Booking a hostel in Havana is far more exciting than staying in an international chain hotel. Providing travellers with a local understanding of the Cuban capital, “casas particulares” (private homes) are a cheap and friendly way to explore the city.
Allowing guests an opportunity to mingle with locals, Havana has an abundance of casas particulares and booking one is a great way to discover Cuba on vacation. With its sub-tropical climate there is never a bad time to travel to Havana, but the ‘dry season’ generally takes place from November to March.
1. Cuba Backpackers, Havana, Cuba
As the largest hostel in Havana, the Cuba Backpackers is already a popular choice with the travelling community. Magically situated next to the Vedado district, which is near the Avenida de Maceo sea wall and only a few minutes walk from the Estadio Latinoamericano (Latin American Stadium) and the Plaza of the Revolution, the hostel is the perfect choice for first-time travellers in Havana.
Offering clean rooms and the warmest Cuban hospitality, you can meet fellow travellers and get a local understanding of the city at the same time.
2. Havana Nilda Backpackers, Havana, Cuba
Offering sweeping panoramic views of the city, Havana Nilda Backpackers has a family atmosphere and is close to the Plaza de Revolucion. With its clean dorms and and romantic balcony overlooking the crumbling landscape of colonial Havana, the hostel is perfect for solo travellers and group bookings.
3. Casa Habana, Havana, Cuba*
Casa Hasbana is a charming hostel and has a long roof terrace overlooking the city, where you can enjoy a Cuban Mojito after a long day sightseeing. Ideally close to Angel de Armas, Plaza Vieja Museums Cuban and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana, travellers will receive a warm and friendly Cuban experience when they stay.
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4. Rolando’s Backpacker, Havana, Cuba
Arguably the most social hostel in Havana, Rolando’s Backpacker is perfect for students, solo travellers and group bookings. Wonderfully located in old town Havana, all of the city’s major attractions are viewable on foot and it has two common areas to hang out with international travellers.
5. Almendares Hostal, Havana, Cuba,
Almendares Hostal is a beautiful 1924 refurbished colonial building with six private bedrooms, four bathrooms, traditional porch and a long terrace. Less than five minutes walk from the Plaza of the Revolution and the National Bus Station, the art deco hostel is a romantic choice for travellers.
6. Casa Karlita, Havana, Cuba
Situated in the cosmopolitan Vedado district, Casa Karlita is one of the most stylish hostels in Havana. The family run institution is less than fifteen minutes walk to the city centre and has a wonderful social atmosphere. With a series of private rooms and dorms available, the party hostel is a wonderful place to stay if you’re travelling solo or in a large group.
7. Paradise Hostel Backpacker, Havana, Cuba
With its colonial 1920’s atmosphere and international following, Paradise Hostel Backpacker is the perfect place for international travellers arriving in Havana. Situated in the funky Vedado district close to the Estadio Latinoamericano, the friendly hostel is a romantic place to meet new travellers and discover the real Havana on vacation.