Peaks Island: Cuba Room

House - Private room · Island Ave, Portland, ME 04108, United States
Your host, Ted
27 Reviews
Response rate: 80%
Response time: within a day

The Space

(Please read entire description to answer questions about kids, pets, over two people and transportation)

Cozy, colorful antique room with Cuban flare in artist's creative, quirky, ever-evolving home/ work of art. Beautiful bedroom in a home which is not fully completed. One block from the bay beach. Your host, Ted is an old hippie who is young at heart, who will share his eclectic home, warm hospitality, and ideas for a fun-filled island adventure. Enjoy bicycling or hiking around the island, exploring the rocky shore-line, relaxing on the beach and dining at local restaurants. Just a 20 minute ferry ride from Portland. Get away from it all to this memorable and beautiful island spot! Stay here for a laid back island experience and a tower view of sunsets over the Diamond Islands in beautiful Casco Bay that's priceless.

First floor bedroom with shared bathroom on first floor.
*Sinks in bedroom not yet functional.

How do you get here?

You can either park your car for free at your own risk on the street in Portland, at the ferry terminal in Portland for $25.00/ day, or bring your car on the ferry (see below for rates). If you are coming by foot, you can either make arrangements with Ted for pick-up in advance, take the Island Taxi to "Ted's Place," or walk for one mile on Island Avenue to the Tree House. Let Ted know in advance if you would like a ride to or from the ferry for $3.00 per person if more than one, and $5.00 for single person. Either way, we recommend you pack lightly, bringing only what you will need for the time you will stay.

Ferry to Island:
Off-Peak Rates: October 12 - April 16
Vehicle which includes one ticket: $37 round trip
Walk on ticket: $4.00 round trip

Peak Rates: April 17 - October 11
Vehicle which includes one ticket: $63 round trip
Walk on ticket: $8.00 round trip

2 guest maximum, Sorry no pets, no exceptions. I love pets, but the house is not set up for them. Parts of the house are still under construction, so unfortunately it's not ready for young children, sorry.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $600 /week
Monthly Price: $2200 /month
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • I stayed at Ted's house for 5 days a week ago. He is a very friendly and attentive host, made me feel at home the moment I entered his house, they shared dinner with me one night (his cousin was visiting) but unfortunately he had to leave so I didn't get to hear about his art or projects for the house. About the house: it is a work in progress like other people have mentioned, it can be a little bit too much for some but for me it wasn't since I only needed a room to sleep in (I was outside enjoying the Island and Portland for most of the day). The room where I stayed (the Cuba room) was small but cozy and Ted made sure I had everything. Kitchen and bathroom are functional.

    The Island is beautiful, I felt safe the whole time (even walking from the ferry to the house at night, which takes around 20mins), people are very friendly and Ted's place is 30 seconds away from a small beach which was perfect for sunset walks.

    Overall I enjoyed my time at Ted's and Peaks Island, it was the perfect last minute vacation for me.

    September 2013
  • We stayed at Ted's place in the Cuba Room for two nights. Peaks Island is a great place to visit, and Ted's place is a great place to stay. We parked our car in Portland on a neighborhood street, and rode our bikes to the ferry. A quick ferry ride from Portland, and then a pleasant bike ride brought us to Ted's. Ted was very helpful with information and tips, both over the phone before our trip and once we arrived. The island is easily explored either by walking or bicycling. The Cuba Room was fascinating, and full of quirky artifacts. There was so much to look at and spark the imagination. The property is a dream coming true, a fantastic playhouse for adults. There are multiple levels, rooms under construction, multiple decks and staircases, and a tower with a great view of the water. The rooms available through Air BnB are all nicely furnished and totally unique. We were lucky enough to be staying there on the night of a community potluck, and were made to feel very welcome to join in with Ted's community. We enjoyed the conversation, the food, some live music, and the view of the sunset from the deck. Our experience at Ted's is a great example of what Air BnB offers that we could not get with more standard lodging choices. We had a great time.

