My husband and I spent two nights at Da House, in room 406. Location is outstanding, and the place has a lot of character. The price is also reasonable for Old San Juan.
We drove around for some time trying to find a place to park. You can park on the street for free, if you can find a spot which we eventually did. There are some parking garages around as well, but I'd recommend checking into the best ones in advance by emailing Da House, because some try to charge a ridiculous amount and I understand there are reasonably priced options.
Our visit began with a very friendly greeting from Luzmar at the front desk. She was very enthusiastic and helpful in recommending places to eat, things to see, etc. Our room was not ready when we arrived around 3:30 or 4. So, we left our luggage with the front desk and explored Old San Juan for a while. We also observed that the rooms get cleaned quite late.
Pack light or be prepared to lug your bags up a lot of stairs. We knew this going in so while we were still out of breath by the time we reached the top floor with our luggage, we were cool with it and recognize that an elevator does not fit into the historic nature of this place.
Our room was very basic and we liked the decor. The doors to the Juliet balcony opened to the open air which was great. We could see San Cristobal from our room.
The biggest downside of the room was the bathroom. The shower had very low water pressure.
The bed was not very comfortable, although every place we stayed in Puerto Rico had a hard mattress so not sure that that's out of the ordinary for the area.
Yes it is very loud, even on the 4th floor! The first night we joined the party. It was lots of fun to experience the live salsa band and watch some very talented salsa dancers. Get out there and dance, even if you don't know how! My husband and I surely looked like fools but we had a great time! Surprisingly, we were able to sleep through the noise because we were so exhausted by the end of our busy days. What was annoying however was that both mornings, at 5:30 or so, someone in the hotel slammed their door and loudly pounded down the hallway in high heels! Not cool!
The rooftop has a jacuzzi, which we enjoyed after our night at the Nuyorican Cafe. It is very nice to enjoy the city view at night, as well as the stars, from the hot tub. The jets were not working when we were there.
If you want a delicious and traditional morning treat, head down to nearby La Bombanera for a mallorca, which is a sweet pastry that can be grilled with, e.g., ham and cheese inside. It sounds simple but it is amazing! And the atmosphere is great, seeing that this place has been in business for over 100 years.
I would recommend this hotel to others, with the several caveats mentioned. Just set your expectations accordingly!
- 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