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The rental of rooms in private homes to lodge tourists and foreign visitors was authorized and came under state regulations in the summer of 1997. The National Institute of Dwelling (Instituto Nacional de la Vivienda) is the leading Cuban organization for registering, licensing and inspecting rental homes. Licensed homeowners are subjected to monthly inspections, and their incomes are monthly and annually taxed.
Private lodgings are available all around Cuba. The only exceptions are the keys, where you need to book yourself in a hotel room for housing there.
Hostel-lodging prices vary depending on the city and the neighbourhood, or whether the hostel or casa particular is located near the seafront or in the beach, or if there’s a pool or the casa particular rooms have an independent entrance. In Havana the minimum lodging price is usually $CUC 25 per room-night (up to 2 people), but you can find hostels or houses whose lodging prices are over $CUC 150 per night. Luxurious lodgings offer the best facilities by means of services, architecture, pools, furnishings, views, etc.
Casa particular and casas particulares are the Cuban phrases for home stay accommodation. The exact translation is private home(s). You can find Cuban rooms and apartments for rent and vacational rentals on the Internet through keywords such as homestay, guest house, hostels, bed & breakfast, among others, but to Cubans all these terms will mean the same: rooms to be rented in a Cuban private home or casa particular.
Havana Homestay guarantees that all the properties listed in this web site are approved and licensed by the National Institute of Dwelling (Instituto Nacional de la Vivienda) to be rented to foreigners and tourists. The listed properties fully comply with all domestic regulations.
Licensed home owners must show this official stamp at their front door. Beware of offerings from non-licensed owners who will put you on the line of disregarding the law and will become a risk for you.
Staying at Cuba home stays, hostels, casa particular, B&B... you will obtain several benefits:
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