The open-concept living space is  spacious but still feels warm and inviting, with an eclectic mix of furniture and decoration.Our friend named this the Mojito Lounge from the beginning: it's a great place to relax and daydream, write in a journal, read a book, watch a film (the DVDs and tv are hiding in the antique escritoire)—or enjoy a mojito!
Las Tres Monjas: Prime Old Havana—comfort+style!
Las Tres Monjas: Prime Old Havana—comfort+style!
7 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
2 baths
7 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
2 baths
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Ideally located in Old Havana, our bright, spacious 3-bdrm apt. is a perfect blend of historical beauty, tranquility, modern amenities and Cuban warmth. Fully equipped kitchen, comfy beds, refined furnishings, onsite laundry, views, vibrant locale, just steps to Plaza Vieja and sights incl the Cathedral, Malecón, museums, art galleries, a vibrant cafe/restaurant scene and many more cultural and historical destinations. Daily breakfast available on request for 5 CUC per person (details below).

The space

From the moment you open the door to Las Tres Monjas, entering the foyer at the back of the apartment, you’ll feel the welcome of this inviting, relaxing, comfortable and airy space.

The three large bedrooms and main bathroom run along the pasillo that opens to the sky and brings in natural light. The rooms are fully furnished with comfy beds for two, as well as an extra single bed in one of the bedrooms and night tables and ample wardrobes to store your belongings during your stay. The tranquility of Las Tres Monjas and its elegant furnishings recall Old Havana of another era, but the creature comforts and open space add just the right modern touches. Table lamps and dimmable overhead lighting let you set the ambiance, and individual low-volume split AC units allow you to control the environment in each bedroom for everyone to get a good sleep.

One of the uncommon (for Cuba) things you’ll notice about the newly renovated Las Tres Monjas is the open-concept full kitchen+dining room+living room. Each space easily functions separately, but the design creates energy and easy communication. You’ll also notice the synthesis of old and new, integrating elements of art deco, colonial, mid-century and industrial. The building itself was constructed at the same time as the infamous Hotel Nacional, and was an interesting mix of styles from the outset. In the completely new and fully equipped kitchen, we introduced modern large and small appliances, stainless steel and smooth pull-out cabinet drawers and a polished concrete floor. The original water heater is decorative, and our retrofitted system now supplies hot and cold water, with reliably good pressure, throughout the entire apartment, 24 hours a day.

We used original, replica and new lighting fixtures and controls for adjustable, efficient lighting, and we hired Cuban experts to patiently restore the plaster walls, mosaic tile floors, wood windows and doors and stained-glass windows to their original beauty since these features are the essence of Las Tres Monjas.

The apartment features a large, custom-made dining table that easily seats 8+ and provides a great workspace as well. The antique escritoire does double duty as TV cabinet and folds out into a small desk. The main washroom was restored using the original sink and clawfoot tub, and a glass-doored wood cabinet provides space for cosmetics and toiletries. You can enjoy a soak in the oversized tub or choose between the handheld telephone-style or overhead rain shower. The second bathroom is off the common living space and has a toilet, sink and a handheld shower for a quick rinse.

Guest access

The entire apartment is completely private for the use of registered guests only. You will be asked to provide identification (passport) on arrival and sign in. These steps are in keeping with Cuban government policy. You will have your own keys to the apartment (front door and door to the pasillo) for your stay. You will also have a key for the safety deposit box. These keys must be returned at check-out.

Unfortunately, the building is not wheelchair accessible and there's no elevator. The apartment itself is on the third floor, which in Cuban terms means 4 levels: a ground-floor mezzanine level and then 3 high-ceilinged floors above it. However, the staircase has a good railing, the stairs are solid, with a medium riser height (there's a photo showing the staircase), and there are landings between and at each floor.

Check-in and check-out: Mayelin, our excellent and efficient manager, will meet you to check you in and get you settled, and then again when you check out at the end of your stay, so we'll need your arrival and departure information. We ask that you give us the maximum notice possible if there's a change in your scheduled arrival or departure (e.g., a flight change). Also, please cooperate with the set check-in/out times (check-in 11 am; check-out 3 pm) so we can prepare for the next guests. However, if you would like some flexibility in check-in or check-out times, please make any such request in advance and we will always do our best to accommodate everyone (outgoing and incoming guests).

Interaction with guests

Emergencies: You can contact Mayelin in the case of an emergency by texting or calling. If you’re unable to reach her or for communication completely in English, you can text Eduardo or Megan. This information is detailed in your guest information binder at the apartment and the pre-trip information documents we try to send to all guests.

Additional services: We want you to have a great experience in Havana and at Las Tres Monjas, and we know that Cuba can have its challenges. Depending on your interests and needs, once you’ve booked a stay, we can assist you with arrangements for transportation, dinner reservations, tours, and so on.

Note: Any referral we make is to someone we know and trust, and we only charge you their fee for the service. We don’t add a commission. This type of commission is a common practice in Cuba. Why? it's not necessarily a negative: Such referrals offer an income opportunity as well as being valued because of the often limited access to information sharing and the limited opportunities for people to market their services.

Other things to note

Laundry: The rental charge includes weekly service for bed linens and towels. We recently purchased a washing machine that connects to one of the taps for guests to do personal laundry items. Its use is very straightforward and Mayelin will point it out at check-in.

Breakfast: In the fall of 2016, in response to requests from guests, we began offering the option for a daily breakfast service provided by Isabel, Mayelin's mother. You can see comments in the reviews to get an idea. We're fortunate that Isabel agreed to continue offering our guests this independent service through 2017 and 2018.

If you're interested, Isabel will come to the apartment in the morning, let herself in (OR ring the doorbell and wait to be let in if you prefer) and access the kitchen directly along the passageway from the entrance foyer so as not to disturb anyone who is sleeping. She will require the use of a dedicated space in the refrigerator and possibly some drawer space to be able to leave some supplies. The charge is 5 CUC per person, which should be paid to her directly each morning (we don't take a commission and Isabel is not our employee). Isabel requests that you preset the time at least for the first day; thereafter you can vary the time and dates as long as you agree on it with her in advance (preferably a minimum of 24 hours' notice). The breakfast normally consists of eggs, fruits, breads, butter, juice, and coffee or tea, and Isabel adds other items at her discretion, such as jam, yoghurt, cheese, meat, cereal, depending on availability. If you're requesting breakfast service, please be sure to let us know in advance if there are any food allergies, exclusions or aversions in your group and we will pass the information on to Isabel.

Cleaning: In general, Cubans pride themselves on maintaining a clean home, and Las Tres Monjas sets a high standard. You will arrive to an immaculate apartment and it will be cleaned after you depart or once during the week for stays of 5 nights or longer. We do not charge a separate cleaning fee.

Parking: Although Las Tres Monjas does not offer parking; there is a well-established parking lot with 24-hour security at the corner of San Ignacio and Santa Clara streets, which is extremely convenient. The last guest to use it paid 4 CUC per day (approximately US$5 with exchange at the bank), which is a good rate from what we have seen. We recommend trying to negotiate a reduced rate for periods of a week or more.

We can also be contacted using lastresmonjasrental "at" using the mail service provided by the well-known browser starting with G.


Amenities
Kitchen
TV
Essentials
Shampoo

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed, 1 single bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

PLUMBING, TOILET PAPER, ETC.
Please do not flush anything (other than urine and feces, obviously!) down the toilets; this includes toilet paper, tampons, pads, cosmetic wipes, baby wipes, “flushable” wipes, food waste, and so on (and only put water down the other drains). The drain systems beyond our walls (which we are unable to change) are old and become clogged easily, which leads to obvious problems; otherwise, you will find the toilets function very efficiently. We appreciate your cooperation in this since we know it is an adjustment. Note: These conditions apply to most plumbing systems in Cuba.

Use the garbage cans with lids provided in each of the bathrooms. We suggest using plastic bags to line them, which we have provided (to replace them, you will find bags under the sink or in the drawers to the right of the stove; use the smaller bags for the bathroom cans).

Garbage disposal: If you wish to dispose of any garbage outside the apartment, the large bins at the corner of Santa Clara and San Ignacio streets (the corner to your left as you leave the building) are for pickup for this neighbourhood zone. Unfortunately, there is no composting or recycling, although there is at least one bin in front of the Camera Oscura building in Plaza Vieja that takes recyclables.

WATER AND ELECTRICITY USE
We have made every effort to provide modern conveniences and constant cold and hot water supply for your comfort; however, we ask you to practice a conscious approach to their use. Please always be sure to turn off the AC, overhead and other fans and lights when leaving the apartment or when they are not in use. If toilets are running between flushes, please shut off (using the valve at the base) between uses and let us know. Such leaks lead to an astonishing and rapid loss of water, which can drain our tanks that are there to maintain water supply to the apartment when there are shortages in the building supply.

FURNITURE
Please use coasters for drinks and mugs on the wood furniture and use protective fabric, trays, trivets or dishes under hot, wet, rough-bottomed items that could mark, scratch or otherwise damage surfaces. Please use cutting boards on the wood and stainless steel countertops. Of course, accidents happen, so if furniture or anything else in the apartment gets damaged, please let us know before you leave so we can repair it right away.

VISITORS
You are welcome to have friends visit you at the apartment; however, only the registered guests can stay overnight at the apartment. There are no exceptions.

NO SMOKING
There is absolutely no smoking inside our home, with the exception of the outdoor patio area, but please, if you must smoke, do so away from the doorways and be sure not to drop butts on the tiles or over the railing. On that note, please don’t drop anything at all over the railing; it is someone else’s patio below!

