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Reviews Casa Bolsa de la Habana
May 21 2015
CASA BOLSA DE LA HABANA
My review: I was in Cuba from march 22 to April 20, 2015. This trip was to spend as much time as I could in Vinales, with a few days in Habana Vieja at the start and end of my stay.
I had difficulty reaching a Casa that I had used before, and so did some searching and narrowed down to 3 cases, this being one of them. This was March 16 and I needed a casa for the 22nd. I understand that connections in Cuba are not always the best, and that casa owners, for the most part, do not have Internet access at home. (Only towards the end of my last stay was Internet email available on cell phones in Cuba).
Susana responded quite quickly, positively, and with good details. Communication was great.
The Casa Particulares is in the old bank of Canada: the ceilings are high, rooms are spacious and lots of fresh air comes through the tall window shutters. It really is lovely. There are currently 2 rooms, with a third being added.
There are fans in all rooms and beds are comfy (I stayed in one room arriving in Habana and in the other room before leaving). Added bonus: both voltages are available.
Renovations are being made in the building across the street. There is no work at night, and surprisingly, when work did start in the morning, I heard almost none of it and slept very soundly for as long as I needed to.
The washroom is separate from each of the rooms; however, this did not bother me one bit. The washroom is only shared with whoever is in the 2nd room, if it is occupied, and I never ran into a problem. It is quite large, very clean and the shower is great.
The only difficulty anyone might have with this case is that it is up a somewhat steep stairwell. The stairwell is very wide and actually quite beautiful - imagine walking up a marbled staircase to the second floor of an old colonial bank building and you get the picture. You could take wedding pics in this stairwell; but, if you don't do stairs well, or at all, then this could be a problem.
Susana is an industrious sweetheart: you could not be better served. She is helpful without being over bearing, prompt, efficient and incredibly generous. Her English is very good, and she will help you to find whatever it is you are looking for: Restaurants, guides, taxis, information, artists, etc.
I only ate breakfast at the Casa, and loved it. Fresh fruit, coconut pancakes, omelettes: you choose what you prefer from the available menu. What I really liked is that there is a fridge in the small kitchen that always has water, beer, ice cream and fresh fruit juice. You take when you need on the honour system and write it on your tab.
I was visiting with couple while supper was being served and can tell you- I was quite regretting that I had already eaten. Fantabulous fish, vegetable and other dishes - looked yummy and according to the others- it was.
When I left for VInales, I left my camera battery charger plugged into the wall in my room, and did not realize it. I would not have noticed for a day or so, as my batteries were all charged and I usually take a day or two to unpack and settle in. Susana sent me an email. She kept in touch and 2.5 days later, sent the charger with another tourist that was driving into Vinales. Amazing.
You are best to book early- even when occupancy rates were starting to fall off for some casa's, towards the end of April, Susana was finding alternate accommodations for inquirers, as she was chock full.
I am returning to Habana in Oct/Nov, and am staying at this Casa again. It is now my go-to place in Habana Vieja.
Other comments: I do not have pics to post at the moment, although I did take some: my hard drive with my pics is missing. I will post if I get it back.
May 18 2015
We were very lucky to have chosen our first 5 days in Cuba. through Cuba-junky . From this sight we found casa bolsa in old Havana. The owners are Susana and Lee. With their help they made our travel arrangements to see everything we wanted to do while we were there. T other casa paticulars they arranged were excellent. We would never been able to see and do what we wanted without their gracis help. They were with us to the very end making sure that the taxi was on time to get us on our flight. Having good people like Susana and Lee made our trip a life time experience that would bring us back to do it again. Many thanks to Villa El Cuba Libre in Vinales and the owner Mayelin Reyes and her mother for the wonderful pastries. Also many thanks to our last home away from home in Trinidad with Mateo andMarbeli and moms. Their phone number is (01)(53)(41)99-8709.They took us int like family. Much love to them and the people of Cuba. Beth and Dan Smith
May 9 2015
Casa Bolsa de la Habana
My review: The casa has a perfect location in the center of Old Havanna and Susanna is a great host! She gave us a lot of good advices about restaurants, bars, salsa places etc and helped us with arranging practical things. She also made lovely coco-pancakes for breakfast!
How was your room?: Great. Big and clean
How was the food they offer?: Great
May 5 2015
Casa Bolsa de la Habana
My review: Fantastic hosts. We planned to stay here for two nights and ended up spending the whole week except for one night in Vinalles. The location is perfect - right off the best street of Old Havana. Susana and Arturo were great hosts - our plane was delayed over night and we showed up like zombies and they were great being flexible to check us in and making morning coffee at 2pm when we woke up! A good casa can be hard to find open anymore in Havana - I think these guys are booked nearly solid a month out at times.
Also - Arturo guided us snorkeling one day and took us to an awesome reef near Jibacoa. Not strictly one of the casa services, but we were going to pay for a taxi anyway and we were happy to have him come along to show us around. Bring your own gear though.
