Casa de La Trova

Casa de La Trova, Santiago de Cuba: Address, Phone Number, Casa de La Trova Reviews: 4.5/5

Casa de La Trova
4.5

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Aleksandar S
Toronto, Canada22 contributions
Feb 2020
They say that there is no musician in Cuba that did not play here.
There is matinee at 6 PM and evening show at 9 PM. I've been both.
Crazy place. Fantastic music and everybody dancing. I Could go there every evening.
Right in the center of Santiago.
Written March 21, 2020
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utazas2015
Eastbourne, UK49 contributions
Feb 2020
Awesome place to visit if you want authentic Cuban live music. Nice atmosphere and even if you are not a dancer always can find someone who leads you and you feel like you could dance. :)
Even if you just love to watch dancers it is great place to go. Dance is in the blood of the Cubans
Written March 10, 2020
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Turkishfamily
Istanbul, Turkey136 contributions
Jan 2012
Famous music club where far more famous "Buena Vista Social Club" was originated. If you visit Cuba and have enough time in Santiago, the best (and not commercial) place to listen the real Cuban music is here. Don't waste your time with "tropicana", if you really want to spend 90 CUC you will go in Havana. You can not find such performances elsewhere and you pay just 5 CUC for the entry. If you have any drink later, what you will pay are peanuts.
Written February 15, 2012
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Michael R
London, UK10 contributions
Feb 2020
A very disappointing venue, full of cruise ship tourists. Competent but over-amplified bands, fake 'amateurs' picked out of the audience by professional dancers. Go to the Casa de las Tradiciones instead, or any other venue with live music.
Written April 23, 2020
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fillorino
Port Dover, Ontario97 contributions
Feb 2012 • Couples
I have developed a deep interest in Cuban music, so when we visited Santiago de Cuba, visiting La Trova was on the top of my list. I was not disappointed. Historically, this is one of the most important music venues in the world. Important enough that it was one of Sir Paul McCartney's two stops in Santiago. Many musical forms were invented in Santiago, and many of Cuba's most important musicians got their start, and continued to play at La Trova. As you approach this beautiful old colonial building, you hear beautiful music emanating from the downstairs rooms. The place reeks history . The street level parlor is free, as is the shaded courtyard. We arrived about 3 p.m. and heard two amazing acts while enjoying the warm, friendly ambiance and a quenching cervesa. The walls are covered with paintings and photographs of Cuba's greats, and the whole experience was amazing. Later we made the mistake of leaving to find Casa de las Tradiciones, because I had read a review that suggested that it now featured the more authentic acts. What a mistake. Perhaps it was just a bad night, but the music there was not nearly as good and the atmosphere was quite seedy. You have to pay a bit to hear the evenings "bigger' bands at La Trova but it is definitely worth it. We went back a second time and again had a fantastic musical experience. If you don't do anything else in Santiago be sure to go to La Trova. Good Mohito too.
Written February 11, 2012
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Steve_of_N21
London, UK1,781 contributions
Feb 2012 • Couples
I cannot really add to Fillorino’s review below, except to also implore you, if you enjoy Cuban sounds, to go to the Casa de La Trova, if you visit Santiago.
As mentioned, as well as being the birth place of the revolution, Santiago is the birthplace of the Buena Vista Social Club and the Casa just reeks musical history and Pedigree.
Like Fillorino we caught a local band mid afternoon playing informally in the downstairs room and it was a real pleasure.
If you visit Santiago on a day trip like we did and only have a few hours in the centre, then walk round the squares and back roads of the centre, and when you are ready for a drink, head to the Casa de La Trove, pay the small entrance fee, and sit back with a Mojito
Written March 16, 2012
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Marlene T
Honolulu, HI130 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
This Trova is so much fun! We were part of a tour group from a small ship and didn't know what to expect. It was the best evening. There were many locals as well as those of us who were tourists. The dancing was wonderful and if you are with someone who doesn't like to get on the dance floor, don't worry because you will be asked to dance by a local. This experience is not to be missed.
Written April 24, 2018
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flaneusecanada
Toronto,5 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
The Casa de la Trova, despite being a tourist destination, is nonetheless worth a visit. The live music the night we went was great and it's a fun spot. Even though it caters to tourists, the admission is reasonable (5 CUC) as are the drinks.

Take a moment to go out on to the balcony overlooking the street below and watch life pass by. Another show in itself.

there are also concerts during the daytime and you can even just stand outside and listen to the lively music. Only drawback is all the people crowded around the street (locals also enjoying the music, a good sign), constantly asking for money or gifts.
Written June 30, 2014
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LCP
Sault Ste. Marie, Canada13 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
Steps from our hotel was the house of music ( Casa de la Trova). Starting at 11.00am with folk duos and classical and flamenco guitarists. The afternoon show moved to the larger room and stage. Six to eight piece bands would perform one hour sets. Excellent quality of musicianship throughout. Venerable masters to younger music students would take to the stage. CDs are for sale,I came home with a stack of them. If you are a musician or fan , guitar,violin and bass strings are appreciated by the musicians.
The evening groups are all about latino and salsa with exuberant dancing by locals and tourists.and goes late into the night. Loved it! Can't recommend it enough.
Written October 2, 2013
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calie
Nanaimo, Canada257 contributions
Actually almost anywhere in a 2 block radius you'll hear and see music. This one is the original and it reeks of history. There are different rooms in use on different days, times. Charges vary too from nada to 1 CUC to 5 CUC for upstairs ...
Written January 31, 2008
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