Cuba is undergoing something of a renaissance, with free enterprise being encouraged and some Cubans setting up their own restaurants and hotels – often in their homes.

Cubais always an exciting place to visit, however, not only because of the wonderful beach resorts and the vibrant culture inHavana, but simply because it is unique and has maintained its traditions in a way that many other countries have not.

Hotels inCubacan be expensive, so if you are on a budget and cannot afford to travel in style or book a package holiday – or simply want to travel independently – here are some of the best hostels inCuba.

Havana – Casa Buena Vista

Casa Buena Vista has been freshly decorated and offers a traditional and centrally-located hostel accommodation, with budget busting rooms from £6.22pp per night. Casa Buena Vista also has the best view in Havana, across the pretty terracotta rooftops of El Capitolio and out to sea from the harbour. Casa Buena Vista is actually an hotel, so no dorms and all rooms have private bathroom and come as singles, doubles or triples. If you are in a romantic mood, opt for the ocean view rooms on the sixth floor. Casa Buena Vista also has 24-hour hot water. There is a 24-hour reception and staff are bilingual Spanish/English. The restaurant in house serves up local produce and menus on request. You can book your stay at Casa Buena Vista in Havana through the website

Holguin – Casa Villa Lois

Casa Villa Lois in Holguin has private apartments from under £10pp per night available and offers family-run, traditional Cuban-style accommodation and bed and breakfast. There are also good transport links as the guesthouse is situated on a main road close to the centre of Holguin– and there is also free parking at Casa Lois. The apartments have their own entrances and private patios, so you can chill out in peace after the hard work of sightseeing or a day on the beach at Holguin. Casa Villa Lois is also in a safe neighbourhood – essential if you are on a driving holiday in Cuba or taking a few days out of a package holiday to see more of Cuba. Casa Villa Lois has its own website so you can book directly.

Santiago de Cuba – Casa Nivia

Casa Nivia is in the centre of Santiago de Cuba near the park and offers private accommodation consisting of double rooms with two double beds from £8.71 pp per night. Rooms are traditional and the public rooms are delightfully quaint, with white furniture, potted palms and a hint of chintz. Best of all, there are no curfews, but 24-hour hot showers, air conditioning, a restaurant – plus wheelchair access. Casa Nivia is next to Cespedes Park and the lovely courtyard brings nature to your hotel room door, and offers a relaxing place to sit and chat after a hard day’s sightseeing. You can book your stay at Casa Nivia in Santiago de Cuba through the website

If sickness strikes when you’re in Cuba, remember you can make a Cuba Illness Compensation Claim!