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Playa Larga; Caleton | Ciénaga de Zapata, Playa Larga 0000, Cuba   |  
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Ranked #1 of 10 Playa Larga B&B and Inns
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Montreal, Canada
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“Excellent place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

This area of Cuba is a must see. You really get to see the real Cuba in a villa type area. If you fancy privacy, a bit of a quieter atmosphere than hotels, then Mayito's house is a must for you. First of all, it's so clean and are they ever a hospitable family. The rooms that are on the top (roof) area of his house overlook the sea (the Bay of Pigs). What a breath taking view you will have. Mario and his wife Noraida will greet you and welcome you with much hospitality. They as well as Noraida's mother prepares the best food Cuban style. I would hang out with them chit chatting all the time all the while learning about the Cuban ways and culture. Noraida's mum even taught me how to cook her way. They are always downstairs in their part of the house if you need them and also since Noraida is a nurse by trade, she will always know how to advise you of any medical situation/tips if you ever have something that comes up (God forbid that on vacation). Mario makes the best mojitos, pina coladas and any type of tasty drink you may fancy the Cuban way. They offer one of the best places in Caleton. Neighbors are friendly too and the locals are always nice to tourists and each other. After having been to this area the first time, I have returned a few times and each time it's so tough to leave. Because we fancy tranquility and nature we decide to go to this area often. Also it's easy to get to Havana via Viazul and it takes 2 hours if you want to travel there. Also the city of Matanzas is also accessible by bus from this area. The beach is amazingly clean, beautiful and virgin. Hardly anyone is ever there. Though the area is become more known to tourists, most go to hotels in big areas like Varadero. So if you want the peace of nature and getting to know Cubans and their culture, then this is the place to go. Since we are not the kind of people that care for loudness/partying all the time, we go here and never regret it. Mario and Noraida as well as their extended family will make sure you are well received and taken care of. Mario/Noraida gracias para ser nuestros amigos y espero que leyen mis commentarios aunque son en ingles.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

We stayed at casa mayito for 2 nights and we enjoyed every minute!!! I almost cried when we had to leave... Mayito & Nora are 2 really nice, really interesting and really honest people.... It was the best hostel in the 23 days we stayed in Cuba, the best meal and the best talk!! Go to the trip in the Selva with Eduardo- it was a highlight in our trip!!!

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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PlayalargacubaMayito, Propietario at Hostal Mayito, responded to this review, April 16, 2012
You yourself are amazing to write such lovely comments about us. The reason our food and chats are great is because we prepare food and speak from the heart. Also our food is fresh as you know since we breed our own chickens, etc. We are so proud of our place moreso now because of such amazing reviews. Thank you. Perhaps you will return to see us soon again? We surely hope so. Noraida Mayito and family.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

In our first few days in Havanna we´ve got the recommendation of Mayito´s place and because we wanted to go diving, we said why not.

It just took us 2h by bus to get to Playa Larga and my first impression of the town was a little sceptical. It a small town at the bay, nearly no cars, bycicles and horse carriages.
But as we arrived at Mayitos´s house we had a more than warm welcome.
His house stands in the second row to the beach and the 2 rooms are in the first floor of his house. The rooms are nicely furnished with own bathroom. Breakfast, Lunch(if wanted) and Dinner are served on the terrace in front of the rooms.
From there you´ll have a beautiful view of the town and the ocean. If you like to get up early you can watch the nice sunrise or even see the sunset in the evening.
The most amazing thing, apart from Mayito as a host, is his food. EVERY day he made us so delicous food that we couldn´t even finish everything.
I´ve heard from other travellers that they always had the same food whreever they have been.....at Mayitos´s place it´s totally different. You have many food options and can try the REAL cubain cuisine.
Something about Mayito: He and his wife live downstairs and are always there if you need something. Every night we sit with him and talked. He showed us how the real cubain Mojito is made and how to catch fish.

After 4 nights, diving, delicous food and Mayito´s hospitality we DIDN´T wanted to leave.
THAT´s the real Cubain feeling ;-)

So if you are travelling in Cuba and like to go diving or experience the region of Playa Larga/Playa Giron.....it´s a "must" to stay at Mayitos casa.
I m looking forward to visit him again.

So Mayito, if you read this, "Thanks again for everything!!"

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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PlayalargacubaMayito, Propietario at Hostal Mayito, responded to this review, April 1, 2012
Some time ago I read your comment, did not know how to answer the criticism, as you had mentioned the internet is new to me. Yesterday an Italian tourist me explain how to respond to criticism, I must answer each of them, needless to say how much I liked what you wrote, you are person the word. THANK YOU (I'm single Cuban who love what they do) you are a person of word. .
The secret is that my food is cooked with love and natural products. One of my biggest challenges is that every visitor to my home feel like family, which also is known as MY FAIR CUBA.
BACK WHEN YOU WANT YOUR ORDERS WILL BE HERE.
Mayito
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

This is the most beautiful stay you can find in Cuba! I travelled all across Cuba this summer for many weeks, and luckily I found this beautiful place too. The hostes made me forget to travel on, they made an euforic atmostfere around us. Beautiful rooms, bathrooms and seawiew, just a few metres from the beach. The hostes makes perfect food and they make you feel very welcome with their warmth and service. They wash your laundry if you like, and have internet possibilities in their house. They also happily guide you to the best experiences in the area. Really a caring and fantastic family, and I long to visit them next time in Cuba! =) Of all the good B&B`s I visited, this one was the most fantastic.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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PlayalargacubaMayito, Propietario at Hostal Mayito, responded to this review, April 16, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind comments. We miss you a lot. We had the best time with you too and long to see you again. It was hard for us to say good bye to you. Honestly it really was. We know you are far away but you will hopefully return to Playa Larga sooner than later. Thank you for the fun special time we shared. We are busy as ever perhaps even more due to such guests like you who recommend us here on the net. Take care and see you soon. Noraida, Mayito and family.
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Address: Playa Larga; Caleton | Ciénaga de Zapata, Playa Larga 0000, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Matanzas Province > Playa Larga
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Playa Larga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostal Mayito is a modern style house located very close to the beach, in Playa Larga: one of the most beautiful places in the south of Cuba.The house rents two rooms for travelers, in the second floor with independent entrance and terrace with a lovely sea view. Both rooms have a private bathroom with cold and hot water, TV, fridge, air conditioning, fan and a double bed. Another bed can be added if needed. The owners of the house offer delicious meals at any time, laundry service, dance lessons, Internet access and all the information necessary about different places to visit in the Zapata Peninsula. ... more   less 

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