NOISE
Our neighbours (only two other households on the same floor) are very thoughtful and respectful and we afford them the same consideration, so please be reasonable about very early or late noise levels.

PETS No pets.

PROSTITUTION AND PORNOGRAPHY
These crimes are taken very seriously in Cuba, and we will not tolerate such exploitation. Anyone participating in such activities will be reported to the police and will immediately be removed from the apartment and forfeit their payment.

COMMERCIAL USE
Guests are prohibited from using the apartment, including photos or contents of the apartment, for any commercial purpose unless authorized specifically by the owners.


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63 Reviews

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Louise User Profile
August 2017
Perfect place in Havana, 3 blocks from Plaza Vieja and walking distance to all of old town. Apartment beautifully restored, roomy, light and well equipped. Hosts excellent too, great communication and easy to deal with.
Eduardo User ProfileEduardo is a superhost.
Response from Eduardo:
Thanks, Louise, for your kind remarks. You're a lovely family, and we appreciate that you chose Las Tres Monjas for your stay in Old Havana and enjoyed your time there, and also for opting to get to know Cuba as part of your family vacation. We'd love to be your hosts if your travels bring you to Cuba again. Best wishes, Eduardo, Megan & Mercedes (the rest of our little travel-loving family)
August 2017

Alan User Profile
July 2017
Our family of 2 adults and 2 teenagers had a fantastic weeks stay in Las Tres Monjas. The apartment is conveniently located in old Havana and the photos accurately show the beautiful, clean and well resourced apartment. Great view over the city towards El Capitolio. Eduardo and Megan were really helpful before our trip, they provided extensive written advice and help plus answered all our queries. Their family and connections in Havana made our week a real pleasure. Isabel's breakfasts and Mitchell's taxi service were great. Highlight of our week was our evening meal with a Cuban family arranged by Eduardo and Megan.
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Response from Eduardo:
Thank you Alan and Marie for taking the time to write these thoughtful remarks. You're a lovely family; you spread such goodwill and left everyone with a smile from start to finish! We're very glad you chose Las Tres Monjas for your time in Havana, and we hope we'll be fortunate to have you as visitors again. Best wishes and abrazos, Eduardo y Megan
July 2017

Rachel User Profile
June 2017
We travelled as a group of four female friends and we absolutely loved the apartment, the stunning open plan lounge area (especially the exposed bricks!), art work and photos, tall ceilings and the view from the lounge is incredible - that is just for starters! The apartment is unique in character and it felt extremely spacious. The bedrooms are kept very cool with tall ceilings and effective air con. Coupled with the comfy beds, luxury bedding and quiet neighbours we slept very well. In terms of location, although we were only in Havana a short time, we were able to get around easily. It is couple of mins walk to Plaza Vieja - fantastic square for eating, drinking and watching the world go by. Loved the live music too! Also in a few mins walk you will reach the sea wall. It is easy to get a taxi to other districts and we enjoyed dinner in Mirimar at one of the restaurants recommended in the apartment guide book. There are heaps of others to choose from and also lots within walking distance(URL HIDDEN) Not only is the apartment and location an amazing place to stay. Megan and Eduardo are the loveliest and helpful hosts I have come across on airbnb. They have put so much thought, passion and effort into their guests stay enjoyable and we all felt welcomed and well informed at every step. This extends to a genuine and warm team on hand at the apartment. We had the pleasure of Mitchell for our airport transports and other taxi trips, Isobel who makes a delicious breakfast spread (highly recommended!) and our hello and farewell from Frank (who carried our heavy suitcases bless him!) and Mayelin. Thank you again for being the best and wonderful hosts - you really do provide a 5 star service and I would highly recommend a stay. I feel any guest is lucky to experience this beautiful apartment and Megan and Eduardo's hospitality. Hope to return again!
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Response from Eduardo:
Thanks Rachel for such thoughtful comments. Its really too bad we didn't have the chance to meet you and your friends. We are very happy your experience in Havana was so lovely. We have no doubt we will cross path one day.
June 2017

Alison User Profile
September 2016
The apartment is beautiful - far superior to pretty much anything else we saw in Havana and a unique oasis away from the madness that is the Cuban capital! All fixtures and fittings are very tasteful and whilst in the local style, are definitely a cut above the rest. Eduardo and Megan couldn't be more helpful and as they are based in Canada, their local team of Frank and Mayelin are on hand to sort things out for you. We would definitely recommend Las Tres Monjas and would stay here again if we were to return. Thank you!
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Response from Eduardo:
Thank you, Alison and Ian, for your extremely complimentary words. As you know from our private communication, we're very grateful to have had you as our guests, and it would be our great pleasure if we ever had the chance to be your hosts in the future. We wish you all the best, Eduardo and Megan
September 2016

