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115 Italia Ave. Apt. 81 Btw. Trocadero St. And Animas St, Havana 10400 Cuba
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 04/10/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#14 of 1,529 B&Bs / Inns in Havana
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We are located in a privileged location in Centro Habana (Central Havana), on Italia Avenue (also known as Galiano). Very close to Old Havana (10 minute walk) and the very popular Malecón seafront. Our flat is a beautifully renovated modern duplex on the eighth floor of a building erected in the fifties. From the flat, you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the sea and the city. By staying in our house, you will benefit from one of the highest levels of privacy, security and featured services, in a family-friendly environment. We recommend our accommodation for vacation or business trips.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Breakfast available
Diving
Windsurfing
Kids stay free
Taxi service
Couples massage
Rooftop terrace
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Bicycle tours
Full body massage
Massage
BBQ facilities
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Safe
Seating area
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
City view
Landmark view
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Ocean View
City View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Ping Wang wrote a review Mar 2022
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They are very good host: Alberto will take you to get a SIM card and take to get your cigar (official store) and Melba will prepare you wonderful breakfast everyday. To get a Cuba SIM card is very import because it is the best way to use internet (Wifi is very slow) and for 200 pesos you will get 2.5 GB data and texting. Alberto knows people so you don't have to stand in the long lineup. We also had dinner with the family and it was really nice. We found it is much more interesting to stay with a Cuba family rather that the big hotels. We stayed with them for two weeks and will definitely go back again next year.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Room Tip: the one with air conditioning
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Response from Alberto Puente, Dueño at El81 Guesthouse
Responded 29 Mar 2022
Muchas gracias por su excelente comentario ha sido de mucha ayuda para nosotros, es un placer haberlos conocido y seran siempre bienvenidos a nuestra casa, le enviamos un fuerte abrazo.
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Jeff A wrote a review Jan 2022
13 contributions5 helpful votes
Back after 22 months. Covid locked us out of our favorite casa particular. We have been staying with Melba and Alberto for 11 yrs now and are always welcomed back with open arms. We stay in touch via internet. Their home in the sky is a great getaway from the activity on the street. The views are magnificent and the rooms spacious, clean, beds very comfortable, A/C, bathrooms somewhat updated, hot water and great breakfasts. Dinner is optional, laundry too. In addition to all of this Havana is a great place to visit and walk the streets. It is real, and while there are tourists there are real people living and struggling. Havana is very safe as capital cities go, people are welcoming. It is the kind of place that keeps calling you back. I am sad to leave even after a 2 week vacation. One of the fun things is to take salsa or other dance lessons.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Responded 29 Jan 2022
Estimado amigo, agradecemos mucho toda la ayuda que siempre nos dan, sabes que eres parte de nuestra familia, te esperamos, un gran abrazo.
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Paulette N wrote a review Jan 2022
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My first time in Cuba. I felt safe both on the streets and regarding Covid as everyone wears masks . The people are warm and welcoming. Staying at this casa particular with Melba and Alberto was a great decision as it is centrally located to the activity in Havana. They were helpful, easy to be with, breakfast is delicious, laundry is done if needed, dinner is optional. Their home in a highrise building is welcoming, bright and spacious with views of the city and ocean. They were very helpful with suggestions. I plan to go back as Cuba is a country that draws people to want to go back.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Responded 29 Jan 2022
Muchas gracias estimada amiga, ha sido un placer conocerte y compartir nuestra casa contigo, te estaremos esperando cuando vuelvas. un gran abrazo para ti.
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Janet N wrote a review Jan 2022
San Mateo, California49 contributions28 helpful votes
After almost 2 years of COVID 19 Cuba is open again. We felt safe there as everyone is following the rules and wearing masks. Also almost everyone has been vaccinated. Once again we stayed with Melba and Alberto at their sanctuary in the sky, EL81 on the 8th and 9th floor of a building with views of Havana and the ocean. A respite from the activity on the street. Their beds are comfortable, bathrooms updated, hot water, spacious. They make all guests feel comfortable, serve a delicious breakfast and an optional dinner and are helpful in changing money, calling taxis, recommendations for restaurants and anything else you might need help with. They are a wonderful couple with wonderful adult children that come and go. Also, one of the rooms has a balcony that opens to an outside view of the city and sea. While a question below asks if this is a budget, mid-range or luxury one has to know that for most global travelers Cuba is a very inexpensive place to travel but that does not mean accommodations are what one would think a 'budget' hotel is. EL81 is comfortable, clean and simple but comes with warmth to make up for luxury.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Alberto Puente, Dueño at El81 Guesthouse
Responded 29 Jan 2022
Mi querida amiga, gracias por tus buenos comentarios y por tu ayuda solidaria, sabes que eres parte de nuestra familia, siempre estaras en nuestros corazones. un gran abrazo
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Carinna Torgerson wrote a review Apr 2020
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This is my happy place. We had to come back and visit Cuba again just to see Alberto and Melba. We all cried when we left because it felt like leaving our family. Their home has priceless, penthouse views of the ocean and Melba cooks the best food in all of Havana. Her lobster is indescribably delicious and for my husband she made wonderful vegetarian and vegan food. It's been months since we left, but when I asked my 2 year-old daughter this morning who her best friend was, she said "Melba!" The house is immaculately clean and has a wonderful, relaxing vibe - Melba is even trained in kundalini yoga and massage! Samuel (Melba and Alberto's son) is an architect who gives wonderful tours of Havana and even arranged for us to ride in a car from the 1920s! The family has lived in Havana for generations, so they know everything about the city. All the bedrooms have A/C and if you purchase WiFi cards at the hotel down the street or El Diablito cafe nearby, you can access reliable internet from the guesthouse as well. Do yourself a favor and visit. A piece of my heart stays forever in Cuba at El 81 Guesthouse.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from el81_gh, Propietario at El81 Guesthouse
Responded 23 Apr 2020
Muuuuuchas gracias queridos amigos, saben que son nuestra familia, para nosotros siempre sera un placer tenerlos con nosotros vuelvan pronto, amamos a nuestra pequena, un gran abrazo para todos
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Jeff A wrote a review Apr 2020
13 contributions5 helpful votes
We have been staying here for a number of years and are welcomed back with open arms each time by Melba, Alberto and their adult twins Sami and Sandra. The apartment is on the 8th and 9th floor with wonderful views of the city and the sea and is a place of calmness away from the energy of the city below. The location is great with easy walking to La Habana Vieja, El Centro and Vedado, and 2 blocks from the Malecon. The rooms are comfortable and with private bathrooms, A/C and refrigerator. Breakfast is delicious at whatever time you want it, they offer dinner as well and the food is delicious. You can't go wrong.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Room Tip: Mid-range. That is in Cuba which can't be compared to western travel.
