30.00 CUC x N for all seasons
35.00 CUC x N for all seasons
Welcome to Villa Cristal, the best hostel for an enjoyable accommodations and stay in Vinales Valley, in a peaceful, safe and friendly place. Francisco and Ani, owners and hosts of this comfortable house, offer you all the facilities and services a traveler could need. New pictures
- 1 Twin with 2 Double beds
- 1 Junior Suite |n|
- (PAX per room depend of Casa rules)
- Air-conditioning + Private Bathroom
- Private Terrace and/or Garden + Garage Inside
- Private entrance
- English Spoken
- Freezer in room
- Hot Water
- Tv & DVD
- Safe Box
- 110v / 220v
- Hair Dryer
- Cleanliness 4.92
- Location 4.85
- Rooms 4.87
- Services 4.92
- Relation Quality-Price 4.87
- Facilities 4.92
- Evaluation 4.95
- Laundry Service
- Guided Tours
Wonderful casa: We had a really good time at this case. The room is spacious and clean, with everything you can wish for. There is a small swimming pool and the owners are very helpfull with arranging excursions. Also the food was very tasteful.
Perfektes Casa Particular: Wir hatten die Casa für zwei Nächte gebucht und es hat wirklich ALLES gepasst. Der Bungalow war geräumig und sauber. Es war alles drin was man braucht ( Kühlschrank, Tee- und Kaffeezubereiter, Fön, Safe, AC und Ventilator ) Wir h atten vor der Tür eine kleine Terrasse mit zwei Schaukelstühlen, auf dem Dach eine große Dachterrasse mit Mobilar. Sogar ein kleiner Pool war in dem schön gestalteten Innenhof. Francisco und Any waren so herzlich, wie man sich das nur wünschen kann, so wie der Rest der Familie. Jedoch wurde die Privatsphäre total respektiert. Wir hatten sogar einen eigenen Eingang durch die Garage und Any und Francisco standen uns jederzeit mit ihrem Rat zur Verfügung. Das Frühstück war sehr gut und reichlich und das Abendessen haben wir nicht geschafft, obwohl es zu gut zum stehenlassen war. Danke nochmal an Any und Francisco mit der ganzen Familie.
Nothing bad and nothing good, people are just professionals dealing with tourist for long time. How was the food?: breakfasts ok, we took only 1 dinner which was generous but not very tasty.
How was the room? : clean and calm. We appreciated the independence of the room and the personal space offered.
Best Accomodation in Cuba: Villa Cristal is a must stay if you are in Vinales. Fransisco, Annie, the kids and the whole family are a delight to stay with, they are all the nicest people. the room is awesome, private bathroom. the food at villa crist al is amazing. ask for the Yuka chips! if you want an original Cuban family stay in a casa particular this is the place. we have so much fun with the whole family every time we stay there. it has a cool little pool to cool down in on those hot Cuban Days. all musicians are urged to put on a concert on the front porch. Villa Cristal and the neighbors love it!
Piece of Heaven in Cuba!!: We decided to drive to the parts of Cuba we have never seen and we are so glad that we did. All of the reviews I have read have said that the food is boring and lacking flavor. Our stay in Vinales has forever changed our minds about the food. We ate the most amazing dishes while were there. I think it was some of the best food we have ever had. We stayed at this wonderful place for three days and wish we would have stayed longer. We were married in Cuba in 2007 and have since returned over the years with friends and family to share our love of this country. We knew from the reviews that Villa Cristal is great place to stay and we were not disappointed. We arrived in Vinales late in the afternoon after a three hour drive and were pleasantly surprised at the warm welcoming we received. We have stayed at 5 star all inclusive resorts since we started travelling over 5 years ago and now feel that we have been missing out on the better way to enjoy your vacation. We stayed for 3 nights in Vinales and we will definitely be going back with our family to share this amazing place with them! They speak good English and they will advise you on where to go and what to see!. There is a small pool outside your room for you to enjoy and a very peaceful deck on top of the house you stay in. Our room was always clean and you can keep it cool with the airconditioning and the minibar is very fairly priced and well stocked. If you want to have an ultimate vacation then take our advice and avoid the all-inclusive idea and stay in a Casa Particular . We highly recommend you to stay at Villa Cristal. We would like to thank this family for changing our mindset on All Inclusive Vacations . We will not be making that mistake again!! Dave and Terrina Osborne.
