Reviews Casa Aleido
July 16 2018
Name: Ken Erickson/Jun Zhang
I stayed here at: 05/16/2018
How did you make the reservation?: The casa directly
How much did you pay per night?: 30 CUC, plus a bit more for meals.
Reviewed comments on Cuba Junky and chose Casa Aleido because it is str8 and gay friendly. My husband and I were welcomed by our host, the amazing Aleido. He had suddenly become nearly fully booked but he abandoned his own room, had his cousin freshen it up, and there we stayed the first night. Then we moved to the amazing penthouse, up the circular staircase behind the kitchen. This casa is a complete delight. We ate dinner and breakfast twice, and then followed don Aleido's advice for local dining. Don Aleido is an experienced chef, having owned his own small and very popular independent restaurant for a time in Habana. He treated us to amazing lobster the first night, fish and a caldo completo a la Cubana the second night. All delightful. Remember, dears, this is a family home. Aleido, and his friends and family, come and go. There is music in the kitchen that we found delightful but some less musically inclined may find late evening musica popular less than restful. For us, it was all part of the wonderful ambiance. Don Aleido will take time to provide his insights into contemporary Cuba, and so will his cousins. Spanish is spoken here--do not expect anyone to speak Gringo! I'm bilingual, so for me it was perfect, and my Chinese husband, who can be quite picky about food quality, found it amazing, and delicious, too. I cried with delight on arrival (a visit to Cuba has long been a dream) and again on departure (I felt like we'd been adopted after only four days). Can't wait to go back.
How was your room?: Tidy, cold air conditioning, great accommodations in the penthouse. Some rooms may not have windows, but rooms are fabulous, nontheless.
How was the food they offer?: Amazing. The best breakfasts, beer and sodas always on hand, great morning coffee, delightful dinners and good advice about local eats.
Other services they offer: Assistance and information about Cuba travels, especially helpful for LGBT travelers, who will find that the term "family" truly applies to this casa--in fact, any human who can fog a mirror, even de los mas exijentes acostumbrados a hoteles refinadas, will find the attention here to be outstanding.
Other comments: Some reviews have complained about small things--the less-than-perfect bannister on the staircase from the street, for example. For goodness sake this is a more-than century old home. All casas in Habana (except those in the newer high-rise buildings) are a bit of a bricolage--luxuriate in the charm and ignore the odd squeaky door or difficult window latch. This building was around before you were--and the house deserves your respect and appreciation.