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Dra Diana Alvarez, endodontist

Diana was deliberate, gentle, very focused and caring. Although young, she is a lecturer on her profession at University of Cuenca , so she knows her stuff and is up to date with new procedures.
I had two root canals over 4 appointments (she came out on a Sunday to take care of the first) and her price was extremely reasonable. She speaks enough English that we were able to communicate well.

If you need an endodontist she's a great choice.

Address: near to the ECU 911 building, Cuenca

Contact information: diana_paalv@hotmail.com 099 283 4131

Recommended by Bill Dixon: 098 893 9388

Lorena Ordonez, salon - pedicure

The best pedicure since I've been in Cuenca. She is a one girl shop but she really does a good job and pays attention to details. She is open every day except Sunday.

Address: Sucre12-84, entra Tarqui y Juan Montalvo, Cuenca.

Contact information: 099 367 7642

Recommended by Judy Correll: jlc@citygates.tv

Tosta Gastropub, Mini Cafe

The best sourdough in Cuenca. This is by far the best sourdough in Cuenca. Everything is fresh from Breakfast to lunch. With a wide variety of items to choose from. Even Pizza and fresh organic salads, plus delicious Jugo's and hot drinks including steaming flavorful Cappucino and moccacino.

Everything is made with sourdough. Stop by. You won't be disappointed.

Address: Avenue Solano 644 y Remigio Crespo/ white building with blue shutters

Contact information: 095 533 1738

Recommended by Joyce Cook: joycecook248@gmail.com

Cristina Guiñansaca, house/apartment cleaner

I used this family for quite some time. They do exceptional work, always with a smile. I actually saw at various times her mother and/or two of her sisters. In there somewhere are twins. They were entirely honest. I accidentally left several thousand dollars in a dresser. They would always fold my clothes. They brought me in to show me the money to be sure there were no problems. As an added bonus, her father does odd jobs in the evening so did some plaster work for me.

There is no English at all, but we never had a problem, we used my phone’s translator. They are wonderful people. Good solid people.

She is available after lunch into early evening.

Address: Cuenca Area

Contact information: cristinamgb1993@gmail.com 096 793 3343

Recommended by Loren Lowe: netlogicusa@hotmail.com

Milton C. Lopez, tour guide

We booked the train ride through Arutam Ecutours and was assigned Milton Lopez as our guide. Unfortunately the train ride was cancelled (mud slide) and we had already arrived at the station. Milton, continued with a modified tour and on to the Inca ruins. Milton studied Tourism at the University, is fluent in English, born in Cuenca and a great personality.

You cannot go wrong with Milton. He is a guide for all of Ecuador, including hiking and up to 10-14 days tours.

Address: Cuenca Ecuador

Contact information: mickytron8@yahoo.com 098 514 9529

Recommended by Paul Wallace: paulb_01@msn.com

Mr. Clean Cuenca, cleaning furniture carpet

Jenny Vallejo, great work. Had a soiled three-piece cream upholstered living room set. Showed up on time. Had it spit shined in a couple of hours. Cleaned up before left. Very happy with these folks. Also mattresses, car interior. They have FB.

Address: Totoracocha y Yaguacocha Cuenca

Contact information: Mr.cleancuenca@hotmail.com 417 3125 / 098 204 6225 / 099 885 0468

Recommended by Terry Schaefer: terrys2020@yahoo.com

La Chakana: Restaurant/Hotel

I highly recommend La Chakana restaurant. They prepare great food in a cozy atmosphere. Prices are quite inexpensive and the staff is very friendly.
Try the "sanduche de lomo" or the "corvina marinera"

Address: Honorato Vazquez 736 between Borrero and Luis Cordero

Contact information: 283 2337

Recommended by Magui Corral: 099 199 0294

Noudent Esthetic, dentistry

The wife and I have been seeing Dr. Isabel Bueno Bailon for two years and what a professional. She knows her stuff. She specializes in oral rehabilitation and ontology. The doctor pricing is very reasonable and she takes credit cards. So, if you want a nice smile and a bright grill, Dr. Bailon is a must to add to your life.

