Is that a cigar in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?

This story originally appeared on the BBC News website on 04/07/17.

The authorities in the Cuban capital, Havana, say they are restoring a network of hotels where rooms are rented by the hour to lovers.

State-run “posadas”, or love motels, disappeared during Cuba’s economic crisis in the 1990s, when they became hurricane shelters.

Private householders filled the gap in the market, but at exorbitant prices.

Officials say the posadas will be cheaper and will help end the practice of love-making in Havana’s open spaces.

Private renters usually provide air-conditioning, a fridge and a comfortable bed and cost about $5 for three hours. But that is around a sixth of the average monthly Cuban salary (£22.90; $29.60) and unaffordable for most people. [AM: For that proporting of my monthly salary I’d be expecting to rent the “private householder” as well!]

Havana’s Malecon seafront has always been a haven for couples

State housing officials at the Provincial Housing Company of Havana say the new network of five posadas will be highly lucrative and will help people struggling with Havana’s overcrowded and scarce housing. Many families in Havana have to share apartments. Divorced couples are often forced to remain together because of the housing shortage.

The officials said they hoped the new chain would provide cheaper options for love-making in the city.

Couples making love are a common sight in Havana’s parks, on the beach and on the famed Malecon seafront. [AM: When they say “making love” in the parks and on the beaches, are we talking snogging, or fucking?]

A commentator in the Trabajadores newspaper (in Spanish) recalled that the first posadas opened at the end of the 19th Century in central Havana and that most Cubans had vivid memories,

“Of memorable kisses and of the porter calling to the lovers when their time had finished”. [AM: I love th image of a smartly dressed bellboy knocking on doors – “I don’t care if she hasn’t cum yet. You hour is up. There’s another couple out here and they want to fuck” and handing fresh sheets to people as he closes the door behind them.]

7 Responses to “Is that a cigar in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?”

  1. Fresh sheets? Are you sure? 😜

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