Nobody likes a negative Nancy or unjust complaining, so I’ll start with the positives. The location of Plaza de Armas is incredible, nicely tucked away in the famed plaza of Old San Juan. It’s great walking distance to several great restaurants and bars like Barrachina, Mojito’s, the Red Monkey (great dive spot). Most importantly, it is a decently short walk to the cruise ports (albeit a somewhat steeply downhill one) at a MUCH lower price than any of the large chain hotels along the water.
With that being said, the building is just extremely old and ailing. The tiny elevator that I’m not sure I would have actually fit into anyway was broken during our stay. Our room of course was on the 4th floor of a 4 story building. Thank God we are light packers because that was a trek and a workout. I don’t know how anyone elderly or disabled would have ever made it, guess they would have had to find another place to stay. The room was very small and you got what you paid for, but it was very noisy outside the halls. The water eventually gets hot in the shower, you just may have to let it run for a while.
The biggest complaint would probably have to be the beds though. Man, these need some updating. I’ve slept on couch beds and bunk beds that are more comfortable. As a side sleeper, I woke up feeling like I had a broken hip. I was seriously sore for 2 days.
If they can keep the elevator running, try to work on sound proofing the rooms a bit, and update the mattresses at all, this would be a gem of a boutique hotel in a charming setting. As the title says, it will be hard to recommend until they do. For $80.00, I can’t complain too much though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Hotel Plaza De Armas, located in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hotel Plaza De Armas is for travelers looking to be in the heart of Old San Juan, our hotel is in a coveted location in the historic quarter. Hotel Plaza de Armas is a delightfully captivating colonial style hotel in the heart of picturesque Old San Juan, a city as rich in history as it is in culture. The blue cobblestone streets of the old city sprawl out in every direction and world-class shopping, dining and entertainment abounds. The hotel's Spanish colonial-inspired lounge is decorated in rich red and gold with warm lighting and leather couches.A completely unique location highlights spectacular views of the Plaza De Armas and puts you mere cobblestones away from 16th century Spanish fortresses, fascinating museums and art galleries. We are just a block away from the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista. The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.The cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in San Juan, and is the second oldest cathedral in the Western Hemisphere. Construction of Cathedral San Juan began began in 1521.The cathedral contains the tomb of the Spanish explorer and settlement founder Juan Ponce de León.The 50 rooms at the Hotel Plaza De Armas are wrapped around a spacious inner courtyard. They're clean and modest with simple touches such as wood wardrobes, headboards and nightstands, and stainless steel lamps. All rooms have clock radios, coffeemakers, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, in-room safe and a television with cable. Suites have floor-to-ceiling shutters that open for views of the cobblestone streets. Some suites have small refrigerators and sofa beds. The modest standard rooms have no windows. Suites have windows overlooking the historic district. Hotel Plaza De Armas also offers high-speed Internet access.From its uniquely Spanish-colonial architecture to its comforting in-room amenities, the Hotel Plaza De Armas PR offers guests the perfect blend of Old World charm and New World elegance. We are just a walking distance from the City Hall (Alcaldia) of Old San Juan and right next to an 18th century building where you can find the Department of State. Also we have a trolley stop right outside our door .We look forward to welcoming you at Hotel Plaza De Armas! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Plaza De Armas
- Howard Johnson San Juan
- Howard Johnson Old San Juan
- San Juan Howard Johnson