Address: Calle Miguel Cordero y Av. Paucarbamba Esq, Edifico Work Center Oficina 301

Contact information: noudentcuenca@hotmail.com 098 349 0015

Recommended by Robert Arechiga: robertkoanthony@yahoo.com

Dr Roberto Vasquez, ear, nose, throat

The wife and I saw Dr. Vasquez for a check-up. I went to see the doctor because I had a bad cold with a cough. I was prescribed cough medicine and tablets to get stuff out from my lungs as an easy fix. The wife, on the other hand, went in for an earache that had been hurting her for two weeks or more. We both thought it was an ear infection. Come to find out, the earache was from grinding her teeth while sleeping at night. I originally went to see a Dr. Serrano but, when I went to his office he no longer was there. He had retired. So sad; I had been seeing him for 3 years. The lady at the desk told us that his grandson took over his clients and, wow, what a treat Dr. Vasquez is; an awesome person and speaks perfect English. So, if you need to see a doctor that specializes in Ear, Nose and Throat, doctor Vasquez is the guy.

Address: Edificio Consultorios Santa Ines,2do piso, oficina 205

Contact information: dr_robertovasquez@live.com 098 701 9729

Recommended by Robert arechiga: robertkoanthony@yahoo.com

Karina Anguisaca, teaching Spanish

I graduated from the university in 2015, with a degree in Social Communication from Politenicia Salesiana. I am looking for work in my field or am available for custom Spanish lessons, house sitting, dog sitting, and baby-sitting. I have many references available if needed.

Address: Mary Jones Cuenca

Contact information: karina.17.13@hotmail.com 097 909 4619

Recommended by Mary Jones: ellamar4400@gmail.com

Liron Liron, restaurant

I was looking for a place to eat and I found this elegant place which offer great food and also the attention was excellent. It is located in Gran Colombia in front of Hotel Carvallo.

Address: Gran Colombia 9-41 y Benigno Malo Cuenca

Contact information: 07 284 3827

Recommended by Yanina Abad: zero_xzm@hotmail.com

Cuenca Consignments, consignment shop

Purchased a US height ironing board the other day from the great folks at Cuenca Consignments. I was amazed at the quality of their inventory from furniture to rugs, outdoor furniture and many electronic items. I even saw some moving boxes and 4 dog carriers. New spices and canned salsa and pickles from other Gringo Vendors too. Stop by their shop. Only open on Tue, Thurs and are very near the front entrance of the swimming pool at the Coliseo on Doce de Abril. Just keep going past the Coliseo property towards Ave. de Las Americas. Exact address is Isabella 4-75, see this site for a map and more info, cuencaconsignments.strikingly.com/. On their street corner there is a huge 5-6 story white building with an upscale furniture store on the bottom floor. They are located behind a black gate to the left side of the same large building and down the short side street. Give them a call at 096 798 2182 (Laurie) or stop by. See their FB page too www.facebook.com/cuenca.consignments

Address: Isabella 4-75 and Doce de Abril

Contact information: 096 798 2182

Recommended by Rick Crook: ahipychipy@cox.net

Len Charnoff, ProductosTerranova, seafood

We’ve been enjoying consistently high-quality seafood, flash-frozen, from Productos Terranova (via Lenny Charnoff). So far, we’ve tried the Carpaccio (thin sliced octopus), Japanese seaweed salad (wakame hiyashi), organic tilapia, paiche (mild white fish, somewhat similar to halibut), salmon (individual fillets and family-size), and smoked trout, and they’ve all been excellent. He also has scallops, langostino (large shrimp), and trout caviar. The small salmon fillets are a stock item in our freezer for those days when you want something quick, easy, and healthy. They only take a few minutes to cook, and you don’t need to thaw them before cooking. Available on Mondays at Bayou Café, 2-3:30; and on Tuesdays at Sunrise Café, 11-1:30.

Address: Cuenca, EC.

Contact information: graygeek@gmail.com 099 122 1238

Recommended by Sandra Materi: sandra.materi@gmail.com

Modelcuadro, picture framing

I had several pictures framed by the talented people at ModelCuadro and I wanted to share what a great experience it was.

1. I took in a long list of prints I needed framed - 14 of them, in fact. I was short on time so I asked them if they could keep the list and send me an estimate, which they did by the end of the business day. They sent a photo of the estimate by Whatsapp which is exactly what I wanted.

2. For 14 prints framed, one with a special matte, the total cost was $241. Some of my prints were very large. All frames are wooden and, of course, with glass and professional hanging hardware on the back.

