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el81 Guesthouse
Ranked #7 of 690 Havana B&B and Inns
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Steenwijk, Overijssel, Netherlands
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25 reviews
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“A very pleasant stay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

We were at Casa Alberto&Melba in oktober 2012. We stayed there for two nights. They were really helpful and kind to us. We could asked everything. The food was delicious! We had a nice room with a nice view. Couldn't wish for a better place then here!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Los Altos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

Four women stayed with Melba and Albert. We were welcomed with open arms. Melba is a great cook and I think Alberto helped too. The rooms were comfortable with A/C and private bathrooms.
The apt. is on the 8th floor and has a view of the city and the ocean. The location in El Centro is great for easily getting to Havana Vieja and the Vedado. Melba and Alberto have contacts to find city guides, teachers for dance and language lessons. They are very helpful and as I mentioned the food is great.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Belleville, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

We stayed for two nights. The location was perfect: really close to the water, old havana and bus pickup places for future destinations.
The room was clean. The beds were comfy. The bathroom was spotless.

The host family (Senor Alberta and Senora Melba) were truly welcoming and might I add Melba cooks excellent!
The decor in the place was neat and the balcony was the perfect place to overlook Havana. I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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San Francisco Bay Area
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

This was our second visit to Casa Alberto y Melba and it couldn't have been better. As last year we were welcomed with open arms and great food! The location,rooms, beds, and bathrooms are great for the casa particulares. The front room has a balcony and view of the city, sort of like Hitchcock's "Rear Window" and a view of the ocean with ocean breezes when weather was cooler and the other room having a view of the city and el Capitolio. Both have A/C. Both Melba y Alberto go out of their way to make you feel like family and can find any sort of guides, lessons, transportation etc. that you need.
We look forward to going back. Be sure to taste Alberto's Cuban coffee...cafe Albertini!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Janet12mm
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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

A great place to stay in Havana Centro. We stayed here for a week last October. Alberto and Melba are very good hosts. Best view of the old city from the balcony. Comfortable rooms and fantastic breakfasts by Melba.Truly, a home away from home. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

What a great welcome to Cuba. Alberto and Melba couldn't be more welcoming. And a wonderful central apartment. The front double room has a wonderful high balcony with views over most of the city and the bay, a perfect place for a beer and a cigar. The next time I find myself in Cuba I will be staying here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Chris J
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Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

Melba y alberto have everything You want in Habana as a tourist. Wiew of the sea, of the city and of a street full of action. Breakfast filled with tropical fruits, omelet, bread and strong cuban coffee!!!! Perfect location between the Malecon and Casa de la musica. Close to a shop that actually keeps Pringles. This is a good place to stay in centro habana. (not far from the old town -if You want to walk by foot)(You Will always find Bicitaxi or regular taxi outside the front door if You dont)
We stayed 12 days and enjoyed every twelve of them. We ate dinner 3 times- had ropa vieja, fish and lobster. Woooow..... Melba is the perfect cook!!!
We stayed in both of the rooms but prefered the room with the balcony. This because of the street wiew.
I became ill while staying but felt perfectly safe, Melba know's exactly what to do with ill touristes;)
When we left we went to one of habanas best hotels, but honestly- we missed the breakfast and the balcony;)
I cannot find guava in Norway!!!!
Love Karen& George

Room Tip: Both rooms have good beds but the room with the balcony have better street wiew:)
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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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 
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Casa Alberto & Melba Hotel Havana
Casa Alberto And Melba

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