How was your room?: Comfy bed, high ceilings, no AC but fans made for great sleeping.
How was the food they offer?: Big breakfasts, fresh fruit juice, great Cuban coffee.
March 24 2014
Casa Bolsa de la Habana
My review: Located in an old bank building from the last century, Casa Bolsa is a very special place to stay.
How was your room?: Big, clean, great!
How was the food they offer?: Good! Pancakes were great, as well as the fruitshakes and again, the coffee!
March 17 2015
Casa Bolsa de Habana
My review: Casa Bolsa was great. It's in a great location in Old Havana.The building has an interesting history being the stock market previously but turned into housing after the revolution. Suzanna is an amazing host. She is very helpful and will give you suggestions about places to go and how to navigate Havana and we greatly enjoyed our breakfast conversations with her.
How was your room?: Clean,Sunny. Bathroom is shared and outside apartment but is clean.
How was the food they offer?: Breakfast for 5 CUC, can be pancakes,continental, fruits or french toast. Your choice
March 7 2015
Casa Bolsa de la Habana
My review: One of the coolest places I've stayed anywhere in the world. The owner Susana is a wonderful host and helped us a lot with everything. Staying at Casa Bolsa de la Habana was the highlight of our time in Havana.
Feb 22 2015
Casa Bolsa del Habana
My review: Susana was very welcoming and friendly. The location of the apartment was great, very central in old Havana with easy access to anything you might need. We had to find accommodation for our return and Susana was quick to assist and helped us sort any other things that needed sorting. Nothing was ever too much . She even invited us to her house over New Years Eve where we got to meet the lovely Arthur. Lovely couple, can only strongly recommend staying with them
How was your room?: Very large
How was the food they offer?: Tasty
Feb 9 2015
Casa Bolsa de La Habana
My review: The rooms of this place are located inside the old stock market of Havanna. It's a very nice building an perfectly located to explore the old town of Havanna. But the best is Susanna, the owner. She is very friendly, has always a good advice and is really great in organizing transportation or even casas in other destinations in Cuba. We can strongly recommend this place!
How was your room?: High seilings, very clean and nicely furnished
How was the food they offer?: Susanna offers a good breakfast.
Jan 11 2015
Casa de la Bolsa de Habana
My review: This is a rare and exceptional place to stay in a magical city. The ceilings rise up about 6 meters and the original tile floors are cool and exquisite. We were fortunate to have the full use of the Bolsa apartment for my husband and I and our daughter, with a comfortable living room and a huge well-equipped kitchen. We felt very spoiled, secure and comfortable. The aprtment despite being in a dusty downtown, was kept immaculately clean.
We were greeted warmly and treated like gold the entire stay, Susanna and Art are so knowledgable about the city and took us to places we never would have found otherwise, buying gorgeous wild honey from a vendor in Havana Centro; to the large farmer's mercado to shop, so we were able to cook some delicious fresh organic meals and live like kings very affordably. Christmas dinner with Art and Susanna was unforgettable, curried lamb, roast chicken and all the fixings but my very favourie... TOSTINOS!!!!No one makes these delicacies like Susannah, and the rum was flowing...
The aprtment didn't have air conditioning, but it wasn't necessary, fans we supplied and kept us very comfortable. The beds were very comfortable, rooms spacious and opulent.
We were told that there was construction on Obrapia, and having been to Havana before, I expected the hurly burly of the city, for me this is part of the wonder of life in Havana where there people are out, music from live bands bearby waft through the air, everything vibrates with life. I can only highly recommend this casa. If you would like to bring a gift for the house, I suggest a manual espresso maker would be nice....
How was your room?: Room was gorgeous, Art and Susanna have been working hard to continously make the room more comfortable and are saving fopr some elegant renovations to have mor econvenient bathroom facilities within the rooms themselves. The bathroom was just outside the front door, was for our exclusive use, in the main courtyard. It was newly renovated, impeccably clean also.
I know they are woking on bedside lamps, but consider bringing a little travel reading light.
How was the food they offer?: Susannh's breakfasts were stupendous- recommend the coco pancakes and Cuban honey...
Art is also a master Kung-Fu practioner and teacher and offers classes regularly from his home, I was able to attend one and loved it, and it was a pleasure to meet his students, a group of dedicated and didciplined young Cuban guys.
Art and Susanna are well connected in the community, to Dr.s, other casas, great restaurants and can advise you on safe and really fun things to do and see. They are also close to a number of up and coming artists and can arrange for you to see galleries and meet with artists.
Other comments: One must let go of preconccieved notions, expectations to get the most out of time in this place, life moves at a different rhythme, people work very hard, and have the greatest hearts in the world. If your attitude is one of entitlemnent, this is simply not the place for you.
If you go, embrace these wonderful people warmly for those of us who can't and soak it all in.
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