We arrived 2 hours later than expected,after an extra-long flight from London,two (older) ladies,pretty well exhausted. I had already had some correspondence with Ana by email -even so, didn't expect to be kissed on both cheeks by Pepe as though I was an old friend arriving. They had waited dinner for us (soup,swordfish,fried banana fritters,salad,ice cream,coffee 12CUC's) and we shared the dinner table with other travellers from Mexico and Sardinia -convivial conversation -then Pepe put the music on and had us all salsa-ing! Suddenly our tiredness was forgotten. Welcome to Cuba!
This is by far the best place to start your journey in Cuba, as Ana & Pepe can advise on everywhere and everything as they've being doing it for a long time. They also have a large network of friends in other towns if you need on-going accomodation. (We had reason to be grateful for this later, when we found ourselves in a "bad" casa, and one of their friends rescued us..) All this without any extra charge.
You'll always find company here too, as it is "Grand Central Station" for other travellers, many of whom are staying at neighbouring places, but come for meals here. Their help and advice is also valuable,especially if you are a first timer to Cuba.
Juri cooks wonderful food and is great fun, there is a safe in your room and a night watchman in the garden all night. The area is safe, with interesting grand old houses in leafy roads, and it's only a 5 CUC taxi ride into Havana Vieja (ask for "Alian"). You can walk to the Western end of the Malecon in 10 mins, which is a nice thing to do on arrival. Unless of course, Pepe has put the music on! Can't wait to return...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Casa de Ana is a B & B in Havana with a family atmosphere located in the central area of El Vedado. Offers two comfortable air-conditioned rooms with private bathroom, minibar, safety boxes. English, French, Spanish and Russian spoken, Cuban food, internet services, and many other facilities. With more than 20 years of experience we are happy to welcome and help you secure your best time on vacation. Ana and Pepe ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Casa De Ana Hotel Havana