Alberto was a big help to me. My Spanish is very limited and so it was a huge support that Alberto speaks fluent English. During the very busy Holiday tourist time, he helped me to locate a room when I could not find one.
Located directly adjacent to the Malecon, his private studio apartment on the ground-level is attractive, modern, and clean with a small refrigerator and microwave, and a local phone line provided. The hot water shower and the AC work great, and the bed comfortable. (I rented just one private room; but the additional private room next door can also be rented to form a 2-bedroom unit; and he also has a unit on the 15th floor) A very nice woman comes daily to clean. There is a grocery store (where I purchased water, and Alberto indicated that is where I should have purchased my internet access card) , and Western Union inside the large building across the street. There is a very nice upscale hotel just down the street where the taxis are always waiting, and where you can book excursions if your budget allows. I walked along the Malecon all the way to Havana Vieje harbor to the tourist area in about 1 hour, and taxi fare each way is around $10. Be careful, I hit a slick spot along the Malecon and ended up at the hospital with a broken arm!
The neighborhood is safe and clean. I recommend Alberto and his properties.