This B&B is brilliant! Excellent hotel to stay prior to Caribbean cruise. Not only does it have a locked entrance gate but it is so welcoming with the garden area, tables and chairs, all my family [6 adults and 2 children] loved the ambience whether sitting out enjoying a good choice of continental breakfast or a glass of wine in the evening [our own] listening to the cocqui frog with the grandchildren trying to find which tree they were hiding in, such a great atmosphere.The grandchildren never did find one unfortunately although my son and daughter in law said they saw a very little green frog through their shower window on the tree outside.
We had 3 rooms and all were large with huge comfy beds, aircon and a large overhead fan, which I loved, no problems with shower or hot water. I loved the bedroom furniture and decor in the rooms, to me that added character and interest instead of the ultra modern flat pack furniture in some B&B hotels.
Casa Caribe location in Condado is within short walking distance of beach, shops and restaurants. Taxi drive to old San Juan doesnt take long, didnt bother with bus as apparently it arrives "maybe in an hour if at all". We were lucky to get taxi that catered for all 8 of us, recommend barter a price before getting into taxi to your destination. Not far in taxi to Pan american cruise terminal.
All Casa Caribe staff were friendly and helpful especially Ed [manager] who waited up for us at hotel when we arrived from airport on late flight, which was good for us as we did not have to go to sister hotel. Ed managed to contact the taxi company and get my granddaughters little suitcase returned immediately as she had left it in taxi, unfortunately we didnt have Ed to help on return journey home from Caribbean cruise as she did the same thing but drivers were not so honest!
Ed, even at short notice arranged for us to have a full day out with E&B tours the next day, the guide was named Hector and he was such a nice person, it was a pleasure to be with him. We went to the rain forest El Yungue, a beach in the afternoon and the Bio bay in the evening. Must admit I expected more from bio bay but the kayak was an experience! My son [who has special needs] and granddaughter were frightened in their kayaks and asked to go back to land, be aware that you still have to pay for the trip and as Sienna was with her dad/my son in law he had to miss the experience as he was rowing their kayak.
We stayed at Casa Caribe from 5-8th March 2014 and would definately recommend this B&B hotel and would stay again if we ever go to PR. Yes there are big named hotels nearby but why have an impersonal hotel when you can have a cosy B&B like Casa Caribe, I have kept up to date on tripadvisor reviews since I booked this hotel last year and personally I dont know why people have to complain about little things like continental breakfast etc, help yourself! get on with it!! enjoy yourself! I emailed Ed and reception staff several times over the months and always got reply immediately. Well done Ed and staff!!
- 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