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“Just great!”
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Casa Esther
Ranked #53 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Vinales
Edsbyn, Sweden
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“Just great!”
Reviewed January 12, 2012

I stayed, with my wife and daughter, for three nights at Esther's Casa over new years. We had a wonderful stay. Esthers cooking is superb and we felt very welcome, almost like part of the family. Her son, Joaquin, has a beatiful old Chevy and he took us on a couple of great tours around the valley and beyond. I wish I have the opportunity to go back one day.

Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Paris
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

We had read so much about this casa but never found how to contact the dear Esther before going. When we arrived in Vinales at night we easily found a casa, which wasn't Esther's, still, we did give up as we absolutely wanted to taste her food.

Casa Esther is located at the end of the main Vinales street (where buses arrive), opposite to a small gas station. I know this does not sound appealing but this is Cuba, and a/ gas stations are a luxury b/ just get in the casa (a chef is painted on the facade, you can't miss it).
Esther warmly welcomed us, showed us her charming back door courtyard were the restaurant is, and inquired about what would please us for diner.
We came back 1/2 hour later, and diner was ready to be served.

We had chicken, fried fish (beautiful) served with a hot black bean soup, rice and fresh vegetable salad: nothing complicated nor very original but trust me, it was one of the best diners we had in Cuba, everything was beautifully cooked and tasty (not to mention a ridiculous price, nearly 1/2 of what you pay when eating in your casa).

We came back next day for lunch and enjoyed some grilled tuna, again, beautifully cooked, and Esther was alway as warm and welcoming.
The only thing you need to be aware of are the quantities: Esther is generous, and finishing your plate IS a challenge.

Hope you'll enjoy Esther's food and company as much as we did.

Room Tip: Esther's daughter has a casa just 2 minutes away from the restaurant. She was just finishing ren...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Buenos Aires
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

Esther and her husband Joaquin are warm and welcoming hosts. They were extremely helpful with all aspects of our stay, from offering to do our laundry (at a small fee) to helping us set up excursions and purchase bus tickets. The room has two double beds, a refrigerator, a hot shower, and a/c and a fan. Esther's food is delicious and plentiful--you definitely wont starve staying with them, and the food was some of the best we had in Cuba! My friend and I speak Spanish, so language wasnt a problem for us, though Esther and her husband do not speak English. I would definitely recommend as a great place to stay in Viñales.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Londinium
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

Great room, large with aircon and fans. Good shower. Lovely, attentive hostess who also respected your own space/time. Esther didn't speak English and my Spanish was very limited but as long as you ensure you know the Spanish for 'what time', 'breakfast', 'dinner' you should be fine. When i didn't know what she was offering me for dinner she made a sheep noise and we both laughed! If you don't speak any Spanish then Villa Crystal is directly opposite and they are more than happy to translate for you and Esther. Her son (speaks English) drives an old Yank Tank taxi and can take you wherever you want to go. Fabulous, comfy stay - would highly recommend and stay again.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed May 7, 2011

We had a really nice time in Viñales. We stayed in Casa Esther, it’s charming. The casa is located in a quiet street and yet within 2-3 minutes’ walk to the town centre. The room was bright and clean, air-conditioned, and the bed was comfortable. Esther is a lovely lady and a good cook. Meals were delicious, we loved her salsa chicken! We liked the rocking chairs in the front porch, it’s very relaxing sitting there reading or watching the passers-by. We had a great time going round Viñales in an old but stylish black Chevrolet, visiting caves, tobacco farm and the farmer’s house and the beach (Cayo Jutias). Esther also helped us booked a horse riding tour – a fantastic way to see the Viñales valley and the nature. Though we only speak a few words of Spanish, Esther and her husband made us felt easy and comfortable, we were well taken care of in her casa.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Gent
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Reviewed May 7, 2011

We were welcomed by Esther at the bus station when we arrived in Vinales. After a sort walk (5 minutes) we arrived at her casa. The room had 2 double beds, a private bathroom, a fully-filled fridge and was very clean. It was heavenly to sit in the rocking chairs on the porch of the house and watch the sun go down. In addition, Esther is a fantastic cook! Just make sure you are hungry because the portions she serves are huge!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed April 19, 2011

Esther is a very nice,quiet lady.and an excellent cook.Her husband is also a friendly man.We enjoyed our stay very much.In the morning you are awakening
by the horses with carriages passing in the street.Quite an experience;!
Margriet and Angela.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Casa Esther
Address: Rafael Trejo 94, Vinales 22400, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Pinar del Rio Province > Vinales
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #53 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Vinales
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nice tranquil Casa Particular with great hosts and a nice patio where you can relax in your rocking chair to watch the Vinales life going by. ... more   less 

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