An Airbnb posting of a mansion in Havana is showing just how far the Cuban regime is willing to go to enrich its pockets on an island where ordinary residents are struggling to feed themselves.
Vilma Rodríguez, the granddaughter of former president and current First Secretary of the Communist Party, Raul Castro, is listing a luxurious residence on the global online marketplace that as of Thursday morning was fetching $650 a night.
The homeowner, who is based out of Panama according to her Airbnb profile, bills the lavish Caribbean home as ‘Casa Vida Luxury Holidays’ or ‘Dream Home Luxury Holidays.’
‘In Casa Vida, elegance, design, and tradition come together to create cheerful, spacious, and luminous spaces,’ Rodríguez wrote as part of her home’s profile.
‘Four rooms and [continuous] service provides maximum comfort and makes your stay an unforgettable experience.’
A mansion located in Havana is being listed by Raúl Castro’s granddaughter for $650 a night on Airbnb
The Airbnb-listed residence is hyped up as one of the few residences in the neighborhood that has a jacuzzi – and it’s surrounded by palm trees
The extravagant air-conditioned, four-bedroom residence is readily available for a maximum of 10 guests per stay.
It has two master bedrooms with a private terrace that include couches where you can take in a breeze. The home also features round-the-clock service.
The grand home and luxury offerings stand in stark contrast to the rest of Cuba which has been ravaged by poverty.
Ever since the United States imposed an economic trade embargo in 1962 under President John F. Kennedy, most of the island’s 12million residents live in poverty.
People on the island earn an average of just $29 a month. The country’s monthly food ration system has forced people to struggle to prepare the simplest of meals that include meats, bread, eggs and other basic foods.
The lavish home can house 10 guests during a reserved stay. It has four bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms
Each of the four bedroom in the Castro clan’s mansion is fully equipped with an air conditioner. There is also a laundry room on site
Trees and plants line up the Castro regime’s mansion which is being rented on Airbnb for $650 a night. It is located in Havana
The high-end pad has two entrances, including a private one, is located just four blocks away from the Mexican Embassy and off the Straits of Florida.
Rodríguez hypes up the mansion’s value by highlighting it as one of the few homes in the vicinity that features an outdoor jacuzzi surrounded by palm trees.
For those visitors who enjoy waking up early while on vacation, Castro’s granddaughter also includes a daily breakfast and a coffee machine to get your day started.
The mansion has four bedrooms and five sleeping beds. Each room has its own air conditioner
Recent guests have been impressed during their stays at the mansion, including a man named Chris, from Denver, Colorado.
‘This place was amazing! We had such a great time, the location is great with many nearby restaurants,’ the Airbnb renter wrote for his review in March.
‘Vilma was very responsive and helpful as well. Highly recommend this spot!’
Vilma Rodríguez (left) is listing a lavish residence located in Havana, Cuba, which is being rented for $650 a night on Airbnb. She is the granddaughter of former president Raúl Castro (right)
Vilma Rodríguez described her Airbnb-listed mansion as a place where ‘elegance, design, and tradition come together to create cheerful, spacious, and luminous spaces. Four rooms and [continuous] service provides maximum comfort and makes your stay an unforgettable experience’
A visitor from the United States named Chris left a review in March and was impressed with Vilma Rodríguez’s service
Guests renting out the mansion in Havana, Cuba, which is operated by the former president’s granddaughter, have full use of a four-bedroom home that also features a hammock (right)
WHO IS RAUL CASTRO?
Raúl Castro succeeded his brother Fidel Castro as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba in 2011
The 87-year-old holds the most senior position in the communist party and has absolute power of the country
He served as the head of the Cuban Armed Forces from 1959 to 2008
Raúl was appointed acting president in July 2006 when Fidel became ill
The National Assembly named Raúl president in February 2008 when it became evident Fidel could no longer govern because of his health
Raúl was re-elected in February 2013 but stepped down in April 2018
Under Raúl’s leadership, in December 2014, relations were normalized with the United States during President Barrack Obama’s administration
Raúl welcomed Obama to Cuba in March 2016, then marking the first time a U.S. sitting president in 88 years
Another vacationer who also traveled from the United States was slighted by the ringing bells from a nearby church that go off at ‘7am everyday.’
She was also not pleased with the amount of travel time she spent on the road when visiting the center of Havana, and complained about the hole in her pocket because of the expensive taxi fare.
Nonetheless, Tianna, from Irving, Texas, gushed about Vilma’s customer service.
‘We really enjoyed our stay at Vilma’s house. It was far better than expected,’ she wrote.
‘Vilma was extremely helpful in arranging taxis, giving direction to and from places, as well as letting us know how much taxis should be.’
Rodríguez is not the only member from the Castro clan that has benefited from the communist family’s coffers despite sanctions imposed by the Washington.
Tony Castro, grandson of the late Fidel Castro, drew the ire of the Cuban exile community in January after an Instagram follower of the aspiring model shared photographs of the young man flaunting his wealth on overseas trips.
Raúl Castro succeeded his brother Fidel as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba in 2011.
The 87-year-old holds the most senior position in the communist party and has absolute power of the country.
Just days before welcoming 2018, Tony Castro, grandson of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, jetted off to Madrid to celebrate the end of the Christmas holiday season
Renters can expect round-the-clock service in a country were people on average earn approximately $29 or $767 Cuban pesos in a single month