We stayed at the Casablanca for three nights during an anniversary trip.
Getting to the hotel by cab was a little difficult on the day of arrival, with the construction at the intersection two blocks down from the hotel and the traffic bypassing it. We just had the cabbie drop us off a couple blocks away and walked to the hotel. With the four cruise ships in port there we're a lot of people and it seemed farther than it actually was. No worries though we ...were in San Juan.
Once we arrived we were too early to check into our room and the girl at the front desk took care of us. They held our luggage and we went to have lunch. When we got back to the hotel she handed us the keys and had one of the guys take our luggage up to our room. We were only on the 2nd floor so the walk without elevator was fine.
Our room was small and very quaint with no windows which is what I expected from reading reviews. It was nicely decorated and updated with the Moroccan theme with the netting over the bed.
In the late afternoons during our stay we went up to the rooftop to soak in the tubs and relax. We watched the cruise ships take off while we cooled off. They are in the middle of adding two bathrooms to the roof near the tubs. Will be nice once they are finished.
The location is great for exploring Old San Juan. There is a free trolley that runs close to the hotel although with the road work at a couple of intersections the trolly does not go down Calle Fortaleza. The trolley goes by Castillo de San Cristóbal and all the way up to the door of Castillo San Felipe del Morro.
The star at this hotel is great and makes the stay enjoyable. They make you feel at home. I can't remember the young guys name at the front desk during the evenings but he was always offering suggestions and whenever we came back to the hotel he would jump up and come to greet us and seemed interested in what we were doing. These are some of the little things that make this hotel stand out from the large chain hotels.
We had a great time and will definitely go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- CasaBlanca is a walk-up (no elevator) Boutique Hotel with 32 guestrooms with a lot of character and a personalized experience. We want you to love San Juan as much as we do by making sure your stay is pleasant and memorable. The structure is Spanish from the 1900's therefore rooms are mid to small sized, air conditioned and impeccable. Our beds are comfortable and equipped with microfiber linens and Hypoallergenic pillows, our bathrooms are small but private and unique, with amenities from the organic brand - Archive - to microfiber towels. Please ask front desk for complimentary items you might have forgotten to pack. Also available are: iron, steamer, hairdryer, 24 hrs water, coffee and ice. Cafe Americain conveniently located in the lobby serves a delicious breakfast every morning from 7 - 10 am while streaming our favorite Hollywood movie CasaBlanca. All our guests receive 20% discount. Restaurant offers a lunch menu selection of local cuisine as well as light options as sandwiches and salads. Diner is informal and only open Thur-Sat with the best "comida Criolla"in town. Our Sun Deck offers guests a memorable experience with magical views of Old San Juan, watch the cruises as they disappear into the bay or enjoy the historical views of San Cristobal Fort next to the open Caribbean Sea. From tanning to reading, enjoy our comfortable lounge chairs, as well as our stone bathtubs provided for a deep relaxation in fresh water at your own desired temperature and time as it is open 24 hrs. Everything from our menu is available with one quick call to guest services from our service phone. Still worried about catching up with friends and family or posting your recent vacation pictures online, or maybe send a late work related email, not a problem, our high speed Internet is available everywhere in Hotel grounds. We are a smoke free, environmentally friendly, historically preserved Hotel where you will find a smiley face where ever you go! ... more less
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