Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

In Cienfuegos, our stay at the Hostel La Marina was a delight, with a waterfront views of the Marlin Marina and all the sailboats in the charter fleet there. Situated on four levels, La Marina has three guest rooms, outdoor covered dining and lounging spaces, and sweeping views of the Bay of Cienfuegos around to the point.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

Arriving at Spacious Living

La Marina’s main living floor is on the second level, with spacious seating areas for lounging and socializing, plus several other outdoor areas for eating. The area all around the hostel is open with parks and undeveloped open areas on all sides.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

After walking up a stairway, we entered into a large covered terrace with air and views galore. Several seating areas and even a bar are on this level. Neisy greeted us with a fresh fruit cocktail, a welcome touch for travelers off the road. While we sipped, she jotted down our passport information into her ledger, as all casa particular hosts will do.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

Views in all Directions

From here, we could see even better across to the marina and the boats. In the morning, clean linens are lined up all ready to stock the rooms again. Up another flight of stairs; more views. Finally, up one last flight to the rooftop, views of entire bay were to be had. We saw from Cienfuegos all the way around the point on which the property was situated, out into the Bay of Cienfuego.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

Our rooms were on the bar level, three bedrooms, each with ensuite baths and all joined by hallways. Each bedroom had a mini fridge stocked, much to our delight. Porches and balconies were everywhere! In the evening, we heard calls of “Pan! Pan!” from the local bread vendor on his bicycle. He rode the streets calling out his offering, stopping often as people planned for the next morning’s breakfast.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

Camas – Bedrooms

We had the middle bedroom with a king and a double bed. In our section, the bathroom would have bathed a crowd. It was enormous, with the shower section about the size of many large walk-in closets! A king-sized bed was in the right-hand bedroom. The left-hand bedroom was used by our driver, Hector. I’ll leave the bedroom photography to the Airbnb site.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

Mosquito Bars and AC

This was our fourth stay in Cuba, so by now, we were used to the idea of air conditioning rooms with mosquito bars on the windows.

These wide shutters are not really sealed, so air can communicate, and I imagine a really hungry mosquito could squeeze through.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

Everywhere we went, we saw these mini split systems. They allow the temperature to be controlled room-by-room, without the need for duct work. We had just upgraded to these two years ago due to hurricane damage. They are terribly electricity miserly and efficient. Whenever you travel somewhere that electricity is dear, you are likely to see these units.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

Tiled Bathrooms

Our bathroom was tiled in shades of green, and even featured a dolphin-shaped faucet. The lighter green reminded me of vintage Jadeite glass pieces.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

More marble, and more hand-crafted wood trim and doors were found throughout the marina house.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

We tried to imagine the woodwright chopping down the trees, planing the wood, and designing the pieces specially for a custom fit.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

With most of their guests coming from Germany and other European countries, I appreciated the need to label the outlets. This attention to detail appealed to my organized, methodical self.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

Breakfast on the Terrace

Breakfast was a delight on the terrace overlooking the marina.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

Eggs-to-order, Cuban coffee, fresh juice, guava jam, and fresh bread! Neisy prepared our breakfasts for enjoyment on the patio overlooking the marina.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

After several days, I had the sneaking suspicion that each hostess tries to outdo the next with their presentation of fresh fruit. From the top, there is mango, in the middle papaya, on the upper sides pineapple, and at the bottom, guava.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

Waterfront a Block Away

Walking from La Marina Hostel, we could visit a park across the street. A short block further took us to the Marlin Marina. Next to that lies a small public beach.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

Then, a bit further down the point, is a high school, and we were fortunate to get to watch and hear their morning exercise – rowing skulls of one, two, three, and four oarsmen took to the calm waters. It was magical hearing their coach call cadence from the top of her tower in the quiet morning.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

Final Thoughts

As it turned out, our accommodations were breezy, clean, and with incredible views in several directions from a variety of balconies, terraces, and porches. Cienfuegos is very warm, hot, even. Plan to wear cool, light clothes and take a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Visitors are very safe.

Tomas and Neisy Matos were wonderful hosts.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

Casa Particulars

When you spend a night in a casa particular, they will require your passport to note your name and country of origin in their records. This is customary, as they must keep records of how they are earning income. Above is the registration book for accommodations at Diver House.

Another interesting custom is the keys – you are given a set of keys to the main door, and you have one to your room. That is so the staff may come and go, preparing meals or watering plants or cleaning, while your room remains locked.

We have to thank Mitchel Morales and Xander Ferras at CubaDivingNow for assisting us with this incredible journey. Casa Lyosman y Yanin was just one stop of many. Hector Pechero was our main driver, and next we headed to Cienfuegos. Subscribe for more articles about our adventures in Cuba.

If you have any questions about booking a trip to Cuba, leave a message in the comments or email me, and I’ll do my best to answer any questions. Please subscribe – upcoming articles about our other Airbnb stays in Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, and Playa Larga as well as articles about our Cuban travels are coming up next! How to travel to Cuba from the US is linked below.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

Airbnb – Make Your Trips “Off The Chain!”

Ok, so, here are two Airbnb discount codes. Try either one! The offerings from Airbnb change every couple months, so use whichever gives you the best deal. You can only use a code one time, so compare, choose whichever gives you the best deal since they change periodically, and make it count!

As of today, this one, Airbnb says, “Kimberly gave you up to $55 off your first trip.” Friends who sign up for Airbnb with my link will get $40 off their home booking. And they get $15 to use toward an experience worth $50 or more.

Also today, this one, Airbnb says, “Deep gave you up to $415 off your first adventure. I’m ready to book from this one right now! I’m thinking it’s a computer glitch – so jump on it fast!

Hostel La Marina Room 2 and also the Hostel La Marina Room 1 link on Airbnb. Or, if you already are in Airbnb, typing in “Hostal La Marina Room 2” or “Hostel La Marina Room 1” will get you to the listing. The house is located on Avenue 6, in the city of Cienfuegos. The municipality is Punta Gorda, in the province of Cienfuegos. Also, the La Marina Hostel website.

, Cienfuegos, Cuba // Punta Gorda // Hostel “La Marina” // Airbnb Review

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