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Casa del Puerto

Owner interview: Casa del Puerto

You can book your stay at Casa del Puerto with NovelaCuba.

At whose house?
Jean-Philippe Fletgen.

Where?
Next to Havana harbour, in Old Havana.
The house is located 2 minutes from Havana Bay, 5 minutes from the Plaza Vieja near the San José artisanal market and the Alameda de Paula, which was the first maritime passage of the Cuban capital.

How to get there?
This colonial house was built by a merchant named Llobera, right next to Havana’s port. He did business on the ground floor (the name “Llobera y Cia S en C” can still be seen on the façade of the building). And he himself lived on the first floor.

The spirit of the house
Jean-Philippe Fletgen’s aim is to give you a taste of his adopted city off the beaten track. To achieve this experience, they give you the keys to Havana by giving you all sorts of advice.

A special sign
During the confinement of 2020 Jean-Philippe Fletgen bought and completely renovated an emblematic Cuban car: a 1959 Cadillac with its original engine, which is made available to guests for a tour of the city.

The service
The owners make a point of personally welcoming their guests. The rest of the time the English and French speaking staff will assist you with reservations for your next accommodation, transfers etc.

The best time
Breakfast: “This is the most convivial moment when the house comes to life, all the rooms are full. We like to introduce our guests to the local tropical fruits, which some will be tasting for the first time, and to the Cuban culinary culture.”

The best place
The terrace! “This is the convivial place where our guests have a picturesque view of old Havana with its facades and the laundry hanging from the balconies.
You immediately feel at home in the hammock in the shady corner of this large terrace. You can meet up with friends, have breakfast or a meal, or simply come and read or rest.

Art and history
Calle Inquisidor, where the house is located, owes its name to the Commissioner of the Court of Faith, the Inquisitor, Don Antonio Claudio de la Luz, who at the end of the 18th century had his residence in a house located between Calle Sol and Calle Santa Clara. At one time, this street was also called “de las Redes” (of the nets), due to its proximity to the waters of the bay. The fishermen used to hang their nets here to dry in the sun.

In 1886, the Catalan Quírico Gallostra set up Cuba’s first mosaic factory at No. 27 of this same Inquisidor Street.

When you leave the house…
The whole of the old town is open to you! Discover it on foot, as Casa del Puerto is close to all the must-see places. “But it’s on our street that you’ll find the most beautiful door in Havana with wrought iron heads set into the wood.
When you leave the house, you find yourself in a typical environment, an immersion in the daily life of the inhabitants of Old Havana. The Inquisidor Street that leads directly to Mercaderes.

Sabine Bouvet
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For Novela Cuba, this freelance journalist gives voice to those who receive you. She paints house portraits and serves up slices of Cuban life. In search of places near or far and inspiring encounters for travel, lifestyle, adventure, and publishing press; Sabine shows the beauty of the world and highlights those who protect it.

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