There is no secret as to why travelers give the Andalucia high marks. It's Emeo and Estaban. You can read a 100 reviews of higher priced hotels and inns in San Juan and you repeatedly come across comments like "the person at the front desk was rude" "no one cared" etc. That won't happen here. From the moment you arrive, you will be warmly greeted and presented with helpful info to help you make the most of your trip. As others have mentioned, your hosts give you laminated maps of the surrounding neighborhood, with places to eat and the type of food they serve described for you. We loved B de Burro just down and across the street (delicious food, great people watching from the outdoor tables and the sweetest staff) and Kasalta -- also an easy stroll down McLeary, was a regular stop for coffee and eggs or pastry. Mangos also has good food and dogs are allowed in the outdoor section (but that seems the case everywhere in PR). And for dessert, the frozen yogurt place is an easy walk too and busy! We ventured up to Loiza which parallels McLeary, but we made the mistake of walking up the side street (San Miguel) across from the Andalucia and then down Loiza looking for a restaurant. Loiza is pretty sketchy. If you're trying to get to Bebo's cafe on Loiza, better to walk down McLeary (turning right out of the guest house) and up King's Court. Back to the Andalucia: they also have maps of old San Juan with suggested restaurants and will tell you how to get there (navigating the highways isn't always intuitive here) and even which parking garage is the cheapest. It's like staying with friends. When we wanted to explore the Cueva del Indio mentioned on their website -- Emeo gave us a detailed highway map, showing exactly where to go and added that Cueva Ventana was also a must see in that general direction -- boy was it ever (but those are separate reviews). When we were off to visit Escambron Beach (with the free chairs, cooler and towels our hosts provide), Emeo had us wait a moment and came back with snorkeling gear for the 3 of us. But the experience that best illustrates the genuine concern these 2 men have for their guests began on the second of our six days. We awoke to early (7am) hammering and banging seemingly right outside our door. The construction crew building an inn next door was in full swing. Staying in the junior suite at the top of the stairs, we could hear every blow of the hammer. We asked Estaban if there might be an available double room for us to move into, away from the noise, but they were booked solid. We had already paid for our stay upfront so we were resigned to early rising, which isn't too out of the ordinary for us. We didn't anticipate that our hosts would offer to refund us our money in full if we wanted to switch to another hotel. We said we'd think about it one more day. Meanwhile our hosts talked to the crew and begged a later start for the consideration of their guests; the crew obliged. We decided that we might find quieter quarters elsewhere but never the kindness and hospitality of these 2 guys. We stayed and Emeo dropped off ear plugs for us all, just in case. But the biggest surprise: as he was helping me print our boarding passes, he handed me a 10% refund on our week's stay because they felt so bad about the construction next door. We hadn't asked for it, they just did it. So why, you may wonder, is this a 4 star review and not a 5 star. the only complaint I have about our room is the pull-out sofa my daughter used; it is in dire need of replacing. And the only thing that worried my husband was the thought of coming back from a drive and not getting one of the 6 parking spots out front. It never happened but the possibility always bothered him. One more thing: If you're into people watching, Ocean Park Beach is a great way to spend a weekend day. It's a big pretty beach, but party central on the weekends (much quieter weekdays) It packs in with friends, couples, families and the most amazing paddleball players you've ever seen. Locals sell homemade sangria blanket to blanket or cold beer and other beverages. The surf was a little rough and no lifeguards but that didn't stop many people. We were more comfortable swimming at Carolina Beach ($5 with lifeguards, bathrooms, showers and food (sometimes!)
I would request a room on the side of the hotel rather than the front or inside off the little court...
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