During our backpacking in Western Cuba, we spent two nights at Casa Maria Luisa, and found it quite fine. Maria Luisa met us at the bus, which made our arrival easy. Although we have no Spanish, and she has very minimal English, we communicated through smiles, gestures, and her son when he was there. The back patio was truly lovely, and we enjoyed reading our books surrounded by her flowers (the orchids were amazing) plants, and the odd chicken which wandered through.
The room was very basic, the problem being there was a huge bed taking up most of the space. It was actually two double beds pushed together to make one, and we would have done better with only one bed and more storage space. That said, it was clean, and the bathroom was fine. It had an electric shower head, so we had plenty of hot water, and they are always entertaining for us North Americans who rarely see such a thing.
We had the smaller of the two rooms, the other one would be better. Ask for the one at the back.
The location was convenient for the town, you could be in a bar listening to great music in a few minutes. When we first arrived I was concerned about the large restaurant next door, wondering if it would be loud in the night, but no worries there.
And the food….it was wonderful! We ate breakfasts and dinners there, and enjoyed all the meals. They were too big! When we departed, very early one morning, Maria Luisa had no problem getting up early and making us breakfast, and also made us sandwiches to take on the bus.
Maria Luisa may be a bit shy and reserved, especially given the language barrier, but we found her extremely pleasant and caring, sending us on our way with hugs and well wishes.
Gracias to you Maria Luisa!