The 10 best hostels in Havana for backpackers

The 10 best hostels in Havana for backpackers

How to find the best hostels in Havana for your trip

If youโ€™re planning a trip to Cuba, you must already be thinking of cheap mojitos, salsa dancing, colonial buildings and those amazing old-fashioned cars! ๐Ÿ˜

Because we know youโ€™re too busy daydreaming and donโ€™t have much time left to look for the perfect hostel, we put together a little selection of the hostels in Havana with the best vibes.

Most hostels in Havana are family homes that have special permission to host guests, so donโ€™t expect huge hostels, but more of a community feeling. In many hostels breakfast is not included, but you can get it in the house for 3-5 CUC. The delicious typical breakfast includes juicy fruits, a fresh made omelette, some bread and coffee. In some houses you can also find jam, ham and cheese.

Among the things to do in Havana, one of my favourites is to stroll down Paseo del Prado, a big street with many artists selling their art that reminds me of La Rambla in Barcelona, but less crowded. As you arrive to the coast, continue to walk along the Malecon in the seaside which is also lovely.

Another one of my top 5 activities in Havana is the Callejรณn de Hamel, a colourful street that locals use as a cultural space. You can listen to music, see people dancing and even venture into a beautiful art gallery. If you can you should go on a Sunday, when most of the shows take place. The best thing is that even though tourists are welcome, itโ€™s a creative space designed by and for local people.

Some of the neighbourhoods you shouldnโ€™t miss are Havana Vieja, the oldest part of the city; Centro Havana, where you can see the old colonial buildings and where you can find China Town and the vibrant Callejรณn de Hamel I mentioned before; and El Vedado, the most modern part of the city where youโ€™ll find the popular Plaza de la Revoluciรณn.

To eat cheap in Havana, you just have to get out of the main squares and look patiently. Ideally, Iโ€™d love to always eat in local places, but those arenโ€™t always easy to find. Even though some dishes, like โ€œropaviejaโ€, are incredibly tasty, donโ€™t expect elaborate meals with a million ingredients. Most of the time restaurants donโ€™t have everything on the menu – not even in the fanciest places.

If you want to see the city from the top, head to the terrace of one of the historical and beautiful hotels in Havana, like El Nacional, and have a nice drink (or not, it isnโ€™t required in order to see the views).

Read on for our list of the best hostels in Havana!

Jump straight to:

  1. Best hostels in Havana for solo travellers
  2. Best hostels in Havana for couples
  3. Best party hostels in Havana

Best hostels in Havana for solo travellers

Travelling solo to Cuba is a great adventure, and itโ€™s even better when the hostel vibe makes it easier to meet people! Contrary to many beliefs, Cuba isnโ€™t a dangerous country for tourists. Locals are very careful with tourists and treat them very well, since they provide their biggest source of knowledge of the โ€œoutside worldโ€ and of money (at least for working class people!). Many Cubans speak very good English and will be very sociable. They will love to hear everything about your country and your life โ€“ in return, they will tell you everything about theirs! Between other backpackers and local people, youโ€™ll never feel alone on your solo trip to Havana.

Concordia Backpackers

best hostels in Havana - Concordia Backpackers

The vibe and the bar make this place. A guest said: โ€œA very sociable atmosphere, we met lots of people. The people on reception were really well-informed and helpful: Leo explained to me the queuing system in Cuba on the first day – really useful! We had meals and cocktails prepared, bought cigars and hung out in the lounge and roof space. Beds are really comfortable, and it felt safe. Not the best looking hostel but friendly, cheap and great for solo travellers.โ€

Hostel highlights:

  • Great vibe
  • Bar
  • Terrace

๐Ÿ ย Address: Concordia 476, Havana, Cuba

๐Ÿ˜ย Neighbourhood: Centro Havana

Book your stay at Concordia Backpackers now


DRobles Backpackers

best hostels in havana - DRobles Backpackers

This colonial building beautifully restored in 2009 is a gem for solo travellers. Itโ€™s located in Havana Centro, where you can find many attractions like the Capitolio, the Malecon and the Paseo del Prado. The guests say itโ€™s super easy to meet people, the staff are very helpful and the location is just exceptional.

Hostel highlights:

  • Great staff
  • Even better vibe
  • Restored facilities

๐Ÿ ย Address: San Rafael, 870 b, Havana, Cuba

๐Ÿ˜ย Neighbourhood: Havana Centro

Book your stay at DRobles Backpackers now

Enzoโ€™s Backpackers

best hostels in havana - Enzoโ€™s Backpackers

Enzo and his mum, the owners, are very loved by our backpacker community. Theyโ€™ve helped many backpackers to explore Havana and even to continue their trip around Cuba by giving good and wise advice. The hostel is very close to Plaza de la Revoluciรณn, a must see in Havana.

Hostel highlights:

  • Welcoming staff
  • International, friendly vibe
  • Very clean

๐Ÿ ย Address: 20 de Mayo Ave, 426 10th floor apt. 101, Havana, Cuba

๐Ÿ˜ย Neighbourhood: Vedado

Book your stay at Enzoโ€™s Backpackers now


Nildaโ€™s Backpackers

best hostels in havana - Nildaโ€™s Backpackers

Sounds like a dream come true: โ€œHad a blast in Havana, and you really can’t pick a better place for value than this hostel. Nilda and Denise (Nilda’s daughter) are very welcoming and take care of you. The place is right next to the baseball stadium (Estadio Latino) and it is a quick 10 minutes in a cab to Old Havana. The area is also very safe at practically any time of night. It’s also a good spot to meet other travellers. I would stay here againโ€.