We were made so welcome by Francisco and Any and all their family. The breakfasts and suppers were excellent, lots of fresh fruit, fresh eggs, very generous portions and even fruit smoothies made from home-grown produce. The location of their house is perfect, just a short walk from the main street in Vinales. Francisco organised our visit to St Tomas caves (in a 1950’s cadillac!) and a local walk with an excellent guide to explore some of the surrounding countryside and to learn more about the local way of life. The room is very comfortable with everything you are likely to need , including a lovely shower with plenty of hot water. Our stay here was the best part of our trip to Cuba. How was the food?: Very good
How was the room? : Very comfortable.
How was the food?: We had 2 lovely breakfasts and ome dinner- really fresh and good.
How was the room? : Spacious with a fridge to use in an annexe and a dining area. Clean, and towels provided
Other Comments : Lovely front patio where we watched the world go by. Delightful helpful family.
Villa Cristal highly recommended: I loved this place. Francisco and Any could not have been more welcoming and helped us with any arrangments we wanted to make. The accommodation is great and they seem to have thought of everything decent air conditioning, good shower, safe, fridge, plunge pool (a god-send for overheated Brits), alarm clock, kettle, ear plugs and a beautiful roof terrace. Vinales is beautiful and I'd recommend both of the trips we sampled a visit to the caves and horse riding through the valley. Finally, make sure you find time in the evening to sample one of Any's excellent mojitos!
How was the food? : Excellent fresh and tasty
How was the room? : Clean, comfortable and well thought out.
Casa Cristal: Very good casa. The best one we stayed in during our road trip at Cuba... Owners are very kind and it was really nice to be able to chat with them about the country, the area.
How was the food? : The meal offered was just delicious. And everything home made!
How was the room? : Good beds, and very clean. We felt like at home!
Other Comments : Very central in Vinales. Easy to find, park place for a car.
A perfect place: Just great! Any and Francisco care about everything and give good advices. I celebrated my fourtiest birthday there. They suprised me with a big cake, a CD and a bottle of rum. It was just incredible!
How was the food? : Excellent
How was the room? : Perfect
Other Comments : We can also recommend the horseback-riding excursion.
Our best place in Cuba: We stayed at Villa Cristal for 3 nights during the Christmas Holiday. The casa is a guest house behind the main house and is very comfortable. Two double beds, air conditioning, private bath, and a fantastic shower. The door opens onto the beautiful patio with rel axing chairs. Great views from the roof top deck with lounge chairs too. Francisco and Anita work in the tourism industry and are a great resource for booking excursions, hotels in other cities and for any Cuba recommendations. As great as the accommodations are, the company is even better. Anita, Francisco, the kids, and the whole family were great. We enjoyed delicious breakfasts with fresh fruit every morning and were even welcomed in to enjoy Christmas dinner with everyone. We also went out to dinner one night with Anita and Francisco and they taught us how to salsa dance. If you are staying in Vinales, you should be staying at Villa Cristal. Francisco is great with getting back to you by email very quickly.
The Best Casa in Cuba: We made a trip through Cuba (from Vinales to Baracoa) in October/November 2011 with one clear goal dig into the Cuban life as much as possible. As such, we stayed in several Casa's along the road and one thing is cristal clear... Villa Cristal was by far the best!! The setting is amazing... a private appartment in the backyard with all modern comfort (great shower, safetey box, television, fridge, own private terrace, etc). But above the setting, the hospitality of Francisco, Anita and the rest of the family was extremely warm. They really made us feel home! Anita is a great cook and made excellent meals for us, both at breakfast and for dinner (big portions ;-)), Francisco arranged all our excellent tours Furthermore, Francisco and Anita speak english perfectly, which was a big asset for us due to our low level of spanish. We had long discussions at night where we learned a lot about the cuban life, the cuban culture and the dreams of Cubans!.
