During a recent backpacking trip to Cuba we stayed for two nights with Carmen and Pupito in their lovely casa particular. When we arrived in Trinidad Pupito was at the bus station to meet us and guide us back through the cobbled streets to his house, which is only a short walk away from the Plaza Mayor in a residential area refreshingly free of touts/jineteros and the hordes of day-tripping tourists that descend on Trinidad around noon every day.
Despite our almost complete lack of Spanish language skills, and with Pupito and Carmen being similarly afflicted with regards to English, we managed to communicate very well - mostly with random Spanish (or Spanglish, more likely) words and by playing charades - and found them to be delightful hosts, very eager to please (as has been pointed out before) and proud of their casa.
Our room (there are two available for rent on the second floor, separated by one of two roof terrace spaces) was moderately large, very clean, and equipped with air-conditioning, two beds - with, it should be noted, the most comfortable and sleep inducing mattresses we have encountered in a long while on our travels around the globe (we like them firm-ish) - and a well stocked fridge with drinks at a low cost. The en-suite bathroom was also very clean, modern and tidy, with a supply of exceedingly fluffy and fresh towels. When showering we would have welcomed a slightly stronger pressure, but this was by no means a major issue (and it could have been an off day as we noted the water tank on the roof being replenished by tanker truck on the day we left).
The ample and well presented breakfasts were the standard Cuban fare of fresh fruit, bread, jams, cheese, coffee, juice, and omelettes, and the dinner we had one evening (expertly cooked by Carmen) consisting of fresh fish fillets in a light sauce with onion and garlic, served with plantains, rice and beans, and salad, was delicious and - true to Cuban tradition - enough to feed twice as many people as it was intended for. Pupito always lays the table with the care and concentration of an artist, and I was half expecting him to unfold my white cotton napkin and, with a flick of the arm, professionally drape it across my lap before we started our meal. We had all our meals al-fresco on the small, but charming roof terrace.
All in all a highly recommended casa particular if visiting Trinidad, and one that we would happily stay in again.