If you are fussy about everything being in tip top shape, are uninterested in Old San Juan and its history, hate parrots, have no curiosity about a highly eclectic art collection, and basically prefer your vacations clearly marked and predictable, the Gallery Inn isn't for you. You can save yourself the disappointments, go somewhere else and leave the Inn to those os us who are fascinated by all of the above and willing to tolerate various small inconveniences for the sake of a unique and intimate experience.
The Inn is a maze, filled with masks, paintings, and sculpture, much of it by or about the owner, Jan D'Osoto. Each room is different, but they are all consistent with this being a four hundred year old set of historic buildings which demand constant attention on a scale difficult for many of us to imagine. This is true of all the buildings in Old San Juan's historic district. Beautiful hIgh beamed ceilings in the Spanish colonial style, very little closet space, small bathrooms, great canopied beds, and an ideal location for spending days exploring Old San Juan on foot, coming back for a break at the hotel to read and relax in various niches throughout the hotel, out on the patio or beside the tiny, unusual pool, which is great for dipping. Wonderful restaurants are within walking distance. Dragonfly is our favorite.
Be prepared for an unforgettable time in every way, with all of the plusses and minuses that implies. We've been back three times, and will return whenever we can. Jan D'Osoto is a remarkable 80 years old, and herself a piece of San Juan history. The house is also her home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This sprawling 22-room ocean-view boutique hotel features lush gardens, tree-shaded patios and secluded and private nooks at every turn. The Wine Deck offers breath-taking, panoramic views from the highest point in Old San Juan. The newly completed sculpture waterfall pool meanders through ancient brick passageways, past fragrant gardenias. Six active art studios and world-class piano recitals are all open to our guests. Unique, elegant and exotic: the Old World charm of The Gallery Inn. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Gallery Hotel San Juan