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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Posada San Francisco Old San Juan Hotel San Juan