My 16 year old daughter and I spent 9 days at Park Avenue Villas during spring break. I initially chose Park Avenue Villas solely as they were the only place that replied to all of my emails and the price was right. After visiting San Juan, I felt confident that I had chosen the best option in town based on our preferences.
We rarely stayed in our room when at the hotel, except when watching TV or movies, as the front viewing deck was such a pleasant place to be. Watching the sunset was a daily event. The view was fantastic and we often met other guests here. Internet reception was usually best on the deck as well.
The hosts, Ralph and Renda from Texas, were friendly and very knowledgeable on local restaurants and tourist attractions. The rest of the local staff were wonderful as well. All spoke English but to varying levels.
The rooms were like new and the whole facility was always totally spotless. We chose a junior suite which was perfect for us - a small kitchenette that we used mainly for heating up leftovers and for keeping drinks and snacks. There were plenty of electrical outlets.
The location was only about a block and a half from the beach and up on the hill slightly which gave us the wonderful views. It was very quiet and peaceful although at times there were children playing in the park below. There were numerous excellent restaurants nearby from a few minutes to about a 10 minute walk away.
The pool was adequate for the size of the place although the deck area was not that large or inviting. Much of the pool area was shaded being in the centre of the hotel. The pool didn't have too much chlorine and appeared to be very well maintained.
There was a watchman at the front door at all times. I felt perfectly comfortable with leaving valuables in my room and very secure at night as the front gate was locked and watched. Not that San Juan is a not a safe place to be however!
The price was right. As opposed to many of the other places in town no breakfast was served. Some days it might have been nice to have had breakfast prepared for me and to have eaten on the front deck but in general I appreciated the reduction in price compared to the other accommodation and the opportunity it gave us to try out all of the excellent and well priced breakfast locations in town.
The hotel has about 10 rooms and was the perfect size for us. The hotel was not full during our visit. While we missed out on meeting other travellers, we also received more personal attention and the atmosphere was closer to a smaller bed and breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Park Avenue Villas is a condo hotel only a block from the beach within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, activities in the middle of town. The hotel is on a slight hill so you get a panaramic view of the bay with awesome sunsets from our second floor deck.We have long and short term rates and 4 selections of suites. Our motto, the longer you stay, the less you pay... We offer one and two bedroom suites with airconditioning, TV, DVD players, great selection of DVDs free...ceiling fans and hot water throughout the hotel. courtyard pool is on the lower floor. Call or email for pricing.In San Juan del Sur and Park Avenue Villas, there is truly No Bad Days. ... more less