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Casa El Mirador
Ranked #77 of 295 Specialty Lodging in Havana
Reviewed November 19, 2013

Casa El Mirador was the first casa particular we stayed in and we found it very pleasant. It is located in central Havana on San Rafael street close to many nice sights of the city. It is an amazing 15 min walk through genuine Havana residential-blocks to the Capitolio-area. And another 10 min walk to old Havana. It is also close to Vedadowith Habana Libre and Hotel Nacional. Our room was cozy and clean. We had a clean private bathroom with hot water. We also had a private balcony overlooking the city life.

When arriving, we were welcomed by english-speaking owner Julio who made us amazing pineapple juice. The breakfast was really nice with fresh fruit, cuban coffee, eggs, fruit-juice and bread. Julio gave us advice about the city and sights worth-seeing and told us how to how to get there. He also helped us order a taxi when leaving Havana.

We had a lovely stay in Casa El Mirador and we recommend this casa to anyone going to Havana. It really is amazing value and you won't regret staying here.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Adel A
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

This was first casa in Cuba and by far the best. It is in a perfect location for seeing the highlights in Havana. The breakfast was fabulous and I highly recommend you have it when you stay there. Julio was very friendly and knowledgeable. His travel advice was invaluable. We had some laundry done for us and it was such a delight! Folded too :) Great room with a private bathroom and little fridge.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Barbara W
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Stayed there in January 2013. The casa offers 2 rooms, both with balcony. The rooms are very clean and quiet, so no problems to sleep at all. Very nice and helpful owners (julio & isabel). Great juice and breakfast, marvellous living/dining room. Close to the capitol-area (2 peso bike-taxi/15min walk)
I stayed at 7 casas during our trip and this was by far the best. BOOK IT!

Room Tip: Ask for the bigger room.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank GoodOldEurope
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

We spent 3 nights at Julio and Isabell and it was really great time. They are very helpful and with their help you can easily find yourself in Havana. Do not hesitate to ask them anything because they are both always eager to help and we're sure that such help for tourist is priceless. We didn't know Spanish but using only English was enough to communicate so don't worry if you have problems with Spanish:). Our room was small but comfortable, breakfast as typical Cuban breakfast, therefore eggs, fruits and cocktails which we really enjoyed.

One thing worth notice is that casa is placed on 2nd floor so be aware if you are the person who prefers not to climb upstairs. But hey, it's Cuba, who would care about couple of stairs, right?:)

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Przemek_Pi
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Really nothing special.
Very incomfortable bed, damn soft, you really break your back.
Most of all, for me, fake attention from Julio, no attention at all from Isabel, and even no hello fron the oldest around 18 years old son (too busy too play videogames the whole day).
Julio, after his initial 10mn speech when you arrive, you can quickly feel that he has no time to lose with tourists. Beyond his smile, fully uninterested, typical kind people from me with (high) education considering that renting a room in their home is a big sacrifice.
Which I can understand, of course, but that's not what one like to feel when living somewhere a few days.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank zic q
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

We stayed 4 days at this casa particular in Feb 2013. Julio and Isabel are fantastic, very helpful people. They arranged the taxi when we needed it. They arrange you the other accomodation when they don't have any places. However we really enjoyed living just here:)
The breakfast was huge: great juices, fruits, omelettes etc.
The casa Mirador has a great location, rooms are clean, comfortable.
Julio and Isabel gave us a lot of recommendations and now I would like to recommend their friendly Casa Mirador for all travellers.

Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
Thank DosiaAniaB
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Located in Havana Centro on San Rafael makes Casa Mirador a great place to sample real Havana amongst the very friendly local people.Julio and Isabel are both working doctors and welcome you in to their home with great warmth. Set on the 2nd floor of a tyypical Havana building,you are able to sample the true atmosphere of the city from a locals perspective. That of course means a bit of street noise now and again but not enough to really bother you and would be hard to avoid any where in Havana even in the expensive hotels, having looked at a lot of their locations during our 5 night stay. The casa is nice and clean with a good shower,we stayed in the larger of the 2 bedrooms for 4 of the 5 nights of our stay which gave us plenty of room to unpack properly, the smaller room is fine but not for longer than 2 nights (only due to size).Breakfast always very good. Its probably a 15 minute walk into old Havana enabling you to mingle with the locals going about there daily business,always feeling very safe at any hour.There are plenty of cyclo taxis if you don't like walking they will take you anywhere for a few CUCs. 2 great paces to eat nearby are San Christabal on San Rafael and La Gaurida on Concordia(no 148)
Thank you for your hospitality Julio and Isabel

Room Tip: Larger room preferable for longer stay
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank daveglad
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Address: San Rafael 752, 2nd Floor | between Oquendo y Marques Gonzalez, Centro Habana, Havana 10300, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Ciudad de la Habana Province > Havana
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #77 of 295 Specialty Lodging in Havana
Price Range: $20 - $25 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We rent two wide and ventilated rooms with a double bed, and the possibility of adding another personal one; the room has air condition, private bathroom with cold water and heat 24 hours, refrigerator, TV and telephone. It has access to an independent balcony from which the sea is sighted. The price is 25 CUC the night, and doesn't include breakfast. Cuban delicious foods are offered. ... more   less 

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