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Coqui del Mar Guest House
Ranked #4 of 29 San Juan B&B and Inns
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Austin, Texas, United States
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“"Great place to stay!"”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

My best friend and I recently spent 10 fun filled days in Puerto Rico. This was our third time staying at Coqui Del Mar and this place never disappoints. Noyda & Neal are so welcoming and treat you like family. The rooms are very cozy and inviting and are equipped with everything you need for your vacation. Sunscreen...check.....beach towels.....check......coffee maker......check. Coqui Del Mar is within walking distance to many great restaurants and of course.....the beach! Coqui Del Mar has a beautiful courtyard, jacuzzi, and themed rooms. Coqui Del Mar is also eco-friendly and very affordable. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and have a kitchen (except the studio). If you are looking for a relaxing vacation then this is place to be. The next time I return to Puerto Rico I will definitely be staying at Coqui Del Mar!!

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Arrival was mid day to a peaceful quiet street with mature canopy (fern and fauna) leading to a most charming destination. The room, La Concha (The shell) was ready, with cotton sheets, clean updated bathroom and ceiling fan going. The color tones and furnishings in the room nice and eclectic and all working. Loved the little seperate kitchen. The birds, distant street noises and occassional barking dog was just fine. At night, close the windows if you want and power up the cool A/C. You just drop in on a beachy sophisticated architecturally pleasing neighborhood with no fuss. And easy to park a car out front. The walk around the corner to Ocean Park beach leading to an open beach was amazing. Mid week was perfect and no crowds. Drop the towel and into the perfect temp Ocean. If you want you can jog in the park or play tennis. Just the right amount of activity in this athletic park across from main beach / ocean that gives a little peek at the local culture. Everything moved at a slower pace. Area well protected too for those squeamish about security. Friendly law enforcement in cars, on motorcycles and bikes round the clock. Easy trip to stores, eateries and groceries. Coque Del Mar's great reviews are now fully understood. Last of three nights we were in El Cangrejo (The Crab) room, next door to La Concha and just as comfortable. And last but not at all least... our hosts Noyda and Neal most gracious and accomodating. I did not want to leave. also.... love the cross ventilation of the rooms with windows in bed area, bathroom and kitchen. important to me. And better yet... non smoking rooms. :). back garden patio nice and a little more meandering behind the other side of building is the Jacuzzi with beachy, calm and airy mood. Enjoy Puerto Rico and all that has earned it the title: Isla Del Encanto!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

Maybe not the coolest place with the highest standard but with the laid back attitude, personal courtesy, high service level and the feel for your person, this was a truly great place to stay at. Both Noyda and Neil have a good sence of where the level of their guests integrity goes and adjust service level after the needs of the guest.

I couldn't think of a nicer place to stay when in San Juan. The nearby beach at Ocean Park is fine as a city beach, nice places to eat nearby and a good Supermarket at Plaza Loiza.

Renting a car at Charlie's makes this the perfect place to have as base when making daily trips around the island.

I will gladly go back and stay at Coqui del Mar anytime.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

My son and I recently spent four days at Coqui Del Mar. Leave all your worries behind because Noyda and Neal have thought of everything. The property is equipped with all the beach essentials...beach mats, sand pails and toys, boogie boards, beach chairs, even sunscreen. Plenty of tourist literature, including Frommer Guides in each unit. Each unit has a kitchenette which makes it affordable for breakfast and snacks. If you want to cook, a patio with gas grill and dining furniture is available to all guests. A six person hot tub is waiting for you after a long day of hiking in the rain forest.
Various accomodations make it a great getaway for practically any group. They have a unit with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths which was being rented by a family while we were there. Some units are romantic, perfect for newleyweds. And others have plenty of space for a girl's weekend away. Noyda is a San Juan native and therefore very familiar with the local scene. She is great at giving recommendations for local restaurants as well as beaches and other attractions.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

The hubby and I spent six days at Coqui del Mar and highly recommend it as a lovely home away from home. Great location - one block from the beach and a large park; close to the airport yet we never heard or saw a plane; walking distance to the grocery store and the bus stop for the 75 cent bus ride in to Old San Juan. Managers Neal and Noyda provided lots of helpful information about restaurants and local sights. They seem genuinely interested in making sure that their guests have a superb experience during their stay in San Juan. We concur with other reviews regarding all of the nice amenities. The guest house is affordably priced and eco-friendly. If you want a home-like experience instead of a high-rise hotel stay, this is the place for you. Fabulous! We would look no further during our next stay in San Juan.

