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Boutique hotels with charm in Old San Juan?

Hi. I'm heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico with my husband in two weeks and have to book a place to stay in Old San Juan. Before I book an airbnb, I wanted to see if anyone recommends a favorite small hotels with local charm.

I'd rather have big wooden-shuttered windows than a kitchenette, or a small, plant-filled balcony over beach-front location. And if there are any other must-do's in Old San Juan, I'd love to hear them, too, as this is the nabe we've eyed to stay in. Thanks.

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JR from Manhattan Beach

Hey Annemarie, i'm not a San Jaun expert (only been twice) but I stayed at the Hotel El Convento. It has a great location but I remembering it being fairly pricey and not as nice as I would have expected for the price. But if you're looking for airbnb or other hotels you can use that as a reference point for a good location and go from there. Even if you don't stay there it's worth a stop in to see the place. It was built in the 1600's as convent and you can still get a decent mojito there just as the nuns did 400 years ago ;)

Have fun!

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answered by
Priscila from Puerto Rico

Hi! I definitely recomend Hotel El Convento. It is small, very beautiful and has that antique colonial feeling of Old San Juan. This hotel has that local charm you are looking for. It has a great location; you can take a walk to El Morro, El museo del niño, El Paseo de la Princesa, and other important places. Of course there are other nice hotels you can check out. 

Have a great vacation!

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answered by
Amin from Kuwait

Hi Annemarie. I recommend two places that are very interesting. 

My first recommendation is The Gallery Inn.

Its like you are staying in a abandoned spanish ruin and its filled with art and statues. It is very rustic and brick like. My sister used to be a Host there and she loved how it made her feel like she was in a "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie.

My second recommendation is the hotel would be over the salsa club of the Nuyo Rican cafe. It is called Da House.

Yes it is extra loud and you will need ear plugs but it will make you feel like you are truly in the Rum Diaries movie. 

Sorry that I am referencing movies so much it just makes it easier to share the vibe in that way. I just noticed johnny depp is in both no way am i promoting him haha  

good luck in your travels.

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answered by
Lynn from Merrimack

Annemarie, look at Hotel El Convento.  I haven't been there but have heard good things. 

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