There are tourists, and then there are travelers. El Canario is an excellent choice for travelers. Having read the numerous reviews below and comparing them to my recent experience, I believe that the mismatch was that some of those guests were tourists - on their way to cruise ships or the airport. It's all about expectations.
This small inn is located perfectly amid numerous vastly more expensive tourist resorts. Surrounded by restaurants, nightlife, elegant shopping, and the buzz of Condado, guests will find it easy to fill their days within walking distance of the inn. The inn is a safe and comfortable place to stow your gear, shower, and sleep. I found the bed comfortable, the bathroom clean and adequate, and surroundings secure and pleasant.
The continental breakfast is simple - pastries, cereal, coffee, tea, juice. It's free and open until 10 AM. I've had better and worse. I'm sure the breakfast buffet next door at the high price resort is $12-15 and not included with your $400 room. Smack in the middle of Condado for around $100 (high season) with some free pastries is a good deal.
Some below complained about the attitudes of the attendants. I engaged with at least three different front desk attendants including the owner/manager. I was always treated with friendly respect and helpful attention. I never experienced any of the attitude suggested below. My guess is that the attitude of the guest was simply projected onto the attendant. My experience has been that if you treat workers with respect you will receive respect.
I slept with the windows open and the AC off. Even with the noise of New Year's Eve, I slept great. I never saw a mosquito anywhere in my room or the courtyard. Weather is a big factor in the prevalence of insects in the Caribbean.
Don't bring your rental car here. You won't need it. There is no parking available except next door at the Marriott at $18/day. Take the cabs or buses. We road the bus to Old San Juan for .75 cents.
The Wi-Fi works great in the lobby and some rooms that are close to the lobby. Their wi-fi server blocks Youtu be, Imgur, Vimeo, and some others which I think is over doing it a bit. I mean, block Youtube? The hotel's promotional video is on Youtube.
If you are a traveler and want to stay in a great spot at a reasonable cost and get to know the local scene, El Canario is for you. If you are a tourist and expect to have the Hyatt experience at the Motel 6 price, maybe you should choose a more expensive place.
Do not confuse this place with El Canario By The Lagoon, which is a different place with different owners.
The correct web site for this El Canario is: http://www.canarioboutiquehotel.com/
For best results with small hotels always call them directly and book your stay. Booking through Orbitz, Expedia, Booking.com, etc. just puts you two or three steps away from the source. I got the best deal by talking to the Inn directly.
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