The entire experience was fantastic! We loved this hotel. We stayed for 1 week; our 1st time here and to Puerto Rico and we would definitely stay here again. we want to commend Carmen at the outside bar. She was friendly, informative about Puerto Rico, and a great bar tender!
"Very nice old style hotel. Close to beach/shopping"
The staff at the hotel are amazing. We arrived a little before our room was ready (check in is at 3pm, we were there at 12:45.) They agreed to hold our luggage there at the desk and gave us a map and some directions on how to get around town. We got tips on how to save money on transportation instead of getting taxi's to take us around for $15-25 each trip.
The hotel is an older style hotel, very well kept. No elevators, only stairs, so keep that in mind if you can't do stairs. The main areas are open air, with a nice open deck on the 2nd level. There is no view of the ocean, but it's a nice deck to enjoy the outdoors. Otherwise, it's a very minimalist hotel, which is just fine by us. If you're looking for a place to stay all day and keep you busy at the hotel, then this is not your hotel, but if you're looking for something that will be a more authentic-style, open-air place (there's still air conditioning in the rooms) then this is for you.
The beach is three short blocks away. Literally at the end of the street. (The street dead ends into it.) The beach is shared with some other hotels, but it was not crowded when we went (though we also went later than many crowds.)
There is a Chinese restaurant attached, and some other good food nearby. The main dishes in the Chinese place are big, so consider splitting.
The only real negative is that they advertise a continental breakfast. It's bread, bagels, a toaster, cream cheese and orange juice. Nothing to get excited about.
Really enjoyed our stay. We were greeted by very supportive receptionist. They even offered to do our laundry which we happily accepted. The room we had was absolutely spotless. The only drawback was when we ordered our drinks on the roof by the pool. Our drinks came in extremely small cups. Something a child would have and not a full cup of alcoholic beverage. We were told that the management restricted the size of the cups which of course would make you purchase two drinks just to equal the size of one standard drink.
San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico, and its cultural hub. Half of the island’s population lives in the greater metropolitan area, and most visitors enter here as well. Old San Juan, with its cobblestone streets and old colonial architecture, lies on a small island connected to the mainland by bridges; it is guarded by 16th and 17th century forts, now World Heritage sites open to the public.