EXPERIENCE OLD WORLD CHARM WITH NEW WORLD COMFORTS IN OLD SAN JUAN

Victor Alonso

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EXPERIENCE OLD WORLD CHARM WITH NEW WORLD COMFORTS IN OLD SAN JUAN

San Juan Studio Rental Photos and Description

Studio Loft with Queen Size Bed, Full Size Futton and Twin Size bed sleeps 4-5

Recently renovated exclusive apartment in a colonial building located in the Historical District of Old San Juan. Only steps away from dozens of quaint specialty shops, exquisite restaurants, historical sites and with all the amenities of the new world.

Located at #59 Calle San Justo corner of Calle San Sebastian one of the best locations in Old San Juan.

There is a unique spirit at Old San Juan that seems to bring out the best of Puerto Rico. Many guest say they feel like they've come home. They can relax into just being themselves in a way that their lives don't always allow. Others comment on the exceptional people they meet and the rich, profound experiences they have. whether you come alone, with a friend or family member, or with a group, you'll find opportunities to be as social or as private as you choose. Being surrounded by this 500 year cobblestone old city is a unique experience that is available to the few fortunate enough to visit Old San Juan.

Old San Juan: Old San Juan has several plazas: Plaza de San José is a favorite meeting place for young and old alike. At its center stands the bronze statue of Ponce de León, made from a British cannons captured in during Sir Ralph Abercromby's attack 1797. The plaza is skirted by a number of historic buildings.

Abutting Plaza San José is the Plaza del Quinto Centenario (Quincentennial Square), opened in October 12, 1992. This plaza is the cornerstone of Puerto Rico's commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of the New World, has a sculpture which rises 12 meters (40 feet). The monumental totemic sculpture in black granite and ceramics symbolizes the earthen and clay roots of American history and is the work of Jaime Suarez, one of Puerto Rico's foremost artists.

Plaza de Armas (arms square) is Old San Juan's main square, on San José Street. Features four statues representing the four seasons; all are over 100 years old. It was carefully planned as the main city square.

El Morro: the word itself sounds powerful and this six-level fortress certainly is. Begun in 1540 and completed in 1589. San Felipe del Morro was named in honor of King Phillip II. Most of the walls in the fort today were added later, in a period of tremendous construction from the 1760's-1780's. Rising 140 feet above the sea, its 18-foot-thick wall proved a formidable defense. It fell only once, in 1598, to a land assault by the Earl of Cumberland's forces. The fort is a maze of tunnels, dungeons, barracks, outposts and ramps. El Morro is studded with small, circular sentry boxes called 'garitas' that have become a national symbol. The views of San Juan Bay from El Morro are spectacular. The area was designated a National Historic Site in February, 1949 with 74 total acres. It has the distinction of being the largest fortification in the Caribbean. In 1992, the fortress was restored to its historical form in honor of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Puerto Rico by Christopher Columbus.

The Iglesia de San Jose: The Iglesia de San José (San José Church) began construction in 1523. Juan Ponce de León gave the land where the Church now stands. Originally called the Church and Monastery of Saint Thomas Aquinas, it was built by Dominican friars to serve as the monastery's church, it is the second oldest in the Western Hemisphere. The section erected in 1532, the Main Chapel or Sanctuary, is an excellent example of 16th century Spanish Gothic architecture. Ponce de León, was buried here for 300 years until his body was moved to the San Juan Cathedral in 1913. This was the family church of Ponce de León's descendants. Puerto Rican painter José Campeche, who contributed a great deal to the beautiful churches of his island, is buried here. Open Mon-Sat 8:30am - 4pm, Sun mass at 12:00pm; (787) 725-7501.

The Capilla del Cristo (Cristo Chapel) was built in the 16th century (1753). The stories surrounding the history of this small chapel conflict wildly except on one point: someone on horseback too

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Guestbook comments from the manager
Thanks for the very prompt return of our deposit.  I enjoyed meeting you and we all had a wonderful time in the apartment.  It was truly a great spot.  The trolley was wonderful and most helpful in running back and forth to shopping , sightseeing etc.  Also a great way to get back to apartment rather than walking up the hill!!  My only advice is to let renters know that their is no TV or internet.

Maybe advise where the closest ones are available. I will certainly recommend you to anyone I know and also probably

be back sometime and stay on the beach.   Regards   Laurel 
Aug 2010
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Victor Alonso

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4.6
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Experience Old World Charm with New World Comforts in Old San Juan
average rating of 4.6 based on 10 reviews
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Experience Old World Charm with New World Comforts in Old San Juan
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+1 7875254364
San Juan Puerto Rico
4

GREAT PLACE, GREAT LOCATION, LOW WATER PRESSURE

  • 4 of 5
Overall it was an excellent place. The price and place were right, the layout is really nifty and Victor quite responsive and great in getting things worked out. Old San Juan is amazing and this is a great base of operations to enjoy it.

