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There are scores of casas particulares (private rooms for rent) in Santa Clara. Most are within a block or two of either the Parque Vidal or the Plaza del Carmen. Recommended casas particulares in Santa Clara include: Hostal Florida Center Calle Maestra Nicolasa (Candelaria) 56, between Colón and Maceo (tel. 42/20-8161; ar3840@enet.cu), a gorgeous 1876 colonial house full of interesting historic furniture and blessed with a flourishing garden and a welcoming host, Angel -- as well as some of the best food served in Cuba; Hostal Casa Mercy, Calle E Machado 4 (San Cristóbal) between Cuba and Colón (tel. 42/21-6941; iselmm@gmail.com), run by the friendly Mercedes and Omelio with two bright rooms, a terrace, a cocktail menu, good food, and a book exchange; Casa Olga Rivera Gómez, Calle Evangelista Yanes 20 between Máximo Gómez and Carolina Rodríguez (tel. 42/21-1711; www.betterhostal.4t.com; zaidabarreto2006@yahoo.es), a lovely house with a roof terrace and beautiful floor tiles, fronting Plaza del Carmen and its church; Casa Héctor Martínez, Calle Rolando Pardo (Buen Viaje) 8 between Maceo and Parque (tel. 42/21-7463), a smart house close to all the action, with a small patio garden, hammock, and interesting objects and books; Hostal Vilo y Gilda, Ave. 9 de Abril 106 between JB Zayas and Alemán (tel. 42/20-7215; www.viloygilda.com), owned by a friendly retired couple, offers one air-conditioned room facing a patio full of ancient areca palm trees; and Hostal Auténtica Pérgola, Luis Estévez 61 between Independencia and Martí (tel. 42/20-8686; carmenrt64@yahoo.es), a restored colonial house with beautiful mosaic floors, large ensuite rooms, and a pergola and fountain in the plant-filled interior patio.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.