We stayed at the Coqui del Mar for 3 nights prior to a cruise. Overall, I'd say it is DEFINITELY worth checking out. Neal and Noyda are absolutely fantastic!!!! We've stayed at a lot of places, and I don't think we've ever had anyone make us feel so welcome. Noyda even gave us some of their coffee until we could get some of our own. They try hard to supply whatever the guests need, from umbrellas for the rain to beach chairs to answering questions about the area to, well, you get the idea.
We stayed in the "La Concha" room, and it was nice. All appliances worked, the ac kept it cool, and the TV was a nice feature. My main complaint was no hot water. Neal said it was due to the fact it had been cloudy, as they use solar heating. Just keep that in mind if you go in the rainy season.
The location was both good and bad. The immediate area around the hotel is a bit rough. Lots of rubbish and junked cars, and the houses all have walls, iron gates, and barred windows. It was a little unnerving to walk through. Weekend nights can also be loud. However, the people we actually met were pleasant, and we never had problems. Just use some caution, and you should be fine.
The good part is that it is so close to good restaurants (Kasalta's and Case Dente come to mind), a very decent beach, a pleasant park,and the bus stop. The bus is the way to go in San Juan. You can see a lot of the city for 75 cents each way. Just remember to take change, as they don't do paper money.
I would certainly recommend the hotel. Keep in mind the area and the hot water situation, but the rest is good. It is a truly great value (I think we paid $70-80 per night or so), and you won't find nicer hosts. Enjoy!
- 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