Room Tip: We stayed in the La Concha room at the end of the top/second floor. Very nice. Studio apartment-styl...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Stayed for two wonderful nights in Coqui del Mar at end of our family vacation. Owner Noyda attended to all our needs and equipted us with beach chairs and toys for our daughters. The smile on my daughter's face when she showed me the buckets of toys she was lent was priceless. This is the kind of thing that you won't find at a hotel and made our stay so memorable. Also liked that the room was equipted with numerous travel books and guides. Noyda also gave us clear directions and was very knowledgeable about the area attractions. Our room was clean and comfortable. They lent us a crib for the baby. On street parking never an issue, neighborhood safe. Recommended Coqui del Mar for everyone...families, couples, solo travelers. Thanks so much for a great stay!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Bloomington, Indiana
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

My boyfriend and I recently took a trip to San Juan and stayed 6 days at the Coqui del Mar. It was a $20 taxi ride from the airport, a block from the beach, and is nested within a residential neighborhood so noise at night was never an issue. There is a local grocery store a few blocks away as well as a park, track and numerous restaurants within a half mile. Noyda and Neal were super helpful in providing recommendations for local restaurants to try. They also offered free bikes to borrow, and one could do their laundry on site. Coqui del Mar has a patio in the back with tables, chairs, shade, trees, a bbq, and a hot tub. They only have 7 rooms to rent and so the atmsphere felt like we were almost staying at a friend's house rather than renting a room from a skyscraper hotel. I would highly recommend staying here.

Room Tip: My boyfriend and I stayed in El Mango which had a comfy bed, a/c that helped tremendously in the hea...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Coqui del Mar Guest House
Address: 2218 Calle Gen Del Valle, San Juan 00913-4514, Puerto Rico (Formerly Coqui del Mar Guesthouse)
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > San Juan
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in San Juan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Coqui del Mar Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you want to experience Puerto Rico like a local while still having all the conveniences of home, this is your place. We make you feel at home. You have private personal space (all rooms have private kitchens and private bathrooms), while in a beach side neighborhood setting away from the crowded tourist areas. You will experience some of the best Puerto Rico has to offer while living like a local, visiting the restaurants frequently visited by locals (no chain restaurants near us). We are in the Ocean Park beach area of San Juan, in between Old San Juan and the international airport. We are 3 minutes walk to the nearest beach. Ocean Park beach is one of the locals's favoites, and also a preferred spot for kite surfing and windsurfers. We are 5 minutes walk to the tourist bus route (which goes to the casinos and to Old San Juan) and walkable to restaurants and grocery stores. Each of our units have full kitchen, free WiFi, cable TV/DVD, Apple TV, in room safes, and an Ipod player. We strive to provide more than expected, and I think you will find that with us, from the beach chairs, or bicycles to the in room safes, there are never extra charges. One of the best things about us is our live in management, Noyda and Neal, who call Coqui del Mar home and welcome you as if it is your home as well. They are local experts and can help you find a great restaurant, plan a special event, or enjoy a chat. Our courtyard, bar-b-que and jacuzzi are great for meeting other guests. If you are looking for personal service and a unique, eco-friendly (we have solar hot water supplemented by electric, ceiling fans supplemented by ACs, and offer recycling), and a clean guest house for a reasonable price, then check us out. We are not a Marriott and offer our own unique sense of quirky and intimate Puerto Rico. Come join us. *Our free parking is on a public street in front of our location. Not difficult to find a spot, but it is not designated parking for our guest house and is open to all. * Airport transportation acknowledges that there is taxi service from the airport. **Free parking is on street parking ... more   less 
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