Paul User Profile
August 2016
We were in contact with Megan and Eduardo before we arrived and they were most helpful with details such as airport pickup and finding onbound transport from the apartment. We were welcomed by Frank at the airport and his classic american car. Myelin, the housekeeper, welcomed us at the apartment and showed us around ensuring that we had everything we needed and Megan called us shortly after arrival to check we had everything we needed. The apartment had everything we needed including a microwave, cooker, fridge and fully stocked kitchen. Water, fruit, cold drinks and tea and coffee facilities were provided. During our time there, Frank and Megan provided assistance with booking local restaurants or organising travel and provided a local mobile phone with credit to assist. The other facilities were all great, including air-conditioned bedrooms which were a welcome break from the August heat in Havana. The dining, lounge and kitchen were not airconditioned, but did have fans. We did retire to the bedroom area when the heat got too much in the other areas. All the facilities were modern and considering the restrictions for those who live in Havana, were of an excellent standard. As a family, we're well travelled and used to staying in non-hotel locations, this was a welcome start to our first trip to Cuba. We travelled with our 6 year old and he was very comfortable in the accommodation. He has spent the rest of our holiday, sad that he won't see Frank and Myelin again! The area is in old-Havana, so you should be expecting old buildings with lots of people crowded in, although being on the top floor (3 flights of stairs), you're more looking out over Havana than staring into other apartments. There is an internally facing balcony which looks over and into another apartment, but the windows are discreet and frosted, so no unexpected neighbour moments if you don't want to. The area in which the apartment is located is on one side an open square with a church and an impromptu garage for 50s american cars. The bakery is just across the court-yard for drinks and sweet snacks and bread. A small supermarket is about a 3 minute walk (basic provisions) and the main square is about a 5 minute walk away with cafes and restaurants. We found the hosts to be excellent and accommodating as well as informative and helpful, both the locals and the owners in Canada. The facilities were excellent and the neighbourhood to be safe, if a little ramshackle. You should expect this, however, in the old town area.
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Response from Eduardo:
A big thank-you for taking the time to write this detailed and descriptive commentary; we're sure other guests will benefit from reading it! And thanks again for being such kind, enthusiastic and appreciative guests. You also made a lasting positive impression. We wish you many happy travels to come, and if they should bring you back to Cuba, we hope you'll give us the pleasure of being your hosts again. Best wishes, Eduardo and Megan
August 2016

Michael User Profile
July 2016
From the moment we booked Las Tres Monjas we knew we were in for a treat. Eduardo and Megan couldn't have been more patient and helpful in answering our numerous and often naive questions. Once we got to their absolutely beautiful and spotlessly clean apartment we were met by the delightful Mayelin who took wonderful care of us during our stay. Every detail had been carefully thought of; air conditioning in the bedrooms, milk and cold water in the refrigerator and fresh fruit on the dining room table. A local cell phone was at our disposal, a TV and DVD player as well as Havana guide books in the living room. And then was the lovely neighbour Alejandro, a tailor who doubles as a master laundry man who returns your clothing perfectly pressed within hours. Oh, there is also the brilliant location, a block from the buzzy Plaza Vejia . We highly recommend Los Tres Monjas. Thank you Eduardo and Megan !!!
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Response from Eduardo:
Dear Michael and family. We have been very fortunate to keep having incredible guests in our apartment and it happened again with all of you. As you mentioned in private, we feel the same way, that you were friends we were helping while you stayed in Havana, but it also has to do for your incredible communication skills and enthusiasm. We absolutely loved you mentioned Alejandro, as our excellent neighbors is part of the charm of Las Tres Monjas and the truly free spirit of the Cuban people. I'll definitely missed talking to you. Again a million thanks. I Laughed when you wrote cold water, meaning probably cold beer (ha)
July 2016

Sean User Profile
October 2017
A charming house in a perfect location. A perfect location for mixed business and vacation. I felt very much at home and will definitely consider booking again once I return to Cuba. Eduardo was a great host and is always available. I was very impressed by the little details such as a guest book, a before-and-after book about the renovations taking place at the casa, a wonderful guide to restaurants in the vicinity. We got way more than we expected. Many thanks!!
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Response from Eduardo:
Thanks again to you, Sean, and to Nadia and the rest of your group. We appreciate your thoughtful, positive feedback. As we said, it would be an immense pleasure to have the opportunity to host you in the future. Ojala! Best wishes to all of you, and keep in touch. Eduardo and Megan
October 2017

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We’re your hosts at Las Tres Monjas apartment rental: Eduardo, who works for a major TV broadcaster (but is a writer at heart: Las Tres Monjas is from a yet unpublished story inspired by Old Havana’s Convento Santa Clara), and Megan, a freelance editor. Mercedes, our teenager, is…
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