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Beautiful Colonial Apartment on the Historical Old San Juan

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 bedroom (2 levels: Mezzanine and Family Room), 1 full bathroom, sleeps 4

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. Wifi and a private parking for a nominal fee.

Elsa Avila
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 17, 2016


Mercado Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Intercom System
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum System
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom floors and walls has Travertine Marble.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The Bedroom has two levels. The first level is a family room area with marble floors, a Queen Sofa Bed and a flat screen TV with satellite connection. The second level or mezzanine has wood floors, a queen bed with a seating area. A second sofa bed is located in the living room.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The apartment was recently remodeled. All furniture and appliances are new. The laundry area includes a washer/dryer combo. All the apartment has beautiful marble floors. Private parking facilities are available at walking distance.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Colonial Apartment on the Historical Old San Juan
average rating of 4.8125 based on 16 reviews
Boston Ma USA

Wonderful Condo & area

  • 5 of 5

The listing is just as described, had all amenities, in the heart of Old San Juan, we were able to walk the area, taking in the historical sites & enjoying great dining. The locals were friendly and helpful. The condo and building was well maintained. Elsa was available & helpful. The garage was a few minute walk with good service. We would highly recommend this condo.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice and safe place

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy that your family enjoyed your stay at our property. Hope to see you soon.
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Ideal location in Old San Juan

  • 5 of 5

This is a great apartment in the heart of old San Juan. The apartment is attractive and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location in the heart of Old San Juan.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy you enjoyed our property. Hope to have you here again.
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  • 5 of 5

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!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy you enjoyed our property. We hope to see you soon.
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Great location for Everything in Old San Juan

  • 2 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review did not represent the true about our unit. This is the first time since we are renting our property that someone has a concern with the ladders. The only difference from the web site pictures is that we replace the existing sofa with a nice sectional unit at the living room, better than the one on the picture. The ladder to the loft is typical Old San Juan, especially from the buildings from the 1700s that are been restored as per Government requirements (only a few comply with that). We trust our guests and this is the first time we receive a 2 of 5 stars in a guest review just because the ladders that are shown in the pictures did not like them. Many of our clients repeat their stay because of the quality of the interiors and our commitment with them. Please refer to the other guests reviews that were generated based on their real experience and not viciously.
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Luis Muniz Marin International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
El Picoteo at the Convento Hotel
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
To Bacardi Distillery
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
San Juan Driving Range - Free
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
St. Germain, El Jibarito, Baru
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Escambron Beach
Car: not necessary

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


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning fee (2 people) $70
extra person $50

Additional charges will be apply for the use of a parking space ($15 per day or $100 per week). The cleaning fee is subject to change based on the amount of people and days.

50% deposit before 30 days of the arrival

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