unos anfitriones increíbles, perfecta tanto para estudiantes como para turistas. Marvy es increíblemente atenta, hospitalaria, cariñosa, cálida y servicial. Como estudiante extranjera, estoy muy agradecida de haber encontrado la casa de Marvy para alojarme. Ella me apoyó y me ayudó a sumergirme adecuadamente en La Habana. Pude comer bien con la familia y disfrutar de la casa como si fuera la mía. La casa está a sólo 10 minutos a pie de la universidad, las habitaciones tienen aire acondicionado y la casa está muy limpia. Recomiendo encarecidamente esta estancia si eres estudiante. Estarás muy bien atendido. Echaré de menos alojarme aquí.
A beautiful home with amazing hosts, perfect for both students and tourists. Marvy is incredibly attentive, hospitable, caring, warm and helpful. As a foreign student, I am so grateful I found Marvy's home to stay in. She supported me and helped me properly immerse myself in Havana. I was able to eat good meals with the family, and enjoy the home as if it was my home. The home is only 10 minutes walk from the university, the rooms has air conditioning and the house is very clean. I highly recommend this stay if you are a student. You will be well cared for. I will miss staying here.
Marvelys es una persona muy amable, amigable y te ayuda mucho a organizar tu viaje recomendándote alojamiento en otras ciudades que vayas a conocer, con el cambio de dinero y con la tarjeta sim del móvil para tener internet en Cuba, también la casa de Marvelys dispone de todo lo necesario para estar cómodo y está situada a escasos 15 minutos caminando del centro de La Habana y otros 15 minutos de la zona residencial de El Vedado, la casa en si está situada en el popular barrio de Cayo Hueso, cerca del Callejón de Hamel y de El Malecón
Beautiful home and wonderful host! We stayed with Marvy when we first arrived in Cuba and she helped us so much, booking our casas in Vinales and Trinidad and so many other things. Can’t recommend staying here enough! Thanks so much for everything Marvy :)
Excellent in every way. Strongly recommended. She also helped us to get a local sim card. Ps. I have to return you the sim card but I noticed I don't have your number. Can you please write me in private? :) I cannot message you anymore here
Un super séjour ! Des hôtes agréables et disponibles. Formidable immersion dans la vie cubaine. La situation géographique permet de se rendre rapidement à tous les incontournables de la Havane.
Je conseille !!
How do I book?
Contact the host about your stay - tell them a little about yourself, why you are staying and ask any questions you have about their homestay. You will be able to book immediately after sending your message.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 250 $£€ for longer term bookings) using a choice of payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal (not available in certain countries). You then pay your host on arrival or as stated by your host on their profile and agreed by you on booking. Please be cautious if a host requests advance payment if its not included on their profile. Our hosts have been advised that if they wish to request advance payment they must make this explicit in their profile. We do not recommend the use of Money gram or Western Union.
When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.