I read some of the reviews and decided to give it a try. I arrived by taxi to the hotel with no problems whatsoever. It was only a 10 minute ride. The hotel is located in an okay, but geographically weird area. Why, you ask? Well, it's situated near the off ramp of a divided street which makes it very unsafe to cross and very tight quarter to unload your baggage.
The parking lots if very small and narrow, so if you have a rental car you can almost be assured that you will not get parking in the parking lot. You may be lucky a block or so away. But that wasn't a big deal for us because we only rented a car for a day.
The hotel lobby is rather small so you are constantly bumping into other people, but the staff is friendly and very helpful. They helped guide me into town by providing me the information to get the bus to go into `old San Juan. It's super easy and only .50 0r .75 cents to ride. It was about a 15 to 20 min ride. Most everyone doesn't speak English or at least not well so if you are shaky with your Spanish, bring a phrase book. I am okay with my Spanish and still managed to get lost an 1 hour out of my way. Everyone that I asked mainly spoke to me in Spanish but were very friendly and helped me to get back to the hotel. So no worries.
Down the street from the hotel, [to the right] 1.5 blocks was a post office and a local grocery store. Across the street there is a restaurant that stayed open pretty late in the evenings. Of course right across the street there is a lagoon that some of the locals swim in. It wasn't the cleanest . . .
OK, onward to the hotel room: I was pleasantly surprised at how clean and modern the hotel was. My room was on the 4th floor and faced the lagoon. There was a flat screen tv, 2 double beds, safe, mini fridge, and microwave. The bathroom was a little small, but very clean. It also had a window that opened up for fresh air. The closets were a little dumpy but who cares. It served it's purpose and everything else worked just great!
I got to use the washer machine to wash clothes, but `i can't remember if there was a fee or not. If there was, it was a nominal charge. I remember seeing a work out room, but of course I never worked out. I've traveled so much since then, some of the details in my mind get mixed together. Now, I just checked out some of the pix of others who enjoyed a roof top meal. Well, heck I surely don't remember that. But that's okay because I got the room for $50 a night and that was totally within my budget!!!
As for the back of the lobby, there is free wi-fi. There is only one computer so your time is limited, but everyone is pretty respectful of usage. To the side of the lobby there is a kitchen area where we missed many of the breakfasts, but managed to eat cereal one of those days.
All in all, I have to say this was a super sweet deal!!! Make sure to rent a car and drive around some parts of the island. We went to the observation point, and then to the El Yunque. We played at the beach ate great inexpensive food, and meet some Americans along the way.
I can't wait to go again... who's in??
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