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Vintage Apt. 2/2 with Electr/Water: On MainPlaza

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,050 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Looking for Med-Long Terms! Best for 1-3 people.

UPDATE: Apt already has electricity and water; no hurricane damage.

LONG TERMS WELCOME! Retro (1930's), vintage, Deco, fully restored and equipped, in the very heart of Old San Juan, on the main square, 'Plaza de Armas', right in front of City Hall, at the only residential building on the plaza. There is an open-air cafe below. Full-size balcony with great views, including a glimpse of the ocean bay. Some of the features are: land telephone, hi-speed internal WI-FI, washer and dryer, granite-top kitchen counter, iron with board, intercom, original mahogany doors, flat screen TV, DishNetwork, home theater, stereo, CD player, high-ceilings, ceiling fans, soundproof windows, spare water reserve and pump, etc. FULL SIZE GAS STOVE. Very safe. Since this is an owner-maintained unit (no agents), we make constant improvements.

Ideal for retirees, couples, business people, professionals, small families (up to 3 people), solo travelers, artists, writers or anyone who appreciates historical properties. Sorry but this is NOT a party house or for wild vacationers! Long terms welcome. No swaps. We can also do MONTHLY rentals at discounted rates even if the Calendar is blocked, just send us an email.

IMPORTANT: Early reservations are recommended as we usually book weeks or months in advance. After payment, we ask travelers to please email their AIR TRAVEL Itinerary so that we can schedule the housekeeping. Directions and keyless access codes will be sent once full payment is made. Please read carefully our full listing since we have tried to incorporate all possible FAQ´s. Our online Calendar is always up-to-date!

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

Why Ramon chose Catedral

Owner of this property since 1996, having done a full restoration (different than a remodeling). This apartment was closed off in a semi-abandoned state for 10 years before it was bought.


Catedral Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 5
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Intercom System
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , Original antique bath
    Bathroom Master - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Original antique bath with full-size tub
  • There is a water reserve tank in case of shortages.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Entertainment/TV Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Extra space with a double-sized leather sofa bed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • disco club
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • water sports
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Please note that we have a keyless access lock for getting into the apartment (no key boxes or waiting for someone to meet you). This gives you both the flexibility and comfort to get in or out at your own time and convenience.


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Vintage Apt. 2/2 with Electr/Water: On MainPlaza
average rating of 4.903226 based on 31 reviews
Brooklyn Heights , NYC

Location, Location, Location

  • 4 of 5

The location of this two bedroom , apartment together with the owners helpful and attentive help and suggestions made our stay successful and comfortable. I particularly enjoyed looking down from the balcony early mornings and watching the city wake up.

I recommend this apartment where location and comfort are needed.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2009
  • Stayed: January 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was actually our first vacation rental ever, back in 2009. Even though only a 4-star review was received, which is still very good, it served as enough motivation to make some upgrades to the property for the utmost comfort of our guests. This historic apartment is aimed mainly at those guests that truly enjoy and seek an authentic, original and artistic ambiance in a restored setting. It is worth noting that after this review, these same guests have stayed with us at least twice more.
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Lovely old charm apartment in Old San Juan

  • 5 of 5

I have been to PR many times and this was my first stay in OSJ. Ramon's apartment is in a great location with live events on the plaza during the weekend. Apartment is large, roomy and comfortable. With the availability to open all doors and windows it really was not necessary to run the AC. It was great staying in OSJ and being close to so many wonderful restaurants and near to all the historical sites. I will definitely stay at Ramon's apartment in future stays in Puerto Rico. Thank you Ramon

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Travelers that adapt to where they go tend to enjoy the most. Brian took advantage of the live open-air shows in the Old San Juan. There is always stuff happening in the old city so that makes it all that interesting. Hope you do come back and stay here again.
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Willsboro, NY

Nice apt in the heart of Old San Juan.

  • 5 of 5

Great place. comfortable. Plenty of space. Clean and airy; no need to use the air conditioning at all; there was a nice breeze. Loved being on the Plaza. Very convenient. I would stay here again - any day. Absolutely no complaints at all. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: These are the kind of guests you want to come back. Enjoying the nice natural ventilation that the old-school architects designed is living the old city at it's best. You are welcome again any time.
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Ridgefield CT

In the middle of everything, but quiet

  • 5 of 5

Ramon's apartment is an oasis of cool and calm right in the middle of Old San Juan. Very convenient to the monuments, restaurants and shops. It has plenty of space for 4 people, has air conditioning and ceiling fans (we only needed the fans, in February). The bathroom has plenty of hot water and a spacious tub/shower. We cooked breakfast each morning and the kitchen was well equipped. The neighbors are cheerful. The breezy balcony has a nice view. Ramon has provided tourist maps and a magazine, and some interesting coffee table books about PR history and culture. The apartment is quite comfortable.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this nice review and for taking good care of the apartment. Hope that you, or your friends and family, come back in the near future.
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Perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great stay for us.

-- Fabulous location! walking distance to everything we wanted to see in old san juan; short walk to almost endless array of restaurants; great supermarket right on the plaza.

-- big apartment, clean and very light and airy at the front..the back bedroom was very hot.

-- wonderful balcony, albeit small. Totally enjoyed sitting out on it!~

-- adorably quaint retro fixtures and furnishings! We just ADORED the old dentist chair right in the living area!

-- We loved being right on the plaza. On saturday night we enjoyed listening/watching locals at flamenco dancing and music.

-- Ramon was a fantastic, helpful and attentive host. We loved that he offered lots of helpful info, checked on us and responded quickly to queries. He readily allowed my sister and me to do a super late checkout since we had an evening flight out of san juan. That was a big help.

-- light sleepers may want to bring earplugs. It was tough to sleep with the bustle and noise of the plaza at night. But, that is also to be expected when in the center of it all.

-- if you are elderly or disabled, ask Ramon about the elevator. it was out of service when we were there. We are fit and active middle aged women, so we actually enjoyed the exercise, but the elderly will find it difficult. I know the condo association is working on updating it, but on my next visit i will still use the stairs, fitness nut that i am!

If you are all about location in the center of old San Juan, this is the place!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this complete review. Indeed, if you truly want to enjoy Old San Juan at it´s best, this is the premier location, right on the main plaza, we can´t emphasize that enough. Generally, any live music on the plaza is on weekends until 11pm at the latest, but if you want to stay in, away from it all, just make sure to tightly close our soundproof front windows. In regards to the second bedroom, in the back, if you open the rear windows it will make a big difference, along with the ceiling fan.
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Beyond Amazing!!

  • 5 of 5

I rented this historic apartment in Old San Juan for an extended period of approximately 6 weeks. It was simply amazing!! My wife and son still rave about it to their friends. The location is truly unique being one of just a few residences in the central square of OSJ. Being on the 5th floor, I had constant views of street performers, locals mingling, gorgeous sunsets, etc. The apartment has so much old world charm that it felt like something out of a movie. The landlord, Ramon, was so nice and attentive, checking in to make sure everything was just perfect. We will definitely be back!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2014
  • Stayed: February 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Luis Munoz Marín
Nearest Barpub
350 Metres
El Batey
Nearest Ferry
250 Metres
Pier 1
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Dorado del Mar Golf Club
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Tren Urbano
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
La Mallorca
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Escambrón; Condado
Car: not necessary

Location, Location, Location: The apartment is located steps away to markets, pharmacies, taxis, restaurants, museums, historic sites, government offices, hotels, cruise ships, nightlife, pubs, theaters, ice cream parlors, jogging trails, tennis and basketball courts, etc. Also, El Convento Hotel, and The Casino, both popular venues for weddings, are just a few blocks away. Enjoy from the balcony free concerts or shows often offered in Plaza de Armas. Finally, remember that when travelling from the USA to PR no passport is needed!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80

No hidden costs or agent fees. If staying for more than 1 week, an additional cleaning fee may be added for a midterm service. We are registered with the PR Tourism Company, for room tax purposes, as mandated by law. IMPORTANT: For guests travelling from climates subject to extreme conditions, such as snowstorms, we strongly recommend that you obtain the CANCELLATION PROTECTION OPTION directly from HomeAway, available at checkout, so that you can protect yourself should you have to cancel for a covered reason.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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