Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
In the heart of Old San Juan, a short walk from restaurants, bars, and attractions
Old San Juan was built in 1521, and visiting still feels a bit like going back in time, if you can see past the cars and the storefronts. You won't find skyscrapers or modern buildings here, but perfectly restored centuries-old colonial buildings, and colorful low-rise homes on narrow cobblestone streets.
This historic neighborhood is full of art galleries, sidewalk cafes, and beautiful colonial architecture. Its proximity to the cruise port means there are crowds all year round, but most attractions are within walking distance, and there are wonderful tree-shaded squares where you can take a break halfway up the climb to the old fort.
This charming boutique hotel on a quiet side street in Old San Juan might make you feel like you've stepped back in time. Each of the eight rooms is furnished differently, but all share comfortable beds, high ceilings, antique furniture, ornate light fixtures, and direct access to a sunny courtyard. In the common areas, the old-world decor blends with quirky, eclectic modern accents, like zebra-print chairs and bright oil paintings. But while the location in Old San Juan helps make this a romantic spot, the hotel lacks a pool and a full-service staff, and it's a 10-minute drive to the beach.