I looked up reviews of what felt like hundreds of hotels in San Juan and for the life of me could not decide on where to stay. Honestly all of the reviews for nearly every hotel or B&B were very mixed. So, despite some of the poor reviews of Casa Del Caribe, I decided to go with this one because of the good price and close proximity to the beach. I was a bit hesitant at first, as it's small and not the "boutique hotel" vibe that I usually go for. However, I must say I was VERY pleasantly surprised with this stay!
First of all the location is PERFECT. It's only a couple of doors off the main strip of restaurants, stores, casinos, bars, and big hotels of the Condado area in San Juan. And it's only a block and a half from the beach. The property is also gated for extra privacy and security which I really liked. The garden around the main outdoor lobby area is the best part. It's cute, quaint, peaceful and tropical. It was the perfect spot to sit outside, browse the free wifi on my laptop and have a morning coffee. The room itself was also actually really nice. At first it looks a bit motel-ish which made me nervous, but in all honesty it turned out to be really great. (And trust me I am picky!) The room was CLEAN with an updated bathroom, comfortable bed, large closet space, TV, AC, and I didn't see a bug once. I slept really well both nights of my stay and felt safe and comfortable.
Walking around the main street (Ashford Ave) and along the beach I noticed that a majority of the beach front hotels I looked at online before picking Casa Del Caribe were really POOR quality up close. They looked run down and nothing like the pictures on the web. Of course there are a few high end amazing beach hotels, but they are two to three times the price. In all honesty, most of the time you should be on the beach and out in the town, not in your hotel room, so this B&B was more than enough for a pleasant stay.
The biggest bonus I'd say was the staff, and especially the new manager Ed. He was SO nice and extremely accommodating. We had a great chat on my first day and he made sure I was happy and comfortable the entire time. Everyone else I met there had the same great things to say about him. I saw a few of the other rooms in the building as well and they were even nicer than the one I stayed in (bigger rooms with king size beds and lots of light.) Ed also told me about the additions and changes he was going to make in the coming months, so by the next time I come back I'm sure the place will be even better!
So, if you're looking for a safe comfortable affordable place to stay that is in the middle of all the best spots of Condado, then seriously give Casa Del Caribe a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa del Caribe is an affordable Caribbean inn found on a shady side street just off Ashford Avenue, the main strip of the Condado area. Just beyond the garden wall & pond you'll discover the wraparound veranda and front porch where guests socialize in this cozy tropical inn. Every morning, fresh brewed complimentary coffee and a continental breakfast is available. The biggest casino in the area is in just 1/2 block away as are all the bistros, sidewalk cafes, and boutique shops and the famous Condado Beach at your doorstep! On a lively street, this modest B&B is 4 minute walk from the beach, 4.3 km from Isla Grande Airport and 6 km from the San Juan National Historic Site. There are 8 rustic rooms with wooden floors and warm decor. All come with free Wi-Fi and cable TV, plus ceiling fans. Some also have kitchenettes. Amenities include continental breakfast and a walled garden with trees, fountains and sunloungers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Del Caribe Hotel San Juan