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Posada San Francisco Old San Juan
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Everything You Need, Nothing You Don't”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

I booked at the Posada San Francisco in late February. My girlfriend and I stayed in two different private rooms due to availability. The first night was a two twin bed room (which we pushed together), and the second was a full bed. We were pleasantly surprised to find a mini refrigerators in each room (I recommend storing water, and aloe vera gel in our case because we got sun-burnt). The rooms were clean as well as the large communal washrooms. The hostel must have been close to fully booked, considering we had to switch rooms… that being said, we did not experience prolonged periods of time for a washroom. Lodging at the PSF is modest and perfect for those focused on exploration rather than luxury lodging. The only feedback I can possibly give PSF is the customer service. One young lady seemed very cold and inhospitable; she made us feel like we were checking into the principal’s office. There were no name tags present, but she was petite and Latino-looking with dark hair. However, our second check-in was assisted by an African American young lady who was absolutely pleasant. PSF, I understand it isn’t easy dealing with young travelers from all over the world (I work in hospitality)… but don’t let poor customer service take away from your historic charm and more-than-adequate facilities.

The highlights of PSF are its affordable price and close proximity to anything you want to experience in Old San Juan. You can’t beat the view from the communal area’s balcony, which faces Plaza Colon. Starbucks feens, your barista is less than a 3 minute walk away. PLEASE NOTE: There is a tiny convenience store directly on the corner of Calle San Francisco and Calle O’Donnell, right next to PSF. They sell the most AMAZING home-made empanadas I have ever eaten, hand-made by the shop owner’s wife. We must have purchased a total of 15 throughout our stay, and stocked up when our visit was over.
If you rent a car and are driving to Posada San Francisco (especially on a weekend) you will find a hectic scene on the road with scarce street parking. We found it easiest to post up at a garage on Calle Recinto Sur (3 min walk from the hostel). Please note, there are TWO parking garages side by side on Calle Recinto Sur. We opted for the seemingly modest garage, assuming prices would be cheaper. In reality, you will find the western-most garage nearest to Calle Tanca is cheaper and better-kept.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at PSF for two days and was really happy we did. The hostal was clean with lots and lots of bathroom especially onbthe 6fl. I recommend getting.a private room if you're traveling with another person. There was at least 20 + college students a bit loud but we were fine.fine our room was in the back of 6 fl. PSF overlooked the main square in old SJ. Need to stay at PSF...

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Skokie, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here one night with 4 other friends the day before our cruise. Great place to stay. Clean close to everything. The view was spectacular. We were on the 6th floor.
Would definitely stay here again for longer.
And definitely recommend.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Laramie, Wyoming
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

This is a clean, basic, simple hostel with some outstanding amenities, including some of the best views in old San Juan. The rooms are simple and spare, but clean. The bed was comfortable enough, and the air conditioning made the bedroom a cool refuge from the heat. A common kitchen is provided for food preparation, and seating on multiple balconies offer views of the Plaza Colon, Castillo San Cristobal, and other landmark architecture that wealthier travelers staying in high-priced hotels can only dream about.

The staff was friendly, but not always time efficient when things got busy (so try not to be in a hurry or you might get stressed). The elevator is aged and quirky to the point of having a mind of its own; take the extra time waiting for it to examine the fascinating frescoes in the lobby.

The location of this hostel can't be beat, with easy walks to spectacular sites in a top-scale neighborhood.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

Clean hostel in ideal location of beautiful Old San Juan. Staff was excellent. Atmosphere was great. Good wifi. Couldn't ask for anymore. Not to mention, can't beat the price. Layout of hostel promotes interaction with hostel-mates.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014

Its a great place for college kids on a budget to live! very quite. but dont expect anything fancy, it was literally 2 beds, a night stand, mini fridge, mirror and closet. we rented the basic twin room.

location: is great! such a great view and taxis are right outside as well as places to eat. there is a plaza right in front that sells really cool art/jewelry

cost: it was the cheapest place around.

security/atmosphere: its very safe, very quite!

It also came with AC which was quite luxurious!

only critique I would have is that it only had 1 working plug, and since my friend and I had to charge our phones we had to get creative. all in all a recommended place!

Room Tip: remember the basic twin has 2 beds and the double has 1 double bed.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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South River, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014

My fiance and I stayed here on a Wednesday night in Feb and were glad we did. We booked a private room and were given one on the 6th floor. We had a shared bathroom right next door. There are plenty of bathrooms scattered throughout the floors so we never once had to wait to use one. Our floor was quiet and peaceful, with a beautiful view in the common area. The room was very simple: a bed, chair, mirror, & mini-fridge, but it was clean. The air-conditioner worked great. The receptionist was friendly and very helpful. Wifi works best on the 5th floor. I would absolutely stay here again.

Posada is not a 5 star resort. If you know you aren't going to spend much time in your room, like we did, then this simple, clean room is perfect for you.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Posada San Francisco Old San Juan
Address: 405 Plaza San Francisco | 5th floor, San Juan 00927-5812, Puerto Rico
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Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > San Juan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 22 Specialty Lodging in San Juan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Posada San Francisco Old San Juan 2*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Great location for budget travelers that want to experience living in the Old Town. Emphasis on cleanliness and daily up keeping of all common areas. We are 15 min walk to the beach, 5 min walk to bus terminal and 10 min walk from Old San Juan pier. Very close to all historic sites and restaurants. The accommodation is overlooking the plaza Colon and bay. There are 9 rooms / 6 shared bathrooms. Prices fluctuate $45-$55 (per room, max 2). Newly renovated interiors. All rooms have AC and clean white sheets and comforters. There is a common kitchen and 2 common TV areas w/satellite. 2 balconies and wireless internet in the floor + the cafes underneath offer free wifi also. ... more   less 
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