SOFO CasaBlanca Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Pros

  • Good location near restaurants, shopping, and night clubs
  • All rooms have flat-screen TVs and iPod docks
  • Funky and cool decor in the lobby
  • Free breakfast
  • Free Internet
  • Free passes to nearby gym two blocks away
  • Wine bar in the lobby
  • Only 15-minute drive from the airport

Cons

  • Small, dark rooms
  • Showers have temperamental water pressure and temperature
  • No elevators
  • Hallways are worn and smell musty
  • Loud at night
  • Rooms lack expected amenities like hairdryers

Bottom Line

The draw of SOFO CasaBlanca Hotel is its location -- right in the middle of historic Old San Juan, near countless restaurants, nightclubs, and shops. But once you get past the funky, chic decor of the lobby, the hallways are worn and musty, and the rooms -- despite the cute, eclectic decor -- are on the small side, with thin walls, tiny bathrooms (that have temperamental water pressure and temperature), and little light. Perks like free breakfast and Internet add value, but it's worth comparing rates with The Gallery Inn and Villa Herencia.

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 Location

On a lively street in historic Old San Juan

SOFO CasaBlanca Hotel sits on Fortaleza Street, a street lined with shops, nightclubs, and restaurants.

Historic Old San Juan is covered with blue cobblestone streets, and is home to art galleries, museums, and plenty of historic sites -- including several centuries-old Spanish forts. It's right by the port, which brings in cruise ship crowds, and slightly more afield from the beach -- though it's still within walking distance.

  • 15-minute drive to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport
  • 5-minute walk to the Port of San Juan
  • 5-minute walk to La Fortaleza, the Governor's Palace
  • 5-minute walk to the San Juan Cathedral
  • 10-minute walk to the part of Fort San Cristobal on the northern coast (it wraps around the city)
  • 15-minute walk to the San Juan National Historic Site, which includes Fort San Felipe del Morro, Fort San Cristobal, and a portion of the old city walls
  • 15-minute walk to the beach
  • 15-minute drive to Isla Verde Beach, for great snorkeling

 Bottom Line

The draw of SOFO CasaBlanca Hotel is its location -- right in the middle of historic Old San Juan, near countless restaurants, nightclubs, and shops. But once you get past the funky, chic decor of the lobby, the hallways are worn and musty, and the rooms -- despite the cute, eclectic decor -- are on the small side, with thin walls, tiny bathrooms (that have temperamental water pressure and temperature), and little light. Perks like free breakfast and Internet add value, but it's worth comparing rates with The Gallery Inn and Villa Herencia.

Things You Should Know About SOFO CasaBlanca Hotel

Address

  • 316 Fortaleza St., Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901

Room Types

  • Premium Exterior Room
  • Standard Interior King Room
  • Standard Interior Queen Room
  • Superior Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 35
Internet Access: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Old San Juan, San Juan
Address: 316 Fortaleza St., Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901
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