My teenage son and I stayed here for a week and it exceeded our expectations. Originally put in room 14, a nice room with 2 double beds and a nice sitting area right outside. We could hear the ocean surf every night along with the chirping coqui frogs (on a humorous note; another guest asked the staff to turn off the recordings at night so she could sleep, not realizing it was real). For whatever reason, another guest wanted our room and we were moved to the roof top ocean suite at no extra charge. Phenomenal room with a balcony overlooking the ocean and the hot tub right out the door. As others have noted, the hot tub has a mind of its own and isn't really hot, though staff has indicated the owners plan to completely replace it during the slow season. Front desk staff are awesome; particularily Helen and Luis. They spoke near perfect English and guided us to many excellent restaurants, suggested places to go and bent over backwards to try to get us on the Bio-Bay tour with Island Excursions, who were both rude and uncooperative to them and refused to return my phone calls. Nice little breakfast each morning with coffee, juices, bagels, croissants, and fruit. My only complaint here was the fruit was apples and bananas. Would make more sense to serve local grown fruit, like pineapples, local bananas and mango's. Bought a pineapple at the local Mercado; it was to die for.
A couple of reviews stated Tres Palmas was in a bad area with bars on the property. What the reviewer fails to mention is almost all of Puerto Rico is gated. It cuts down on crime and gives visitors a sense of security. There are many misconceptions about Puerto Rico in general. They have 2 types of areas; upper class, touristy stuff like the Condado strip (which you couldn't pay me to stay on) and somewhat impoverished areas. Being from the metro Detroit area, I was leary of the second area until I realized the people are friendly, helpful and not to be feared. The couple that lives next door even invited us over for a beer. The gates are also to keep people from parking wherever they feel like. Drivers, on the other hand, are insane here. Be forewarned, you need to be aggressive and not expect the courtesy of stateside drivers. Even native New Yorkers thought driving was challenging.
All in all, a perfect place to stay. A stones' throw from a beach you can call your own, free use of comfy Tommy Bahama beach chairs and an excellent staff that makes you feel more like you're staying at a friend's house than a hotel. Would go back in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tres Palmas Inn is a quaint and charming 20-room beachfront guest house built in the 1940's. We are located at Ocean Park Beach, which is the best beach for vacationers and locals alike in San Juan. Our rooms are mid-to-small sized but they have all the amenities you will need during your stay (air conditioning, LCD TV's with Dish, free High Speed Wi-Fi, refrigerator, private bathrooms, toiletries, etc.) We also have a secluded outdoor pool and a wonderful rooftop terrace with a hot tub overlooking the ocean, where you can have a drink while watching the sunset. Tres Palmas Inn is located in a residential area between two major tourist zones: Isla Verde and Condado. We provide daily complimentary Continental breakfast from 7:00AM to 10:00AM in our breakfast area overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Tres Palmas Inn doesn't have a restaurant but there is a wide variety of them within walking distance-anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes away. Check out our website for our local Restaurant Guide to find your new favorite place to eat! At Tres Palmas Inn we also provide our guests with complimentary beach chairs and beach towels, please ask for them at the Front Desk. Additionally, we have a Water Sports Center, Sotavento Watersports, where you can take Windsurf or Kiteboarding lessons and also rent kayaks, paddle boards, and snorkeling gear... At Tres Palmas Inn we will do our best to make your stay a memorable one, so give us the opportunity and we will show you why Puerto Rico Does it Better! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tres Palmas Hotel San Juan