Although this review is under Hostal Zamora, we actually stayed with a friend of its owner (Tico), a lovely lady called Carmen. Unfortunately there is no trip advisor page for Carmen's place so it'll have to go here (as Tico introduced us to it). Having said that, we did spend quite a bit of time at Hostal Zamora and it looked like a really great place also. Tico is a wonderful host (always smiling) and we shared some rum and a couple of cigars with him (thanks Tico) in a delightful courtyard at the back of his house. We have no reason to believe that the 5-star excellent reviews that Zamora has received aren't thoroughly deserved....
Anyway, the review for Carmen's place:
You are less than 3 minutes walk from the new square (and just a short walk from Hostal Zamora) which is a fascinating place to spend some time. In the early evening the youngsters practiced their in-line skating which was one of the highlights of the whole trip. The old square is not much further up the road but it's nice to just wander around the town discovering things.
Carmen’s house is spotlessly clean. Although on a main road at the front is quite busy the really nice space is at the back where there is a terrace overlooking a small back garden. It’s a great place to sit and chill out away from the dusty streets of the town. Breakfast is served on an inner terrace - still completely open to the air but out of the sun. You have your own keys and can come and go as you please. We came in at about 3am one morning and it wasn’t a problem (we were very quiet though!).
We stayed in a number of casas in Cuba and this must have been one of the best rooms. Two large double beds, plenty of space to move around, an outside window, air conditioning. It was really great. The bathroom was excellent as well. About 4 times bigger than most we have stayed in and the shower was superb. There is often a ‘Cuban Problem’ of water pressure and hot water but Carmen’s place didn’t suffer from this. It was also at the back of the house so less exposed to street noise.
We ate at Carmen’s for three nights out of the five that we stayed there and the food was superb. We had chicken, pork and prawns (but not at the same time) - all excellent. The breakfasts were great too; omelette with vegetables, fruit, bread, coffee and fruit juice.
Carmen was lovely. We don’t speak any Spanish and she doesn’t speak much English but she was very patient and we managed to communicate perfectly well. We had some quite long chats with her. She was very laid back and seemed just as happy to chat on as to let us do our own thing. All in all a great host.
Trips / Tours / Advice
Despite our Spanish being rubbish we managed to communicate with Tico (the owner of Hostel Zamora) who didn’t speak much English. He helped us organise trips, gave us tips on prices and suggested when we should negotiate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Private House, located just two blocks from Parque Cespedes, Trinidad de Cuba, a beautiful place, where tourists podtra enjoy beautiful beaches, waterfalls, horseback riding through beautiful places ecological, sites of historical importance, a place where you'll be happy spend a few days, the enjoyment of Cuban families and their customs ... more less