Review: Casa Particular Julio y Yinet, Santiago de Cuba

Location

This casa is in a good location just a 5 minute walk from the centre of town. A taxi from the Viazul bus terminal will cost you $5. We arrived right after hurricane Sandy and so much of the city had been damaged including over 100,000 residential houses.

To lay your head

This casa particular is spacious – the upstairs room with terrace was being renovated when we were there, but it looked grand and had great views over the street.

Our room was comfortable and clean and we were well looked after considering the hurricane had destroyed much of the city days earlier.

The extended family that live here are lovely and very helpful with local knowledge, also Yinet has perfect English which is great if you are used to half understanding conversations in Spanish.

Eating

We can’t say much for the food in the restaurants of Santiago de Cuba due to the hurricane – there were many limitations at the time so we ate solely at the casa.

Yinet and the in-house cook are fantastic cooks and the meals were delicious, varied and huge! Of all the meals we had in Cuban casa’s the dinners here were slightly more expensive and simply huge – we actually felt a little guilty being served so much food when people nearby were struggling.

Breakfasts include lots of fresh tropical fruit, eggs, cheese, fresh bread, juices, coffee etc. Dinners are varied but included 3 courses of multiple delicious dishes and plenty of vegies.

Vegetarians are extremely well catered for, Yinet has a passion for food and it shows.

Breakfast $4, Dinner $8-10

Internet in Cuba

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Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy tore through the city days before our arrival – streets were still full of trees and debris from crumbling buildings and people were industriously rebuilding and cleaning up. Over 100,000 houses were damaged including 20,000 that were beyond repair leaving many homeless.

Despite this the city still has character was an interesting place to visit, also your money spent here is more needed than usual.

We say

This is a great place to stay in Santiago de Cuba, if you find yourself here, give Yinet and Julio a call! We didn’t get to experience the nightlife and we didn’t get the normal Santiago de Cuba experience so would love to hear from others here about what you thought of the city itself.

The facts

Accommodation type: Casa Particular (3 rooms for rent)
Price: $25 per night for a private room for 2
Web Address: No website
Address: Direc. Diego Palacios (Sta. Rita) No 409
e/ Pio Rosado (Carniceria) y Porfirio Valiente (Calvario)
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba C.P.90100
Phone Number: (53-22) 620513 or +53-52820342
Email: julio75@medired.scu.sld.cu

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  • Tina

    Hello, I appreciate your blog about all things Cuba, and I imagine it is mentioned somewhere in your writing, but are you quoting USD or CUC, when you’re talking prices?