We had high hopes for our stay at the Gallery Inn, but unfortunately we ended up disappointed. If we hadn't had to pay $275/night, maybe we wouldn't feel so bad about our stay. It just was not nearly as nice as it looked based on the photos and in the many reviews on this site. If you have your heart set on staying in Old San Juan (and thus farther away from the beaches), you don't mind paying the money and you like a hotel with character, you'll like the Gallery Inn. It just wasn't for us.
Here's a list of what we didn't like and what we did.
- No radio or tv in the room (ok without tv, but we had to buy a radio)
- Used (as in not new) shampoo & conditioner bottles
- Very loud outside - had to wear earplugs at night to sleep
- 1/2 price wine should've been at least one free glass given the price of the room
- breakfast was too basic and repetitious
- bugs in the room (little ants that got into any open food and our suitcase)
- right across from La Perla (a notoriously dangerous neighborhood - apparently there is an understanding in San Juan that tourists are off limits)
- Convenient to seeing main tourist attractions on foot
- Good view of water from our window
- Historic and interesting
- Staff was friendly
- Internet was available for free using computer in lobby
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This sprawling 22-room ocean-view boutique hotel features lush gardens, tree-shaded patios and secluded and private nooks at every turn. The Wine Deck offers breath-taking, panoramic views from the highest point in Old San Juan. The newly completed sculpture waterfall pool meanders through ancient brick passageways, past fragrant gardenias. Six active art studios and world-class piano recitals are all open to our guests. Unique, elegant and exotic: the Old World charm of The Gallery Inn. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Gallery Hotel San Juan