just back from christmas week in Cuba 6 nights of which were in Matanzas at Idael and Dania's casa.all the excellent reviews are very true. the casa is very well situated about a 10 min walk along the seafront to the town centre (an authentic Cuban city,not too busy but with everything to offer in the way of eating places and clubs etc) in a friendly residential street. the casa itself is lovely, modern and clean with good bathrooms (hairdryer too), well furnished and comfortable bedrooms with a fridge that magically keeps restocking itself and a lovely garden of banana trees and rocking chairs scattered around the property.the outdoor dining area gives a tropical feeling to the delicious meals cooked by Dania with fresh produce, and in portions to satisfy even the biggest appetites - with a few caged parrots to talk to too! the weather was lovely and hot and so the aircon very much appreciated at night. Idael really is a top host - friendly and full of information to answer any questions and can take you on interesting tours (ours was in a Chevvy taxi, so Cuban!) or drop you off at places like Coral beach (great for snorkelling) or the Bellamar caves, which you can actually walk to as they're only 3kms up the road and is one of Cuba's mosy popular tourist spots (and surprisingly with a very cheap bar).
Whatever you need to buy Idael seems to have the supplier with the best prices - and the goods turn up on the breakfast table as you relax . he picked us up from the bus station and arranged for our transport back to havana airport, and we shared a fantastic traditional xmas dinner with the family and two other guests which ended up with dancing on the terrace (Idael, being a percussionist, always has the music on in the garden which adds to the Cuban experience). I've been to Cuba twice before and can honestly say this casa is the best I have ever stayed at. maybe not quite the cheapest but definately the best value. you get a lot more here for a little extra cost - well worth it. they are planning to add a pool soon too. we'll definately go back, so bye for now Idael and Dania, all the best, have a great 2014!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- .El Hostal Idael y Dania es el lugar perfecto para compartir en familia, pues sus propietarios son un matrimonio joven con dos ninos de 13 y 15 anos. El Hostal esta situado a solo escasos metros del area de playa y a 15 minutos caminando del centro de la ciudad y 5 minutos caminando desde la Estacion Central del VIAZUL. Solo 20 minutos en auto es el tiempo que necesita para llegar al afamado balneario de Varadero y 1 hora hasta la Ciudad de la Habana. Puede escoger entre las tres habitaciones climatizadas con banos independientes y terrazas; habilitadas con secadora de pelo, agua fria y caliente, TV, DVD, Aire Acondicionado, Ventilador, Nevera, Caja de Seguridad, Servicio de Internet; ademas tiene su piscina en un area natural con arboles frutales y un ranchon rustico donde se preparan desayunos y cenas con la intencion de satisfacer los mas exigentes paladares, ademas se brinda servicio de cocteleria cubana tradicional. Ofrecemos tambien clases de Espanol, Baile y Percusion Cubana de la mano del propietario que es un excelente musico profesional. Disponible ademas Servicio de Guia, excursiones, taxi, Renta de Auto o Moto y Recogida en Aeropuerto. Licencia # 34/05. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Hostal Idael & Dania Cuba/Matanzas