Home away from Home: What a relief to be met in a strange town at the bus stop by someone with your name written on a sign. This is just one of the many kindnesses shown to us by Francisco and Amiee. The day we arrived fifteen friends were winding down after raising their new garage. Of course good rum, good food and great conversation followed. Any and Yusy took care of the great meals and Francisco is continually planning even more additions and upgrades to keep his clients comfortable and happy. There is 24 hour hot water with a big shower head, quiet air conditioning, screens on the windows, and a wonderful porch to rock on. The best gift was friendship and the sharing of their family and friends with us. We loved it and suggest you book in advance.
The Perfect Place: First time in Cuba and we loved it. After staying in a nice Casa in central Havana we spent 3 nights in Villa Cristal. We decided to choose this Casa because of the good reviews here and other websites, and we were very glad we did. We felt at home immediately becau se of the warm welcome by Any and Francisco and nice and clean Casa. As their English is very good (opposed to our Spanish) they can give you a lot of information about the area and Cuba in general. Great comfy room, TV, DVD player, Airco, safe, ipod dock, terrace and even a mini pool -). Any's breakfast and dinner are great. It's located 2 min from the central square and busstop. We highly recommend this place and the Vinales area to everybody and will definately come back here if we visit Cuba again. Many thanks!
The Perfect Place: During our stay in Cuba we wanted to experience the real Cuban life. During our stay in Vinales we were a part of Anita & Francisco's family. It was great, we felt like being a part of the real local life. We actually lived there fore 3 days. It was our home . A very nice casa, clean, with airco a minibar and a good shower. But most important of this all was the warm welcome. Anita, Francisco, aunt and dad were great hosts and prepared wonderful food. They are very helpful and their English is great. We loved our short stay and will keep sweet memorys about the more than beautifull Valle Vinales and the friends we made. A place to remember! Thanks again Anita & Francisco!
An Absolute must in Vinales: We were recommended by a friend to visit Villa Cristal and so glad we did. After a few days in Havana this casa was a breath of fresh air. Nice clean comfortable beds, a safe for valuables, tv and DVD player, amazing shower water pressure, mini bar, iPod dock, rooftop terrace, pool, and anything one can think of. All the amenities sat aside the hosts Any and Fransico were what made the trip to Vinales worth it. I reccomend Villa Cristal to anyone that is heading to Vinales. If you're not change your plans... ) With over 400 casa particulars in the area you would be loco not to pick this one.... )
Awesome!!!!: We stayed 2 nights with Francisco and Any and had a truly amazing time at their house. The room is spacious, clean, and had all the ammenities... and more! Shower is fantastic with hot water and good pressure. The settings are very charming with an amazing backward with a wonderful terrasse where you get a super view of the surrounding mountains. You get great value for money, 5 stars service! What can we say about the hosts? Any and Francisco are very welcoming, helpful and kind. Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to stay at your house and introducing us the real Cuban hospitality. Lets not forget to mention that we had at Villa Cristal the best food of our entire stay in Cuba! Keep up the good work! Karine and Johann (Jacob) ;)
The best in the region: A warm welcome from the whole family. We felt instantly at home and enjoyed 2 great days in Vinales. Any and Francisco speak excellent English and are very knowledgeable about the area. We had great communications pre/post our visit throught emails... There were so many small details - ipod/iphone player & charger, earplugs in case the dawn chorus was too loud! We loved having our own bungalow but felt equally at home in the main house where sitting on the porch with a cold beer is the way to go in the evenings. Francisco organised a great walking tour of the valley (recommended) and helped plan our short stay. We would recommend eating at Villa Cristal where the food is excellent, plentiful and varied. One of the highlights of our first trip to Cuba.
Great Hospitality: When we arrived late in the evening on December 25th, Fransisco and Any had been waiting for us so that we could eat Christmas dinner together with them. We had a wonderful meal together, and we felt a great hospitality from once we entered the casa. From Villa Cristal you can walk to almost everything in Vinales. The room we got was very nice, clean and well equipped. Any's food was delicious, and we felt at home with Any, Francisco, their lovely children and the grandfather. They also gave us good advices of what to do and where to go in Vinales. We had a lovely stay and we'll highly recommend this casa to other travellers. We'll surely come back to Villa Cristal next time we are visiting Cuba.