3. I took everything to them on Monday and they were finished by Friday. They texted me to let me know.

4. Everything looked perfect. I had a couple of very special requests and they got everything exactly right.

5. They packed everything up carefully for transport home and even called me a mixto.

This is a family business and they were great to work with, very friendly and patient. They helped me make decisions on mattes and frame styles. The woman who does most of the framing speaks some English but, with my 6 months of Spanish classes (a work in progress), I felt like we communicated great.

The price was fantastic and the work was well-executed. What more could you want?

Address: Bajada del Padron 4-30 (at Calle Larga)

Contact information: +593 99 053 5368

Recommended by Teresa Hardy: teresa.hardy@gmail.com

Pacifico, restaurant

Good service, good food, good prices, good location (1 1/2 blocks from Goza on Borrero 5-64). Binny the owner/manager will make sure you will want to come back.

Address: Borrero 5-64

Contact information: 099 325 3274

Recommended by Paul Wallace: paulb_01@msn.com

Olive Garden, restaurant

I've now eaten at Olive Garden four times in the last couple of months. While they do offer almuerzo, along with a large menu, I've only tried their ceviche de camarones. At $4, this is a filling and delicious meal with about 8 large shrimp in a very tasty broth.

The restaurant is located across from Medimagen and Find Health in Ecuador, near the redondel of Pumapungo and Paseo de Los Canaris, close to the Tomebamba River and Doce de Abril.

General Manager Carlos Urgiles speaks English, too.

Address: Paseo de Los Canaris y Pachacamac

Contact information: 099 149 5305

Recommended by Rona Lee: rll418@yahoo.com

Boom Burgers, restaurant

You know the search for that great burger? This fun restaurant Boom Burgers & Shakes just opened that offers deliciously grilled stuffed burgers, fries, and shakes. The owner, Daniela, speaks beautiful English and is lovely and excited about her new restaurant. It's located just off of Remigio Crespo on Juan Iñiguez. You can find them on Facebook to get more info about their menu. Their address is listed as Juan Iñiguez y Padró Matovelle edificio Petropolis. Do you know where the Pizza Hut is on Remigio Crespo? Continue walking west. Once you get to the Monte Bianco on Remigio Ceaspo, that is Juan Iñiguez. Then left and walk 1 1/2 blocks and you are there. Enjoy.

PS: I haven't tried the shakes yet.

Address: Juan Iñiguez y Padró Matovelle edificio Petropolis

Contact information: 095 887 4179

Recommended by Jeannie Modaff: jeanniemodaff@gmail.com

Pedro Jaramillo, handyman

We have lived here for over a year and moved into an unfurnished house. We needed numerous things done from electrical work, installing appliances, screen doors, hanging pictures, installing media equipment, installing ceiling fans, putting barbeque grill together and Pedro also made me a cat condo from just a picture. He speaks perfect English and there is nothing he hasn't been able to accomplish. He is very reasonable in pricing.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 098 317 9316

Recommended by Judy Correll: jlc@citygates.tv

Matthew Hart, Bone-ito Bone Broth

There are tons of benefits in drinking bone broth that has been published on line but never had it until I tried Bone-ito organic bone broth. I highly recommend Matthew Hart's bone broth, it's delicious plus with all the goodness an organic bone broth can offer. I drink a cup of bone broth every day and use it as stock for cooking. You can find Matthew and Debby regularly at Common Grounds Mercadito and they delivery for free with minimum order of $20. Matthew Hart is also an awesome singer and a great song writer playing gigs around, if you haven't heard him sing you should come to his gig this 17th of March, Friday, 7 PM at Ali Baba Kabab.

Address: Cuenca, Ecuador

Contact information: 096 951 7977

Recommended by Jeanie Malone: incuenca@outlook.com

Sharron Cobb, facials, Skin Solutions

Stop right now and call Sharron Cobb for an appointment. She has brought back a machine from the US to enhance her already fabulous facials. This machine has all the bells and whistles found in the best Spa Facial Salons in the States. Just had my first 'new and improved' facial from Sharron and i left with a glowing complexion. She uses all natural products and each facial is tailored to your skin and complex. She listens to your concerns and works to please you. You will not be disappointed.

Address: Don Bosco y Parque Iberia

Contact information: sharroncobb@yahoo.com 096 710 2786

Recommended by Wanda Canon: 099 822 869

Marc's Consignment Store, furniture, etc.

It's amazing the variety of neat things you can find at this consignment store, new, used, antique and unique and Marc is such a nice guy. Speaks excellent English. You can call him at 096 849 6409, on the corner of Simon Bolivar y Miguel Heredia.

