This was our first trip to San Juan and we throughly enjoyed it. After much research we choose the Hotel CasaBlanca due to location to the cruise ship pier. It was a very easy 10 minute walk with luggage to the pier. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful with easy check in and taking our luggage to the room.
There is no elevator and there are 5 stories with about ten rooms per floor. Our room 2c was clean but small. The only complaint we had was that our shower did not produce hot water. I endured it but my wife could not. The sink had hot water so this was apparently simply a problem with the shower valve.
We ate breakfast at the hotel restaurant. It was good and a good value because you get 20% of as a guest. Food in San Juan is more expensive than in Ohio. For example, we walked to Ben & Jerry's and it was $15 for 2 double scoops.
The highlight for us at this hotel was the 5 concrete tubs on the roof. Both nights we were there we went to the roof and filled a tub with hot water and just relaxed. You have an obstructed view of the water but it was still nice to see cruise ships coming and going. We have decided that when we cruise from the San Juan port again we will stay here again.
We do recommend the Hotel CasaBlanca.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Elevator is up and running! CasaBlanca is a Boutique Hotel with 32 guestrooms with a lot of character and a personalized experience. We want you to love San Juan as much as we do by making sure your stay is pleasant and memorable. The structure is Spanish from the 1900's therefore rooms are mid to small sized, air conditioned and impeccable. Our beds are comfortable and equipped with microfiber linens and Hypoallergenic pillows, our bathrooms are small but private and unique, with amenities from the organic brand - Archive. Please ask front desk for complimentary items you might have forgotten to pack. Also available are: steamer, hairdryer, in room coffee maker and ice machine in lobby. Our Sun Deck offers guests a memorable experience with magical views of Old San Juan, watch the cruises as they disappear into the bay or enjoy the historical views of San Cristobal Fort next to the open Caribbean Sea. From tanning to reading, enjoy our comfortable lounge chairs, as well as our stone bathtubs provided for a deep relaxation in fresh water at your own desired temperature and time as it is open 24 hrs. Everything from our menu is available with one quick call to guest services from our service phone. Still worried about catching up with friends and family or posting your recent vacation pictures online, or maybe send a late work related email, not a problem, our high speed Internet is available everywhere in Hotel grounds. We are a smoke free, environmentally friendly, historically preserved Hotel where you will find a smiley face where ever you go! Cafe Americain conveniently located in the lobby serves a delicious breakfast every morning from 8 - 12 pm while streaming our favorite Hollywood movie CasaBlanca. Restaurant hours are 8am - 10pm Wed to Sun and 8am-11am for Mon to Tue. Offers a lunch menu selection of local cuisine as well as light options as sandwiches and salads. ... more less
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