Our best stay in Cuba: Our stay at Villa cristal was excellent. This family steals our hearts and we field like home. Anita & Francisco are very warm and gracious hosts, willing to help in any way that they can... Francisco likes to talk with his guests and it was special to practice our Spanish with him. Our visit to Villa Cristal was very comfortable and relaxing. We have travelled a lot in Cuba and it was one of the most beautiful places we have been to.
How was the food? : The meals are excellent. Anita is very good cook. We loved the breakfast and dinners.
How was the room? : The guestroom is wonderful and located in an independent place in the back garden with its own beautiful bathroom. Everything is there safe, hear dryer, TV and DVD, mini fridge stocked with beer, wine & bottled water etc....
Missing Vinales & Villa Cristal: This casa is a little gem. We booked on the basis that it was no.1 on Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed... The room is self-contained in the back garden and has everything you need to enjoy your stay. The fridge was restocked every day (we went through lots of beer!), two double beds, DVD, books, and a great shower! Francisco was away our first day but he had made sure that another friend (Michael, many thanks) would call to help us book our trips etc. Yusi is never without a smile on her face and made us lovely meals. We had great conversations with bullo considering we had no Spanish, he is a great character. The whole family are very welcoming and I'm so glad we got the chance to stay in this lovely casa. Nothing was any hassle for them, and any request was met with a smile. We had a wonderful experience in this casa. We were made to feel at home and welcomed in the Villa Cristal. Highly recommend this Casa to anyone travelling to Vinales.
How was the food? : Food each evening was lovely with about 10 options on the menu.
How was the room? : The Room was perfect, the best shower in Cuba, a tv, and 2 double beds. Also a mini fridge which was stocked daily.
The Most Professional Guest House ever seen: We wanted spend 3 lovely days at Casa Villa Cristal in Vinales and we were so lucky that they had a cancelation the next 2 nights and of course, we don't doubt it we decide to stay longer. Ani & Francisco are very warm and gracious hosts, willing to help in any way that they can. They offer breakfast and dinner or anything you want to have.... Francisco works for Cubanacan travel agency, he made the arrangements for the 5 days in Vinales organizing any kind of tours we wanted to do. The casa is wonderful, it is not in the main house. It is a self contained guesthouse in the back garden with it's own bathroom where you can keep your privacy and the same time have conversation with all their family and learn their way of living. The guesthouse is nicely finished, all the plumbing works as it is supposed to, the air conditioning is quiet & efficient (the best in Cuba), there is also a safe box, hair dryer, nice running shower, freezer with drinks, Tv & DVD, and your own phone where any call you make inside of Cuba is free of charge, just amazing. Our visit was very comfortable and relaxing. I just can't wait to visit them again.
Our new cuban family: We spent more than a week at Villa Cristal, and I can honestly say that we all had a wonderful time. Our childs had a wonderful time with Ani and Francisco's kids, Efrain and Flavia... The room is airconditioned, with a bar fridge, hair dryer, 110 & 220v, safe box, tv and dvd player, as well as a great selection of English movies & more details that you will not see in hotels. Ani and Francisco were able to organize all the activities we were interested in, from horseback rides through tobacco plantations, to just lounging by the pool. There was an overwhelming sense of community and family everywhere we went in Vinales, especially at the casa. I would not hesitate to recommend Villa Cristal to anyone travelling to Vinales, and will always find my way back to their Casa in the future.
A guest house better than a Hotel: General review With my trip to Cuba I picked hotels and casa's to guarantee my trip was as nice and comfortable as possible. I stayed in some of the top rated hotels and casas in the country and nowhere offered more comfort, amenities and details than Villa Cristal... Francisco has thought of everything and what a great guy he is! The rest of the family are just as nice and Ani is a great great cook... the food was second to none of all the places we stayed. I truly felt relaxed and extremely well looked after whilst also being able to seclude oneself within the villa when required. The valley has plenty to offer in terms of activities throughout the day which can all be arranged through Francisco or Ani, whilst at night the bar in the centre (5 mins walk) offers great mojitos and great live acts where you can party til the early hours! Viinales is truly a gem within Cuba not to be missed and made most comfortable by Villa Cristal.
