Casa Particular Old Havana

8 Top-Rated Casa Particular Old Havana By A Local (2024)!

There are a myriad of beautiful casa particular options in Old Havana that will make your stay in Cuba unique and different from other Caribbean destinations.

After traveling regularly to Havana for five years, during which I have been based in a casa particular in Old Havana, for more than two, I feel well above average qualified to advise on the matter.

If you are not familiar with Casa Particulares, it is a privately rented holiday home where you stay with a Cuban family. You can book a room in a house or an entire apartment or house for yourself.

I tried and tested quite a few casas over the years of traveling to Havana and Cuba, and here are some of the best ones in Havana’s historic city district.

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Top Rated Mid-Range Casa Particulares Old Havana

La Plaza Vieja, the Old Square in La Habana Vieja, the historic city of Havana around sunset in warm light
La Plaza Vieja in Old Havana

1. Hostal Balcones Muralla

Hostal Balcones Muralla in Old Havana is located on a quiet street in Cuban terms. It is within walking distance of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Museum of the Revolution, and other highlights like Plaza Vieja and the Capitol Building.

Former guests say that they love the location, which is close to everything, which I can confirm.

The best parts about this casa are the beautiful authentic architecture, super clean space, hot water (not a given in Havana), excellent breakfast, and service at the Hostal Balcones Muralla.

The hostal has an average rating of 9.4 from more than 100 traveler reviews, and will be a great base for you while exploring La Habana Vieja.

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“Our room was spotless, the water piping hot and the breakfast superb”. 
Gwyneth, Dec 2022

The Havana Malecon boardwalk around sunset with people walking in the golden light
The Havana Malecon boardwalk

EpocNomadLife Tip: don’t forget to plan your Havana adventures.

If you like a few done-for-you adventures or just getting the most out of your time, these top-rated organized tours in Havana are perfect for you.

2. Villa Cuba BNB

Villa Cuba BNB is close to Havana Bay and the Malecon, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de la Catedral, and the most buzzing part of Old Havana with bars and restaurants.

Former guests highlight that the hosts are really friendly, the casa is in a great location, the rooftop patio offers beautiful views, the breakfast is marvelous, and the city ambiance is particularly good for this casa.

Ask for the “penthouse,” the room on the rooftop level!

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“Super friendly hosts, beautiful property! We loved sitting out on the patio listening to the sounds of the city”. 
Jenn, Jan 2023

These are the narrow streets of Old Havana, surrounded by colonial architecture houses, some are run down, some are beautiful, all have differnet colors and lots of history
Historical streets in Havana

3. Casa Lafayette 269

Casa Lafayette 269 is in a great location in the middle of Old Havana, within walking distance of the most popular sights in the historic district, close to the Havana harbor and the Malecon.

Guests highlight that the service is impeccable and super friendly day and night, the breakfast is excellent, and the rooms are clean and comfortable.

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“The casa is in a great location in the middle of old Havana with all the main sights an easy walk away. Florencia prepared a big breakfast every morning of fruit, eggs, and juice. “. 
Nicole, Feb 2020

Obispo street in Old Havana on a sunny day, with lots of people and life
Obispo Street in Old Havana

Top Rated High-End Casa Particular Havana Old City!

The Morro lighthouse seen from the Venerable Prado Avenue that separates Old and Central Havana, with beautiful tiles, lined by trees along the pedestrian part
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4. Suite Havana

Suite Havana is a really high-end casa particular where you book the entire home to yourself. The casa has two bedrooms and great amenities.

Guests highlight that the casa is large, clean, and modern, still with a Cuban feel and gorgeous high window shutters.

Lots of restaurants, bars, shopping, museums, and the Malecon boardwalk are all just steps away. 

Suite Havana has an average of 10 out of 10 points from 40 reviews.

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“Able to walk anywhere. Great air conditioning and outdoor space to enjoy. Delicious breakfast with fresh juice! The beds are huge and comfortable” 
Lindsy, Dec 2021

Central Havana overview photo of classic rugged colonial houses under a gloomy sky, while the sun is still shining on the city
Overview of Central Havana

5. La Posada De Chacon

La Posada de Chacon in Old Havana has comfortable, spacious rooms furnished with quality furniture, including comfortable, large, queen-sized beds and very well-furnished bathrooms with hot showers.

Guests highlight the exceptionally friendly and helpful staff and the perfect location for walking Old Habana, which has great restaurants in all directions.

La Floridita is only four blocks away. Breakfasts of fresh fruit with eggs made to order are excellent.

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“With amazing staff who were always willing to help us. The breakfast was amazing and healthy”. 
Robert, Jan 2023

Have dinner at this amazing restaurant in Central Havana, walking distance from anywhere in Old Havana, where the light is warm, interior eclectic, service is great, and you will be intrigued by all the artsy details in this venue - and the service.
Mischifu restaurant Centro Habana Havana Cuba

6. Casa Habana Moscu

Casa Habana Moscu is within a short walk to the Capitolio building, museums and restaurants, Obispo Street in Old Havana, and the Prado, the venerable promenade to the start of the Malecon!

