Reservations & Information
Reservations & Information
We have a guest suite in our house in the Santurce section of San Juan. The guest suite uses the main entrance and reception gallery to the house, but has a private entrance gate, exterior couryard, guest room with private bath and ’sunken kitchen’ with a sit-up counter.
The guest room has a king size bed, cable TV, Free Wi-Fi Internet access, air conditioning, ceiling fan, DVD player and Ipod/Stereo system. The ensuite private bathroom has a sink, toilet and shower (no bathtub).
There is a new supermarket planned right around the corner (opening in December 2009) so you can easily prepare meals in the guest suite’s indoor/outdoor kitchen (sink, gas stove, full refrigerator/freezer, microwave, espresso machine, electric kettle, blender, toaster).
NOTE: The guest suite does not have an enclosed ‘living area’. The bedroom opens to a private courtyard that also has a semi-open kitchen area which can also get wet in the rain. Its perfect when our weather is sunny (most of the time). However, when it rains, the courtyard does get wet and the extendable canopies do not cover the entire area – so you may get wet going from the bedroom to the kitchen. You should also not leave computers, papers or anything in the courtyard that may get wet, since we can have short showers anytime in the tropics. (See photos for reference).
Location: Santurce is on the ‘other side of the highway’ from Condado/Ocean Park and has become the center of San Juan’s new ‘Arts & Culture’ redevelopment area. The house is across from a condo, next to a residential hotel and just a few feet from Ponce de Leon Ave and a Pentecostal Church (see street photo).
There is currently an exhibition of many of the ‘Modernismo’ buildings on this section of Ponce de Leon with the innovative ‘Avianca’ building and the San Martin office building just around the corner. Check the poster at http://www.docomomopr.org (right-click on the image and open in new window – then magnify – or just click here) for some of the major examples in our area which combine with late Art Deco buildings to make a stoll down Ponce de Leon Avenue very interesting.
We’re only a 8-10 minute walk from San Juan’s Fine Arts Center (Bellas Artes) and new Puerto Rico Museum of Art (MAPR) where you’ll also find restaurants, cafes and nightlife. The recently renovated Francisco Arriví and Victoria Espinosa Theaters are two blocks away on Poncé de Leon Avenue.
Transportation: The MetroBus stop is a block away that brings you to Old San Juan in one direction and the Urban Train in the other for only 50 cents per trip (exact change required). At the Urban Train you can change for the elevated train for Rio Piedras Shopping, Centro Medico, Bayamón’s Sports Center or Bayamon Pueblo (town center). The Urban Train station is also where you change for the #22 Bus that takes you to Plaza Las Americas – the largest shopping mall in the Caribbean.
A taxi from the airport is approximately $20 -$22 one way depending on luggage and how much you tip.
Parking: Street parking is available on Calle Saldaña.
Beaches: The best beach in San Juan is a 15 minute walk to “Parque del Indio” that divides Condado from Ocean Park. You can rent beach chairs/umbrellas – but there are no public changing facilities or bathrooms on this beach.
You can also take the Metrobus and get off near the Caribé Hilton at Parque Munoz Marin for Escambrón Beach which has rest rooms, changing facilities, food vendors and is very popular with families. It is also has San Juan’s best surfing at ‘El Ocho’ when the surf’s up! The bus ride takes about 15 minutes and then there is about a 7 minute walk to the beach.
ATM (ATH in Puerto Rico): There are two bank machines on Calle del Parque – just 2 blocks from the casita. Both accept major networks, but if you want to check on any fees, they are First Bank of Puerto Rico and BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentina). There is also a Banco Popular branch with ATM near the Fine Arts Center (8 min walk).
One block – Godfather (Dominican/Caribbean & Breakfast – open 24 hours on weekends). Caesar’s Café – lunch.
Two blocks – Café Olé (breakfast & lunch café weekdays). La Casona (very elegant Spanish & Puerto Rican cuisine), Subway.
Five blocks – Fine Arts Center (8 min walk): Pizzaria Uno. Denny’s (24 hours), Burger King.
Five blocks – Museum of Art (10 minute walk): Sangre Pura (Argentine Pizza & Burgers), Café de Paris (elegant French cuisine), Rigeletto (Pastries, Paninni, light fare, espresso). Hacienda San Pedro (Starbucks style coffeeshop).
Five Blocks – Condado (10 minute walk): Bebo’s Café (Puerto Rican Food).
10 blocks – Plaza del Mercado (20 min walk or short bus ride): Santurce’s historic market has many popular restaurants that surround the traditional Puerto Rican vegetable/fruit/spice vendors. On Thursday and Friday nights there is a very popular ‘happening’ here where young hip executive types hang out, listen to music, drink and eat inexpensive Puerto Rican ‘street-food’ (you can also dine at the more traditional restaurants). A new branch of ‘Fat Tuesday’ will open here shortly.
Nightlife near Bellas Artes (8-10 minute walk): One of the largest ‘Miami-Style’ Discos “Liquid” attracts a mostly young crowd on weekends. ‘Tia Maria Bar’ and ‘STARZ Disco’ attract the gay-friendly crowd. Several ‘Gentlemen’s Clubs’ along Ponce de Leon attract – well, ‘Gentlemen’. ‘Community’ on Fernandez Juncos is part art gallery, part disco and one of the hottest ‘underground-style’ clubs in San Juan at the moment.
Extended Stay Rates Available on Request.
NATURE ALERT: There may be small lizards in the courtyard (we like them – they’re cute and they eat mosquitos). Small birds and hummingbirds are common. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a ‘coqui’ tree frog. Mosquitos during rainy weather (we provide spay). Large ‘palmetto bugs’ (cockroach-type insects that fly at night during full or new moon mating seasons). The males seem to ‘mate and then expire’, so you may occasionally find dead bugs in the courtyard or open kitchen in the morning after a full or new moon.
These are all common throughout San Juan – even at big resorts. If these bother you – or if this is just ‘too much nature’, please consider other accommodations since any or all of these may find their way into the open kitchen or the bedroom if the doors are left open. However, all are harmless and part of our local eco-system. There are several dogs next door – which may bark as you enter the passage until they get used to you (Lucky, Brownie & Minnie are otherwise pretty well behaved).
Photos of guest suite at Casita Coqui
Take a look at the photos and see if our guest suite is right for you!
Map of 456 Calle Saldaña