Staying at a Hotel or resort with my Cuban gf
Replies: 36 - Last Post: Jul 23, 2013 10:15 AM Last Post By: wannakiki
Jul 6, 2013 9:11 AM
Staying at a Hotel or resort with my Cuban gfHello all, I haven't been to the island in about 3 years,I will be returning later this year and I know things have changed quite a bit and restrictions on Cubans have been some what eased,ie Cubans and tourists can now reside at the same hotel.My question to the forum is, can I check into my hotel and register my Cuban girlfriend also?Please no judgement calls or wise cracks, we are both adults over 30.Thanks in advance for any useful information you can provide
Jul 6, 2013 10:46 AM
Jul 6, 2013 10:53 AM
Jul 6, 2013 11:19 AM
3Can be. Call your agent. I book my wife and myself into Varadero without issue. They don't know she's my wife nor ask, when we check in, if I can recall the few times we've done that. I am referring to the period after they changed the law to allow Cubans to stay at hotels.
PS: I just asked my wife if she remembers anything at check in. She thinks that at one hotel, they asked, at the other, they didn't. Might be different hotel policies at different hotels. Sorry for confusing the issue.
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Jul 6, 2013 11:34 AM
Jul 6, 2013 11:55 AM
5Unfortunately there is no clear answer to this because it can all depend on the hotel. Some are more stricter than others. If you are married with documentation, then there won't be a problem. High end/family -orientated resorts might be a problem though.
Out of the maybe 12 different hotels that we have stayed in on the island, only one refused entry on the grounds that they were a family establishment or some crab like that. They scammed me and sure enough the 2 nights that I stayed there, I only saw tourists. They refused to refund me but i got even. I ate enough and drank enough free booze to feed a small cuban village for a month.
Jul 6, 2013 12:13 PM
6Your gf can still get a visit from the police after you have gone. They still do that. Just make sure she has nothing that might interest them.
I am married and don't have an issue, but a friend was told they could not stay in the same room, so he had to get 2 rooms (and then stay together). It probably does not apply everywhere but you might encounter it.
Jul 6, 2013 1:06 PM
7Ha, the gf getting a visit from the police, this is a grown 33 year old woman being treated like a child,I knew it couldn't be this easy,but she's a pretty straight forward person without issues involving the police.I expected the hotel to hotel difference on marital status, so now the issue becomes booking on the ground down there or doing it on this side and if I do it down there, just showing up am I going to lose out on a discount rate from doing it here and end up paying an arm and a leg?
Jul 6, 2013 4:26 PM
8My advice is to wait to book until you are in Cuba. You can get rates similar to the online Canadian discount sites.
I've been going to Cuban all inclusives and hotels with my husband since 2008. For most of that time we weren't married. We've never had a problem, but then again we usually travel to Varadero or to city centres. Also, I think it makes a difference that the Cuban is male .....and a rather sweet one at that :).... There is distinct age difference between us, but that hasn't raised an eyebrow.
I've always booked from Cuba. At first, I would book online with Canadian discount sites. In later years they didn't work so well in Cuba, so I started booking with Cubans at the same price as the discount sites.
I suggest that you book with:
1) Jorge (a guide in Cuba -- search his name on thorn tree for his phone, email and website); or
Let either know of your concern when booking so that they can guide you as to a more accommodating property. I usually use Cubatur because it is extremely convenient for me. If you want, they have packages that include bus transportation. If we are taking a car, we don't use the bus coupons, but the price is still good.
That being said, Jorge has been professional and helpful the times that we've had him book hotel or look into car for us. He can get a hotel that Cubatur doesn't offer and at the same price, or better, than the discount sites.
Another option is one your gf can look into if she buys the weekly digital media (shows, films, music...) packages. There is usually a folder with holiday promotions and sometimes agencies promote good hotel rates. You could then book in person with the agency and ask which hotels are better for your situation. You would be risking that you wouldn't get a straight answer, but could call the hotel directly to confirm.
IMHO, Jorge or Cubatur are good options for you. Chefhagan always speaks well about CTN. Maybe he will comment.
Jul 6, 2013 4:38 PM
Jul 6, 2013 6:58 PM
10I always do and I have stayed recently at the Telegrafo, Terral, Parque Central, Nacional, La Terraza, Union, Melia and many others. One time we were turned away from the Club Acuario after I had made on line reservations and we had stayed there 3 months before. So go figure. If it is an AI place and you are paying in advance, I would make double sure.
Jul 6, 2013 7:28 PM
11Never ever been a problem for us over a period of more than 6 years with countless hotel/resort stays.
All these have been arranged after arrival to get the local deals which are inevitably cheaper than rack price and almost consistently cheaper than any internet price.
Appearance, age differences, being known to the management (negatively) I guess all could be factors in a management decision.
All the Cuban needs is their carnet.
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