My wife and I recently stayed at Casablanca hotel for one night following our cruise. We are both in our mid twenties. After disembarkation, we walked with our luggage to Calle Fortaleza( one of the nicest streets in old San Juan), where the hotel is located. This took less than 15 minutes, even with our luggage and was quite enjoyable! I was thrilled with the location! This was my third time to San Juan and have previously stayed at La Concha in Condado, I was so happy to finally be staying in old San Juan, its a way more happening area during the day and of course at night.
Casablanca hotel is a beautiful, old building that you can tell has been really well looked after. I was impressed before I had even stepped inside!I imagine not having an elevator may negatively impact someone's experience but it didn't bother us. An employee helped us with our bags which was nice because there are a lot of stairs. Every employee we encountered was very professional and friendly.
I have ambivalent feelings towards the room. We stayed in 2E. I loved it's style! From the lamps to the high wardrobe, the room had a unique style that was to my liking. Icy cool AC was also a plus. However my favorite part was the shower! You can walk right into it from the bedroom with a curtain available for privacy; the bathroom was a separate room with a door. Our room was definitely made for couples and not friends lol
I didn't like the bedding in the room. The sheets were not soft and pillows were synthetic which I find very uncomfortable. I would suggest to the hotel to switch to goose down. The matress also felt old and stiff. There also was no chair/recliner in the room. Every hotel room regardless of size should have another place to sit besides the bed. This didn't bother me too much because we were out most of the time, but there are times I like to just sit back, relax and read after a busy day and I wouldn't have been able to do that in our room.
I would really rate this hotel a 3.5. With upgraded linens, pillows and additional furniture it would be a solid 4. However, 3.5 is not possible so i feel it's worthy to round up the 4. The building itself I really appreciated, location was superb, very nice employees and just being able to share a special day with my wife in OSJ at a very reasonable price are all reasons I would recommend the hotel to other travelers.
- 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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