The only downside -- which is very fixable -- is that the tube feeding the shower is a bit past it's prime and the water pressure is very low.
  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Renter
Thank you for such a nice review and great suggestions.
In Old San Juan the water pressure can be low at times, that is why we have install a 300 gallons water tank on the roof of the building to supply water in those occasions where the water pressure is too low. We've also replace the shower head and tube feeding the shower and I believe it is much better now.
It was wonderful to work with you and I really look forward to have you back.
Thank you
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5

INCREDIBLE STAY

  • 5 of 5
I was here with my brother and a friend for a week vacation. The apartment and our stay was absolutely incredible. It is in the perfect location in Condado; a block from the beach and right in the center of all the action. Yet it was peaceful and quiet inside the apartment. Plenty of fantastic restaurants and things to do walking distance from the apartment. The apartment was very clean and comfortable- just as pictured. Victor was extremely accommodating and approachable. Victor, thank you for such a wonderful stay. We are looking forward to coming back to this apartment in the near future.
  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear A. R
Thank you very much for a great review. Is because people like you that I most enjoyed my work. It was really great to meeting you. You are really a kind person and I feel grateful to have the opportunity to assisted you.
I look forward to having you back in Puerto Rico and seeing you again.
We are constantly working on the properties to improve the quality of services we provide to our guest and create value for renters. I very much appreciate your comments and suggestions.
See you soon.
Mi Casa es Su Casa.
Gracias
Victor Alonso
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
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GREAT LOCATION TO EXPLORE OLD SAN JUAN

  • 4 of 5
My family (2 teens + 2 adults) stayed here in early August. The apartment was very clean and well laid out. It's a great place to stay as it's so centrally located to all the main sites & shops and you get a real sense of Old San Juan.

Highlights:
- very afforadable
- located near everything
- very charming
- spacious enough for a family
- very clean
- super quick return of the deposit
- excellent air conditioning

Disappointments:
- main bed upstairs was rock hard
- no TV or internet
- about 5 barking neighbourhood dogs at night + 1 neighbour with an annoying car alarm that went off all the time
- a collander in the kitchen would have been nice.
- needs better comforter for pull out couch bed
-more toliet paper --3 women & 1 1/2 rolls is not enough for a week
  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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San Juan Puerto Rico
Miami, FL
5

GREAT CHOICE

  • 5 of 5
I must say i loved and i mean loved this place.. The only downside to the whole thing was the lack of water pressure in the shower. The water literally drops down with no force whatsoever, and it takes a few minutes just to get wet enough to soap yourself. Besides that it was amazing. Great location- close to tons of bars and restaurants, and super comfortable. I didn't turn on the tv once in the whole stay, so i can't say about that.. On a main street at the peak of the hill with great view. The nightlife was the best around here. Expect lots of noise on a saturday night, but you know what you're on vacation!! Get out of your comfort zone and enjoy the character of this amazing place. Definitely would stay here again. And Victor the manager was very nice and helpful. Good job guys.
  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Experience Old World Charm with New World Comforts in Old San Juan
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+1 7875254364
San Juan Puerto Rico
5

EASY BREEZY!

  • 5 of 5
My boyfriend and I stayed here for a romantic get-a-away and it was everything we could have asked for! So spacious and charming- we loved the detail put in to the decor. Victor was amazing the whole way through too. He was always readily available to answer questions via text message once we arrived, and he even gave the airport cab driver directions over the phone so that we would not have to worry about it!

The apartment is quite large for Old San Juan standards. We only used the AC on the last evening and were comfortable leaving the windows wide open with the fans on. Old San Juan is pretty nosy, though. If it gets too bad in the morning (garbage trucks, street sweepers, etc), block it out by shutting the windows and turning on the AC. A word of advice though- do NOT plan on doing too much cooking. The market is super close (about 3 blocks) but is not well stocked. Also, the kitchen is reasonably equipped, but since it's just a vacation rental, so it is not fully stocked- items included two frying pans (sm/md), three pots, one large spoon, one spatula, a couple of other random tools and an abundance of silver.

The shower is excellent, but the water pressure in Old San Juan is not ideal. Don't blame the building though, it's just the pipes. Also, there were only three normal sized towels for a one week stay. It's did not bother us too much, but just know that if you plan to have more than two ppl in the rental. We also could not figure out the TV and DVD player, but who cares, right?!

This rental is also walking distance to everything in Old San Juan. So much so that we could spend the day roaming the streets, come back for a shower, and be back out for dinner in less than an hour! I also recommend renting a car for at least a day. We did so and went to the edge of the rain forest to visit some natural water slides that I read about on Tripadvisor.com. You also need a car to get to the good beaches, since trust, Condado is no paradise- it was SO touristy! The beaches were narrow, crowded, and not well-maintained. Just to paint you a picture, there were pigeons chillin on the beach rather than sea gulls...just sayin..

