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el81 Guesthouse
Ranked #7 of 690 Havana B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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2 reviews
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed here for a week and couldn't have asked for more.

The room was perfect, the food fantastic and Melba and Alberta were spectacular hosts.

My advice would be to take advantage of the breakfasts and dinner. Restaurants, with a few exceptions, can be mediocre.

We spent a few nights in Viñales and melba arranged for us to stay with a friend of hers. She can arrange casas in lots of places. Take advantage of her knowledge.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

In June we stayed a few days at Alberto and Melba casa in Havana. We traveled through Cuba for 2 weeks staying in casas and we can honestly say that Melba and Alberto are the best hosts ever. Its not only a room and a marvellous brekafast, they make u feel at home always ready to help, always ready to set up coffee and talk. Definitely recommanded. Its the eight floor so great view from the balcony over the whole Havana.
Alberto and Melba- very much thank you again and many greetings from Poland and France:)

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Stockholm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

Very friendly hosts, good food and great location if you like to be close to the center and old habana. We got some good advice from the son in the family, who spoke good english. On the downside the room was very noisy in the evenings, both from the activities outside and due to the AC. The area just around the house is a little bit rough. On the whole we recommend it!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

We stayed with Alberto and Melba for 3 nights. It was our first trip to Cuba and we were a little disorientated when the taxi dropped us off but no fear, there was a gentleman on the street who came to help and took us up to the casa. When we arrived we were welcomed with a refreshing cup of tea and coffee (plus cigar!) Melba and her son sat down with us and gave us some useful information (plus map) on good bars and what to pay for taxi's etc. We stayed in the balcony room which was brill, hours were spent just watching Cuban's going about their business. So much goes on on the rooftops and as we were just a bit elevated, it was the perfect view. It was our wedding anniversary and Melba very kindly booked us a restaurant (La Guarida which we highly recommend even Jack Nicholson and the Queen of Spain have eaten there). We ate at the Casa the other evenings as Melba's cooking was exceptional. When we were due to leave Melba telephoned to confirm our next Casa and she and Alberto gave us some travel tips for our ongoing journey which was much appreciated. Highly recommend this casa, thanks Melba and Alberto!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012

We stayed at Alberto's and Melba's house for 1 night early June. The room and bathroom were very clean, warm water in the shower. There was an AC in the room and a fan on the ceiling (needed in hot summer nights). Alberto and Melba are great hosts, they were very friendly and helpful (they booked a restaurant for us, checked bus schedules, etc). We had a breakfast on the balcony (amazing view of Havana). Melba served fruit, eggs, pancakes, coffee... all very fresh and tasty. Their apartment is on the 8th floor and elevator works. However, if you are claustrophobic, you might want to take stairs, we did that. The location of this casa is perfect for walking around and sight seeing in Havana (walking distance to Old Havana).

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank M N
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2012

We were booked to stay with Melba y Alberto but we actually stayed with their friend on the 9th floor (still a licenced casa). We had breakfast with our host but could go to Melba for dinner or help and advice. They are all lovely people with fantastic food and plenty of smiles which really helped us to settle into our cuban adventure. The location for us was good as it was an easy walk to Vedado via the stunning Malecon or an easy walk to Habana Vieja so we had no problems getting around. I'd recommend staying here to anyone.

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

Alberto & Melba is a peach of a Casa in La Habana. (Could not resist the pun!)
Sorry it has taken me so long to post this. The situation is ideal, and watching Havana life from the balcony a real treat. And what wonderful hosts they are. I was welcomed with the offer of a Cuban Cigar, and made to feel very at home. If myself and my 18-year old son started to frazzle in the heat and slouch on the sofas for a while that was perfectly acceptable, and the hosts were always attentive but never over-bearing. We did not get to eat together which was a shame, as I'd love to have spent more time getting to know Alberta, Melba and their delightful children.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Thank David M
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Property: el81 Guesthouse
Address: 115 (Galiano) Italia Ave. Apt. 81 | Btw. Trocadero St. And Animas St, Havana 10400, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Ciudad de la Habana Province > Havana
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Restaurant
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Ranked #7 of 690 B&Bs / Inns in Havana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located in a privileged location in Centro Habana (Central Havana), on Italia Avenue (also known as Galiano). Very close to Old Havana (10 minute walk) and the very popular Malecón seafront. Our flat is a beautifully renovated modern duplex on the eighth floor of a building developed in the fifties. From the flat, you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the sea and the city. By staying in our house, you will benefit from one of the highest levels of privacy, security and featured services, in a family-friendly environment. We recommend our accommodation for vacation or business trips. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Casa Alberto & Melba Hotel Havana
Casa Alberto And Melba

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