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El Canario by the Lagoon 2.5

Condado, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Pros

  • Excellent location in Condado, walking distance to beaches and restaurants
  • Tidy rooms include narrow balconies and flat-screen TVs
  • Some rooms offer separate sitting areas and full-size fridges
  • Free breakfast of fruit, cereal, and pastries
  • Coin-operated washer and dryer available for guests
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • No direct beach access
  • No parking on-site
  • Creaky, old elevator

Bottom Line

El Canario by the Lagoon is a modest two-and-a-half-pearl hotel located in San Juan’s fashionable Condado district. It's less than a 10-minute walk from scenic Condado Beach, and there are plenty of dining and entertainment options in the area geared toward all budgets. The hotel’s 44 rooms are inviting, if relatively generic, featuring mini-fridges and flat-screen TVs. On-site amenities are limited, but the hotel does offer a basic light breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Guests would do well to compare rates with the nearby Holiday Inn Express San Juan Condado, which has additional on-site features including a pool and a fitness center. 

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A down-to-earth budget hotel 

There isn’t anything particularly remarkable about El Canario by the Lagoon, but its clean rooms offer solid value for budget-conscious travelers. Although the hotel’s exterior is drab, the lobby is a little more colorful, with burnt-orange and blue cushions and pillows. But the elevator is rickety and outdated, and feels like it could break down at any moment. 

Most guests don’t seem interested in lingering around the hotel’s common spaces, but the sitting area in the lobby is a nice enough place to use the PC and printer. The hotel is set in a fantastic location -- particularly for the price -- and most guests spend their stay taking advantage of the nearby beaches and entertainment. Aside from breakfast, there are no dining options on-site but plenty of restaurants and bars are found within a 10-minute walk. 

Location

Central location in the stylish Condado district, less than a 10-minute walk from Condado Beach

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El Canario is set in San Juan’s buzzing Condado district, with casinos, restaurants, bars, and clubs all found within reasonable walking distance. The area directly around the hotel isn’t particularly appealing, and it's dominated by other budget hotels, apartment buildings, and parking lots; however, the upscale shops Avenida Ashford, Condado’s main thoroughfare are a few minutes' walk away.

The hotel is a two-minute walk from La Ventana al Mar, a lovely oceanfront park with fountains and contemporary sculptures, which often hosts live outdoor music events. The picturesque sands of Condado Beach are found just beyond the park. Old San Juan is 10 minutes away by car, while Luis Munoz Marin International Airport is a 20-minute drive away. 

Rooms

Pleasant rooms with mini-fridges and private balconies

Guest rooms are bland but bright, and decorated with cute beach artwork and pillows bearing the El Canario logo. The taupe-and-blue bed linens are attractive, but the honey-colored furniture looks dated. Narrow, unfurnished balconies have unfortunate views of the surrounding high-rises or nearby parking lots. All rooms include mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs, and small dining tables. Large closets offer storage space and personal safes. Suites have spartan separate sitting areas with full-size refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers, and sinks. Bathrooms are small and plain, with walk-in showers and round sinks with no counter space. Little baskets hold packets of body lotion and shampoo as well as bars of soap.

Features

Free, simple breakfast, coin-operated guest laundry facilities, and free hotel-wide Wi-Fi

El Canario by the Lagoon offers a lean list of amenities. A free breakfast is served each morning in a small, no-frills dining room in the lobby. The simple spread consists of coffee, juice, toast, fruit, pastries, and cereal. Just outside the dining room is an appealing sitting area with some comfy chairs and a sofa, along with a flat-screen TV and magazines. There’s also a single PC and a printer available for guest use. Around the corner, there’s an ice machine and vending machine, along with a coin-operated washer and dryer. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. No parking is offered on-site, but there is some limited street parking as well as a large lot across the street where guests can park for a daily fee. 

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Address

4 Clemenceau Street, Condado, San Juan 00907, Caribbean

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