My husband and I decided to stay here after our Carnival cruise. It is an easy walk from the pier as long as you don't have too much luggage.
The hotel is in the heart of Old San Juan and provides easy access to many restaurants, shopping and historical sites. It is not on or near the beach. If you want to stay on the beach I'd recommend the Ocean Park or Condado area, or the Caribe Hilton which is on the outskirts of Old San Juan.
You can hop on the free trolley to tour the city, or rent bikes like we did. It was a lot of fun. Avoid taking taxis or be prepared to pay $20 each time, regardless if you're going 5 blocks or to the airport. The airport is only approx. 20 minutes away which is also convenient.
Walk to Cuatro Sombras for coffee or tea and a quick breakfast and walk to Cafe Manolin for lunch. Both places are easy on your wallet and Cafe Manolin has excellent Puerto Rican food- especially the Mofongo con pollo! For dinner, splurge a little and head to the Parrot Club which is also just around the corner. The food is delicious!
Now- back to the Cervantes. The staff is friendly. Michelle at the front desk was our favorite! Very friendly and helpful with recommendations. The rooms were little small, but clean and updated. We were on the 5th floor over looking a street with lots of garbage dumpsters. I'm pretty sure they collect trash all through the night in Old San Juan.... So a little noisy but nothing that kept us awake.
I was happy to get a good rate on this room, but unhappy when I received the final bill- which included a $25 per day "San Juan location fee" and $30 per day of room taxes and occupancy fees. I went back and read the fine print from when I booked on Orbitz and the charges were disclosed, but I still think it's a trick to make the posted price appear lower than it is.
Overall I would stay here again if visiting Old San Juan.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cervantes boutique hotel at the gateway to Old San Juan is for sophisticated travelers that appreciate the fine art of hospitality. Inspired by the intimate 'town hotels' of Europe, rooms and elegant suites feature contemporary luxury designed by NoNo Maldonado. Exclusive penthouse suite with private terrace, spa-bath and keyed elevator access. Concierge-level service, free continental breakfast, flat-panel TVs, free Wi-Fi in the Lobby and public parking garages are nearby. Enjoy creative international cuisine at our acclaimed Panza Restaurant. We are 5 minutes away form cruise dock 1,2,3,4. We are in the heart of Old San Juan. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cervantes Hotel San Juan
- Cervantes San Juan