Four of us girls stayed in the La Luna room for 3 nights in mid January. I planned the trip as a 'surprise' destination for my friends, so I was working within a tight budget, and at the Coqui del mar, we got everything we could have needed and more: sleeping space for 4 (1 bed and 1 futon), a kitchen (grocery store is <5 min walk), bathroom with cool shower (when 4 of us came back from the beach, we cycled through the outside shower then inside one), outside patio for lunches/evening drinks, great hosts (helped with travel suggestions and getting taxis/negotiating rates since none of us speak Spanish), and walking distance to an awesome swimming beach (5 min), bus stop (5 min), cafe (10 min), and other restaurants (10-20 min; we did not have a car). The guest house felt very comfortable and clean (no bugs, even though we left lots of food out in the kitchen). I would certainly return there with my spouse and young son - there is a park with big playground by the beach that I know my son would love. And the place seemed laid back enough for kids. That said, the guest house is not fussy, and I wouldn't recommend it for someone looking for a fancy place (e.g. for a fancy honeymoon), and the two main things it does not have are a pool (although the ocean more than made up for that for us) and an ocean view. But if you are looking for a comfortable place to hang your hat that's steps from the beach and all amenities, I don't think you can go wrong at Coqui del mar. I knew I would like it from the moment I first contacted the owner to make a reservation. Communications were always prompt and helpful. I definitely hope to go back!!
- 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