Go often. Reasonable prices so things sell fast. Open all day.

Address: Marc's Store on corner of Simon Bolivar y Miguel Heredia, Cuenca

Contact information: 096 849 6409

Recommended by Susan Correa: ricardoandsusan@gmail.com

Gaby or Pedro, Blueberries

The blueberries are always fresh and delicious. Gaby and Pedro will deliver too. Highly recommend obtaining this super food from Chile.

Pedro delivered some berries yesterday and apologized for them being several days old. It wasn't his fault - that was the only day I could get to town. But he felt bad about some of the berries being a little squished or soggy, so he tossed in an extra couple ounces for free.

Wonderful young people.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 095 892 3613

Recommended by Theresa Price: theresamprice@hotmail.com

Herman's Shoes, shoe store

At Herman's they make shoes and boots on the premises in the back of the store, Herman gave me the special attention I needed to get a perfect fit. He even made a special model for my feet which by Ecuadorian standards are rather large (size 13). For me he made an over the ankle boot of fine leather that feels like aglove. Herman is very knowledgeable about the fit he worked at Florsheim's in Chicago and Mexico and has the experience to fit a shoe or boot properly. I will definitely go back for more shoes. Also, Herman speaks good English. The store is located on Pio Bravo11-33 y General Torres Phone is 282 3897 The store is open all day however Herman is out between 12 and 2.

Address: 86 Tuckaway Dr, 13, Cuenca, Ecuador

Contact information: 828 606 9309

Recommended by Dallas Hughes: raeunion@yahoo.com

Something Sweet, Panaderia, Pasteleria, Cafeteria

Eureka. I finally found a bakery that knocks my socks off. Recently opened on Gonzalez Suarez 4-42, Something Sweet is a must try. Real chocalate (sic), rolls, cookies and even great mousses. The owners speak perfect English.

Address: 129 Elm Hollow

Contact information: 404 849 4321

Recommended by J P Cobb: jacksonpluscobb@gmail.com

Blanca Loja, excellent housekeeper

Blanca has worked for us (2 full days a week) for over 6 years. She is honest and reliable. Doing a good job is important to her.

One of her other employers, for whom she has worked for about 20 years, is moving to a smaller residence. So, Blanca has two half-days (mornings) per week available. You have your choice of Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday. You may use 1 or 2 half-days. She charges $50 per month for one half-day per week.

Blanca only speaks Spanish only, but I will translate, if needed.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 099 809 9189

Recommended by Mike Lawon: 099 159 3533

Richard Minkin, Informative/Facilitator,

I will weigh in here as well regarding Mr. Minkin. Richard was a huge help to me as I prepared to move to Cuenca. He was always honest, clear-headed and never once did he steer me towards or away from any particular business. He remains a wonderful resource.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: foreverecuador@yahoo.com

Recommended by Robert J Bradley: robtjbradley@gmail.com

Catalina Amayas, Spanish instructor, translator

I hired Catalina to go with me to Azogues so that I could understand everything that I was being told there. I have a fair ability with Spanish but am lost in the technical language used during the complicated visa process. Catalina went with me, waited with me and asked all the questions that I wanted answered. She translated everything that I was told in an easily understandable and pleasant way. She was well worth her reasonable fee and I recommend her services wholeheartedly.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: cattatokki@gmail.com

Recommended by Gary Kissel: yourlinkcoach@gmail.com

Ecuador Dental Care, dental facility

There are not enough superlatives in English (or Spanish) that I know to adequately describe how truly professional and caring the dental care at the Ecuador Dental Care facility provides.

From the minute you walk in the door you are treated with special care for your dental needs by the Acosta family - third and fourth generation dentists Jose, Pamela and Andres are wonderful caring dental professionals and their facility is top notch and state of the art.

My issues were fairly complex; several implants and bridge work which I had received very large cost estimates from two different USA dental facilities. Ecuador Dental Care handled my dental work with the utmost quality at a very reasonable cost compared to the USA costs, and I have to say that their work and attitude was vastly superior to other dental work I’ve had done in the USA.

