Best Hostels in Havana

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Prepare to embark on an unforgettable adventure in the vibrant streets of Havana, where classic cars, salsa rhythms, and Mojitos unite to create a melting pot of excitement. Visiting Havana is like time traveling into the past with its fascinating history, chic 50’s cars cruising the streets, and lively culture.

The capital city of Cuba boasts over 500 years of history and offers a delightful blend of colonial architecture, nightclubs, and art galleries. 

I’ve visited the city and overall country for a couple of weeks, completely fell in love, and bring you the 3 best hostels in Havana – they are safe, comfortable, and perfect for travelers of all kind.

Your Shortcut:

  1. Hostel Mango Habana Vieja - best for Backpackers
  2. Cuba 58 Hostel - best for Social butterflies
  3. Hostal Red - best for Solo travelers

Money-saving tip: Compare hostel prices with Hostelz.com. They compare prices from Hostelworld, Booking.com and others with 1 click.

Important: As of date, you cannot book hostels in Havana on booking.com, but you can reserve them on Hostelworld.com only.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience
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Quick Introduction to Havana

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Havana cost an average of 18$ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room has an average of around $29 per night. This is a rough average, just to give you an idea. Prices always depend on the season and holidays. Please always check the exact rates on Hostelz.com or Hostelworld.com.

Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check-Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

Use local transportation: Want to experience Havana like a local and save some cash? Skip the pricey taxis and try a “Coco Taxi” or “Collectivo”.

These alternatives are a fun and affordable way to get around. Plus, they add a bit of adventure to your trip.

Be cautious with street hustlers: Havana is generally a safe city, but beware of swindlers on the streets who may attempt to scam tourists.

If someone offers an extremely good deal or insists on guiding you to a specific restaurant or shop, exercise caution and trust your instincts.

Explore beyond the main attractions: While iconic sites like Plaza de la Catedral and El Capitolio are must-visit places, don’t limit yourself to the popular tourist spots. Venture off the beaten path and explore neighborhoods like Regla or Casablanca, where you can discover hidden gems and experience a more local side of Havana.

Take medication and sanitary products with you: Havana is safe and beautiful, but one thing it lacks is adequate medical care.

I’ve traveled there with family, and 4 of us ended up with diarrhea at some point during our trip. Spare yourself (and your stomach) the hassle and bring medication with you.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Havana are …

Let’s jump right into the coolest hostels in Havana.

  1. Hostel Mango Habana Vieja – best for Backpackers
  2. Cuba 58 Hostel – best for Social butterflies
  3. Hostal Red – best for Solo travelers

These are our favorite hostels in Havana. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler:Hostal Red
🎒 for Backpacker:Hostel Mango Habana Vieja
🙎‍♀️ Female Solo Traveler: Hostal Red
👫 For Socializing:Cuba 58 Hostel
🧘 Cozy Hostel:Hostal Red

1. Hostel Mango Habana Vieja

Hostel Mango Habana Vieja is the ultimate backpacker’s paradise located in the historic heart of Havana – it’s cost-effective, well-decorated, and has everything you need under one roof. 

This Havana hostel boasts a four-bed mixed dorm, two private rooms, and a three-bed dorm, all ensuite with comfortable beds, fans, and plenty of natural light. Here, you can enjoy socializing on the terrace and making use of the well-equipped kitchen.

The friendly owners make you feel right at home and provide you with plenty of guidance for your trip, regardless of what you need. 

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Hostel Mango Habana Vieja

Recap of the facilities:

  • Common lounge
  • Common kitchen
  • Terrace

Location: Just a short walk away from Plaza Vieja and only twelve minutes from both The Capitolio and National Museum of Fine Arts, it’s the perfect base to explore the city’s sights.

The best choice in Havana for:

  • Backpackers
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Hostel Mango Habana Vieja Lounge

Hostel Mango Habana Vieja Dorms

2. Cuba 58 Hostel

Cuba 58 Hostel is a cool and social spot in the heart of Old Havana that’s perfect for budget travelers looking to make friends and explore Cuba. The dorms have AC, and there’s free breakfast to start the day off right.