Guests highlight extraordinary good service and helpful hosts, amazing breakfast, super clean premises, and an authentic Havana feeling in Casa Habana Moscu.

“Great service. Excellent location. AMAZING breakfast!” 
Jacqueline, Jan 2020

Top Rated Budget Casa Particulares Old Havana

View of Parque Central in Havana from the rooftop terrace at Inglaterra Hotel.
Parque Central from Hotel Inglaterra

7. Casa Amor y Mar

Amor y Mar is located close to the inner harbor in Old Havana, only a few minutes from the Plaza Vieja, Plaza de Armas, and Obispo Street – the main street of Old Havana.

Guests highlights the friendly and helpful host, the great location, and that the casa is clean and comfortable. Amor y Mar has an average of 10 out of 10 points based on nine reviews.

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“Friendly and helpful host, convenient location. Vicky’s place is very comfortable and convenient for everything!”. 
Jessica, Aug 2022

The old fortification at the entrance of the Havana bay has old cannons still looking towards the city
The old Cabana fortress in Havana

8. Hostal Maria y Julio

Hostal Maria y Julio is situated close to the inner Havana harbor, all the historic plazas, and the buzzing historic center where there are lots of restaurants and bars.

Guests highlight that the rooms are small but comfortable, the service is good, and the hosts are helpful. The casa also has nice balconies, clean bathrooms, and a super convenient location.


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“The place is simple but very nice and the staff is just amazing, I’m a girl traveling alone and it really was a safe place for me. Totally recommended!”. 
Giada, Jul 2022

FAQ’s Booking Casa Particular Havana & Cuba!

How Do I Book A Casa Particular In Cuba?

You can book a casa particular in Cuba online before you arrive through selected booking sites, or you can find one in your destination when you arrive.

Due to ongoing sanctions, not all booking sites provide booking of casa particulares in Cuban destinations.

Booking apps that have accommodation in Havana are:

Approved and registered casa particulares in Cuba, have a sign outside the door: a blue anchor on a white background.

How Much Is A Casa Particular In Cuba?

Casa Particulares come in all price ranges in Cuba, from super cheap to expensive high-end options.

The lowest prices for a private room in a casa particular start at around $20/€18.

You will also find that several casas also call themselves hostels or hostals online, although it is a casa particular. This is why you also can find great casa-particular options on Hostelworld.

Do Bookings Work In Cuba?

Online booking of casa particulares can be made before you arrive in Cuba from selected booking sites and services.

When you are in Cuba, you will not be able to make an online booking unless you have a VPN service installed on your phone or laptop. The reason for this is online sanctions.

With a good VPN service installed on your phone, tablet, or laptop, you will be able to access most services as normal, also from within Cuba.

Getting Around In Havana?

Unfortunately, Cuba is still a bit of an offline nation, and there still is no Uber in Cuba or other online transport service in Havana.

But there are a lot of taxis in various forms as well as other options!

If you opt for some organized tours in Havana, transport from your hotel or casa is mostly included in the itinerary!

Here are the available transport options in Havana listed:

  • Viazul Bus Service
  • Taxi Privados (which are normal taxis)
  • Taxi Colectivos (which are taxis you share with other travelers)
  • Guagua’s, is the bus, a term often used for buses in Cuban cities
  • Rutas, the yellow minibusses that drive fixed routes in the cities
  • Train – yes, there are trains, but they are generally viewed as unreliable
  • Private transport & transfer bookings

What Can I Do In Havana?

There are tons of things to do in Havana; for a day, a weekend, or even a week, you will not run out of things to do!

Read my overview of 43 incredible things to do in Havana, or the top tours in Havana – and make sure you embrace the beautiful Latin dances while you visit!

In Havana, you can try the Salsa Casino, the beautiful Kizomba, Merengue, or any rhythmic fiesta that characterizes the Cuban dance scene.

You can go to classes or just say yes when someone asks you to dance!

Places To Visit In Cuba Outside Of Havana?

Cuba is a large island, and there are a lot of fun places to visit in Cuba outside of Havana as well.

I have traveled to and in Cuba for 5 years, and here is an extensive collection of information about the other exciting places to see in Cuba here.

Wrap-Up Casa Particular Havana Old City!

There is a myriad of casa particulares in Havana, both in Old Havana, la Habana Vieja, but also Central Havana and the Vedado.

Book beforehand, or wing it as you travel; you will find a lot of approved casas walking the streets of Old Havana or other destinations in Cuba. Look for the white sign with the blue anchor on the door!

Remember that when you are in a Cuban destination, you might have trouble booking things online unless you have downloaded a VPN before you entered the country.

For various reasons, I recommend you invest in a VPN before you visit.

Happy Travel Planning!

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