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“The only place to stay in San Juan”
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Penthouse suite - entire 3rd floor in Historic House in San Juan's Arts + Culture District
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Penthouse suite - entire 3rd floor in Historic House in San Juan's Arts + Culture District
Two separate sitting areas on each side of the fountain. Your terrace has a fountain, bistro table/chairs and lots of tropical flowers!
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Penthouse suite - entire 3rd floor in Historic House in San Juan's Arts + Culture District
Two separate sitting areas on each side of the fountain.
Your terrace has a fountain, bistro table/chairs and lots of tropical flowers!
The cantilevered staircase tower has lots of charm!
Your kitchenette has microwave, mini-fridge, coffee-maker, kettle, toaster - but no stove.
Your make-up station with lighted mirror.
TV room with doors to the terrace closed.
TV Room - extended cable with 100 channels - no premium channels.  Free WiFi throughout the suite.
TV room.
Bedroom with the wall opened for full view to the TV room.
The main gallery is built on the original rooftop water cistern.
Vintage stained glass window.
Bedroom with king bed.
Bedroom wall closed - seen from the TV room.
Close the 'invisible wall' at night for privacy or to use the air conditioning.
Bedroom has air conditioning and ceiling fan.
Kitchen
Closet with lots of space.
Mosaic in the walk-in closet.
Bathroom overview.
Bathroom has urinal - no fights over 'seat up' or 'seat down'!
Double sinks with large mirror, make-up mirror, hair dryer + towels.
Shower opens out to terrace garden.
your shower seen from outside - don't worry, its still very private!
Don't worry, the birds aren't real... but you will see lots of birds from the terrace.
Body wash, shampoo and conditioner are provided.
The 'hidden' toilet is behind a unique sliding door.
You have a locked door at the top of the stairs to your penthouse.
Historic House in San Juan Arts District - Penthouse suite is the entire top floor!
The lobby.
Front Door has a bulletin board with what's going on in San Juan!
Ground Floor Lobby has coffee/tea station & 'emergency rum' just outside the museum and art gallery.
Entrance to the art gallery is under the carnival mask - entrance to the stairway is to the right.
The other side of the lobby with folk art horse.
We provide beach towels, guides, first aid, yoga mats in the lobby.
Musem of folk art on the first floor of the building.
Join the curator for a glass of wine and museum tour during your stay!
Ellie Pruess Gallery is located at the end of the lobby.
Lobby with antique floor tiles.
Antique floor tiles from 1915 - a unique hydraulic cement technique that still looks new!
Lobby: there is a box of quarters if you need to make change for the bus.
You pass through the second floor dining room on your way up to the penthouse.
Stairs from the dining room up to the penthouse.
Stairway from the second floor dining area up to your penthouse.
You have your own key to the locked door to the stairway.
Abradacabra Arts 'Counter-Café' is just next door to us!
Abracadabra has frequent arts events and Jazz every Friday night.
Your next door rock band practice a couple times a week - but they rarely practice later than 10pm.
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Judybusy
Minneapolis
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“The only place to stay in San Juan”
Reviewed September 16, 2015 for a stay in January 2013
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My partner and I have stayed with Richard several times, and will be going again January 2016. We absolutely love the penthouse apartment. It's beautiful, quiet, and Richard is a great host. The neighborhood is interesting, and the Museum of Puerto Rican Arts, the Mercado, and a large upscale grocery store are all within five to fifteen minutes' walk. Old San Juan is an easy bus ride away. We don't do the beach in SJ--that's what Vieques is for--but you can walk to the beach in 15". We've also stayed one night in the first floor--cute, but we like the spaciousness of the third floor. Book early, as this gem fills up quickly.

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Liked best: The decor and the private balcony with decorative pool.
Liked least: It gets booked quickly. We had to stay elsewhere one year.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Bryne B
Jonestown, Pennsylvania, United States
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“The honeymoon of our dreams!”
Reviewed October 16, 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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I'll start with Richard. What an amazing host! The price we paid for our week in the Penthouse would have been a reasonable price to pay for Richard's guidance and advice alone! From the moment we contacted him to inquire about a rental all the way through our stay, we knew we could count on Richard. Whether it's this location or somewhere else, if he is your contact, book with confidence!

We chose this location for our honeymoon rather than the typical resort where you are confined to one location. This allowed us the flexibility to really explore the island, immerse ourselves in the culture and, most importantly, sample the food!

Upon arriving at the house, Richard greeted us warmly and showed us around a bit. We then went for a walking tour of Santurce. Richard is a wealth of information of his area and the entire island. During our walk, he pointed out the grocery store, gym, bars, restaurants and other key points of interest. He also pointed out important cultural and architectural landmarks. At the end of our tour, he dropped us off at a local restaurant and left us on our own to explore!

Our time spent in the house was always extremely relaxing and awe inspiring. Due to a late cancellation, the second floor unit was vacant and Richard was gracious enough to allow us to use the full kitchen. This saved us lots of money, as I was able to whip up tasty breakfasts for the Mrs. right at home! In addition, Richard allowed us to use a homemade batch of sofritas he'd made! The Penthouse is beautifully laid out. The bedroom and television room are large and the design is very open. We spent a fair amount of time relaxing on the peaceful balcony, as well. The bed was super comfortable and the a/c cranked to make our overnights feel like home.

Every suggestion Richard gave us was on the money. Rather than getting into all of them, I'll suggest my favorite. If you rent a car, definitely take Richard's advice on visiting Luquillo! The Kioskos are amazingly diverse and a cultural cornucopia! From the road they look like an old run down strip mall. But up close, you'll find an elderly Puerto Rican woman selling homemade candy in one unit, next to a trinket store, next to a dive bar, next to a fine dining restaurant! It's incredible and best of all, there is a beautiful public beach directly behind the Kioskos. The beach was very sparsely populated while we were there and the water was clear, calm and warm. On the way home, make sure to stop by El Verde BBQ (another Richard suggestion) and pick up delicious Puerto Rican food by the pound to eat during your stay!

I could go on and on, but the picture is clear. Book a stay with Richard and you will not be sorry! Thank you, Richard!

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Liked best: The host, the neighborhood, the beautiful decor, local food!
Liked least: Had to leave. :(
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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