The friendly staff can help with everything from organizing tours to exchanging money. They also offer free walking and bike tours of the city as well. 

Overall, we think Cuba 58 Hostel provides the ideal home base for social travelers, as the hostel oozes good vibes and also organizes a lot of group tours and events to help people mingle.

Book Cuba 58 Hostel here

Check prices at:
Hostelworld | Hostelz.com

Cuba 58 Hostel

On-site, you’ll find:

  • Common lounge
  • Breakfast
  • Internet
  • Laundry services

Location: In the heart of Old Havana, it is surrounded by famous bars and restaurants and provides easy access to many activities.

A great choice for:

  • Social butterflies
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Cuba 58 Hostel Dorms Cuba 58 Hostel Reception

3. Hostal Red

Hostal Red in Havana is not just a place to stay but a family project filled with positive energy. They want travelers to experience their beautiful and mystical island, offering helpful tips and making trips satisfactory, different, and economical.

Hostel Red is managed by an authentic Cuban family that is open to the world and offers shared rooms with drawers, AC, natural light, hot and cold showers, and clean sheets and towels.

The location is perfect for exploring the city and is in proximity to nightclubs, theaters, and bars. Staying at Hostel Red will be the best option for backpackers seeking a genuine Cuban experience.

Book Hostal Red here

Check prices at:
Hostelworld | Hostelz.com

Hostal Red

The hosts are super friendly and accommodating, offering amazing breakfasts, recommendations, and advice. They help make arrangements to save money and time so that guests can enjoy their stay. 

Here, you’ll find:

  • A terrace
  • A shared living room
  • A patio
  • A dining room
  • A FREE breakfast
  • Internet via a sim card they provide and recharge for you

Location:  in the heart of Vedado, one of the most central and modern areas of Havana.

With Old Havana just a short 25-minute ride away via public transport or collective taxi, and the Plaza de la Revolucin within a 15-minute walk, there’s no better place to stay while exploring all that Havana has to offer.

The Malecn – just a quick 5-minute walk away, perfect for catching breathtaking sunsets over the vivid blue sky.

This is one of the best hostels in Havana for:

  • Solo travelers
Book Hostal Red here

Check prices at:
Hostelworld | Hostelz.com

Hostal Red Dorms

Best Hostels in Havana for Solo Travelers? 

We think that the best hostel in Havana is  Hostal Red. It will make you feel like you’re in a familiar place and the owners will help you out with anything you need – which is super helpful when you’re traveling alone

Book Hostal Red here

Check prices at:
Hostelworld | Hostelz.com

More Hostels worth a mention

At the moment, we think you are all set with the hostels we just shared with you. We always try to keep our guides super fresh and up to date. We might add more hostels worth a mention here in the future if we feel that it could enrich your travel and hostel experience.

What about the cheapest hostels in Havana?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Havana.

  1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Havana
  2. add your dates
  3. Order the listings by price

Simple as that.

Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.

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How to book?

The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Havana best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

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Our Favorite Hostels in Havana put on a map + sights

We’re listing all the three best Havana hostels on a map to give you an idea of the location and distances between them.

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FAQs

Here we share with you the most asked question:

What are the best hostels in Havana?

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What are the best sites for finding hostels in Havana?

You cannot book hostels in Havana on booking.com, but you can reserve them on Hostelworld.com only.
Of course, the best site to find hostels is Hostelgeeks.com 😉

We are doing our best to deliver the best hostels to you. Check out the best hostels in the world guides; from Paris to Tokyo.

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Are hostels in Havana safe?

Not all hostels in Havana are necessarily safe, especially the ones that offer cheap prices in sketchy areas. They might be illegal hostels or ones without the proper licenses and safety measures put in place.

In all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in CITY. You can find backpacker hostels with top ratings here! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!

If you are not secure, you can also email us and ask us!

What part of Havana is best to stay in?

Old Havana and Vedado offer the best options for accommodations in Havana. From luxurious hotels to stylish apartments for rent and hostels, there are plenty of comfortable choices to be found in both areas. These top neighborhoods provide great options for travelers looking to stay in the heart of Havana.

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This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.

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