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Casa Particular Ridel y Claribel
Ranked #2 of 202 Vinales B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 23, 2013

We stayed at Casa Ridel and Claribel for three nights at the beginning of February. We can confirm all that has been written by the previous writer and also that the meals that we ate were the best in Cuba and that's why we decided to eat in every night rather than go out. Ridel also arranged to take us to visit a tobacco farm in Pinar del Rio in a 1952 Chevy, which was quite an experience!
Very pleasant stay, nice clean room, and a quiet rooftop patio with fantastic views for afternoon naps / reading.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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ridel326, Propietario at Casa Particular Ridel y Claribel, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2013

Hello friends
We thank infinitely so cute gesture of writing a review for us on this website, it is important for us and other visitors to the site, we like you we are very, very pleased with your stay in our home, and always remember, thanks once again this makes us strive to be better every day with our clients

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for three nights in January and it was fantastic. The Casa is owned by Ridel and Claribel, two of the most delightful people you could wish to meet. They, their two daughters and Claribel's mother made us feel like members of the family. Each night we chose to have dinner in the Casa and the food was outstanding - the grilled fish was a particular favourite, and also Claribel's incredible vegetable soup. Breakfast was also very good. Our room was clean, spacious and pleasant and there are a couple of roof terraces where you can have your meals if the weather is good, and in the evening drink a couple of Claribel's amazing mohitos while watching the sun go down. Ridel organised a couple of excellent trips for us - a horse ride in the countryside and a day exploring the surrounding area in a 1952 Plymouth car.

We can wholeheartedly recommend this place for visitors of any age - so much better than a boring hotel.

You can book direct with them by e mail. Their address is:
laurabr@princesa.pri.sld.cu

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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ridel326, Propietario at Casa Particular Ridel y Claribel, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2013

thank you very much
For us it was a pleasure to have as guests, treat everyone know that at home, we are very pleased with the sacrifice we make to ourselves this criticism because they also know how important it is for us, writing on this website, thank you very much again for everything and know that this side can also count on us as friends
A hug and warm greetings to all the family

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Reviewed January 20, 2013

I and my father stayed in this casa particular for 2 nights on early December 2012. It was the best casa we stayed in all our travel around Cuba. The room was big enough for 2 people, spotless clean and Ridel and Claribel, always looking to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Vinales is full of casas partuculares but with your stay here you get to have the best view (only casa that has 2 floors and a 3rd as a terrace to have your big brekfast).
The most special thing about this house though was the dinner, Big delicious one with anything you could ask for after a full day discovering the beauties of the valley. I totally recommend this place for stay.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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ridel326, Propietario at Casa Particular Ridel y Claribel, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2013

thank you very much
For us it was a pleasure to have as guests, treat everyone know that at home, we are very pleased with the sacrifice we make to ourselves this criticism because they also know how important it is for us, writing on this website, thank you very much again for everything and know that this side can also count on us as friends
A hug and warm greetings to all the family

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Reviewed January 13, 2013

My wife and I were staying at the Casa of Ridel Y Claribel for two nights, Jan. 7 & 8, 2013. If it hadn’t been that it was the end of our trip we would have loved to stay longer at this wonderful casa.
We came with rental car and parking was free and secured in this calm, quiet area of Vinales. The casa is located just a short walking distance from all activities on the main street but enough distance from any unwanted noise. Rooms which are located on the 2nd floor with private entrances are big, comfortable and clean, the mini bar stacked with plenty of cold beer and mineral water, very much more than we had in other casas.
The Ridel y Claribel family that hosted us are very warm, friendly, and helpful without being overwhelming. Ridel and Clarisse also have two very charming daughters (10 and 16 years old).
First night we were served a wonderfully prepared lobster dinner by Claribel and mother-in-law, Marie.
Following morning breakfast was served outside our room on the second floor terrace, fresh fruit, fruit juice, scramble eggs, toast, tea or excellent coffee from their own family plantation. It can’t be much better!
Ridel arranged a horseback riding in the valley with a local “cowboy” as a guide. They even packed us a sandwich lunch. As this was the first time on a horse back, the guide and the nice horses took well care of us. It was a perfect arranged day!
He also recommended us to visit the nearby tobacco farmer who explained the concept of growing tobacco while at the same time he rolled cigars for us. Ridel also guided us around in the village in the afternoon so that we, in a short time, had the chance to see the most important highlights.
In addition, he suggested an excellent restaurant for the second evening. It is called Restaurant El Olivo, located on the main street next to the pharmacy. We would definitely not have discovered it without Ridel’s help.
It was a very pleasant time to stay with the Ridel y Claribel family and for sure next time when we visit Vinales we will definitely come back to this family.
A big, warm thank you to the whole family. / Dan & Anki (Zurich, Switzerland)

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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ridel326, Propietario at Casa Particular Ridel y Claribel, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2013

It is a pleasure to read, these words, can't imagine how miss them while we remember, those special moments spent in our home, with this assessment requires us to be better everyday, and at the same time is recognized the sacrifice of our work, once more we thank and it has been a great pleasure having them known

