Odalys Gonzalez Gurri, Luis Corella Mariño & Madelin Corella Mariño

Céspedes 13, entre Luz Caballero y Peralta, one block from the Malecon. Tel. (24) 84-45-42 cel. 52 91 69 28 Locate on GoogleMap.

In the centre of town, almost on the bay side, this large casa opens on a beautiful patio.

One of "Top 10 casas in Cuba", according to Christopher Baker (Moon Handbooks & Eyewitness Travel) "Top 10 Cuba"
Its owners are very friendly and the place exudes charm; lovely Odalys and her sister-in-law Madelin with other able and dedicated women lend a helping hand with grace and elegance while Luis looks after farming and fishing interests, both sources of food prepared for the casas' lucky guests, as well as their own restaurant, La Perla del Norte, three doors away. Peace and quiet reign supreme here.

• Five large aircon bedrooms (more below, by Candy Lee) each a double and a single bed (for up to three adults) and each with private ensuite. Our fave (large photo below) is in the back, upstairs with a view of the church of San Fulgencio (photo above).

We love the place because all service and maintenance is performed by a bevy of lovely, kind and relaxed women, young or mature, dynamic or demure. We agree with Chris Baker.

" Breakfast is offered at the hour of one's choice. Lunch and dinner are taken at La Perla del Norte, three doors down, so evenings are super-quiet in this grand casa. If you would like a simple bowl of Cuban soup and bread, a deal could be struck. They will even try to prepare a vegetarian meal for you, although the idea isn't well known to Cubans.

" Luis, the man of the house is both a fisherman and a farmer, so most of what you eat is guaranteed to be absolutely fresh. There is a well-stocked beer fridge in the corner, wine is available and if mint is in season, a mojito or Cuba Libre will melt away your worries.
Candy Lee 12.03.12
" There are five bedrooms available. Two of the rooms towards the back of the Casa offer a double and a single bed in each room. There is one located upstairs with a small terrace and a beautiful view of the town.

The only drawback : the neighbour's rooster may awaken you earlier than you had anticipated but a word to the patrona (Odalis) may result in a request to have the bird put in a darkened area until a more civilized hour. As well, on the weekends, you may hear the music from the dance at the Fortaleza drift your way, but closing the shutters should alleviate this.

All of the rooms have their own ensuite bathrooms with warm water in the showers. All are extremely spacious and again, absolutely spotless. Because of the vaulted ceilings in the two rooms to the front of the house , and fans, they never really get that hot, although air conditioners are available." Candy Lee 12.03.12

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Updated 21.02.2017