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Casa Del Caribe Inn
Ranked #19 of 29 San Juan B&B and Inns
Montreal, Canada
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103 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“fine budget hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2008

this wasn't my first choice, but booking a month in advance in high season, you take what you can get. but I very much enjoyed my stay there for five nights. one of the magazines listed this as more of a hostel than hotel and it certainly is like that. if you're looking for lots of amenities, look elsewhere. staff was great and very friendly. had no problem parking a compact rent-a-car. no holes in the towels as another reviewer complained here. breakfast is cereal, coffee and donuts, but hey, it's free, and you're steps away from a starbucks. now I will say the rooms could seriously use a paint job, some new carpet, but no bad smells. as for hot water, if you take your shower about the same time everyone does, yes, you'll run out of hot water. me, I eat breakfast, check email with free wi-fi, then had plenty of hot water for a long shower. it's just a block from the beach, lots of eating and drinking choices, and it's a decent base to explore san juan. however, you are some distance from old san juan and there are buses, but I never saw them. taxi will run you about 13 bux plus tip each way. I didn't want to rent a car until the last two days (for trips to arecibo & farjado) and you couldn't pay me to drive into old san juan, so it'll cost you about the same in taxis as rent-a-car but you don't have to deal with the traffic and nutty drivers. I'm only giving this an average rating because I think some people might expect something more, and I'm sure if I had more advance time for booking I might have found better, but it's friendly, nice hostel atmosphere -- met several nice people in the courtyard during my stay (and a mix of young and old), and for the price I won't complain (san juan is expensive). and there's a very friendly cat on the premises you can spoil.

  • Liked — peaceful, friendly, decent price
  • Disliked — could use a little fixing up.
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled solo
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2008

Apparently this place is going to be torn down at some point, and they are no longer updating it at all. We are budget travelers and not used to the Hilton, but this was terrible. The shower didn't work, the towels had gaping holes, the rooms reeked of must, and the breakfast was so unappetizing that we ended up going elsewhere for breakfast. Would not stay again even if it was free.

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2007

Being budget travellers/students this was an excellent choice, however we can see how those with higher expectations would be disappointed. The room was clean, the beds very confortable and the staff very helpful. the location was excellent, just steps from the beach, resturants and nightlife of Condado (we even walked to Old San Juan several times, though it took 45 minutes to walk it). Our room had two large beds and a fouton (excellent for 3 collage-football player types that we are) as well as a reasonably equiped kitchen. We parked on the street and although we parked several blocks away, we never had much difficulty finding a place (even on Friday night). The down side, we did spot a couple of palmetto bugs in the room (however anyone who travels in the tropics know that these bugs are harmless and virtually impossible to get rid of). We were also annoyed when the maid forgot to clean our room one day. Third annoyance was that one of our keys to the front gate didn't work. There isn't much of a view (surrounded by tall buildings) but you get plenty of light in the spacious courtyard, which was great for relaxing in the evening, paying cards and enjoying a drink. Excellent choice for the student/backpacker/budget concious but if you are picky and/or want high end, then go somewhere else.

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2007

I took my daughter to P. Rico as a present for her high school graduation. We stayed at Casa Del Caribe,rented a car and traveled the island. Parking was indeed a problem at the Casa Del Caribe but the staff was very courteous and accomodating. Our room was nice and was very clean, no bugs, no broken furniture. The bathroom was also very clean .Hot water was sparse but sufficient.Air conditioner worked well. I would definitely go back and stay here. It is located close to the beaches, the freeway, stores, restaurants, the Stellaris Casino and Burger King. There is a Walgreen's within walking distance . The breakfast consisted of orange juice, pastries and cold cereal- all of which was fresh . If you wait until the last minute to eat, there won't be anything left!!

Stayed November 2006
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Munich, Germany
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2007

We arrived by car and our first problem was a parking space, they offered parking but not for a one like our car!? Look at the street was the answer... Breakfast is included - great. Served until 9.30 am, we wanted to have breakfast at 9, everything was empty - no coffee, no toast, look into the fridge was the answer. The room is nice but has an open bathroom/toilet. Looks like a garage with TV and bed. For around 90 US$ a night...

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  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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new york city
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2006

Be aware, the website does not come even close to what it really looks like! My husband and I were so dissapointed! It was definitely not what we hoped for our Caribbean vacation... Paneled ceilings filled with mold added to an intense musky smell was enough to call it quits... If you are looking for a small "cozy" inn you are better off staying at one of the goverment sponsored Paradores...

  • Stayed October 2006, traveled on business
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Stamford, CT
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2006

No, this place is not the Hilton. If that's what you want, then that's where you should stay. This place however, is pleasant with a short walk to the beach and the staff is friendly.

  • Stayed September 2005
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Property: Casa Del Caribe Inn
Address: 57 Caribe Street | Condado, San Juan 00907, Puerto Rico
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > San Juan
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in San Juan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Casa Del Caribe Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 13
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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