I've stayed in many casa's in Cuba. This was my first in Trinidad. I happened upon it by chance. Getting off the bus in Trinidad with my bags, as a solos female traveler was a bit intimidating. I was instantly overwhelmed by the number of casas available. I had read enough to realize that not all casas advertising rooms for rent are legal casas. And I had learned by reading guides that you should not just choose the first you find. And also, you should never agree to rent without a thorough viewing of the room, and facilities. I trusted my gut and viewed several that I choose to walk away from because of lack of cleanliness, or just a bad feeling. I was eventually rescued by a gentleman who I instantly felt comfortable with. He could see my plight, and lead me down a street to this lovely home, the house of his son and daughter-in-law. I knew the moment I stepped inside it was where I would be staying. Omar and his lovely wife welcomed me graciously and showed me to my room, upstairs on the roof. It was splendidly clean, and though it offered no fridge, the AC was in good working condition. I would have welcomed a chair in my room. The furnishings were sparse but sufficient for my minimalist life style. The water and bathroom were perfectly functioning. This was probably the cleanest casa I've stayed in. I could step outside of my room and view the yards of the surrounding homes, and at night the neighbors had a bonfire. There was a little patio set that I could sit and relax or read. Breakfast and dinner are offered, and I choose breakfast only, and pre-ordered my usual - 2 eggs over easy, coffee and milk, fruit, and guava shake. This way I was not over served with things I don't eat - like bread, jams, honey, meats, biscuits. In Cuba, food tends to be over-served. This saved time, waste and money. They usually drop the 4 or 5 CUC rate to 3 CUC if you don't want everything offered for the set price. Omar is gentle and speaks enough English to get by. He takes his job seriously, and upon check in got out street maps, brochures, bus information, etc. and showed my how to get around, pointed out the main arteries. I learned quickly that my street took me to the Viazul bus station, the local beach bus also stopped a few blocks away, hourly, to transfer beach goers for 1 CUC, (and that included a return trip) from the Boca, one of the local beaches (and not my favorite). Omar's extended family share this house, and every morning I received kind greetings as they went about their business. I love casas. I love feeling like I have met the family pet, and grand mother included. It make me want to go back again and again. Trust me, you won't always find a familial welcome at casas, but at Omar Esquerra's it's a guarantee. Very gracious and understanding hosts. They genuinely care that your stay in Trinidad is comfortable. They ask questions and are truly concerned if something isn't just right. Hope to see this family again very soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa in Trinidad is a house where the owners have 20 years experience with tourists. It is located just few meters from the bus station, the old town and modern city of Trinidad. Big house with comfort, built in 1954, with modern architectural features. The geographical position of this particular house allows the client visit in only few minutes all the main important places of the village. They offer 3 comfortable bedrooms with air conditioning, hot and cold water 24 hours. All rooms have a double bed and one single bed, windows, access to terrace and free access to the rest of the house. This hostal is characterized by excellence in their services. Omar speaks English and gives details of places to visit and excursions to make your stay enjoyable, ensuring at all for the enjoyment and relaxation of each client, so you can feel part of this Trinitarian family. ... more less