The hotel La Rusa (the Russian woman) is an endearing lodging option in Baracoa. The three storied yellow house stands downtown facing the Malecón, right by the sea, and has 12 basic rooms with balconies and louvered windows overlooking the ocean and little but modern nice bathrooms.
The former house belonged to Magdalena “Mima” Rubenskaya, a Russian lady who settled in Baracoa by 1917 and inspired the character Vera in Alejo Carpentier’s novel “The Rite of Spring”. Madame Rubenskaya is reputed as an active supporter of the revolutionary movement during the 1950’s. She turned her house into a hotel in 1953 and ever since it has hosted several personalities of the politics and arts. More information about her can be found in the museum at Fuerte Matachín.