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

We are delighted with our stay of three nights in Ridel and Claribel's house thanks to the open exchange that we lived with the family.
The younger children are left to play with their daughter Laura and all the neighbors' children , our oldest daughter went with Clarice for a ride while we spent two evenings with Ridel and Claribel to share our impressions and cultures.
Actually we've lost here that feeling of being , as tourist, a privileged economic source and we've found balanced reporting and exchange
Both bedrooms are very comfortable and have a lovely terrace, with more extension to be completed soon. The roof terrace offers magnificent views of the mogotes, ideal location to enjoy the sunsets on this beautiful valley.
A lovely horse ride has been organized by Ridel, whom helped us also to find the next Casa to rent.
We do recommand strongly the stay in Vinales with Claribel and Ridel, you won't
be dissapointed.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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ridel326, Propietario at Casa Particular Ridel y Claribel, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2013

Hello Dear Friends
For us was a privilege to have them, YOUR REVIEW IS VERY BEAUTIFUL, EVERY DAY MORE Strive for giving better service to our guests, thanks to God in the world there are people like you, warm, honest and values, our family is very grateful AND NOW SINCE WE WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR AND A NEW YEAR

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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We (family w. 3 children) stayed 3 nights with Ridel, Claribel, Laura and Clariss Jan. 2013. It had all you'd wish for.
First of all: there are 2 rooms for rent, not 1, and it is NOT a restaurant. (Because internet-access is far from obvious in Cuba, the owners have trouble correcting these errors on the various casa-websites. Therefore, contact them directly via the details given by travelwhale (scroll down)).

The house has, unlike most houses in Vinales, 2 floors, not 1. The two guest rooms are on the first floor and are accessed via a outdoor stair and a 25 m2 L-shaped terrace. The two rooms have both their entrance-door on this terrace. Furthermore, on the roof of these rooms is a huge roof-terrace, where you can enjoy the breeze and the views. The owners are building a outdoor space to dine on the first floor on another terrace. The house is cared for with great love.

The house is at the edge of the village, so your view is on the mountains on one side, the village on the other. During our stay there was very loud music in the village, so we felt lucky being 1 km away from the noise.

Ridel and Claribel are wonderful people, and so is their daughter Laura, which happened to be the same age as one of our daughters. Because our daughter had her birthday during our stay,
they prepared a number of surprises for her, which made it a very special and unforgettable birthday.

They make time for conversation and have a broad interest, so we really learned from each other. They value critic and are eager to improve, so don't hesitate to bring up any question or complaint. They will arrange virtually anything for you.

The food is better than in many restaurants, so treat yourself to it. They also make great toasted sandwiches for your daytrip on request.

The rooms can sleep 3-4 people. They are clean and airy. The beds are, like in the other casas in Cuba I have slept in, of average comfort.

All in all, good value for money and very warm people.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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ridel326, Propietario at Casa Particular Ridel y Claribel, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2013

Hello Dear Friends
For us was a privilege to have them, YOUR REVIEW IS VERY BEAUTIFUL, EVERY DAY MORE Strive for giving better service to our guests, thanks to God in the world there are people like you, warm, honest and values, our family is very grateful AND NOW SINCE WE WISH A HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at Ridel's & Claribels casa very much. We stayed for 4 nights and appreciated the personal atmosphere and the really kind, helpful hosts. Claribel and Ridel take care for their guests in a very personal way - so that we found friends in Vinales.
The rooms are the best rooms we had on Cuba and the view from the roof terrace to the hills is fantastic. And do not miss the excellent food and drinks - especially the lobster and pollo.
You will definitely have a great time in this Casa in Vinales.
The Email address of the Casa changed to: ridel326@gmail.com.
Thanks to Claribel & Ridel.
Eva and Helen

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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ridel326, Propietario at Casa Particular Ridel y Claribel, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2013

Hello dear friends
I hope all had a safe journey for the rest of Cuba as well as you had a return Feiz, thanks for the review, know they have a family here, gave us great joy to know that felt like home, your opinion makes us try harder, to be better and better serve our guests
I hope you receive this email, where the whole family sends them a big hug and lots of kisses

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Address: Salvador Cisnero 203 C, Vinales 22400, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Pinar del Rio Province > Vinales
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 202 B&Bs / Inns in Vinales
Price Range: $20 - $25 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just 5 minutes walking to downtown Vinales, we have multiple private suites for rent. The first room is located on the first floor and has a balcony, separate entrance, 2 large beds which will comfortable accomodate 4 people, a mini bar, fan, air conditioning, and ensuite bathroom with hot and cold water. The second room is also on the first floor, and has an ensuite bathroom with hot and cold water, 2 beds, one full and one twin, which sleeps up to 3 people, with fan, air conditioning, and a large terrace on the 2nd floor. The owners are former Cuban doctors, responsible, honest, and professional and speak English. We can launder your clothes, make you fantastic cocktails, organize guides for different excursions to the Viñales National Park, including visits to tobacco and coffee plantations, We invite you to meet us, and share our experience. MY HOUSE IS YOUR HOUSE! ... more   less 

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