Hands down, our favorite casa in Cuba was Hostal Valmaseda in Trinidad at the home of Iris and Conrado. This home was special because from the moment they met us at the bus station, they treated us as family and by the end of our first day, we felt as if we had known them for years and this was more a homecoming than a tourist/cultural stop.
Iris works at the Museo Romantico and Conrado tends to visitors during the day. Our bus arrived at 6:30 am and Conrado was waiting with a sign, so we could make a beeline straight toward him. He immediately took our large bag and given the option to walk or take a taxi, we chose to walk to his home which took about 6 minutes. The house is right in the center of town, 1 block over from the Cespedes Park and about a 6 minute walk to the center of the historic district. There is also a bank and a Casa de Cambio (money exchange center) right at the corner of their street, and just in case of medical emergencies (which I had) the international clinic for foreigners is a 3 minute drive away.
Our room, upstairs opened up onto a rooftop terrace and had a private interior sitting room as well. The bathroom was very clean and though the shower lacked significant water pressure, the warmth and helpfulness of the family more than made for it. This couple has two sons, one is the same age as my daughter (8) and he and his friends basically adopted her, so for two days she was occupied playing stickball, chess and just having a great time. The couple's younger son is 2 and has downs syndrome and is just the cutest child ever.
We absolutely will be staying here again and we could not have had a more perfect stay with such a wonderful family. Iris and Conrado also have great contacts in the city and we were able to get some nice tours of restaurants and old homes. Finally, if you are there on a Sunday, the weekly neighborhood "salsa night out" is just across the street. I had a great time.
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