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“Great location, great host”
Review of Vista al Prado

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Vista al Prado
Ranked #69 of 690 Havana B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
“Great location, great host”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

I stayed three nights at Casa Vista al Prado. I reserved a room on the web (www.casaparticularcuba.org), and Federico was waiting for me when I arrived from the airport. The location is great, near where the Prado meets the Malecon, so I walked to all points of interest in Havana (except the forts). Federico is fluent in English, puts his guests at ease, and suggests where to go, what to do and what it should cost. Janet is a bit more reserved but I had several nice conversations with her. The room was clean. Although the mattress was a bit lumpy, I slept very well. In the hall was a fridge with water and beer.
The bathroom is shared, and my German neighbors locked me out several times (but any key will unlock). Federico made me breakfast every day. The coffee was excellent, the scrambled eggs tasty, and the fresh fruits incredibly good. Federico works closely with Leo, and housing was arranged for my entire time in Cuba. If you are headed to Havana, I highly recommend Casa Vista al Prado.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2013

Stayed here for 5 nights after a 2-week tour of Cuba. Brilliant location for all the attractions of old Havana so you can take your time and really get to know the place. Federico was a wonderful host, helpful and very friendly. The place was very clean, breakfast was fresh and delicious and he was generous with refreshments and local fare to try. Rooms are large, they are lockable with your own key and a small safe to keep valuables. His place seems pretty popular, with repeat business. As a result you get to meet all kinds of people from around the world which was half the fun for me! As it is in a central location it can get pretty noisy into the night and early morning so don't forget your earplugs (unfortunately I did). Also you will not always get hot water for a shower but this is a common thing in Cuba, I wouldn't rate a place down for it. Overall highly recommended and far better than a hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

Federico's very helpful and relevant. Home is very clean. You can ask everything about Cuba. Will help. The breakfasts were delicious.
He will guide you very well. He is so organise about your needs.
house is at the center of Havana. You can walk every where from there in 5 or 10 minutes.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2013

First of all just want to note that this is Federico and Yamelis's other casa. This one is very close to Plaza Vieje on Jesus Maria.

My wife and I loved our stay with Federico and Yamelis. The room was very nice with an amazing balcony with a stunning view of old town. The room gets beautiful light all day as it faces south. The beds were very comfortable and we slept great every night. The room is also very clean, comes with a fridge and a brand new air conditioning unit but we preferred having the windows and balcony doors open because it was February and the temperature was really nice. Good airflow in the room being so close to the water. The bathroom is also very clean and with a large shower.

We got off the plane in Varadero and jumped on a bus for Havana. The bus driver called Federico and they dropped us a few blocks from the casa where Federico was waiting for us. Federico and Yamelis are really nice people. They helped us find everything we wanted to do in the city. We spent a lot of time talking with them and really enjoyed the time we spent with them. They told us about all the good restaurants, sites, a good barber and even set us up with a taxi to get back to the airport on our way back.

This is the best way to see Havana and immerse yourself into the culture. We definitely look forward to out next visit.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Federico's place was perfect for our stay. Great location, clean and spacious rooms, yummy breakfast. Plus amazing hosting skills, we learnt a lot about the local culture and were shown how to have fun in Havana! Recommended!

  • Stayed May 2012
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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 1, 2013

First of all I have to write that Federico's house is so clean. You will be a good friend with him if you go ones. Also good way to learn about city even country to stay with a local. You can ask him where to go for dinner or for dance. He will guide you very well. He is so organise about your needs. Unfortunately I don't have any photo but hes house is at the center of Havana. You can walk every where from there in 5 or 10 minutes.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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124 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2013

We came across the contact trough a friend and spent there three nights. Firstly the location is great, easy to find and a great starting spot for discovering Havana. The room given to us was clean and had a fridge with water and beer - what more do you need!

The bathroom / toilet is shared, but other than seeing the neighbors at breakfast and around the city, we never saw each other. Besides, the door to the other room can be locked from the room or from the bathroom.

Federico made us a lovely dinner on the first night, and breakfast in the mornings. They gave us all the necessary information and arranged stays in several casas around Cuba.

Room Tip: The windows can be opened, but only so that you take the frame with glass out.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Vista al Prado
Address: Carcel 156 | E/Prado y San Lazaro. Havana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Ciudad de la Habana Province > Havana
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Ranked #69 of 690 B&Bs / Inns in Havana
Number of rooms: 2

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