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“Great for travelers on a budget who need the essentials and nothing more.” 4 of 5 stars
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Dreams Hotel Puerto Rico
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   109 Ave. Universidad, San Juan 00925, Puerto Rico   |  
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Ranked #28 of 46 Hotels in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great for travelers on a budget who need the essentials and nothing more.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Hotel was extremely budget friendly, very clean, no bugs to be found. Had all the essentials for travelers who don't plan to spend much time in their hotel room other than showering and sleeping. Free wifi and free parking was great. Staff was friendly.
My only complaint was that the mattress was terrible for me, I have a bad back, and didn't get any good sleep.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Seville, Spain
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

From the beginning we read trip advisor reviews and we made the decision of this place. An the reviews where right. Good staff, very clean rooms, ac, wifi, microwave, refrigerator. Nearby train and bus station, restaurant, local food. Inexpensive area. We love our stay. We stayed 7 nights and we will come again on june. The staff was very friendly, our rooms was very clean. Good directions to most of the places. A lot of students in the neighborhood. I will recommend this small hotel to everyone. If you are looking for the beach or a golf course this is not the place. If you want to safe money and be around good people this is the place. When we arrive we think that the are was unsafe. We stayed on the street very late, and nothing happen. I will come again.

Room Tip: 206 was really clean
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Granada, Spain
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We found this small hotel at the end of our trip to PR. We stayed one night at Condado area, but to expensive to our pocket. Then we founded the name of this hotel in Que Pasa magazine.
We stayed three night and was great. A lot of pubs around, good food at Mastro Pizza restaurant. Walgreens one block away.
We went to Old San Juan from this hotel using the train and the boat as suggested, very good trip. I felt like in Venice.
Rooms very clean, hot water, AC, internet, continental breakfast included. Friendly staff.
Thursday night he had a lot of fun with the students of the university.
Very good for the price. They are making more rooms.
I definitely will visit this hotel if i visit PR again.

Room Tip: First level rooms was very good.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hampton, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

I am Puerto Rican and I stayed at Dreams hotel on Feb 26, 2013 for one night just before going to Culebra the next day. The place is very clean and the service is way friendly. I used to hang out in this area in the 90+ and I am glad Dream Hotel is there. At our arrival Elena and her husband helped us park our car and carried our luggage to our room in the third floor.

Every request we made was done quickly and promptly. I have an issue with the Cable TV and they came up immediately and fix it on the spot They go all the way to make your comfortable. Also provided recommendations on where to eat in the area. It is a gem! For Sure we will stay here again!!!!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clovis, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We booked our 2 night stay in the University area of San Juan in order to stay with the locals and get a feel for Puerto Rico – not some stuffy hotel. While many of our cruise friends were staying in overpriced rooms we decided to try the local flavor. We read all the reviews on Trip Advisor and even emailed one member for his personal opinion. He was correct – Dreams Hotel is a great little place to stay. We were greeted by Elena and her husband who helped to park our car and even carried our luggage to our room – he would not take the tip – SO VERY Gracious!

Exceptionally clean and very neat our room was on the first floor and very spacious. Two double beds had new/fresh linens and nice comforters. We had a small microwave and refrigerator and sink and plenty of counter space. The bathroom was orderly and also very tidy and clean with soft towels and most important – clean shower and shower curtain.

Elena was full of details for us on how to which bus to take from the car rental drop off and also with some suggestions on interesting places to visit for the next couple of days. If you are looking for friendly-home style atmosphere – this is the place for you. You will not be disappointed!

We will gladly stay here the next time we are San Juan Puerto Rico!

Room Tip: Let them know which floor you would prefer and how many beds
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn Center
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104 reviews 104 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

The Dreams is not a luxury resort. You will not find high thread count pillow-topped mattresses; you will not be cocooned from the stresses of everyday life; there are no elevators, doormen, nor is there valet parking; continental breakfast is perhaps best overlooked… These are simple facts, not critical review because we found the Dreams to be fantastic!

Elena is your principle – and superb – host at the Dreams, a growing budget-minded hotel in one of the oldest districts in San Juan, dating to 1714. With rooms on three walk-up floors, this hotel is nestled in a working class neighborhood. At the lower end of the 4-block street is Walgreens; at the top of the street is the University of Puerto Rico. The hotel is located equidistant between the airport and cruise-ship terminal and Old San Juan is perhaps a 20 minute taxi ride. A two-double bed room with tax will cost you $55.

For those not keen on experiencing San Juan au natural, luxury can be found throughout Puerto Rico. At the Dreams you will be treated like family and you’ll be “home” the instant you step into the small lobby. Elena tended to our needs well before our arrival and looked after us as treasured guests upon arrival.

Rooms at the Dreams are large; each includes a small kitchenette (no stove), perhaps a sitting area and small table, sleeping room and small bathroom. Note: showers are small but if preparing to board a cruise this experience is excellent training! Although rustic by American econo-hotel standards, the additional space and high degree of cleanliness within the rooms is a noteworthy bonus. Local cable television is included with each room.

Mattresses are innerspring, protected by plastic liner and you are likely to need stretching exercises when you wake up. Don’t let that deter you from a good night’s sleep! Most rooms are reasonably quiet; turn on the A/C and its bit of noise wipes out most of what might be happening in the neighborhood. Beware: the two rooms located in the courtyard where breakfast is served can be noisy dependent upon the courtesy of other guests.

Avenida Universidad includes: Walgreens, a church with limited parking across the street from the hotel, a grocery store, a bar, multi-story nightclub, a liquor store, Subway sandwich shop and a really cool Cafeteria—Mini Market where we enjoyed breakfast and coffee several times during our stay. Other local restaurants including Burger King are within easy walking distance.

As an added bonus, within the same building at the Dreams you will find a small (fast food) restaurant, bar and nightly barbeque stand. The drinks are strong and inexpensive. The grilled meat served on sticks is a local draw with a string of cars stopping at the curb for “drive by” service each evening except Sundays. The grilled items are fantastic!

Within a 20 minute-5-block walk is Avenida José de Diego, a one-kilometer pedestrianized street with stores and shops which stretch for block upon block. The Río Piedras Plaza del Mercado (Marketplace) is the largest of its kind on the island and features dozens of shops offering food stands, shops and services. This is where you’ll find everything from household goods to very nearly anything you’d expect to find in Old San Juan at a steeply discounted rate.

We stayed at the Dreams one night before and for two nights after our cruise. During this time, major construction was started at the hotel, aimed at nearly doubling the size of the hotel. We’ll expect the same style of rooms and that when in Puerto Rico we will again enjoy the fantastic hospitality offered by Elena her husband and support staff. Embrace and enjoy the local hospitality!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Good staff, nearby public transportation. Reasonable rates. Really clean. PR is a very expensive destination. This is a budget hotel nearby everything. Not in a touristic area but good. Good AC. Noisy on Thursday night, but i slept well.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 109 Ave. Universidad, San Juan 00925, Puerto Rico
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Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > San Juan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 46 Hotels in San Juan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Dreams Hotel Puerto Rico 2.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A gem for the budget traveler. Centrally located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Not in the touristic area.Very clean, comfortable and recently renovated rooms. Nearby Int'l Airport, University of Puerto Rico, Plaza las Americas Shopping Center, VA Hospital, Paseo de Diego, Piers. Old San Juan and Puerto Rico Convention are 4 miles away from us. Exceptionally warm, friendly and professional service. ... more   less 
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