We stayed at Brina Hostal this winter when we went to Havana, which is really a high holiday season in Caribbean with nice warm temperatures compared to our summers. A casa particular in the Old Havana (Havana Vieja) that is very clean and well looked after. Nothing flash but more than adequate. Sergio himself is a wonderful host – eager to look after guests, always with a smile on his face!
The location is excellent, too – just a few blocks from Plaza Vieja, where there are lots of good places to eat and drink. Many of the restaurants in the area offer traditional Cuban food, but “Brina Hostal” is offering breakfast and dinner for good prices and with excellent taste.
The special part are the very heartful and caring hosts! Brina Hostal casa particular was our first spot in Cuba and from the first minute Sergio and Miriam mad us feel like home. He explained us everything we needed to know about Havana and help us with tours and tickets. Miriam is a great cook and you definetly should have a wonderful dinner there. They were very friendly, always ready to help, arrange taxis or accommodations and more than happy to have an interesting chat with you. We stayed in Brina Hostal on Santa Clara sreet, an old colonial house, clean, very good located and very save to leave all the staff! Different museums, bars, restaurants and nice “plazas” are easily reached by foot. We felt completely safe leaving our belongings in the house and also walking around outside – night and day. Sergio made sure to give us a good rundown of things to be aware of in Havana, which really amounted to using common sense eg don’t wear flashy jewellery, be careful with your bag/money, ignore the ‘jineteros’ (hustlers who will try to befriend you in the streets). But in reality, we hardly felt bothered at all, compared to other countries we’ve been to.
In Cuba, besides hotels, the only available form of accomodation are casa particular private rentals. These are homes-to-rent provided by local owners who are there to make that the stay pleasant to the tourists.
While traveling, the tourists would seek a nice and clean place to stay, a bathroom, transfer from the airport and to sightseeing places. Most casas particular will offer all of these for a small reimbursement compared to other Caribbean islands. While car rentals exist on Cuba, owners of casas particular will also offer their transfer service with their car, possibly a preserved Americal olds mobile.
Casa de Sergio and Miriam
Casa de Sergio and Miriam is one of the highliy recommended private homestays in Havana, Cuba. Sergio will make sure that their visitors will be greeted fairly and Miriam will take care for the cuisine. The house has become very popular among European and American tourists because they can connect effectively with Sergio by email or telephone and reserve the casa in advanced while planning the whole trip.
The casa is located in Old Havana (Havana Vieja) in the middle of historical sightseeing spots. You can reach Capitolio, Hemnigway’s El Floridita Bar at walking distance as well as Havana’s cathedral and the main bus station. There are many takeaway and traditional restaurants a few blocks from the house.
Plan your stay
Entering the Republic of Cuba visitors must have designated address of their accomodation. You will have to show the address of your Cuban stay to Cuban border officials if asked. Casa Particular de Sergio and Miriam is authorized by the state of the Republic of Cuba and has a valid license to operate. When looking for accomodation be careful to choose a house with this sign because it is the only legal type of tourist accomodation available in the Republic of Cuba.