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“Decent room, friendly staff, good price.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Patio Guest House

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El Patio Guest House
Ranked #2 of 2 Isla Verde B&B and Inns
Frankfurt, Germany
Level Contributor
41 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Decent room, friendly staff, good price.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2009

We had to stay at this guest house because our flight back to Detroit was canceled due to the snowstorm in New York. We went to the Tourism Office at the airport asking for the cheapest place to stay 2 more nights and they suggested this one. Thanks God, the best suggestion ever. For only $70 a night you have a room with private bathroom, AC, cable TV, refrigerator in the bedroom and a swimming pool. Best thing is that this place has a kitchen were you can cook something and save some money (there's a supermarket 10 minutes walking distance). The kitchen is pretty clean and Angela is making every possible effort to keep it as clean as possible. The swimming pool was just fine (actually very small) but at least you have one. Nice place if you want to save some money on accomodation and dinners and if you are looking for an average place at a cheap price. Highly reccomended.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Mantino
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2008

Me and my Partner always went every year in Feburary during the Valentine's week and always have a blast walking the strip shopping and lounging around. We have meet the same people there and contact them for the return reunion, the owner Angela and her daughter are wonderful people the house keeper Maria she is great. We have not been ther in almost 6 years I have making reservation for Feburary to return to my Paradise. Although the people we have meet have lost contact we hope to someday see them again or to meet new people, we are from Chicago, Illinois. the room is very nice and very inexpensive I cannot wait you have all access to the beach in walking distance and the isla verde strip where you can got the the hotels for the casino or buffets. 5 min aways from the airport ewasy to get to when we go we do not rent a car just from airport to cab cost about $8-$12 dollars maybe a little more for two people and the bus to get to san juan .25c just be aware of the stop time last bus they differ if you want to stay out later then 5pm in old san juan......LOVE IT..........

  • Liked — The Owner Angela
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed February 2005, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank ryandenny78
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Aruba
Level Contributor
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2008

Hi,

My boyfriend and I stayed there for 12 nights. The place was awesome, and the service too.
We arrived there by the afternoon, when we got there our room was already cleaned.
The location is ideal, your not located next to the Highway, yet you're close to everything.
It is located near everything, There is Espana cafe, Linda's pancakes, across the highway you'll find a 24hrs supermarket, Burger king, many restaurants incl. 24hrs pizza place, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Mc. Donalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Long John's silver, Ponderosa oooffff, all of these places are right on the Isla Verde ave.
We walked from El Patio to all of these places, I felt very safe!!
we walked day and night, and not once was I afraid or have felt unsecure!
Once checked in you'll receive your key which you use to enter and exit the guest house.
The place is quiet and lovely, we used the kitchen to make breakfast, there's also the laundry facility, cool drinks and snack machines.
The rooms are cleaned every day!
I really enjoyed my stay there and I loved Puerto Rico, and I'll be back for sure!!!

I'm from Aruba, and I work at a 5 star hotel, let me tell you that the service I received here was on the same page as where I work.
Excellent!!!

God bless Angela and her family.

***please be advised that you're paying $69 a night, and you cannot expect a luxurious place. It is simple and nice****

Love Puerto Rico,

Angelique Ras.
Aruba, Dutch Caribbean.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — The double bed
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank AnjodoCaribe
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Toronto
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2008

Clean, has kitchen, A/C, Microwave, pool, court yard. Angela the owner is an Angel!!

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank trini_sun_lover
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THE BIG APPLE
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2008

Very welcoming and friendly owners. My family and I only stayed there for only one day awaiting boarding for a cruise. We had a party of 10 and El Patio Guest House was able to accomidate all of us to stay in one suite. The suite was clean and confortable for a one night stay. The pool and deck was especially nice. Stores and restaurants (fast food and lower budget ) were within walking distance (15 to 20 min.). Overall a nice and affordable place to stay for one day.

