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Hostal la Gloria

Owner interview: Hostal la Gloria

To where have you arrived?

To Peter Stokinger’s house, German man economist by profession, he has studied in Germany and France. After a successful career of 30 years in IT computing, through his salsa instructor in Germany, he meets the women that would become his wife, a Cuban doctor. ‘’In 2016 he decided to embark on a new stage of his life, filled with excitement, and the project of opening a guest house and to create a family with her in Havana where she works as a doctor’’.  

Where is it?

In Vedado, Havana.

Who will host you?

You will be received by Peter and his wife Glenda who live in an independent area of the house with their two daughters of 4 and 2 years old.

Sentimental reasons

‘’We have a unique and sentimental relationship with our house because it’s the first place where we settled to live in Havana. We fell in love with the house and the neighborhood, we were very lucky to have bought it from our friends who are dentists. Then we started a new chapter of an intense 18 months of restoration’’.
 

A matter of style

It’s a restored colonial house, bathed in sunlight with its terrace on the first floor, the ideal sitting room. In the interior there a beautiful high ceilings, tilled floors and furniture form the 1940’s and 50’s.  

Hospitality

‘’We wish that our guest have and unforgettable stay. I like to share my own particular experience of being a European man that lives in Cuba since 2016 and created a family here’’. And Peter also likes to give personalized recommendations for everyone, he also provides political information, historical, economical and of local life. He welcomes every guest and gives introductions in French, English, Spanish or German. 

Peter’s favorite time of day

In the morning with an abundant and delicious Cuban breakfast served in the terrace. This is the time when Peter measure the temperature: what are the desires for the day? And he gives his propositions. 

Everything begins at the terrace, ‘’this is the best place to observe how Cubans start their day with endeavors on the streets’’. Between tables and chairs or rocking chairs, the terrace is not only a place for observation, it is also the ideal place for relaxing and debating with Peter about history, architecture, old cars or tobaccos.   

Peter’s recommendations

Fábrica de Arte Cubano

‘’Right in our neighborhood, it’s a very creative space named by The New York Times as one of the 20 best cultural places in the world. A place for experimenting art, live music, dance and to have a drink or two in the unique environment made from an old oil factory for Cubans and tourists alike’’.  

On 26th Street between 11th and 13th, Vedado, Havana.

The beach at 1st y 70th

A new space of entertainment next to the sea with restaurants, bars and some souvenir stands. ‘’We come here to have a good time listening to live music by the sea. Also, there is a park for children and the possibility to go swimming’’.

1st and 70th Street, Playa, Havana.

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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