Places to eat: La Madre (order the ribs), Aquaviva, and Ceviche. Also make sure to get a martini from Tantra!

I loved this place, would stay here again, and have already recommended this rental to some friends coming down from New York.
  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Molly
Thank you so much for your review.
So sorry about the towels, I do have lots of towels for the apartment, perhaps when they clean it the cleaning lady did not stock the apartment properly, I'll keep an eye on that so that it doesn't happen again.
Be sure next time you'll have plenty of towels.
We do appreciate very much all your comments and suggestions and will act on all of them to provide better services and a great experience for our guest.
Thank you so much. We look forward to have you back.
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Washington DC
4

GREAT CORNER LOCATION ON CHARMING STREET

  • 4 of 5
As we planned to spend most of our three days in Old San Juan siteseeing, we needed a place that was comfortable and conveniently-located, which this apartment was.

We knew it would be a snug fit for our family of five (2 adults, 3 young children), but it worked for our short stay. The apartment had all the amenities including a full kitchen, nice bathroom, and air-conditioning. It's also located on a corner, with nice views out both sides.

The property manager was very easy to reach, very nice, and easily answered all my questions prior to and during our stay.

The only suggestions I would make is to provide a few more pillows and light blankets for the pull-out couch and to replace the blown lightbulbs (there were 2 or 3). Otherwise, it was a great place to stay!
  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2010
  • Stayed: Mar 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thanks for sharing your experience with us. We are glad you had a great time and worked on your suggestions already. We replaced the light bulbs and apologize you had to remind us and already brought some more light blankets for all of the beds. We hope to welcome you sometime again.
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Luis Munoz Marin International Airport
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
El Escambron
Car: not necessary

Old San Juan

This is a 465-year-old neighborhood originally conceived as a military stronghold. Its 7-square-block area has evolved into a charming residential and commercial district. The streets here are paved with cobbles of adoquines, a blue stone cast from furnace slag; they were brought over a ballast on Spanish ships and time and moisture have lent them their characteristic color. The city includes more than 400 carefully restored 16th- and 17th-century Spanish colonial buildings. The Old San Juan attracts many tourists, who also enjoy the gambling casinos, fine beaches, and tropical climate. More tourists visit San Juan each year than any other spot in the Caribbean. A leisurely foot tour is advisable for those who really want to experience this bit of the Old World, especially given the narrow, steep streets and frequently heavy traffic. To really do justice to these wonderful old sites, you'll need two mornings or a full day.

Other Activities: The apartment, located less than one mile from San Juan National Historic Site, features uniquely decorated room. It offers an open living/dinning room, an indoor courtyard, laundry room with coin operated machines.

The spacious apartment provide full kitchen. We also have hairdryer and irons.

The apartment is on the corner off Calle San Sebastian and Calle San Justo.

Guests can attend candlelight concerts in El Morro Fortress that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and take painting classes at La Liga De Arte near by.

The apartment is less than one mile from San Francisco Plaza and Morro Castle. It is 2 miles from Sixto Escobar Stadium and Luis Muñoz Rivera Park and 3 miles from Isla Grande Airport.

Golf: At the tail end of the long and tremendously fun Christmas season in Puerto Rico is one of the island's best events: the San Sebastián Festival. This gigantic street party has been a tradition since 1954 in Old San Juan, when a Father Madrazo launched the fair to help raise funds to restore parts of San Sebastián Street. The first street fair was highlighted by a parade of the Three Kings.

From those humble beginnings, the festival has grown exponentially and these draws hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals to the old city. It also attracts a small army of artisans, musicians, performers, food stalls and other vendors, making it one serious block party that has become a religious, cultural, and social event unlike any other in Puerto Rico, and definitely worth the visit. For more on the festival, including an itinerary of events, check out its official San Sebastián Festival web site.

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San Juan Studio Rental Rates

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Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

PDP $49 + Tax
CLEANING FEE $65
Tax Rate 9.0%
Notes Cancellations with less than 30 days to arrival have not refund.
Cancellations with 30 days or more have a $75.00 cancellation fee.
Rate is for up to 2 people in the apartment, additional guest has a charge of $10.00 per person per night. Maximum occupancy is 5 people.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

San Juan Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Historic
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Iron & Board
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking On Street
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 5
  • Loft - 1 queen , upstairs
    Living Area - 1 double , Living area
    Under the stairs - 1 twin/ single , under the stairs
  • This is a studio with a loft, upstairs you'll find a Queen Size bed with a big closet. Down stairs in the living area you'll find a sofa bed full size and under the stairs there is a twin size bed. This apartment is very space efficient and can comfortably accommodate up to 5 people.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Radio
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • live theater
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • gambling casinos
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:

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