We spent 15 days in Cuba and we stayed the whole time in private homes, where we had no problems. In particular, we recommend the house where we stayed in Havana. Alberto is an artist and just started (very badly) renting a room in his house. His apartment is on the 20th floor so you can imagine the views and it has beautiful scenery as well as being very clean ... maybe it's a home "less Cuban and more European" than others, but he loves to talk about Cuba and he is such a wonderful cook that the Cuban experience is 100%. Price 25 CUC per night San Rafael Street, apartment 967 205 (between Hospital and Sword) Mobile: 5378739346 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org it is in Central Havana, near the Malecón and about 15 minutes walk to Old Havana, a nice little walk. In short, a highly recommended place to spend a few days in Havana. Alberto is also a good conversationalist and a great guide. Enjoy the experience!
My partner and I were there in Viñales a few weeks ago and we loved it. It's a beautiful place with incredible natural surroundings where you can do many activities. I would definitely recommend it to all travellers to Cuba. I'd also recommend the house where I stayed, Villa Los Angeles, which is located five minutes from the center of Viñales. We had the house to ourselves. It was a newly built house with all new appliances and furniture, with a porch, lounge, dining room and kitchen. The bedrooms was spacious with a closet where we could keep clothes, and it has AC and an ensuite. The bathroom was very nice and spacious with hot and cold water at all times. The owner lived behind the house so we had service at all times for anything we needed. They served us meals that were great and also helped arrange all kinds of tours. We recommend this house for privacy, location and the good attention received. Here's the website: http://elrincondeamauri.zxq.net