Hostel highlights:

  • Staff speak very good English
  • Great vibe
  • Cheap breakfast

๐Ÿ ย Address: 20 de Mayo no.428 Piso 7, Havana, Cuba

๐Ÿ˜ย Neighbourhood: Vedado

Book your stay at Nildaโ€™s Backpackers now


Best hostels in Havana for couples

Is there a better way of backpacking than enjoying the social vibe of a hostel WITH your partner? After a busy evening having a couple cocktails watching live jazz with your hostel friends, you can go back to your private room in these Havana hostels:

Hostal Corazรณn del Mundo

best hostels in havana - Hostal Corazรณn del Mundo

Breakfast on the terrace, lovely international fellow backpackers and clean private rooms in the heart of Havana, what else can we ask for? With the amazing atmosphere of this hostel, itโ€™s impossible not to make friends, even if you arenโ€™t in a shared room! The super helpful staff will give you tips for exploring Havana and continuing your trip around Cuba.

Hostel highlights:

  • Amazing atmosphere
  • Mini bar
  • Terrace

๐Ÿ ย Address: San Martin 768, Havana, Cuba

๐Ÿ˜ย Neighbourhood: Centro Havana

Book your stay at Hostal Corazรณn del Mundo now


Hostel Casa de Ania in Havana

best hostels in havana - Hostel Casa de Ania in Havana

They. Have. Wi-fi.* They also prepare killer cheap cocktails, which will make it difficult to leave the place! Luckily enough, youโ€™ll be in Centro Havana, super close to almost everything in the city. Guess who won the award for The Best Hostel in Cuba in our 2019 HOSCARs? ๐Ÿ†

*In Cuba, wi-fi is very difficult to find. Usually itโ€™s available only in big squares.

Hostel highlights:

  • Wi-fi
  • Great vibe
  • Lovely staff

๐Ÿ ย Address: Calle 27 de Noviembre (Jovellar) Nยบ 160 Apto 8-9, Havana, Cuba

๐Ÿ˜ย Neighbourhood: Centro Havana

Book your stay at Casa de Ania now

Best party hostels in Havana

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! ๐ŸŽถ No, you wonโ€™t become a pirate, but youโ€™ll probably ingest more rum in these holidays than youโ€™ve had in your whole life. Are you a mojito fan? Or maybe youโ€™ll go for a creamy piรฑa colada? One thingโ€™s for sure – you wonโ€™t be able to escape the staff of the following hostels offering you a classic Cuba libre.

Casa de Hatuey

best hostels in havana - Casa de Hatuey

On the top floor of a classic Cuban apartment building, this hostel has everything you need to have a killer time: nice people, a music player, and a bar. From only ยฃ3.91 you can have a bed in Casa de Hatuey, and the price is not even the best thing here! Travellers from all over the world gather every night in the common area of the hostel creating a little family of backpackers (yes, backpackers drowning in rum, but still backpackers). Located in Havana Centro, the hostel is close to everything but far from tourists, which makes the area super cheap to eat and drink.

Hostel highlights:

  • Very cheap
  • Great vibe
  • Lovely staff

๐Ÿ ย Address: Monte 913, 4, Havana, Cuba

๐Ÿ˜ย Neighbourhood: Centro Havana

Book your stay at Casa de Hatuey now


Hostal Mirella Para Mochileros

best hostels in havana - Hostal Mirella Para Mochileros

Doesnโ€™t this sound like the perfect backpacking experience? โ€œSpending our last night in Havana at Mirella’s hostel was the best decision! We met so many travellers like us, we organised our night out and then met again in the morning to say goodbye! The atmosphere is really nice as the hostel is located near the university area and Mirella has lots of maps with details on how long it takes to walk to certain restaurants, clubs etc. Prices are really affordable, and the place feels homely and welcoming.โ€

Hostel highlights:

  • Incredible host
  • Good vibe
  • Amazing location

๐Ÿ ย Address: Calle San Miguel, 1015 Altos, Havana, Cuba

๐Ÿ˜ย Neighbourhood: Centro Havana

Book your stay at Hostal Mirella Para Mochileros now


Rolandoโ€™s Backpacker

best hostels in havana - Rolandoโ€™s Backpacker

The rooftop bar of this hostel fills every night with a great atmosphere. Guests love this hostel because it feels like home. Itโ€™s not in a touristy area, but itโ€™s 5 minutes walking to the Malecon and 15 to Old Havana. They offer delicious breakfast and dinner at a very good price!

Hostel highlights

  • Rooftop terrace with bar
  • Great vibe
  • Personal lockers

๐Ÿ ย Address: San Miguel, 567, Havana, Cuba

๐Ÿ˜ย Neighbourhood: Centro Havana

Book your stay at Rolandoโ€™s Backpacker now


Paradise Hostel Backpacker

best hostels in havana - Paradise Hostel Backpacker

This beautiful colonial building in Centro Havana is close to everything you might need, including bars and places to dance! There is a terrace with a bar, which makes it super easy to make new friends to party with. They offer a delicious breakfast for 3 CUC (sometimes with homemade jam!).

Hostel highlights:

  • Terrace with bar
  • Lovely staff
  • Clean

๐Ÿ ย Address: San Miguel, 561, Havana, Cuba

๐Ÿ˜ย Neighbourhood: Centro Havana

Book your stay at Paradise Hostel Backpacker now


Did you decide where to stay on your trip to Havana? Have you already been to any of these hostels? How was it? Let us know in the comments!

Have a great trip to Cuba!

Keep reading:

๐Ÿ‘‰ย Things to do in Havana: the best tips for Cuba’s capital

๐Ÿ‘‰ย The best drinking games from around the world

๐Ÿ‘‰ย The 10 most romantic cities in the world

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