Acacia provided our home in San Juan for one week, and it couldn't have been nicer. The property itself is cute and cozy, tucked away on a quiet street about 20 meters from the beach. We emailed the hotel early and asked for a partial ocean view (the best they've got, considering an ugly condo splits the view between the balcony and the ocean), and got it--for no extra cost. Excellent idea. Sitting out on the balcony was a joy, whether waking up to the fresh ocean breeze, resting in the hot afternoon, or listening to the coquis (P.R. tree frogs that chirp and chirp and whistle and sing and chirp and chirp...) with a cocktail at night. I believe all the rooms have a balcony, but it was extra nice looking out over the beach and the sea. Everyone at reception was helpful and kind (we ran the gamut, staying 7 nights), whether providing advice or a last-minute rental car. [Speaking of rental cars, go with Target, a P.R. company just across the expressway. They were prompt and competitively priced and easy. Enterprise, with whom we originally made a reservation, failed to show up with our car and then "lost" our reservation.] The staff at Niche, the hotel restaurant, were kind and helpful too. As for Niche, it's expensive, but we enjoyed two meals there anyway. The giant jacuzzi was nice too, but more of a gimmick than anything. Free Wi-Fi worked great on my tablet, and the TV options were just fine with lots of English programming. As for the neighborhood, Condado Beach is gorgeous. Swam every morning and afternoon in the rolling, warm surf (a bit seaweedy at times, but ever so refreshing and fun).
Tips: for good local eats, go to Kasalta (left a few blocks on McLeary www.kasalta.com), Santurce BBQ (a great little joint on Degetau off McLeary), Tijuana's (great Mexican food in the frou-frou area right on Ashford), or Bebo's for mofongo (but little else: poor service & atmosphere). Mofongo is a must eat while in P.R. Coffee is good and cheap at Cafe del Loto just left on Loaiza, or at Kasalta. The SuperMax grocery store on de Deigo provided us with plenty of water, DonQ Rum, snacks, etc., to keep up happy while in the room. The 53 and 21 buses run down Ashford to Old San Juan (the gem of the city). The fare is 75 cents (bring quarters), board them at the 'parada' stops. Easy and cheap way to get to Old San Juan (taxis are much much too expensive). Note: the 53 and 21 buses stop running at 9pm, but you can still get back on the 1 (? not sure of the number, but ask how to get to the east end of Condado), which takes you just a few blocks from Ashford. Took the ferry from Old San Juan (50 cents) to Contano for the Bacardi Rum tour, which was fun. Can't say enough about how lovely Old San Juan is. Just soak it all in... Other advice? Rented the car from Target for 2 days; went to Caguas for a baseball game (awesome) and El Yunque to hike the rainforest (also awesome, a must do). Driving was typical of driving anywhere, and it was easy to navigate. Parked on Taft in front of the hotel both nights for free. [Technically there's no parking allowed, but everyone parks there anyway. Tip: park on the Acacia side of the street. If the unlikely happens and tickets are handed out, the fine is much lower on that side.] It was a $20 cab ride to and from the airport, but well worth it. There's really no other option, anyway. Don't forget to get Duty Free on your way out of P.R. It doesn't matter that you're still in the United States. What else? Have fun, say hi to the coquis, and say gracias, adios! on your way out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Acacia Boutique Hotel is a restored villa located in Condado, San Juan, literally steps away from the nicest beach on the North Shore. Our tropical rooms have 10' ceilings, terracotta floors & private bathrooms, A/C, and basic cable TV. Free WIFI is available in the Rooms. If you're a food lover you NEED to come to our restaurant NICHE BRISTO that serves breakfast and dinner. It is one of the finest dining experiences in the San Juan area. After dinner, enjoy a relaxing soak in Puerto Rico's largest Jacuzzi/Spa while sipping on a mojito. Sound nice, right? Come and visit us! We're waiting for you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Acacia Seaside Hotel
- Acacia Seaside San Juan