So many good things to say in so little time! This studio apartment was an enjoyable experience. Ralph and his wife are lovely people. Upon arrival, they gave my fiancée and me the keys and explained a few things about the apartment. We stayed for five days, and if I had a question about ANYTHING, Ralph was only a text or phone call away.
First, the studio apartment is beautiful. It is very historical. If you want to live like a native, this is the apartment for you. The home is huge! However, our apartment was in a secluded area in the back of the house. The apartment is extremely clean and small. Only 4 TV channels. This was a romantic vacation, so we didn’t care. You have access to a huge private and serene patio! I don't think that they posted the photo online, but the patio is GOREGOUS!!!!! We ate outside day and night.
You will need to bring all of your own personal items, as expected. If you forget something, there is a Walgreen and Puerto Rico pharmacy about a block away. Ralph provided some bath towels, glasses, plates, cleaning supplies, etc……….. but you will need to bring more if you plan on staying for longer than 2 or 3 days.
The apartment is located in an extremely quiet section of Old San Juan. We were close to all of the activities and stores, but we didn’t have to hear the loud music and people at night. It is a very safe area. There is a video camera on the property. In addition, there are two locks on the door. I didn’t feel scared walking around at night. I didn’t rent a car. I just used the free trolley and taxies. However, if you have a car, parking will be difficult from my observation.
Lastly, my only complaint is that the apartment can get extremely hot. This is an eco-friendly building without an air-conditioning system that I am used to. BUT, do not let this deter you from renting this lovely studio apartment. There are two ceiling fans, and when you open the doors it gets really cool. Also, the air conditioner gets cool, but not freezing cold. You just need a small fan. It is not anything major, but I did need to mention it.
The location is perfect. I loved Old San Juan, and this apartment. The apartment is EXTREMELY affordable, and you won’t regret renting it. I left the apartment today, and I miss it. It felt like my home for a few days. This is a great place for a couple! It was very romantic, and I will remember it forever. I would recommend it to anyone who want the real Puerto Rico experience.