We stayed at Da House for 2 and 1/2 days (Monday thru Wednesday morning). Our taxi knew exactly where it was on Calle San Fransisco, and check in was hassle-free. The lobby is beautiful and there are original works of local artists' works all over the walls in the lobby, hallways, and rooms. The hotel is a renovated convent with original Spanish tiles, high ceilings, beautiful wooden doors throughout. There is a roof-top terrace with complimentary jacuzzi, also! (It was too hot for us to use the jacuzzi, but it looked inviting.)
We were a little disappointed that there wasn't even a luggage rack to put our suitcases on. There was a chair and narrow desk, another small chair, and the bed. Our bags and luggage ended up on the floor. The bathroom was nice and served its purpose. I wish it would have been a little cleaner and attention had been paid to simple details to give it a more polished look. There are no TV's, so if you need in-room entertainment, bring your laptop or iPhone. Also, they do not provide shampoos, lotions, or any of that other "complimentary stuff" you usually find in hotels. Soap and towels are all you get. So, bring your supplies.
The Tuesday night we were there, it was Galleria Night in the city. Galleries and restaurants all take part in welcoming everyone for the celebration, and it all culminates in one big city-wide party. The THUMP THUMP THUMP of the music that night (until 4AM!) was the only time we were bothered by the street noise, even though others often warn about the noise in reviews. We were in room 303 (Slivia Kahn), and we faced Calle San Francisco and Iglesia de San Francisco across the street. It was a beautiful view from our wooden doors which opened to the street.
Da House is a great deal for people who want to stay in the heart of Old San Juan for nice price. There are plenty of restaurants, activities, and sights to see within walking distance, which is what we liked about it. We don't go on vacation to sit in our hotel room, so we basically just need a place to crash at the end of the day. This served its purpose, but I really think they could do a little more to make their visitors feel welcome.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Old San Juan, above legendary cafe teatro The Nuyorican Cafe, we offer clean, comfortable, eclectic accommodations in a friendly, vibrant setting that is reminiscent of the character of hostels in great European cities like Amsterdam, Paris or Barcelona. In the 1970s this beautiful four story building in colonial Old San Juan housed the Centro Nacional de las Artes. The Centro was an artist collective that ran an art gallery and workshops. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Da Hotel San Juan
- Da San Juan