Suffice it to say that if you, like me are searching for a cost effective and professional alternative to over-priced dental work, then look no further than the Ecuador Dental Care facility in Cuenca, Ecuador. Visit their website; www.ecuadordentalcare.com/

Address: Cuenca, Ecuador

Contact information: 099 895 3191

Recommended by Bruce Schultz: travel@herrschultz.com

Alexandra Maldonado, translation

When you need help with language translation (at the medical office; understanding official documents; or shopping for right goods at the right prices) and general personal services, I can highly recommend Cuencana native Alexandra Maldonado. She speaks perfect English, and with her winning smile and enthusiasm, she helped me to buy the freshest and cheapest fruits, vegetable, flowers and meats inside our local mercados (always making sure the vendors included a little extra “yapa” (samples) in the plastic bags). Alexandra also loves to give cooking and dancing lessons, and is available for your domestic and pet-sitting chores.

Cell phone number is: 098 421 0264, and email: malexita0717@gmail.com.

Recommended by Bartley D'Alfonso: bdalfonso.ec@gmail.com

Milagros Ostos, elder care

I would love to recommend Milagros Ostos as an amazing companion and caretaker. I just recently moved to Cuenca after retiring, to be with my mom who's been here for over a year. Before I got here, mom met and hired Mily to help her with her daily errands, grocery shopping, cooking, housework, doctors' appointments, medicine pick-ups, and bill payments - basically everything she needed to make her comfortable here in Cuenca. We are both so grateful for her service to my mom, and we consider her a great friend and a marvelous person. Since I've moved to Cuenca now and can assist mom, we have had to cut back on her hours but I think she would be wonderful helper for any retiree who needs the additional help of a reliable, honest and caring attendee. I'm sure you will love her as much as we do.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: mcog2007@gmail.com 098 171 5300

Recommended by Ashley Packer: ashleyincuenca@gmail.com

John Papile, US tax preparation

John Papile did a wonderful job on my US taxes in less than a week. He knew what I could and couldn't deduct after I closed a business, sold a house, and moved to Cuenca in 2016. He also told me how to prepare for filing 2017 taxes after a full year of living in Ecuador. I recommend him highly and will continue to use his services each year.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: ojohnnio@aol.com 098 168 7993

Recommended by Jean McCord: 098 170 4526

Eliza Sacta, fantastic housekeeper

Eliza is a personal friend of mine who I can highly recommend as a housekeeper. She has over 5 years’ experience and was housekeeper in Spain for a marquis. Whatever task you give her, she can do efficiently and to a very high standard. Her own house is kept in immaculate condition... you could eat off the floors. She has a car, so is mobile if you need her to run some errands for you as well.

She also has experience in running her own business and dealing with others in a cordial and pleasant manner.

She would like part-time work or regular work by the hour. She knows a tiny bit of English, however if you can speak a little Spanish as well, she is a gem that you don't want to pass up on. Let her "spic and span" your house.

Address: Cuenca

Contact information: 095 952 9269

Recommended by Amanda Caffin: 099 570 0553 caffina23@gmail.com

Oswaldo Zhiminaicela, tours of Sigsig

A strong recommendation for Oswaldo who conducts tours of Sigsig and the surrounding area.

Oswaldo is a font of knowledge about his area. I have known him now for more than four years. His English is great and his is just a very personable person. Worth the visit.

Name: Oswaldo Zhiminaicela
Email Address: oswaldo19zh@hotmail.es
Web Page: www.sigsigtours.eu.pn/

Address: Sigsig

Recommended by Jim McBride: jgmcbride@gmail.com

Dr Diego Hernandez, internal medicine

Dr. Hernandez is a caring, dedicated specialist in internal medicine. He speaks English and uses the latest recommendations to deal with your conditions. I am currently seeing him for help with my asthma and he has shown me the details of his treatment plan for me, based on 2016 global guidelines for asthma. He is an expert in treating high blood pressure, diabetes, Syndrome X, all phases of internal medicine. His office is in the Consultorio Santa Ines on the third floor (across from Fybeca). We have been seeing him for 4 years now. He works with Santa Ines Hospital as well as the Emergency Room for Santa Ines. We highly recommend him. His hours are 9 AM to 1 PM and 4 to 7 PM.

