Definitely not like staying at a Holiday Inn, yet this is a well-maintained, artsy, typically airy (simple wooden-structure) house. All windows and doors are completely screened, and a good air conditioner in the main bedroom. My humble but lovely little home is located in a traditional fishermen's neighborhood, providing an unusual opportunity to experience the genuine Puerto Rican life that very few tourists ever get to see. In a colorful, very safe, friendly (and somewhat run-down but gradually upcoming) "barrio popular" of Ponce located near the waterfront (see the sunset photo taken two blocks away), as well as some good seafood restaurants -- and a traditional "Panaderia" (bakery/breakfast spot), barber shop, and great salsa classes -- all only a couple short blocks away, next to where bands practice some evenings in the local small plaza. The wonderful, upscale Café Lucero just relocated (from the Ponce Art Museum) to a block away, and the Guancha open-air cultural and eating boardwalk is just a few minutes drive; the city center (main Plaza) and other main attractions are about 10 minutes away. Easy on-street parking, and the area is good for bicycling and walking. (There is some public transportation nearby, although the buses are not always dependably on time.)
Nearly everything is functioning fine since the Hurricane last year, though the street and area is still looking rather battered in some places, but the neighborhood is very safe and is usually quiet and peaceful; most of the time you will just hear birds chirping, the "coquis" (frogs) croaking, and kids playing (and occasionally horses prancing by), though occasionally there are dogs barking from nearby yards, which is a common occurrence in this kind of typical Puerto Rican neighborhood. (On most days you will hardly hear them at all but occasionally they will bark for just a little while.) Landline (free calls to P. Rico and USA) is available. Although it states 5 p.m. check-in, I can usually accommodate an earlier arrival (or later check-out, often). An extra fee is normally charged for one night stays.