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“Just Amazing!!!!!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Plaza De Armas Old San Juan

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Hotel Plaza De Armas Old San Juan
Ranked #25 of 46 Hotels in San Juan
Winter Haven, Florida
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Just Amazing!!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2014

Perfect location just a few steps from the governor house!!
Security everywhere. Great food all around the area. Full of Puerto Rico history.
This hotel is for pure adventure!
Warning: This hotel is not a resort. If you want a hotel to stay all day in your room do not stay here.
This hotel is for pure fun and excitement.
It is in a great location close to monuments, great restaurants and bars, nightlife and cultural places.
Close to the airport and malls.
Im telling you this hotel is amazing. Service is great and the a/c is real cold.
Great Great Great!!!!!

Room Tip: First floors because the elevator is very old and slow.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2014

Stayed in May 2014. The hotel is in the center of Old San Juan, letting you walk to all the historic sites and be near your hotel if you want to go to rest or pick something in the middle of the day. There are no luxuries but it is impeccably clean, and all personnel were very nice and happy to serve.
Be prepared for the elevator. Since it is an old building that has been remodeled there is only one elevator, and it is an old one (approx. 4 people can get in at the same time), so you may have to wait for others or make more than one trip depending of your luggage. You may open its door only when it has arrived to your floor and has fully stopped. If you try to open the door when it is in another floor it will stop where it is and not move until someone there opens and shuts the door again. It is not a big deal, just be aware of this to make things easier.
This is a great place to stay if you want to enjoy Old San Juan and just have a good place to sleep.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank exploraboricua
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Hephzibah, Georgia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014

Stayed at Plaza De Armas in May 2014. We reserved three rooms for family gathering. Although, the hotel is older rooms were comfortable, clean and quiet. Friendly staff, very helpful. Located in the heart of Old San Juan making it easily accessible to food, shopping, sightseeing and lots of wonderful history. We will definitely return.

Room Tip: Stay in the interior rooms if you like to sleep in.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1,269 reviews
85 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 543 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2014

We struggled to get to the hotel as there were a few roads closed in old town, but the concierge walked us through turn by turn and I was thankful when we finally arrived. We had an interior room, so there was no window. This was fine with me as all we did was sleep here. The hotel has a wide open central area to help with ventilation, but all of the rooms have AC and ours worked great. This was not the fanciest hotel room, it was clean, basic, perfect for our stay. I bought the room off Hotwire.com and for $115 a night, I don't think you could touch anything close in old San Juan. The location is nice as you are in the heart of Old San Juan, everything is a short walk away. If the heat becomes too much, you can always duck back for a little siesta and then make the most of the night time. The hotel was quite, my only gripe is the old school elevator which if someone didn't close all of the doors on one of the floors, wouldn't work. I ended up using the stairs most of the time, which was fine. They don't have parking, so we ended up parking in the Dona Fela ramp which for two days was only $19. This was a great find for us, a great stay and I would recommend it for someone who is just looking for a place to sleep while they get out and enjoy all of what Old San Juan has to offer. The staff was great as well, and they have some good recommendations although we found them a bit biased, based on whichever restaurant had just bought them dinner.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TryppAdams
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2014

Stayed here with my boyfriend over the weekend and this place was perfect for what we wanted! The rooms were small and it feels a little cramped to not have a window but the perfect location and fair prices made up for it! This hotel was located within walking distance of anywhere you wanted to go in Old San Juan, which is exactly where you need to be if you want a mix of history and things to do. The staff was very polite and spoke perfect English, plus they are at the front desk 24 hours a day so you always have someone there when you need help. The rooms are obviously older but they were clean and had lots of lights. This hotel is perfect for staying near everything you want, but don't expect a luxury room.

Room Tip: Try to stay on a lower floor just because the elevator is very slow
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank wsmile
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Austin, Texas
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16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2014

I was very pleased with this little hotel. The staff was very helpful and friendly. I got the smallest room possible, with no window, but it was adequate, even cozy. The bathroom was clean and bright, the bed comfortable. It is right in the middle of Old San Juan, with stunning views of the bay just down the street on a parapet, and a supermercado around the corner. You can't go wrong if you're looking for clean, quiet accomodation at this budget hotel.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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346 reviews
85 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

We are just checking out of this hotel in which we stayed for a couple of nights. Is a nice simple lodging in the middle of Old San Juan where 500 years of history surround you.
There aren't many hotels in Old San Juan. And this the most affordable one.
Don't expect anything fancy, just the basic. A bed, a shower and an old tv set with plenty of channels to watch. Through Direct TV.
The best features of this hotel are its location and its friendly staff.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Plaza De Armas Old San Juan

Property: Hotel Plaza De Armas Old San Juan
Address: 202 Calle San Jose | Old San Juan, San Juan 00925-3510, Puerto Rico
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > San Juan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Romantic Hotel in San Juan
#14 Family Hotel in San Juan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Plaza De Armas Old San Juan 2*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Hotel Plaza De Armas, located in the colonial district of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hotel Plaza De Armas is for travelers looking to be in the center of Old San Juan. Hotel Plaza de Armas is a delightfully captivating colonial style hotel in the heart of picturesque Old San Juan, a city as rich in history as it is in culture. The colonial building features its unique and renowned antique elevator true to its history. In every direction you can find world-class shopping, dining and entertainment. Our completely unique location highlights spectacular views of the Plaza De Armas and puts you mere cobblestones away from 16th century Spanish fortresses, fascinating museums and art galleries. The modest standard rooms are windowless, excellent for a good night sleep. Suites overlook the city hall and Plaza de Armas. Hotel Plaza De Armas also offers high-speed Internet access in all common areas of the property. Even though everything is at walking distance, we have a trolley stop right outside our door and a taxi line across from the hotel .We look forward to your stay at Hotel Plaza De Armas! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Howard Johnson Plaza De Armas
Howard Johnson San Juan
Howard Johnson Old San Juan
San Juan Howard Johnson

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