The Havana Residence

havana, cuba
3 bedroom - 2 bath
(5 reviews)
Travel dates:
€135 - €155 per night (EUR)
excludes K&C fee and cleaning charges
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Perks for the Parents

This renovated first floor apartment in a former radio studio has been especially adapted for families (and is one of few in the city of this type) and includes high ceilings, baby equipment and space to play. Set in a former radio studio that played host to an array of international performers over the years, it is spacious and light and includes plenty of items to appeal to children. There are 3 bedrooms in total, plus a variety of sofa beds to accommodate different family configurations. Set in the green Vedado area of Havana, it is an easy place to relax after a day in the city or at the beach and has a popular public park nearby.

Why Kids Love it

The house is great for all ages, from babies to parents and grandparents, with enough space for kids play with while you enjoy dinner or drinks. Parque Lennon is very nearby, a green public park with a statue of John Lennon on one of its park benches. The residence is usually home to 2 little boys and the following supplies are available for free: 2 travel cribs with sheets, baby monitor, night lights, diaper change mat, potty, small table with kids chairs, children’s dinnerware, bibs, toys, games and books. There are 2 strollers and 3 children’s bikes available,

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 3 days. The flat is on the first floor with no elevator. There is no access to WiFi - in general, internet in Havana is slow. Note that the main living space has direct access to a balcony, where young children should be supervised at all times. There is a safety gate between the balcony and living room. All the windows have safety fences. One bedroom has a mezzanine level with extra bed; this is suitable for age 8+. You can easily reach all parts of the city as the apartment is only a block away from ‘Calle 23’, where colorful oldtimers can bring you to any destination. There is air conditioning throughout and in all bedrooms. All areas have 110 and 220 Volt electricity (60 Hertz).

About the Location

The house is in the middle of Vedado, a green, residential and safe neighborhood in the centre of Havana. Here you can find colonial houses, sidewalks with tropical plants, several parks, cafeterias and restaurants. Parque Lennon is the host family’s favourite park, and is only 4 blocks away. Around 4-5pm, all kids of the neighbourhood come out to play. The residence is a 15-minute walk to the Malecón, the Revolution square and the National Theatre. It is just 25-minutes to Santa Maria beach by car. Havana’s international airport is a 25-30 minute drive away.

Accommodation Details

This first floor apartment has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is set over 1 floor. It includes a living room with balcony over the street, kitchen/dining room and studio/study work space with large working table, sofa bed and air conditioning. Bedroom 1 has a double/full size bed plus additional single bed on wheels under the bed; bedroom 2 has 2 twin beds; bedroom 3 has a fullsize/double bed and a mezzanine floor with a double bed suitable for age 8+, plus a private bathroom with shower. The family bathroom has a bathtub and rainshower. There is no outdoor space.

Style Notes

Bohemian family. With an inspiring history behind it, this apartment is the original setting for Cuba’s Radio Suaritos, which had its recordings studios in these rooms. Many national and international artists, from Celia Cruz to delectable big bands, international sopranos, tenors and Afro Cuban drums ensembles made successful recordings in here. Music lovers can do no wrong. Set up in minimalist style with a tropical feeling, the refurbished flat has high ceilings, colorful floor tiles, green plants, playful fabrics in a rainbow of colors, and a feeling of light and fun. We love the main living space, the cool and compact kitchen, and the welcoming feel throughout.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
2 queen
1 full / double
2 twin / single
sleeps 2
2 travel crib
Hanne C.
Member since April 10, 2017
We are a Cuban - Belgian family. Esteban is a sound recordist and Hanne an architect. An ideal combination for renovating a former radio station. Our sons are 4 and 3 years old and love playing in Parque John Lennon. By travelling, our kids learned to adapt quickly to a new environment. We want to stimulate other parents to travel, even to Havana, by creating a comfortable and children friendly home.

