Casa Arte Habana
Casa Arte Habana
A glimpse into our apartment in Havana…
I just had to share photos of this place because it was so beautiful, well located and gave incredible (and baffling) views of the city. This place made you feel like you are really part of Havana but at the same time became like an oasis after a long, hot day out.
The apartment is called Casa Arte Habana and is on the 5th floor of a building in Viejo Habana. The view out to the city is so hard to describe. We were in one of the older urban neighborhoods and it was in pretty bad shape. Scars were left where buildings once stood, with the only evidence of their existing left on adjacent buildings and rubble on the ground. There no doubt that what was of the building had been used to repair others.
Our apartment gave us a hint of what these spaces would have looked like when they were originally built. The apartment itself was very well preserved space with what seemed to be original cement tiles, doors and furniture that looks about as old as the building. The ceilings are 12+ feet high and there were windows on all sides, allowing for wind to cross ventilate through the whole apartment.
The centrality of the apartment was most felt in the evenings as locals would retreat from their apartments and go out onto the street to play dominoes and dance. The chatter of the birds would die down and the speakers would blast. The difference of activity throughout the day was palpable and we were able to experience it in almost the same way on the street as from five stories above. And we weren’t the only ones hanging out on their balconies. Looking out we could see others; moms with small children watching the older kids playing on the street.
I could have spent days in the apartment, reading, looking out at the city and the people, taking pictures of the details, and been content. I definitely would have missed out on the majority of what could be experienced in the city, but it would have been a full, vibrant experience nonetheless.
I highly recommend this apartment or others on Airbnb throughout Habana Vieja. They give you a sense of closeness to daily life that can’t be beat, whether it’s running into locals in the stairwell or enjoying the sounds of music floating up from the street.
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