Independent hotels and "casas particulares" in Cuba

There are no independent hotels in Cuba per-se as all hotels in Cuba, whether operated by foreign or national firms, belong to the Cuban government and are leased out to international hoteliers by Cuban hotel chains, who ultimately own the hotels even when operated by an overseas company.

Where you'll find diversity in ownership is at Cuba's selection of casas particulares - the local equivalent to homestays or BandBs. These began as humble establishments where a Cuban homeowner or household would rent out one to two-bedrooms inside his house to foreign holidaymakers whilst also living at the property.

Now casas particulares have evolved so much, that many no longer have a host living onsite as more Cuban entrepreneurs have been given the freedom to rent out entire homes, flats and even buildings. Some are in fact so refined and luxurious they look like boutique hotels with many indeed boasting higher standards than state-run hotels. As Cuba's private market booms and develops and as rules regarding private ownership become more relaxed, there might soon emerge a range of independent hotels no longer classed as BandBs or casas particulares. Watch this space!

Villa Linda Mar

Situated in one of the most popular tourist spots in Cuba, this hotel has an adults only section, plenty of amenities and friendly staff on-hand throughout the day. There are attractions and gorgeous beaches just a short walk away as well, making this...

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Xanadu Mansion

Xanadu Mansion - Varadero

Holidays from £1129 per person

Dating back to 1930, the Xanadu Mansion is steeped in history. Originally belonging to French American millionaire Irenee Dupont de Nemours, the property is now surrounded by lush gardens and a golf course. There are magnificent views of the ocean from...

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