    September 2013
  • I went to the Maine coast seeking post-summer solace, meditation, and reflection. Peaks Island was idyllic: small, quiet, charming, and warm, with enough majestic terrain to get lost but enough local hospitality to feel completely comfortable. Ted was a wonderful host. He was thoughtful, considerate, and genuinely lovely. His house is brimming with history and artistry. Just a 30 second walk from the water. Advice: Go! Rent a bike. Climb the rocks. Tour the paths that Ted will point you to. You won't regret it!

    September 2013
  • my friend and I planned a short, last minute trip to Maine motivated by lobster and New England summer. stumbled upon ted's place and it couldn't have been more perfect. peaks island is totally dreamy, quiet, and safe. we rented bikes and toured the whole island. ted's house was as advertised.. under construction but still comfortable and affordable. Ted showed us the treehouse and I definitely would like to stay there next time. we were in the Cuba room and it was perfect for our needs. Ted was a great host and I look forward to coming back again and spending more time on the dreamy peaks island!

    August 2013
  • I didn't make it to Peak's Island, but my son, Nate did. He had only good things to say about the accommodations. Ted shows and interest in his guests and goes out of his way to inform them of the area. He called ahead of time to verify the reservation and then called the "day of" and helped with information about the ferry and directions. You are in good hands with this host and will be pleased with your decision to book with Ted Haykal.

    August 2013
  • Its is quite an experience to stay in the house of an old (..) hippy!
    You need to have an open mind when you stay with Ted on the really beatiful Peaks Island. Ted is an very nice man who you can easely 'connected' with. He was not at home at our arrival but every door was open so we could looking for our room and found it!
    The way from the ferry is walking (with luggage) 25 minutes so be prepared, but is is a easy en nice street you walk! Love that place!!

    August 2013
  • We were only able to stay for one night, but Ted was a great host, very friendly and informative. The island is a great place to visit! The room was very comfortable. I was concerned at first about not having air conditioning on a hot summer's day, but it cooled down significantly at night and it was comfortable just with open windows and a fan. Otherwise, the house had a lot of construction going on when I visited, but nothing loud or dangerous, and Ted's plans for it sound very nice.

    July 2013
  • Ted was a generous and gracious host. The room was clean and furnished with an interesting array of eclectic/artistic objects. There was one bathroom to share among 6 guests and the owner in the house but this was rarely a problem. We enjoyed sitting up in the tower in the evening and appreciated the wine that Ted gave us. There were many pleasant aspects to our stay, however, it may be helpful for others to be aware that the house is a work in progress.

    July 2013
  • So, we actually stayed in the "treehouse room" after making arrangements with Ted. This was perhaps one of the most unique and enjoyable experiences we've ever had. It was an absolute whim of ours to decide to take a trip to Portland and Peaks. Ted was a marvelous host and we expect to come back and visit him. His home is full of artwork, tchotchkes, and eclectic found objects. We were his first guests of the season and were incredibly lucky that he was willing and able to get everything ready for us. He was incredibly gracious, driving us to the ferry and giving us a tour and recommendations of what to do and see. When we go back we've made plans to really explore the island more. His artwork hangs in the ferry station and the islanders all know him well. I really cannot say enough good things about staying here. We had a truly wonderful time and wish we could have stayed longer

    April 2013
  • Ted is an energenic, interesting and fun guy! We enjoyed meeting him and having him show us around his place with all its eclectic charm. We stayed in the Cuba room. Comfy and cozy. Very relaxed place to stay. Took the taxi to and from the ferry which was very convenient and easy. We were visiting relatives in Portland and the 10 minute ferry ride back and forth was a great way to start and end each day. Definitely want to return and spend more time on Peaks and in Portland.

    October 2012
Per Month
Subtotal Total

Add a profile photo to Instant Book this listing.

Save this listing to review later.
Saved 50 times
A student of life, a nomad, a philosopher, a clown, and an artist. I feel fortunate to have a piece of paradise, and love being able to share it.
View full profile
Response Rate
Response Time
within a day
Calendar Updated
4 days ago
Similar Listings