Great Place to stay: Villa Cristal has this super room in their garden, with a private sun terrace. The bedroom and bathroom have been fitted out to a much higher standard than most other casas in the area. He has provided TV, DVD, fridge, safe, hair dryer, 110v & 220v and more... But the most impressive part is the great hospitality you receive and the help you get in planning trips, information about Cuba. Whilst you have your private terrace in the garden where you can keep your privacy, it is even better to sit on the front terrace of the house in the morning and evening watching the world go by. They have more than 5 clients that visit them every year, so you can imagine how sweet are this people.
The best place in Vinales: General review Wonderful place to spend a few days.You get value,friendliness, good food, Laundry, local tour tips, good wine, cold beer and the feel that nothing is to hard, people are very friendly with neighbours always good for an 'hola'. The facilities are so affordable and top class with nothing to difficult... Your own small courtyard and fridge full of whatever you require this Casa has it all. Go to Vinales and really see the Cuban people at their best.They have the complete package without being intrusive.Very affordable and proffessional.
How was the food? : First rate with fresh seafood, fruit and breakfast. Nothing to hard or difficult for the household. Amazing service.
How was the room? : Top rate with own bathroom and detached with private entrance. Fridge full and airconditioning working. Magical own patio and small garden and 110 & 220V.
Thanks Ani & Francisco!: We arrived here following 4 days in Havana. What a contrast and what an amazing retreat. The welcome was fantastic and Ani and Francisco did everything they could to make our stay so great. Being in their back garden so to speak could have been off putting but there was no sense of being on top of them and they were only concerned to make sure that we were having a good time... Francisco made the arrangements for our onward travel, a real help when our Spanish is so weak. The evening music in the bar on the main street was lively. The bands were good and the staff moved the furniture around so we could be outside.
How was the food? : Ani's cooking was excellent, especially the fish.
How was the room? : The room was really good, such a shock to have a showeer which delivered enough water. We had previously been in a casa in Havana Centre where things were not so good. It's obvious that these two great people have taken what they have learned in their work and applied it to their casa.
Other Comments : They really deserve to be a great success as Cuba goes forward. Truly a special casa. You won't regret booking this casa.
Hotel experience in a casa particular: My partner and I spent 2 nights at Villa Cristal in mid-February . We found it using Trip Advisor and contacted Francisco and Any by email several months in advance to make sure they would have the room available (there is only one room). We are very happy with our stay at Villa Cristal, everything was perfect- beyond our expectations in fact... Any kindly picked us up from the bus station, greeted us with a fresh guava juice on the patio, offered us a CD of Cuban music and offered to reserve a walking tour for us in the tobacco fields, all this within the first hour we were there. Both Any and Francisco offered help with organizing our stay and were very welcoming. In terms of the accomodation, the room is independent from the house so it is very private, with two rocking chairs in front and a nice patio to enjoy the sun (if there is- when we were there it was a bit cold). There is also a terrace above the room which is lovely if the weather is nice. The room is very well-equipped - comparable to a hotel (full bath, 110/220V plugs, hair dryer, TV and Cuban DVDs, air conditioning). The home-cooked food was excellent, truly the best we had in Cuba, and there was lots of it. We enjoyed having both dinner and breakfast at the house, it was relatively cheap and totally worth it. We highly recommend staying at Villa Cristal, Any and Francisco are very professional and helpful.
Fantastic: I've been visiting the town of Vinales for the past ten years and cannot imagine a better place to stay than Villa Cristal. the family is amazing, the room is extremely comfortable and the location is perfect.
The best Casa in Vinales: We stayed for four days at Villa Crystal and we had a great time.Francisco and Any are very nice people who will do anything to make you feel comfortable.You will have your own private bungalow in the backyard,airco,tv and a safetybox.So,nothing to complain. Breakfast and diner are just great.In the future there will be a roof terrace too. So,dont hesitate if you are in Vinales and looking for a casa,Vila Crystal is probably one of the best.
This casa has everything: Francisco and Any and their two kids are wonderfully entertaining, but also give you your privacy when you need it. The meals are fantastic! Fresh fruits and organic vegetables, fresh-squeezed juices, etc. Room is very nice and clean. Francisco is fluent in English and can help with anything you might need. I've stayed in lots of places in Cuba, but this house is definitely IT! Great people.