Here's what it's like to stay in a Cuban Airbnb

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Business Insider recently sent three reporters on a wild trip to Havana to experience the surreal time warp of this island-nation.

Instead of booking rooms in one of the state-run hotels, we decided to stay in a three-bedroom "casa particular," a traditional Cuban home we found through Airbnb, which recently started offering accommodations in Havana.

Our apartment was a few steps from Havana's main drag "La Rampa," the infamous Habana Libre hotel, and the Malecón's seaside views.

We'll have lots of stories about our adventures on the island, which you'll be able to find here.

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We booked a 7-day stay at "Diana's luxury apartment in the heart of Havana" for a grand total of $840. The listing was accurate for the most part, but it would have been nice to know that there was a serious issue with the water — we didn't have any, most days.



Bienvenidos a nuestra casa aquí en Habana, Cuba! This is what our living room looked like: We had two wooden rocking chairs, a glass table, and a bookcase. Most of the furniture in our apartment, including the Marilyn Monroe canvas, was from IKEA.



Our bookcase was stocked with plenty of Russian and communist literature, but since we had things to do we didn't sit down with all five volumes of "Lenin."



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