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“Best sleep we had in Cuba!” 5 of 5 stars
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Calle Agustin Bernal No. 126-A | e/ Eddy Chivas y Jose Mendoza, Trinidad, Cuba   |  
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Ranked #66 of 230 Trinidad B&B and Inns
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“Best sleep we had in Cuba!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

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.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Carmen and Pupito's casa for four nights in May. Pupito met us at the bus station upon arrival and very kindly carried my pack to the casa from there! (About a 10 min walk). Our room was very clean and comfortable. Breakfast was nice and fairly typical for all casas in Cuba (fruit platter, juice, coffee/tea, eggs, bread). Pupito checked in with us often to check we were well. Very kind. Overall, a great stay and recommended.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2011

Our family (parents, son and daughter in law and second son) stayed with Carmen and Pupito for three (3) days/nights on our recent visit to historic Trinidad from where we visited Ancon beach, Valle de los Ingenious and Topes de Collantes. Our host Pupito welcomed us with open arms, showed us our modest but clean rooms and immediately arranged dinner at a local Paladar (private Cuban restaurant). As in other parts of Cuba, this Casa Particular was modest but clean. The food served for breakfast was plentiful as was the one dinner served by Pupito (but cooked by Carmen).

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle Agustin Bernal No. 126-A | e/ Eddy Chivas y Jose Mendoza, Trinidad, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Sancti Spiritus Province > Trinidad
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Ranked #66 of 230 B&Bs / Inns in Trinidad

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