This is a funky little boutique hotel in Old San Juan. The location was good, pretty much in the middle of everything, and the staff was friendly and helpful. No one was ever at the front desk that appeared unwilling to help. This was a quick weekend trip, over a holiday, so pickings were kind of slim on available rooms. Also, due to the weekend, prices were high in some of the other hotels. I think the price on the room we occupied (4A) was good and I liked the balcony, allowing an overlook of the adjacent street. Breakfast was available, but we choose to eat out each morning. The room was clean.
Don't forget to check out the roof, which has a great view of Old San Juan.
Downsides : The hotel has no elevator, and everyone is very well warned of this factor. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone with ambulatory issues or a heart issue!! Our room was very small and lacked a closet, however, we were able to get by. Just be sure to ask the exact amenities in the room you choose because they appear to differ in various rooms. There was not a safe in our room, but we never had any problems with anything missing, though I did keep all my cash on me whenever leaving the room. Another issue is noise at night, if you are a light sleeper. There are apparently several bars in close proximity and there were bursts of noise periodically until everything settled down around 3 a.m. or so. This may not be a problem if you're not on the roadside. However, I was fine to deal with the noise in exchange for the view from our room. Noise also carries well in the hotel and we could hear the conversations in the adjacent room.
All that being said, I would stay there again. It's not the Ritz Carleton, and I think the rates are okay for what you are getting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Elevator is up and running! CasaBlanca is a Boutique Hotel with 32 guestrooms with a lot of character and a personalized experience. We want you to love San Juan as much as we do by making sure your stay is pleasant and memorable. The structure is Spanish from the 1900's therefore rooms are mid to small sized, air conditioned and impeccable. Our beds are comfortable and equipped with microfiber linens and Hypoallergenic pillows, our bathrooms are small but private and unique, with amenities from the organic brand - Archive. Please ask front desk for complimentary items you might have forgotten to pack. Also available are: steamer, hairdryer, in room coffee maker and ice machine in lobby. Our Sun Deck offers guests a memorable experience with magical views of Old San Juan, watch the cruises as they disappear into the bay or enjoy the historical views of San Cristobal Fort next to the open Caribbean Sea. From tanning to reading, enjoy our comfortable lounge chairs, as well as our stone bathtubs provided for a deep relaxation in fresh water at your own desired temperature and time as it is open 24 hrs. Everything from our menu is available with one quick call to guest services from our service phone. Still worried about catching up with friends and family or posting your recent vacation pictures online, or maybe send a late work related email, not a problem, our high speed Internet is available everywhere in Hotel grounds. We are a smoke free, environmentally friendly, historically preserved Hotel where you will find a smiley face where ever you go! Cafe Americain conveniently located in the lobby serves a delicious breakfast every morning from 8 - 12 pm while streaming our favorite Hollywood movie CasaBlanca. Restaurant hours are 8am - 10pm Wed to Sun and 8am-11am for Mon to Tue. Offers a lunch menu selection of local cuisine as well as light options as sandwiches and salads. ... more less
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