5 reviews

Florence T.
Visited in August 2018
We had an incredible time at the Havana Residence! Hanne was the kindest host, remaining available prior to our departure for questions and recommendations. It was our first trip outside of Europe with the kids, and everything went extremely smoothly from our arrival late at night and throughout our entire two-week stay. The apartment is as beautiful as the pictures suggest: clean, spacious, bright, nicely decorated and fully equipped. It is also ideally located in the quiet, charming and less-touristic neighbourhood of Vedado (walking distance to many sites and restaurants and short taxi drive to the main points of interest). A stroller was made available to us when we needed as our 2.5-year-old boy did not always want to walk, and our 6-year-old had plenty of toys and puzzles to play with. Moreover, our vacation would not have been the same without the presence, attention and care of Miriam (whom our son called his “third grand-mother”!), her copious breakfasts, and delicious culinary treats! We really enjoyed talking to her daily and learning more about the Cuban culture. It was tough to leave this amazing place and we’ll keep fond memories of this family vacation!
Charlene N.
Visited in May 2018
So many good things to write about it's hard to know where to start. Hanne was so kind and helpful by answering our questions prior to our stay in Havana. Then while we were there, Miriam and Esteban (who happened to be there on our stay) were incredibly knowledgable, helpful, and generous with their time. Without them we would have felt lost. On top of that, their place was comfortable and beautiful. We loved the space and our boys especially loved the toys and the books. We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay and a great location too. Miriam made us breakfast every morning and it was delicious. Five bigs stars!!
Marie-France S.
Visited in April 2018
Such a beautiful house!!!! Airy and bright and warm, filled with plants and toys... and those floors!!! Breakfast was the most delicious moment of the day - Miriam so sweet, the food plentiful and oh so good! and we enjoyed staying in Vedado for it's greenery and less touristy aspect very much, thank you! Communication with Hanne pre-vacation was lovely and quick - and her recommendations very welcome! -, everything was spotless and we will dream of this house for a long time to come (our son did not even want to go out!!!) Thank you so much! <3
Amanda P.
Visited in February 2018
We absolutely LOVED our stay at The Havana Residence. The apartment is more spacious, sunny and breezier than any hotel room in Havana. It is filled with beautiful touches of home - fresh flowers, colorful bedsheets & throw pillows, a fridge stocked with water and refreshments. And my daughters loved all the kid-friendly details - the fun night lights, coloring books, markers, domino set, kids clothing hangers and clothes organizer. Both Esteban and Miriam could not have been any friendlier or attentive. Miriam's breakfasts were delicious - she made fresh juice, coffee, fresh fruit and omelets every morning. She also made warm chocolate milk just for my youngest daughter each day. She also ran to the store special when I told her I loved a certain Cuban delicacy (dulce de guavaba). Esteban gave us his cell phone and was always available for our questions and requests. We hope to stay at the Havana residence again! / Nos encanto el apartamento - mucho mejor que un hotel. Tiene marcas de casa muy espceciales como flores frescas y una nevera llena de refrescos. Mis ninas le encantaron los detalles de ninos - libros para dibujar, las luzes en su cuarto y todos los juguetes. Los desayunos de Miriam estaban deliciosos y ella y Esteban muy atentos. Esperamos regresar el apartamento la proxima vez en Cuba!
Melissa C.
Visited in September 2017
We had the most wonderful stay ! Hanne was so helpful pre stay with our queries. The apartment is fabulous - the interior is spectacular. It was immaculately cleaned and we absolutely loved Miriam's breakfasts! The children especially loved the toys, and watching Havana life from the balcony.

Havana, Cuba

Tropical fruit, vintage cars and pirate forts

Traffic-free streets, colorful buildings and smiles a mile wide make Havana a great place to visit with kids. Don’t come expecting Disney-style theme parks and all the same conveniences as you have at home - research your trip and plan thoroughly and you’ll have a ball. Watch circus performers and puppet shows in Havana Vieja, visit pirate forts and play on tropical beaches. Eat ice cream and fresh tropical fruit, ride in vintage cars and enjoy a truly inspirational family experience.