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  Casa Norma Cuba

The Havana’s French-speaking casa particular

The French casa in Havana

Havana’s French-speaking guest house

Casa Norma Cuba, home stay in Havana

Cuba is famous for its “casas particulares”, or homestays, which are renowned for their warm welcome, comfort and the opportunity they offer holidaymakers to immerse themselves in the country’s daily life.

 

Known throughout the neighborhood as the “casa des Français”, Casa Norma Cuba is a guesthouse run by Daniel, the Franco-Cuban, and Erwann, the Franco-Breton. Located in Havana, in the Centro Habana district which, as its name suggests, is at the very heart of the Cuban capital. Casa Norma Cuba is a large three-storey colonial-style house (no elevator) that has retained all the charm of the past, with its solid mahogany antique furniture, crystal chandeliers, imposing mahogany doors, five-metre-high ceilings and cement tile floors, all original.

 

On the second floor, the living room opens out through three large French windows onto a large balcony which, like a theater box, overlooks San Rafael Street, offering guests a breathtaking view of the lively spectacle of Havana’s daily life. From this spacious living area, guests have direct access to an open-air patio, overflowing with green plants, a veritable oasis of greenery overlooking three of the five guest rooms available for rent. On the second floor, the other two rooms enjoy a luminous panorama of Havana’s rooftops, with the sea in the background. Each room in this homestay features a king-size bed or, alternatively, twin beds, and the comfort of a private bathroom and air conditioning.

 

It’s at the terrace bar on the third floor that Daniel concocts his famous “homemade mojito”, a personal recipe acclaimed by all guests. It’s also here that every morning, in the open air and with a sea view, breakfast is served with Erwann’s gourmet creations, such as banana French toast, exotic fruit pancakes and crêpes bretonnes with Cuban honey!

 

Centro Habana district

Centro Habana s’avère être l’authentique centre de la vie trépidante et populaire de La Havane. C’est sans doute pour cette raison que Centro Habana est devenu le quartier en vogue de la capitale et regorge désormais de restaurants, de bars branchés et de « rooftops ». Cette position centrale de la maison d’hôtes Casa Norma Cuba (5 minutes à pied du Malecón, 15 minutes à pied de la très touristique Habana Vieja et 10 minutes à pied du très calme quartier du Vedado) et le véritable havre de paix qu’elle constitue au sein de cette capitale bouillonnante et si exotique, permet aux vacanciers de se déplacer aisément à pied dans La Havane et de pouvoir, quand bon leur semblent, revenir facilement à la casa particular pour faire une pause dans l’après-midi, avant de sortir dîner. Un parc de stationnement surveillé et payant se trouve à proximité immédiate de la maison d’hôtes. Daniel et Erwann vivent sur place et y préparent les savoureux petits-déjeuners ainsi que les dîners, sur réservation. C’est avec plaisir qu’ils répondent aux questions de leurs hôtes et les aident à organiser leur séjour à La Havane et dans toute l’île, comme réserver des casas particulares en province, trouver des taxis, des coco-taxis, des bicitaxis ou les fameuses décapotables américaines. Et i