We recently stayed a few days in the El Pescado suite of the Coqui del Mar. It fit my family of 6 perfectly (2 adults and 4 children). It was our first time in Puerto Rico and this place truly made us feel like we are home away from home. There is really good coffee in the fridge. Kitchen had everything we needed. We couldn't find a cutting board so we wrote a note and we returned from our walk. There was 2 cutting board awaiting us. We were so suprised to see sunscreen and insect repellant ... every detail is taken care of ... nice touch. Even had a washing machine and dryer to use if requested.
Now regarding the rooms. A/C in the rooms. The bed and 2 futons were super comfortable. The beddings and towels were super clean. There is Apple TV which entertained the kids and WIFI which thrilled the family so we can send updates home. For my kids, the pièce de résistance has to be the toilet with real live fishes. You do have to feed them but they are so cute and fun. Of course, it was a topic of many jokes such as "Close your eyes while I do my business" from my 10 year old or "Pwhew! Don't kill the fishes with the smell from yout b--" from my 8 year old.
There is no swimming pool but why would you need it when the beach and water is literally 2 minute walk down the street. So hard to drag my kids away. The hot tub whirl pool in the courtyard was great for destressing. You can pick up necessities in the close by Shell station but the local grocery (Plaza Loiza) is not that long of a walk away. My hubby even found a short cut from there. If looking for place to eat, do "Inca Chicken" and order the mofongo and the coriander rice.
What I found really nice was a little diary with notes from previous people that stayed there. Full of information of what to do and where to go. What's nice is some leave stuff for the next set of people staying there so it was like a welcome for the next set of people. I've not met Rob personally but his communication with us was very thorough and friendly. Noyda, you were wonderful with us and full of advice. Thanks for looking out for us. We will definitely look you up again on our next trip to PR.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you want to experience Puerto Rico like a local while still having all the conveniences of home, this is your place. We make you feel at home. You have private personal space (all rooms have private kitchens and private bathrooms), while in a beach side neighborhood setting away from the crowded tourist areas. You will experience some of the best Puerto Rico has to offer while living like a local, visiting the restaurants frequently visited by locals (no chain restaurants near us). We are in the Ocean Park beach area of San Juan, in between Old San Juan and the international airport. We are 3 minutes walk to the nearest beach. Ocean Park beach is one of the locals's favoites, and also a preferred spot for kite surfing and windsurfers. We are 5 minutes walk to the tourist bus route (which goes to the casinos and to Old San Juan) and walkable to restaurants and grocery stores. Each of our units have full kitchen, free WiFi, cable TV/DVD, Apple TV, in room safes, and an Ipod player. We strive to provide more than expected, and I think you will find that with us, from the beach chairs, or bicycles to the in room safes, there are never extra charges. One of the best things about us is our live in management, Noyda and Neal, who call Coqui del Mar home and welcome you as if it is your home as well. They are local experts and can help you find a great restaurant, plan a special event, or enjoy a chat. Our courtyard, bar-b-que and jacuzzi are great for meeting other guests. If you are looking for personal service and a unique, eco-friendly (we have solar hot water supplemented by electric, ceiling fans supplemented by ACs, and offer recycling), and a clean guest house for a reasonable price, then check us out. We are not a Marriott and offer our own unique sense of quirky and intimate Puerto Rico. Come join us. *Our free parking is on a public street in front of our location. Not difficult to find a spot, but it is not designated parking for our guest house and is open to all. * Airport transportation acknowledges that there is taxi service from the airport. **Free parking is on street parking ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coqui Del Mar Hotel San Juan