Address: Edif Consultorios Santa Inés Torre 1, third floor #32, Daniel Cordova and Federico Proaño

Contact information: diegohernandezt@hotmail.com 07 283 1461 or 099 951 3193

Recommended by Karen Kuenzel: klkuenzel@yahoo.com

Israel Lopez for roses, flowers

I recently received a surprise delivery of the most beautiful roses I have ever seen (and that's saying a lot in Ecuador). The color is gorgeous and the scent still fills the house after a week. Israel works very hard on his roses and you will reap the benefit. Either for a friend, a significant other or yourself--a real treat

Contact: Israel: israel.lopez41@hotmail.com 098 668 0859. Call for delivery 10 AM to 10 PM

Recommended by Cathleen Brethauer: cathleen.brethauer@sbcglobal.net

Paul Up-Holstery, upholstery and cleaning

Paul came to my house, gave me a reasonable estimate and took a footstool to be reupholstered and my grandmother's chair, which he put a seat on, using her needle point. They are over 100 years old and now I can use the chair comfortably every day at my desk. He cleaned my 7' couch and big comfy chair for a very reasonable price and without a big watery mess. So now I have some time before they will be reupholstered. Paul speaks English, is prompt and very nice to work with.

You can call Paul at: 099 809 9146 or email: upholservices@gmail.com You'll be glad you did.

Recommended by Pamela Gassaway:pamlmt@hotmail.com

José Alfredo Toral, medical translator

I highly recommend José Alfredo Toral Serrano. He's in his final year of medical school and hopes to become a pediatrician. What I like best about José is that he is very knowledgeable about medical terms, understands that many expats are struggling with not just the language but some are not feeling well. José can meet you at the doctor's office or come pick you up, whichever you prefer. He is currently on vacation from the University of Cuenca, until April 3rd, so now would be an excellent time to utilize his services.

Address: Puertas del Sol

Contact information: alfredo_toral15@hotmail.com 099 591 5821

Recommended by Lynda Moore: snewz@mac.com

Guillermo Gomez, house painter

Guillermo and his crew of three, including his wife, painted most of the interior of our 4 bedroom house. They arrived and departed as per our agreement. They were very professional and efficient and left us, after two days, totally satisfied with the results. We highly recommend them.

Address: Avenida de Solano., Edificio Rosenthal T2 P7

Contact information: 098 477 6737

Recommended by Andre R. Laporte: laportea2@yahoo.com

Indian Restaurant

I had the pleasure of dining at the new Indian Restaurant on Saturday, their second day of their business. It was a delightful experience. The wait staff is very friendly and accommodating, English speaking. The food was delicious. In particular, I highly recommend the spicy corn soup. The flavor was excellent; a good mix of spices and just the right amount of heat. My husband had the (sagg) spinach chicken dish and enjoyed the flavor. He ordered it mild so it wasn't picante but was very flavorful. The bread (paratha) was also flavorful and served piping hot. Samosas were on the menu and I asked for a vegetarian version. They happily prepared these for me. (The naan bread was not available but this was the only dish that we ordered that was not available. For the second day of business I was impressed with the selection and availability.)

I asked about their hours and they told me that they are open from 7 AM to 11 PM. Wow. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. I did see that they have almuerzos for $2.50. The menu had meat dishes as well as vegetarian dishes; Indian dishes and Chinese dishes. I think you will enjoy you experience at this restaurant.

Address: Benigno Malo 6-75 and Presidente Cordova

Contact information: theindianrestaurantcuenca@gmail.com 095 898 7944

Recommended by Holly Shrader: shraderh@gmail.com

Señora Cary, Hostal Las Piedras

We visited Cuba in January 2017, and stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast place in Old Havana (Habana Vieja). The owner, Señora Cary is an intelligent businesswoman, who is also a great hostess. Her breakfasts (for an extra 5 CUC - the convertible Cuban currency) are legendary. She has a couple of comfortable double/twin bedrooms and a large dining / living room. The house itself is in one of the best locations in Habana Vieja (No 20 Calle Merced), close to bars, restaurants and the main square of the old city center. The place is heart-breakingly atmospheric and allows you an insight into the daily lives of Cubans.

There are websites that advertise B&B places in Old Havana, but it is easier and safer to get in touch directly with the owners. Señora Cary can be reached via this e-mail address: laspiedras20@gmail.com She does not speak English, but will surely get help to decipher your email if need be. You can also practice your basic Spanish when writing to her. Any queries: call Elizabeth on 098 939 0277.

Address: No 20 Calle Merced entre San Ignacio y Ave. del Puerto

Contact information: laspiedras20@gmail.com Cell phone: 00 535 346 6575

Recommended by Elizabeth Bekes: 098 939 0277