A friend and I will be in San Juan Feb 25-28th and we'd love some insight on where to stay. We're looking for rooms under or around $100/nt and we're happy to accept the lack of accommodations that go with that price. However, we do want to make sure that we get a good sense of the city in the absolutely SAFEST way possible. We're young, but we're not going there to party. We simply want to experience the charm and culture of San Juan.
Right now we're considering At Wind Chimes in Condado/Ocean Park, which we were originally interested in because of the proximity to a great beach. However we will be spending 3 days in Vieques later in the week, so beaches aren't as important as culture. Is it too far removed? We're also concerned about the area. I've heard that Calle Luiza is best avoided at night, and it's only a block away.
We were also looking at Da House in Old San Juan. I've read a lot about the noise, but that doesn't worry us. We love the idea of being in the most picturesque part of the city, surrounded by the local restaurants and historical and cultural sights. However, being so close to the most notorious neighborhood on the island is a concern. Exactly how safe is OSJ for the careful tourist? Does crime spill out from La Perla into the tourist areas? Are tourists targeted? Everything I've read says no, but I would love some insight from those of you who have been there and seen it.
Are there any other areas you'd suggest we look? We'd like to avoid the resort/casino scene.
Thanks so much for your help and suggestions!