My husband and I stayed at the Casablanca the night before our cruise. The hotel is decorated in a way that invites you to come in and relax. The staff are very welcoming, and let you know right away they want to make you comfortable. As others have stated there is no elevator, but their bellhops had our luggage up the stairs and waiting outside our room before we could finish checking in, and down the stairs before we could finish checking out the next morning. If you are only staying for one night, they will put you on the 5th floor (top), longer stays are reserved for lower levels, as the manager explained. The room was small, but very clean and there was a sitting area outside the room that, if decorated with a little imagination, could add to the ambiance. The building is an old building, so if you are looking for something that looks like it was built yesterday and has no character to distinguish it from all the rest, this will not be for you. But if you like historical locations and a place with personality, then this is perfect! The hotel is in a great location to restaurants and historical sights that are within walking distance, plus for those who do don't like to walk, there is a free trolley that runs throughout Old San Juan, They will hold your luggage even after you check out so you can wander. We left ours and came back when we were ready to head to the cruise ship (the port is within walking distance).The only challenge to a perfect score, was that the bed was EXTRA firm, especially when compared to our memory foam. Also, if you are a light sleeper you may want to ask them to put you in a room a little farther away from area that overlooks the bar because apparently it gets a little loud on Saturday nights. I am a light sleeper, but was so tired I didn't hear anything, but my husband woke up around 11:00 and told me about the noise the next morning.
I wouldn't attempt to rent a car, I doubt you could find anywhere to park it. The streets were made for horse and buggy and walking and the traffic is crazy busy, so take a taxi from the airport (21.00, plus 1 for each piece of luggage). Put on your tennis shoes and have a fun exploring, we did.
- 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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