|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
The Hostal El Sol is a beautiful structure dates back to the end of 1700s having been refurbished succesfully during 2006. This cozy fully furnished apartment is located on the first floor, with elegant new furniture and marble floors. All the wooden doors/windows open into an interior patio giving it a colonial look. This apartment has a unique layout; the living room opens to the kitchen and the kitchen opens to a family room which can sleep two people in a sofa bed. On this area you will find a walk-in closet and a bathroom with floors and walls covered with Travertine Marble. On the top of the family room there is a mezzanine that is accessed by a solid wood staircase with a classic Old San Juan look. On this level you will find the bedroom, with a queen size mattress and a seating/reading area. 16 ft ceiling’s, ss appliances, two sofa beds, two Satellite TVs and iPod sound system. Walking distance to the best restaurants & historical sites. Private parking for a nominal fee.
This was our first trip to Puerto Rico. Our family was a party of 4 (with 2 kids) and we thoroughly enjoyed the stay. The property is located in heart of downtown and there were a lot of fun places within walking distance.
The house was clean, spacious and had good security. Just a minor disturbance was a barking dog in another floor. I appreciate Elsa, Maria and Margarita for their assistance provided to us and will strongly recommend for the unique experience to get away from the hotel style.
We rented a car and were provided a garage parking a block away from our stay. It was not too far, but a bit away and was very helpful, as the street parking was always full.
Elsa was very prompt in all her responses and I thank her for her assistance.
This is a great apartment in the heart of old San Juan. The apartment is attractive and comfortable.
We were very impressed with the apartment's proximity to nearly everything we wanted to see or do. Shops, restaurants, bars, a grocery, and drug store are all within a short walk. The apartment was immaculately maintained and well-stocked with every utensil a guest may require for cooking. The interior is beautifully restored with granite, old carved wood, marble floors -- very true to the Spanish tradition. We were welcomed by a wonderful hostess, Margarita, who not only explained the apartment well, but gave us a thumbnail sketch of the neighborhood and its resources. She was also available throughout the week to offer suggestions and advice about our daily adventures.
Keep in mind, however, that you are staying in a different country with a different way of life. The bed in the apartment's mezzanine is available only by a steep ladder/stair arrangement.Not an arrangement we in America are accustomed to. We slept below on the sofa bed. We also did not enjoy a private courtyard -- it's shared by the apartment building, although it is beautiful as pictured. All the shuttered openings/doors open to the inside courtyard which we found is pretty common in Old San Juan. Too bad we needed to keep the shutters closed to use the air conditioning.
Overall it was a great experience. The only negatives were cultural differences. So much more fun to have a cultural experience rather than staying in a boring American hotel.
WOW! This place was incredible. Situated on one of the best streets in Old San Juan, you simply can't ask for a better location than this. The owner was incredibly responsive and super easy to work with and the onsite manager, Margarita was fantastic as well. The apartment is fully stocked with absolutely everything you could need for a comfortable stay. Our favorite part was returning in the afternoon and opening up all the doors to the inner courtyard and relaxing out there under the umbrella - a more beautiful spot to avoid the afternoon heat simply can't be found. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to be in Old San Juan and cannot wait to return again!!!
We were very pleased to find this apartment in such a central location. Easy walking everywhere. The courtyard is charming and was lovely for some dinners "at home". The kitchen is very well appointed and stocked with lots of basics.
We would caution potential renters that the sleeping accommodation in the loft is not exactly as advertised. It is definitely NOT "suitable for elderly or infirm". You must be prepared to climb up and down a ladder, not stairs, and that's not easy to do for those who are less mobile. The one bathroom is downstairs, so it creates a challenge. The alternate sofa bed offered is definitely not a comfortable alternative for two. The photos of this apartment don't represent the actual spaces or furniture.
We would not rent this apartment again, but would definitely be looking around the same neighborhood.
My husband and I stayed in Elsa's place for 5 days in July while we were in Puerto Rico visiting family. I've always wanted to stay in one of the "casitas" in Old San Juan and Elsa's place did not disappoint! We arrived a little early which was no problem because Giselle, the property manager, was there to meet us to give us the keys and show us where the parking structure was located. As other reviewers have mentioned before, the pictures really don't do justice to the true beauty of the apartment. I've stayed in vacation rentals where you feel like you're an outsider. We did not get that feeling in this one. It is perfectly appointed and everything you need is within a 3-5 minute walk, making the location really convenient. A note for those that decide to park at the apartment parking - the parking garage is REALLY tight so you need to take your time going around the curbs. Also, there are two queen-sized sofabeds on the ground level but the bedroom loft is accessible via ladder, so anyone with limited mobility will have serious difficulty navigating the ladder and those with young children will just want to be careful. Elsa provided some great dining recommendations that did not disappoint - St. Germain, which is down the block had a great brunch; Barrachina was nice for traditional Puerto Rican food. For jazz lovers, Carli's is a must! In summary, we had a WONDERFUL time in Elsa's place, we highly recommend it and look forward to going back in the near future!
The Sol Street is located in a privileged area close to the most emblematic sites of the Old San Juan area. The apartment is located a couple of blocks from the San Cristobal Fort, El Morro Fort, La Fortaleza (PR governors house), Plaza de Armas, Plaza Colon, The Cathedral ( the second oldest cathedral in the Western Hemisphere), Capilla del Cristo, and many others. Also you will find to walking distance many shops, pharmacies, restaurants, pubs, bars, even a nice casino. The Cruises terminal is walking distance.
Other Activities: Segway Tours, Casino, Cruises, Pubs/Bars, Beaches, Restaurants, Historical Sites
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$150.00|
Additional charges will be apply for the use of a parking space ($10 per day). A cleaning fee will be submitted based on the amount of people and days.
50% deposit before 30 days of the arrival
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.