After you’ve arranged your flight, you’ll want to plan out some Cuba accommodations. Whether you are spending your entire trip in one place, or touring the island, getting a good hotel is important if you want to enjoy Cuba.
Hotels in Cuba
People tend to think of Cuba as being a little on the rustic side. The truth is that many major international hotel chains (including a number of 4 and 5 star ones) operate on the island, and you can find Cuba accommodation that meets or surpasses any standards in comfort.
- Hotel Playa
- Melia Hotels
Now that the embargo is slowly fading way, new American chains will soon start to show up too. The first US hotel in Cuba scheduled to open is the Marriott, and certainly many will be following.
You don’t necessarily have to stay in 5-star chain hotels though. There is no shortage of smaller places to stay around Cuba. Quality and services will vary based on how much you are willing to pay, just like with any destination.
If you are looking for more specifics, I have a page on hotels in Havana as well. More city-specific pages on accommodations are coming too.
Or are you one of those travels who do prefer a rustic and simplistic approach to accommodations? There is an entire network of “guest houses” that are a popular, and really cheap, way of finding local Cuba accommodation that lets you feel the life of Cuba first hand. They are very popular in bigger cities like Havana but you can probably find a casa particulare anywhere on the island.
These are basically rooms or suites for rent in people’s homes, kind of like the more current Airbnb trend. Not everyone is comfortable with sort of arrangement but it really is quite safe and people have been doing it for years in Cuba.
I wanted to talk about resorts separately because they really are a little different than a standard hotel. The main difference is the location and level of service you get. Resorts are almost always right on the beach and will offer a lot more activities and holiday packages than a standard hotel, which is usually just accommodations alone.
Because the island is such a beach destination, there are many excellent Cuba resorts to choose from. In fact, they are probably the most popular sort of Cuba accommodation you can choose.
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