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Response from el81_gh, Propietario at El81 Guesthouse
Responded 21 Apr 2020
Querido amigo, siempre será un gran placer recibirlos en nuestra casa, ya somos familia, gracias por toda su disponibilidad . Les deseamos buena suerte y que vuelvan pronto, cuidense mucho un gran abrazo.
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Janet N wrote a review Apr 2020
San Mateo, California49 contributions28 helpful votes
El 81 for us is like going to visit family. We have been staying with Melba and Alberto since 2011. They are very welcoming as are their adult son and daughter. The food is great, breakfast and dinner if requested. The location is great, easy access to La Habana Vieja, El Centro, Vedado. The rooms are clean, comfortable, A/C, and the views! Can't get better than the views from the 8th floor of the apt building. Havana has changed since our first visit there in 2000 and it keeps calling us back. The people are welcoming, there are more places to eat and the energy is great. We highly recommend EL81 and a trip to Cuba. The questions below regarding the property are hard to answer because it is a homestay/inn and it is Havana. It is different than hotels in other metropolitan cities. Cuba is an adventure and one worth trying. EL 81 is the place to stay when here.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Room Tip: 3 bedrooms, all comfortable, private bathrooms, clean, peaceful.
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Response from el81_gh, Propietario at El81 Guesthouse
Responded 9 Apr 2020
Para nosotros es siempre un placer recibirlos cada año, como dices ya somos familia, siempre los estaremos esperando con mucho cariño, cuidense mucho, un gran abrazo.
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Balsa wrote a review Mar 2020
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Great hospitality, close to the city center, very clean, amazing view from Terrace. Private tour in Havana with Samuel is must do, just be prepared to experience some other world if you are coming from some of developed countries.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from el81_gh, Propietario at El81 Guesthouse
Responded 4 Mar 2020
Muchas gracias por su comentario, trabajamos para que nuestros clientes tengan una agradable experiencia, ha sido un placer compartir con tan linda familia, les deseamos buena suerte. Saludos.
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notbigmac wrote a review Feb 2020
75 contributions49 helpful votes
Staying here made everything about our visit to Havana even better. We found the location perfect and really enjoyed making our way to the Old Town along different streets- only a shortish stroll. Extremely welcoming and thoughtful hosts, great breakfasts and wonderful views. We changed our plans to fit in a second stay before our flight back and would certainly return.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from el81_gh, Propietario at El81 Guesthouse
Responded 2 Mar 2020
Muchas gracias por su buen comentario ha sido un gran placer conocerlos, siempre seran bienvenidos anuestra casa, les deseamos buena suerte.
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lmv62 wrote a review Nov 2019
London, United Kingdom132 contributions100 helpful votes
We’re a family of three and stayed in this casa for 2nights. Our air-conditioned room was spacious & clean, pillows and beds are comfortable.We have a private bathroom which is essential to us as we have a 4yr old child. Our breakfast was good consisting of bread, juice, omelette, fruits, juice, coffee/ tea, and the breakfast area has a stunning view. Our host Melba and Antonio were accommodating. One thing, we encountered when we arrived in this place there was no call bell or intercom outside the building, and we’re planning to call them but were lucky enough that one family help us to get inside the building and shows us we’re to go but the location in this casa El 81 was great.... 3-5 mins walk going to El Malecon, 10-15mins going to the Old city of Havana, the area is safe and lots of restaurants nearby. A piece of advised to my fellow travelers just ask Melba and Antonio for instruction how to get inside the building as I mentioned above no call bell or intercom and this was not mentioned by other travelers. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about El81 Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to El81 Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include El Capitolio (0.5 km), Teatro America (0.4 km), and Rosario Cardenas Danza Combinatoria (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at El81 Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop terrace, breakfast, and barbeque facilities.
Which room amenities are available at El81 Guesthouse?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a desk, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at El81 Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, barbeque facilities, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Is parking available at El81 Guesthouse?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El81 Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Arcangel, Castas & Tal, and Casa Miglis.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El81 Guesthouse?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to El81 Guesthouse?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old Square (Plaza Vieja) (1.5 km), Museo Hemingway Finca Vigia (1.1 km), and Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales (1.4 km).
Does El81 Guesthouse have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.