I stayed with friends on this trip to Havana, Barbara and Noel. They operate “Casa Barbara” at 460 E. San Rafael. I had a nice room with a private bath, my own set of keys to come and go as I pleased, and a balcony overlooking the street.
Their home is about eight blocks west of the Capitolio. Not a good neighborhood I was told, but that was back in 2013 and our tour guide didn’t seem to want us to explore outside the restaurant where we were scheduled to eat.
Deciding we were not hungry, Pam D. and I excused ourselves and went for a walk. We met Barbara in front of her home, exchanged greetings, and were invited in for coffee.
I’ve been able to keep in contact through e-mail and booked my stay in their family’s home. I had a wonderful experience and didn’t miss the fancy hotel at all.
Kitchen and dining area.
San Rafael Street. It’s one way – East
A fine Palaldar just a few doors down.
I took good advantage of this view from my balcony.