How do I make a reservation for a casa?
Since the last year casa particular booking websites are rising on the internet as mushrooms ...
Remember and be aware that a lot of these websites are simply copy and pasting other settled and trustworthy websites with experience for years. These booking websites have just one thing in mind, which is; your money. They get a commission of $5 per night and YOU pay this commission.
Cuba-Junky does not want and get commission from any Cuban, we want the Cuban casa owners and you to be happy. Cubans have a hard life enough.
Be your own boss and "Go with the flow"
Our advice is, make a reservation for the first night and once in Cuba go with the flow email a casa directly from our Casa Particular Directory app for Android or iPhone. Download the app, which is packed with casa addresses, email addresses of casas and more, on your phone and off you go, easy does it. We work on a daily basis on this app to add more casas and information. We update the app frequently at no extra costs.
Casa Particular Directory App
Not all casas have email
in this case you can contact them by phone. Don't worry you don't speak Spanish, casa owners are used to talk to people all over the world, you'll manage :)
One more thing about reservations in general ...
Casa owners really want to have their rooms full everyday if possible of course. It often happens when you enter the casa you reserved, it seems occupied by other people who showed up earlier that day or wanted to stay some extra nights ....
I agree, it is not a proffesional way to do business but please do not blame the casa owner, but understand such things happen because:
1. The casa owner have to pay a huge monthly tax to rent out rooms, some 300 cuc per month, they have to pay this tax even if they have guests or not!
2. Many tourists make a reservation but do not show up when they did not pay in advance
When such a thing happens the casa owner will ALWAYS have an alternative for you which has at least the same conditions you are looking for and sometimes even better. Don't worry you will get a great place to stay.
Be smart and call 2 days before or the same day early in the morning to confirm your stay.
What is this "Awesome Sauce" stuff?
- 3 times in a row = Awesome Sauce
The best casas ... a casa gets an "Awesome Sauce Certivicate of Excellence" when 3 people in a row send us a 5-star review.
When they get one review with less stars
the casa will lose the Awesome Sauce certivicate until they get another 3 in a row - 5 star reviews ... still following me? ;)
Other recommended casas, casas with several good reviews or from which we think they are really good, are recognized by a red star
After one year no reviews at all, the casa looses all recommendadtions
Gay friendly casa particular
Cuba-Junky has gay friendly casas listed on the website. These casas are mostly owned by gays, male or female. It doesn't matter if you are gay or not, everybody is welcome in these casas. Since we have many requests for gay friendly casas we have given them a special rainbow sign.
Illegal casa particulares
In many cities in Cuba you also can stay in illegal casas, mostly these casas are much cheaper than the official registered casas. Remember that you can get kicked out in the middle of the night when they get a visit from official people who check the casas from time to time for their casa licensee. Besides this, the owner risks to lose his house, this is one of the fines in Cuba when having an illegal casa particular.