Design Destination: CubaAuthor:Allison McCarthy
This week marks the one-year anniversary of the U.S. government’s historic announcement about normalizing relations with Cuba. The two countries, which have been cut off from each other for 54 years, restored diplomatic relations earlier this summer with the reopening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana. And a few days ago, the State Department and Cuban Embassy reached an agreement to re-establish direct mail service. Strides are quickly being made, and although travel to the island is still only possible via charter flight, talks are in the works to open up commercial flights between the U.S. and Cuba in the coming year. Of course, that hasn’t stopped travelers from visiting the country, and Airbnb’s launch of properties there this spring has made the process even easier. In honor of these historic milestones, we present some of the best and most design-savvy rentals listed on the site—any one of which you could happily call home for a week or two.
Located along the waterfront—known as the Malecón—and within walking distance to Old Havana, this colonial house seamlessly blends tradition with modernity.
In the salon, 19th-century Cuban furniture and oversized mirrors are paired with natural-fiber fabrics in a contemporary all-white motif.
Situated atop a small hill in the geographic center of the city, La Rosa de Ortega bed & breakfast welcomes guests with beautifully exposed brick and a long list of modern luxuries—including a pool with gorgeous views, an onsite gym, relaxation area, and massage center.
Soaring ceilings, winding staircases, French doors, rain-shower shower heads, rooftop lounge, and a balcony overlooking the city’s beautiful ruins make a stay at Casa Densil a true luxury. Italian host Densil has an eye for design, and it’s no surprise this place books up far in advance.
This bright, spacious four-bedroom home has been completely restored and showcases some of the city’s cutting-edge art. Located in Vedado, one of Havana’s hippest neighborhoods, Palacete del Vedado is around the corner from Amdadeo Roldan Theater and the National Ballet of Cuba.