I have returned from my stay of 4 nights 5 days at the Coqui Del Mar, and it was the most fantastic birthday/vacation/Super Bowl extravaganza of my entire life! I am going to basically restate what all the other reviews have... This guest house has the authentic soul of Puerto Rico! My husband, and 2 of my girlfriends rented the "El Sol" as a 2 bedroom. It had everything anyone could want in a guest house. The kitchen and utensils were more than adequate, the steam shower in hallway bathroom was so wonderful (listening to salsa music while taking a shower=priceless). To sit on the enclosed patio and look out at the beautiful sunrise and palm trees could not have been more relaxing... But more than that, as every review has stated, Noyda and Neil have to be the most beautiful souls I have ever met. They are meant to run this guest house, they threw a super bowl party in the courtyard, and because I just mentioned in passing craveing some authentic Puerto Rican rice and beans, she surprised me and added it to the cookout menu! Now if you can't see the beauty in that, you are crazy. Not only did we have the time of our lives with Noyda and all of her friends, the comraderie and true spirit of the guest house sincerely touched me.... Esti who is Noydas assistant also made the most banging macaroni salad I have ever had, and I am from the South! They literally take care of you in a way that NO hotel or for that matter any other guest house I have EVER stayed in has. Being a travel agent, I know people have their preference of how they travel, and as other reviews have stated if you are into the Westin,Four Season experience this is not for you, However if you want San Juan to take your spirit to a higher level, Coqui Del Mar is the #1 Guest House in my opinion. The beach which is a 5 min walk at most was simply beautiful, the Ocean Park area is full of neighborhood flavor, 5 min away is the main casino,club strip. 15 min away is Old San Juan. This is the perfect base for pretty much any activity your heart desires! Noyda and Neil will provide with ANY tools you may need, directions, restaurant referrals, car rentals, and they do it with such ease, I look at it this way, in a hotel, customer service gets paid to make you feel at ease, what Noyda and Neil do for this guest house comes from the heart, not a paycheck. This travel agent is already planning her next trip and I am bringing back more friends and family so that they to can experience what we did!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a smaller guest house nestled in a neighborhood setting of the Ocean Park beach area of San Juan, in between Old San Juan and the international airport. We are 3 minutes walk to the nearest beach. You will have a chance to see how the locals live and you will not be one of 1000 other tourists...the Ocean Park beach is one of the locals's favoites, and also a preferred spot for kite surfing and windsurfers. We are 5 minutes walk to the tourist bus route (which goes to the casinos and to Old San Juan) and walkable to restaurants and grocery stores. Each of our units have full kitchen, free WiFi, cable TV/DVD, Apple TV, in room safes, and an Ipod player. Some units have extras such as Apple Computers. We strive to provide more than expected, and I think you will find that with us, from the beach chairs, or bicycles to the in room safes, there are no extra charges. One of the best things about us is our live in management, Noyda and Neal, who call Coqui del Mar home and welcome you as if it is your home as well. They are local experts and can help you find a great restaurant, plan a special event, or enjoy a chat. Our courtyard, bar-b-que and jacuzzi are great for meeting other guests. If you are looking for personal service and a unique, eco-friendly (we have solar hot water supplemented by electric, ceiling fans supplemented by ACs, and offer recycling), and a clean guest house for a reasonable price, then check us out. We are not a Marriott and offer our own unique sense of quirky and intimate Puerto Rico. Come join us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coqui Del Mar Hotel San Juan