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“Heart of Havana Vieja”
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Hostal Lamparilla
Ranked #297 of 706 Havana B&B and Inns
Reviewed 30 May 2013

This is a two-bedroom apartment with a roomy bathroom by Cuban standards, with a cozy kitchen and a wonderful balcony. We had many nice meals in the dining area. There isn't a "living" room to sit on a couch, so we mostly gathered in one bedroom when we watched TV, or just visited at the dining table. The balcony, being three floors up, gave an authentic view of Cuban life, with a breeze keeping it cool. The kitchen is small, and only one person can really cook at a time or wash dishes. We had most everything we needed to cook. I had taken plastic baggies and they came in handy for leftovers. We also didn't have dish drying towels.

I was able to walk just a few blocks to see the landmark places of Habana Vieja, plazas, shopping, restaurants, etc... I didn't find a "paladar" restaurant I liked. Just two blocks away was a busy pedestrian street with souvenir / art shops. I spent some days alone and always felt safe. Other days I was with Cubans.

I tried to save money by cooking at home, but it was difficult to buy groceries or find food to cook. For example, I never was able to buy eggs or chicken... My Cuban friends would go out and come home with meats, fried rice, etc... Without Cuban help I don't think the kitchen would be practical.

I'm not in the best shape so climbing three flights of steep stairs was sometimes difficult and I usually had to rest on the way up, so I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with physical challenges in walking or climbing stairs. One day I woke up to street repairs. It went on all day, so I went out most of the day. It was completed in one day, thankfully. Since Habana Vieja is in poor condition, it is to be expected that there are constant repairs going on, and even some danger from the deteroriating buildings.

Once in the apartment, it was very clean, modern décor, great bathroom (very roomy, hot water with good water pressure), and two rooms if needed.

The owners are next door, just a doorbell away, and were very helpful and always happy to provide anything needed (a big knife to cut a pineapple, an iron, etc...) The apartment was cleaned and towels replaced every two days.

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in the apartment Lamparilla. It made visit to Habana special and unique.

Room Tip: One room has a double bed, and the other has two twin beds. Neither is connected to the restroom.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 February 2017
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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 January 2017
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Room Tip: Muy centrico y cerca de lugares de interes
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  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 June 2016
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Room Tip: Une chambre a un lit double, l'autre deux lits. Les salles de bains très bien conçues, modernes...
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  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 February 2015
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Room Tip: Las dos habitaciones son excelentes para quien quiera conocer el corazón de La Havana
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  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hostal Lamparilla

Address: Lamparilla 351 | Aguacate 3er piso, Havana 10200, Cuba
Region: Caribbean > Cuba > Ciudad de la Habana Province > Havana
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Free Parking
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Ranked #297 of 706 B&Bs / Inns in Havana
Price Range: RM127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2

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