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“Great stay in Santurce”
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The sliding door to your bedroom.
Passage from the entry hall to the casita's courtyard gate - at rear of house.
Casita courtyard.
View from the kitchen looking to the bedroom.
Kitchen is open from the courtyard. New cabinets give you lots more space!
Newly renovated kitchen with plenty of cabinet & counter space - designed for longer stays.
The French doors to the exhibition space are permanently closed so you have privacy.
Casita bedroom - large TV with cable, WiFi and computer stand.
Bedroom with king bed showing door open with view to courtyard and kitchen.
Windows have screens if you prefer open air sleeping.
Bedroom with king bed showing door closed.
Bedroom with bathroom door under the air conditioner and backup airco just in case...
Closet has robes (on request) iron/board, luggage rack and skirt hangers.
Casita bathroom. We have a hair dryer, so no need to pack yours.
Casita bathroom with shower, no bathtub.
Your courtyard is semi-covered so it does get wet in the rain.
Casa Museo de los Santos: Historic house with 3 one-bedroom rental suites, museum & art gallery.
Front door has bulletin board with upcoming events.
Lobby has 24/7 coffee/tea available. Extra linen and emergency supplies if you forget something.
Entry lobby shared by all three suites, museum and art gallery.
Quarters for the bus to Old San Juan are in the box under the mirror if you need to make change.
Reception and office is located in our private museum of folk art.
Antique tiles in the lobby.
Antique floors are original 1915 artisan tiles - hand poured cement that look new after 100 years!
Join us for a glass of wine and museum tour with the curator during your stay.
Lobby leads to Ellie Pruess Gallery under the traditional Carnival Mask.
Art Gallery located next to main lobby.
The antique blue horse points toward the garden passage to the 'Casita Suite' at the back of house.
Passage from the casita to the front of the house.
The gazebo roof opens at one end for lots of light and air.
Inspired by a local fishing boat - the gazebo roof adds lots of character and shade.
Casita - View from the courtyard to the font of the passageway.
Parking is available on the street in front of the house.
Our next door neighbors are the indie rock group Fantasmes - live upstairs/studio downstairs.
Fantasmes - its like having your own 'house band' - they normally don't practice past 10pm.
On the corner, is Abracadabra arts café - hipster coffee house, restaurant, jazz on Friday & more!
Abracadabra: theater, magic, circus arts, film festivals, jazz & famous weekend Magical Brunch!
Film crew in front of house during filming of Banco Popular commercial.
The museum set up for filming to promote Puerto Rican culture.
Kitchen with lots of work space.
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Kitchen.
Kitchen is 2 stops down from the courtyard.
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Condo/Apartment -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Anthony M
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great stay in Santurce”
Reviewed December 19, 2013 for a stay in December 2013
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We stayed at Calle Saldana for a week in December and were completely satisfied with the accommodations. Open air kitchen fully equipped even with spices and a porch on both ends of our second floor flat. Richard was an amazing host and tour guide for the neighborhood. Abracadabra was on the corner and just deluxe for breakfast. Richard also gave us a tour of the neighborhood and the Plaza de Mercado Santurce, which was hopping on Thursday and Friday nights. Great restaurants nearby, especially Jose Enrique. Google maps make no sense because of the one way streets but the location allowed easy access to art galleries, performance venues, coffee shops, a supermarket, beaches and a short bus ride to Old San Juan. Richard also gave us directions to Camuy Caverns, El Yunque, Liquillo Beach and elsewhere. Cable tv and WiFi, we couldn't have asked for much more. When we come back to San Juan, we know where to book.

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adamm2
Springfield, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A Hidden Gem”
Reviewed July 19, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

This is tucked away in an urban neighborhood going through renewal, is away from touristy destinations and has a very special feel. The penthouse apartment which Richard designed and had custom built, is a unique escape, a hide-away, villa, garden and "urban tree house" all wrapped into a very relaxing stay. It is a beautiful, spacious, private,calming space and if I come back to this area I will stay here again. The space alone was a treat, made us feel special, and that we we were on a true vacation. It's a great value too. You would pay 5-10 times Richards asking price if this space were at a 5 star beach hotel. It isn't at the beach but, we felt we were actually better here than captivated in a hotel. We felt like we were residing on a big campus ( greater San Juan) rather than in one spot. We could jump on the bus (never waited long) or in our car outside our door and be somewhere new with little trouble (except navigating the local drivers-kind of humorous if you ask me)This gave us more variety and enabled us to splurge even more; taking advantage of anything eastern PR has to offer; the best 5-star quality restaurants and excursions. Parking is a breeze and we were literally a stone's throw from major access points for exploring the best beaches in San Juan. Very convenient location and 2 doors from a bus stop which takes you into San Juan in @ 12 minutes for 50 cents (bus runs all the time). Even though we rented a car we also used the bus. Richard is a professional and runs his place like a hotel (he's sort of a concierge). Everything was as advertised, and more. If you like the independence of vacationing the way we did, then this is a place you'll high five over.

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Liked best: Aesthetics, ease of access to all local attractions
Liked least: highway signage, took a few days to get our bearings of location proximity/driving logistics
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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WhitneyS2...
Charlotte, North Carolina
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“RICHARD and his property are AMAZZZZZIIINNNGG!!”
Reviewed July 2, 2013 for a stay in February 2013
1
person found this review helpful

I visited Puerto Rico this February with my friends for my birthday and had an amazing time! Everything I read in the reviews before visiting was exact!

Richard was helpful all throughout the booking process--he spoke with me over the phone and via email and was more than happy to answer any questions I had. All payments were secure through PayPal, and he was prompt with sending confirmations/receipts.

When we arrived Richard was right there to greet us at the door and helped us get our bags into the house. We rented out the 2 rooms on the 2nd floor, and everything is exactly as it looks in the pictures! It is a BEAUTIFUL house! He gave us a personal tour of the community and informed us of which busses/bus stops to use to get to the surrounding cities.

He was extremely engaging and made us feel like we were at home! I would recommend this rental to ANYONE visiting Puerto Rico!....and make sure you eat at Abracadabra!!!! The staff is friendly/professional and the food is the best!

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Liked best: The location was perfect and Richard was an excellent host!
Liked least: everything was amazing, there was nothing we disliked!
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Reviewed May 7, 2013 for a stay in March 2013

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Daryl C
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
1 review
“Great place with an excellent host”
Reviewed April 7, 2013 for a stay in February 2013

This rental property was exactly as the picture show, Very nice place with some nice upgrades. House was very clean and Richard was more then helpful. Richard met us late that night when we arrived then walked us down to the food market. Gave us very good directions and restaurant choices. Toured us down to the local street party/market.
We stayed with friends and had both upper levels.

Would recommend it for anyone, but would think it would be best to have both levels, so you don't have to share the kitchen.

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Liked best: The heritage and still of the house with the newer amenities.
Liked least: Kitchen fridge could have been cleaner.
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Yreka
Reviewed March 31, 2013 for a stay in February 2013

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Reviewed February 7, 2013 for a stay in January 2013

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