We stayed at the SJ Suites on a Saturday night before our cruise departure on Sunday. I think this place is perfect for that!
Our cab driver had a little trouble finding it since the actual address is for a jewelry store. The SJ Suites door is next to the jewelry store but the lobby is upstairs. You have to buzz to get in which is nice for security. When we arrived the front desk guy was away and there was a sign saying check with the jewelry store. Only trouble was, it was closed too. Fortunately, another set of guests appeared and they let us in. The elevator isn't really big enough for 4 people and luggage so 2 of us and all the bags rode up one floor to the lobby.
Right as we got to the desk, Raymond came back from the errand he was running. He checked us in promptly. He was very friendly and helpful. After giving us our room keys he answered out questions about getting to the port, storing our luggage after the cruise, which they're happy to do, and places to eat. He also gave us a nice map of Old San Juan. He pointed out sights to see and one area to avoid. He advised that we stay out of La Perla unless we want to buy drugs or get mugged. He was very helpful and hospitable!
Our room was on the 3rd floor so the luggage rode the elevator while 3 of us took the stairs. There is a locked door to each floor that your room key opens, again, a nice security feature. Our room, like the rest of the hotel, was simple and clean. The furnishings were fine but would not blow you away if you're expecting trendy or modern. Everything worked just fine. The Direct TV service had most of the popular channels. The bathroom had a shower stall but no tub. Each room has a mini-fridge. Our room had a king bed that was quite comfortable.
As others have noted, there seem to be very few rooms, if any, with windows. Fine with us, we didn't come here to sit and look out the window! I slept like a log but I overheard some other guests complaining about noise. Old San Juan is a lively area and it is on a busy street so some noise from outside, and fellow guest returning in the wee hours, is a possibility.
Raymond suggested a couple of restaurants for dinner and a place for breakfast and they were great. We chose El Mojito for dinner and Cafe Manolin for breakfast. Good food, friendly but not the speedy service like we're used to on the mainland.
The next day my wife and I walked all around Old San Juan. It's about 10-15 minutes to El Morro and 5-10 to San Cristobal fortress and the old Cathedral. We were able to walk to the ship with our luggage on our own. It was about a 10 minute walk, all downhill.
This is a perfect spot for an overnight stay before your cruise or for any short visit to Old San Juan.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Old San Juan. Enjoy the rich history of Old San Juan. Old San Juan has an abundance of museums, stores, excellent restaurants, open air café, tree shaded plazas, majestic homes and buildings the let you appreciate its old beauty and architectonic peculiarity.Whether for a day or a week, by staying in S.J. Suites Hotel you are assuring that you’ll have a stay full of interesting things to do in Old San Juan, declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in (1983). Explore & enjoy the amazing array of points of interest in Old San Juan and then come and rest in one of our comfortable rooms.We're also conveniently located close to the Cruise Piers. There are over 40 points of interest steps away from S.J. Suites Hotel… so get ready to explore! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- s.j. Hotel San Juan