Accommodations in Havana range from budget campgrounds to deluxe hotels and casas particulares (inexpensive bed-and-breakfasts in private residences). Prices are often high for what you get: Many luxury hotels are expensive in light of their amenities and, with the exception of casas particulares, bargain hunters in Havana and other major tourist areas won't find much choice in the low range. Cubans and foreigners are no longer banned from rooming together, although the details of your Cuban partner's identity will be recorded and given to the Ministry of the Interior, along with your own.
More and more colonial mansions in Habana Vieja are being turned into small and charming boutique-hotels by the state corporation, Habaguanex; some are rather plush. Though new hotels are appearing all the time, many of the tourist properties were built before the 1960s. Most have been upgraded. Still, there's a bit of a time-warp feel to some of them, which can be part of the magic. Most are more than adequate (clean, with good service), although outside main tourist centers, the only hotels are frequently of stark, modern design with inferior furnishings.
Private accommodations at a casa particular in Havana will cost about CUC40-CUC50 for a prime location in Vedado or Miramar and less in Habana Vieja or Centro. (If a tour leads you there, add a daily commission of CUC5—if you knew the address already, be sure to explain that to the landlord to avoid the extra cost.)
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