Santiago de Cuba; the Cuban capital of the carnival

6 Best Casa Particulares Santiago De Cuba From An Expert (2024)

There are a myriad of Casa Particulares Santiago de Cuba, the Cuban capital of the carnival, centrally located and within walking distance to the main square Parque Cespedes, and many sights and museums in central Santiago.

I took the bus to Santiago with a visiting friend when I was based in Havana, a 20-hour trip, to experience this fascinating and historically important city. Santiago de Cuba has a lot of history and activities to offer travelers, so don’t miss out on this second-largest city in Cuba.

Here are 6 of the highest-rated Casas in the center of Santiago, all of which are well within budget and even cheap accommodation.

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Top Rated Casa Particulares Santiago De Cuba On A Budget

The impressive Santiago de Cuba rock fortress seen from the sea, sitting on the top of a hill at the entrance to the bay guarding the city
Santiago de Cuba fortress

ACA Autentica Casa Antigua

AKA Autentica Casa Antigua is located in the center of Santiago, five blocks from Parque Cespedes and Santiago de Cuba Cathedral.

Travelers highlight the perfect location, which is directly in the city but very relaxed. They also mention extraordinary service, great breakfast, an amazing rooftop, and a tasty Caipirinha!

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“Pucha, and Dayron. They arranged everything, they helped with everything, and breakfast – five stars!” 
Gints, Nov 2022

The charming Bodeguita del Medio in Santiago, with deep brown furniture, blue walls, a green ceiling, and lots of art and artifact details on the walls.
Bodeguita del Medio

Hostal Heredia

Hostal Heredia is located four blocks from Parque Cespedes, the main park in Santiago, and close to the Museo del Carnival, Emilio Bacardi Museum, and Plaza de Dolores.

Travelers highlight that this casa has an excellent ambiance, a great location, friendly staff, clean premises, an amazing breakfast, a nice terrace, and great value for money. This casa has an average of 9.4 out of 10 based on 31 reviews.

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“Terrace for breakfast and dinner. Central location, so a fair amount of traffic. Very clean premises and friendly staff”. 
Darren, Sep 2022

Best Super-Budget Casa Particulares Santiago De Cuba

Street musicians in Santiago with a contrabass, guitar, smiling and playing on a sunny day
Street musicians in Santiago

Casa particulares in Cuba are generally not very expensive. But you can find top-rated casa particulares in Santiago de Cuba at a really low price, where other travelers truly enjoyed their stay.

These four get great reviews and standing ovations from Cuba travelers who were here before you.

Hostal Raul y Cathy

Hostal Raul y Kathy is in the city center of Santiago de Cuba, only a few blocks from the famous Cespedes Park and notable landmarks.

Travelers here highlight great cleanliness, excellent service, amazing breakfast, early check-in, and a beautiful terrace with a view. This casa has an average of 9.6 out of 10, based on 20 reviews.


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“Very friendly and helpful hosts, very clean casa, and great kitchen! We enjoyed our stay and can recommend staying here!!” 
Silke & Chris, May 2019

Two mojitos on a table of a patio bar in Santiago
A patio bar in Santiago

Casa Colonial 1893

Casa Colonial is four blocks from Parque Cespedes and in the middle of the historic city of Santiago de Cuba.

Previous guests highlighted the great value of money, excellent water pressure (not a given in Cuba), and great amenities. Friendly and helpful staff, nice breakfast, and comfortable rooms. This casa has an average of 9 out of 10 based on 15 reviews.

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“Staff was very friendly and helpful. Recommend their breakfast as it was very good. Very peaceful garden during breakfast”. 
Kenneth, Jan 2022

Colorful houses in Cayo Granma, the small island in the bay outside Santiago de Cuba.
Cayo Granma houses outside Santiago

Hostal Bellamar

Hostal Bellamar is located five blocks from Parque Cespedes in Santiago de Cuba center, which is still a central location.

Travelers highlight an extremely friendly and helpful host, great views from the rooftop terrace, great cleanliness, perfect location! This casa has an average of 9.6 out of 10 points, based on 5 reviews.

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“Very clean, great service from the host, great help with everything. Recommended for any traveler!” 
Marcelo, Aug 2022


Casa De Ilsia y Migdonio

Casa de Ilsia y Migdonio is located a bit further from the city center of Santiago de Cuba in a quiet and secure neighborhood.

Travelers here highlight cleanliness and friendly service, and that they felt integrated with the family. Especially the personal service like being met at the bus stop and getting to taste the homemade Cuban wine!


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“Migdonio y su familia nos trataron de maravilla, la casa es muy bonita y muy cómoda. Fue un gusto compartir nuestro tiempo en Santiago con ellos, gracias por todo!!” 
Sonia, Aug 2022

Inside the Santiago Cathedral, beautiful art and architecture in geyllow, blues, and reds, with elaborate details, high arched ceilings and lots of light from above.
Inside the Santiago Cathedral

Map Of Santiago De Cuba

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The prices of casa particulares in Santiago de Cuba, located in the central part of the city, are not very different, and there is very little accommodation in the high-end range.

But like in most destinations in Cuba, the Santiago de Cuba casa particulares generally have amazing charm and friendly hosts.

Santiago De Cuba: The Cuban Carnival Capital

The Santiago Carnival, an explotion of music, dance and color at night.
The Santiago Carnival

Santiago de Cuba was the capital of Cuba for a few decades back in the 16th Century, but it is still the capital of the carnival. Santiago is famous for having the most vibrant, colorful, and never-ending carnival fiestas in Cuba each July.

The city also has one of the 9 UNESCO protected World Heritage sites that exist in Cuba: the San Pedro de la Roca fortification.

Situated almost 900 kilometers from Havana (or 20 hours on the Viazul bus), visiting both Havana and Santiago in one holiday can be difficult.

But it is possible if you have enough time, and Santiago, with its rich history and the surrounding areas, is definitely worth your time.

Want to read more about Santiago?

Also read: 30+ Brilliant Things To Do In Santiago De Cuba

Wrap-Up Casa Particulares Santiago De Cuba

Santiago de Cuba is quite a distance from many other Cuban destinations, but it really is a city and area of Cuba with a lot to offer! Unlike Havana, Santiago de Cuba has fewer of the high-end casa particulares to offer travelers.

That does not seem to be a problem for anyone, based on the many excellent reviews the casas and hosts here receive!

Hopefully, you have been able to find one that suits you, and you just have to plan what to do when you are here.

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