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. The more people, agencies or websites between you and the casa you will pay an extra $5 per night!
Cuba-Junky does not want and does not get any commission from any Cuban. Cubans have a hard life enough.
So at Cuba-Junky ... you only pay once about $5 for the whole Casa app (we will have to eat too right? ;)) and will have all information of all casas.
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 or call a casa directly from our Casa Particular Directory app for Android or iPhone.
But Cuba is crowded nowadays they say!
Yes true ... if you are sure where you want to stay reserve the casa of your choice and when traveling to Cuba during Christmas and New Year it is very smart to reserve all casas during your trip since in 2015 tourists where sleeping in the park in Trinidad because all casas where fully booked. You can make a reservation through our Casa app. You do not need an agency in between, through the app you can contact the casa directly without any hidden fee.
But still ... for relaxed people it is much nicer to just go with the flow and only book the first night(s) after arrivel in Cuba.
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
And when the casa has no email?
Not all casas have email,
in this case you can contact them by phone. Don't worry if you don't speak Spanish, casa owners are used to talk to people all over the world, you'll manage :)
When a casa gets an email address we will add it to the app and the app will automatically update on your phone after you open it.
One more thing
... about reservations in general ...
Casa owners really want to have their rooms full everyday if possible of course. It sometimes happen 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.
ok fine, where do I find these casas particulares?
All around Cuba there where the tourist goes ...
The Cuban government keep you on the touristical path because in real small towns Cubans won't get a lisencee to start one ... yet
Check them out below: