We loved the authenticity of Villa La Rocha. It is located slightly away from the centre of Holguin, off a small quiet side road. We arrived 11 hours late due to aircraft problems leaving Havana. Daniel (the English speaking owner) was still around to greet us with a smiley face. Our room in the Casa was of a good size, nicely decorated with Cuban-style wood features, including window shutters and mirrors, etc. There was a double bed with a comfortable memory foam mattress, fridge/freezer, wardrobe, tv, a/c and wall mounted fan. The room was clean, the en-suite shower had lots of hot water. Used toilet paper is disposed of via a small bin Greek style. Breakfast and dinner were very good, prepared and served by one of Daniel's many Cuban female staff, plus Daniel's cocktails are the best! Daniel is extremely friendly, but a busy guy, however he has time to give lots of local travel tips and will arrange taxi transfers for you at very competitive rates. Oscar the taxi driver friend of Daniel is very good (always on time and a careful driver). Please be aware that there is no wifi access in the Casa, but you can get a horse drawn cart bus to downtown Holguin to buy a wifi card (1 hr is 3 CUC) to use at certain hotspots in the city. Having flown in from Havana, we were pleasantly surprised with Holguin's charming character hence we spent a day roaming the city and bars talking to locals. Couldn't really fault Villa La Rocha apart from the fact that we found it a little noisy (a/c at night, breakfast preparation and a yappy dog). Overall, it's a solid good quality well-run authentic Cuban guest house. We were impressed with the standard of accommodation and the excellent value for money. Highly recommended!
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