Not the one at the Che memorial but the one outside the communist party HQ just down the road from the train monument. Not only is it brilliant, but you can also have your photo taken next to a life-size Che without any bother as there's no guard.
This beautiful urban 'casa' is situated right in the heart of Santa Clara - serious Che country - which is right in the heart of Cuba. Carlos and his family will look after you superbly and he enjoys speaking English. A little over 20 CuCs will buy you a fabulous room and great facilities and food. You're within easy, cheap and fast coach travel to both north and south coast beaches.
We arrived at Alberto's via his friend around the corner, who's guests had opted to extend their stay. Alberto arrived on his little scooter and we followed behind in our car to his lovely home.
He gave us directions to a fab little restaurant slighlty out of town, and also to the main square.
He suggested that we opt for secure parking, and again we followed the little scooter to an overnight facility. The rate was clearly signposted, and next morning we returned to pick up our car. I didn't get the impression that car theft is a huge problem but it was nice not to have to think about ( and cost very little).
Amneris was away when we there, but I would have been surprised if she could have prepared a better breakfast. After a good night's sleep, lovely breakfast and directions to Che's old stomping ground we headed off.
Before we hit the road for Havana we popped back to Alberto's to use the loo, which he was happy for us to do. Both rooms were already prepared for the next lucky guests.
Comfy beds - yes
Hot water - yes
En suite - yes
Spotless accommodation - yes
Excellent breakfast - yes
English speaking - no
Calle (EP Morales) Sindico # 60, between Villuadas and Juan Bruno Zayas
Tel - 53 (42) 203 270
Christmas Eve in the small town of Remedios, is when the town's two neighbourhoods compete with fireworks and floats. The party goes on all night, and Cubans come from miles around, to drink rum, dance and set off hundreds of fireworks at each other!
It's a brilliant night, for meeting Cubans and enjoying the real fiesta experience. Everything is in Cuban pesos too, so it's mind-bogglingly cheap.
Staying in Remedios is a bit tricky - as everyone has their families over for the festival, but being Cuba they'll squeeze you in somewhere. There is also a small hotel in the main square - Hotel Mascotte.
Rent a car on Christmas Day, and drive along the stunning causeway out to Caya Santa Maria and spend Christmas on the beach!
But remember your passports, immigration control is heavy on the causeway to the islands.
Santa Clara is the nearest big town to Remedios - just get a local bus, or taxi, although getting back out on Christmas Day is difficult - far easier to go to the beach, and wait for Boxing Day.
We travelled from Trinidad, where we stayed at Casa Alicia y Miguel, Frank Pais street.
We finished our two week trip in the Hotel Santa Isabel, Plaza Armas, Havana - after so many casas, it was pure indulgence to spend one night in a nice hotel and well worth the vast expense!
Remedios is around 15 miles from Santa Clara.
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