  • Liked — PATIO & POOL
  • Disliked — MOST, BUT NOT ALL THE BEDS WERE TWIN SIZE
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank shalirha
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brooklyn
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2007

If you are looking to stay some where cheap yet close to action. then this is the place. $69 a nite WOW! The B & B is owned by a little old lady and her adult daughter helps her. It is clean and they are a polite family.

Some problems: At first when I arrived, my flight was delayed due to an erupting volcano near PR, so by the time i got to the hotel, the owner already locked the gates. (this was at 12am) I called & called, no answer and eventually some teens let us in and we slept literally on the Patio until 6am. The owner finally awoke and explained she never heard our phone calls or banging but she did hear the loudness of the teens. It wasn't a big deal to me. . i have ruffed it before but for families I would advise arriving early!! They go to bed early & the lady is like 90 years old.

Despite that incident...she did not charge us for one nite's stay. The area is quaint. Besides the barking dogs and crazy highway you'll be fine. ON the main strip however, be aware of some sketchy sleeping homeless people. Well maybe one homeless guy.

In an attempt to catch a day trip, my boyfriend left his bag in a cab & the owner of el Patio went out her way to recover it!! She is awesome!!!!

The beach is about 5-7min walk from the hotel & the main strip with all the hotels are too. You can use the other hotels to book packages or day trips.

If you have money, take a $19 one way-cab ride to Old San Juan...If not take the 75 cents bus c-19 near the main strip of all the hotels...just be sure to tell the bus driver where you want to go...the locals will help you too!

San Juan is safe..if you act like a loud American...they will take advantage of you. Other than that try to speak some Spanish...eat at the sketchy little vendedores...Buena Suerte!!

  • Liked — the location
  • Disliked — the first nite! i couldn't check in!
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank fcarr2wins
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florida
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2007

Great location, close to the beach, old San Juan, Pinones, shopping mall(plaza las Americas), maybe 5-10 mintues from airport, there's a cafe around the corner, 24hr supermarket, close to charlie rental car. Good place for people with kids, very friendly staff & guests. We felt as if we were staying with family. There's a kitchen for everyone with pots, dishes, microwave, fridge. rooms were ahh okay-need improvement--doors squeak, furniture old and rooms could use painting-however very clean and cool a/c worked great. rooms were cleaned every day. Pool was nice, facility has parking and the neighborhood was safe and quiet. overall good place to stay. will stay here again

  • Liked — Location, Price & Staff
  • Disliked — rooms
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank santos571
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Property: El Patio Guest House
Address: Urb. Ext. Villamar #23 Mar de Bering | Carolina, PR, Isla Verde, Carolina 00979, Puerto Rico
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Carolina > Isla Verde
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Isla Verde
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Patio Guest House is a modern inn, with Old World charm, and hospitality. Our goal is to make you feel at home. For more information, read the description and the general information. DescriptionEl Patio Guest House "A Short Walk to the Beach"El Patio Guest House is a modern inn, with Old World charm, and hospitality.... El Patio is only a short drive from Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. Is is close to shopping, beaches, restaurants, and the many things to do in Isla Verde. The poolside at El Patio is a favorite gathering place for guests. El Patio's conviviality and personal attention from Angela Martinez, your bilingual hostess, make it a favorite for both business travelers and vacationers. You'll appreciate the tranquility, the companionship, the modern comfort and old world charm. El Patio brings you the best of both worlds. Angela Martinez founded this two-story inn in 1960, now 52 years later, El Patio is still open for business and welcomes anyone who wants to enjoy the beauty and enchantment of Puerto Rico. Now at almost 87 years old, Angela does anything to make you feel at home along with her daughter and her granddaughter Daniela, that is our goal.Enjoy El Patio's many terraces. And don't forget, for sun lovers, one of Puerto Rico's most beautiful beaches is only steps away. Each tropically furnished room has a private bath, A/C, Cable TV (currently no cable available), a refrigerator, and a closet. You can use the facilities of the guest kitchen, the laundromat, and the pool. A FRIENDLY WELCOME AWAITS YOU AT EL PATIO. ... more   less 
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