We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Perfect Pre-cruise location!”
Review of S.J. Suites

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 8 more sites!
S.J. Suites
Ranked #42 of 48 Hotels in San Juan
Cincinnati
Level Contributor
64 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Perfect Pre-cruise location!”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

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.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank jmckib
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

260 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    53
    81
    68
    25
    33
See reviews for
26
130
9
14
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (55)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Surprise, Arizona
Level Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed March 9, 2013

My wife & I stayed there for 1 night in Feb 2013. Our luck was that it was only one night as this is a poor excuse for a hotel. Rooms were very plain, A/C did not cool the room, no phones, no ice, located on a busy, busy noisy street. Our room was in the front and the sun BLASTED thru the thin curtains starting at about 6:00 AM. The only positive is that it was near old town. Very expensive for what you get or should I say ----don't get!

Room Tip: If you want to stay in PR near old town spend the time and research the hotel
See more room tips
  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank John R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers are raving about these San Juan hotels

Longueuil, Canada
Level Contributor
224 reviews
93 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2013

There aren't that many mid-range hotels in Old San Juan, so we thought the SJ Suites would be a good choice as it's situated right in the middle of the old city, right on the busiest street (Calle Fortaleza). From the outside, it looks pretty grim...(and by the way, there's no parking, and not even room to stop to let off your bags if you happen to be driving). You have to ring to let the door open and then take an elevator to the 2nd floor where the reception desk is. Everything is pretty grim there also, with a not too friendly receptionist. We took the elevator to our rooms only to find that access to the rooms are closed off by a tall solid steel-mesh locked gate, which opens with your room key...but let's say that it reminds one somewhat of a prison! Everything, including the room decor, is a dull beige. The rooms do not have windows and the A/C is centrally controlled (though at least it is quiet!). The beds are OK and everything is quite clean. The bathrooms are tiny at best. All in all, considering the inflated rates at this hotel, I would look elsewhere....

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank RAPLongueuil
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Schroon Lake, New York
Level Contributor
66 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2013

Great Location. Nestled in the middle of Old San Juan, Clean but NO windows. Never thought to ask if they had windows! One Night I'd say stay, two you had better think about it. Walls, thin so could hear the joining room very clearly especially being they were noisy.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a window and not near elevator
See more room tips
  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank GaGirl_13
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Durango
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2013

This hotel was super clean and was in the hear to Old San Juan. The staff was very friendly and accomidating (let us keep our luggage in a storage room so we wouldn't have to lug it all over town while we were out exploring before our curise left later in the afternoon).

The only negaties were that there was NO hot water and no complimentary glasses for water or coffee.

Great location and great prices.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Alicia P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Clemson, South Carolina
Level Contributor
69 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2013

We flew into San Juan the day before a cruise and stayed here because of the location and convenience to Old San Juan and the port.
Location...Easy walking distance to pretty much everything in Old San Juan. Felt completely safe in this area. Easy access to Drug Stores, Grocery Stores, Port, Restaurants etc..
Rooms... Rooms were adequate for a one night stay, I believe this is the first time I have ever been in a hotel room with no windows so that was kinda strange. They have obviously did some updating in their bathrooms as the bathroom with nice with new tile work, very clean as well so that is a huge plus for them. Another oddity is that you have no control over the heat/air system. I got quite warm and was not able to adjust.
Price... At over $100 you are paying for just the convenience of location.
All in all if I am back in Old San Juan for just a night or maybe two, I would stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Ryan B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
98 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2013

SJ Suites is located in a central, relatively quiet location. Fortaleza has a lot of the desirable shopping and connects to other nearby streets with classic dining, sightseeing, and shopping. We found it plenty quiet. The proprietors on both days we stayed were helpful, friendly, and enthusiastic.

The rooms, however, are terribly dated ... and the rooms are sparsely furnished. A modest smell permeates the building and hallways as well as the room. The bathroom was small but recently re-done and very clean.

For those staying a single night and focused on the wonderful sights, sounds, and scents of colonial San Juan, this hotel will do.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Vince V
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these San Juan hotels
0.1 mi away
Hotel Milano
Hotel Milano
#35 of 48 in San Juan
929 reviews
0.1 mi away
Hotel Plaza De Armas Old San Juan
0.2 mi away
Cervantes
Cervantes
#23 of 48 in San Juan
517 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.2 mi away
Decanter Hotel
Decanter Hotel
#3 of 48 in San Juan
199 reviews
0.1 mi away
Da House Hotel
Da House Hotel
#26 of 48 in San Juan
597 reviews
0.2 mi away
Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to S.J. Suites? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about S.J. Suites

Property: S.J. Suites
Address: Fortaleza St. #253 | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > San Juan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #42 of 48 Hotels in San Juan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — S.J. Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Priceline, Hotwire, Booking.com, Expedia, Travelocity, TripOnline SA, Cancelon, getaroom.com and HRS so you can book your S.J. Suites reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
s.j. Hotel San Juan

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing