Casa particular Trinidad
Posted: 25 June 2009 01:50 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi you all,

here’s a recommendation for a good casa in Trinidad. Teresa and Pedro have been renting their rooms for many years treating their visitors real good and honestly. The casa is situated just near the busstation in the old center of Trinidad so you don’t hevr to worry about how to get there with your luggage.
Visit their website to see yourself, to make a reservation or just grab a map of Trinidad. http://www.hospedajetrinidadcuba.com
The website is also offering you maps of Trinidad and the old center.
For the rest I’d better put some words that other visitors wrote in their book:

What a pitty that we only stayed the last 2 days out of 4 in this fantastic private house in Trinidad! Immediatly we felt at home.
In the ‘Trotter’ we read: ‘When hospitality has a face, it surely are the faces of Pedro and Theresa’, and we can only confirm that. The nice music during breakfast makes your day! We’re going to continue our trip, but sure we’ll spread the knowledge for this perfect hotel! (Jochem and Lies, Belgium)

Excellent food, good talks, funny Jokes, very caring people.
Not a lot of Canadians pass through this casa… EHh!! I strongly believe most of the Canuck clowns are staying in the all inclusives on the beach. What an incredible experience they are missing indeed. (Martin and Jennifer, Canada)

Many thanks for 2 wonderful days as part of your family. In the middle of the very special town of Trinidad. Pedro Juniors mojitos were memorable as was the little party which developed - lots of laughing, singing and dancing - not bad considering we have no EspaƱol!! (Eva and Colin, Australia)

Do I need to say more? ...Just don’t fool yourself and enjoy your stay in this casa in Trinidad.

Estan

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Posted: 06 July 2009 05:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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In the first half of June I was visiting my friends of this casa. And about what I have heard and seen I would like to warn all travelers to Trinidad.

There’s too much people in Trinidad that are depending on the tourists. Too many competition between casas and too many restaurants have developped a way of life that isn’t so nice anymore. Less tourism and too much competition, jealousy and envy have changed many casa-owners and their way of being polite and hospitality ... and other agents or brokers (‘casadores’ = people that don’t own a casa but work only for the money to bring you to a (bad or illegal) casa).
When you come by bus there will be waiting about 40 cubans for only a few tourists. Those tourists are brutaly cornered by the ‘casadores’, with lies, false information about the existing casas. Also when they already have chosen a casa, or even when they already made a reservation ahead, they will lie to them about that casa, or they will tell them that they’ll bring you to your known casa… But actually you are being deceived; bringing you to another address, another casa - which probably has lesser quality, hospitality, less clean, further away from the center, or might even be an illegal casa….  Those ‘casadores’ are brutal, they don’t give you space to make your own choice, they don’t let you go your own way to find your pre-booked address, Those ‘casadores’  are this way just for the money, they are not reliable and not showing any responsability…

Even when you get by rented car you’ll be more or less forced to stop and listen to those hustlers. With their lies about your ‘casa that’s not existing anymore’, or ‘the owner being in jail’ ... o whatever different false reason they want you to change your plans, to drop your address of the known casa and make you follow them to their own houses (illegal rentals) of worse casas.

In the meanwhile, the owners of the good casa with whom you’ve made your reservation, are waiting in vain for your arrival. This way the good casas are missing their possibility to rent their good room for that night, and their honest way of offering Cuban hospitality! The casas that have a website (that you might have seen before visiting), sometimes also are offering the possibility to make a reservation, are most of the time being helped by foreigners outside Cuba. Also those foreigners don’t want to lie to you; they are helping their Cuban friends, they have visited their friends (the casa owners) sometimes already many times, and last thing they don’t want is to be known in the bad way either, since they’ll get the messages or e-mails also at their own account.

If you’ve got an address or reservation:
- Check out the address you already have by yourself; just take your time and convince yourself about your existing plan before following any other Cuban telling you things.
Most of the time the casa you had in mind is just functioning normal and they’ll be waiting for you; and very happy that you really showed up!!

Without a reservation:
- Check if the proposed casa is an official, known by the logo on the door. Every legal casa has one and only they are allowed to rent their rooms. You can try to negotiate the price, or if you’re not happy about what you get, just go to look for another casa because there are plenty better ones, for sure !!

- Don’t get pushed to think the dinner inside the casa is an obligation; The official and good casa-owners also are letting you the freedom of choice: having your dinner in your casa or having it outside in a restaurant or whatever way you choose…

I wish you a nice stay in Cuba; but be a little prepared!

Estan

[ Edited: 06 July 2009 05:50 AM by Estan ]
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