Reviews Casa Bolsa de la Habana
Jan 11 2015
Name: Bryde Kelly
I stayed here at: 12/23/2014
I made a reservation through Cuba-Junky
I paid 35 CUC per night
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...
Other services they offer: If you are lucky enough to be in the city over Christmas or New Years' you may receive an invivation to Cuban BBQ to usher in the new year, this was a wonderful time spent with new friends from Cuba and abroad.
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.
Reviews 2014 Casa Bolsa de la Habana