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  • Beautiful, artsy Old World Spanish decor
  • Near numerous sites, restaurants, and clubs
  • Wine deck has beautiful ocean views, overlooking the north wall of Old San Juan
  • All rooms have air-conditioning (the main house does not)
  • Free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi in common areas
  • Small, charming pool
  • Tempur-Pedic mattresses in all rooms
  • Lush gardens and on-site art studios
  • Veneitan-style music room where chamber concerts are held
  • On-site massage services
  • The Beach House, an off-site cottage on the beach available for guest use


  • No fitness center or business center
  • Near La Perla, a dangerous area at night
  • No TVs (a pro for some)
  • Can be noisy at night (a popular club is across the street)
  • Some bathrooms are down the hall from the rooms
  • Complaints of upkeep issues and mosquito problems
  • Complaints of difficulty with A/C and temperature control
  • Lots of stairs; not suited for guests with mobility issues

Bottom Line

Owned by the same couple for decades, the historic Gallery Inn is run like an informal bed-and-breakfast -- guests are greeted by name, much of what the restaurant serves is grown in the garden, and no two rooms are the same (though they do share lots of Spanish-style charm). Also like a bed-and-breakfast, the hotel lacks amenities such as TVs and a fitness center. The property's main draws include the convenient Old San Juan location, ocean views from the wine deck, and the artsy, laid-back feel. The innkeepers are both artists, and it's evident they put thought into every detail of the restoration -- expect beautiful Old World details like brick floors, wood beam ceilings, rich rugs, sculptures, and antique knickknacks.

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Located in Old San Juan, near the San Juan National Historic Site

Map of The Gallery Inn

The Gallery Inn is located in Old San Juan, San Juan's historic district.

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
  • 3-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
  • 5-minute walk to Fortaleza Street, a street lined with shops, nightclubs, and restaurants
  • 5-minute walk to the San Juan Cathedral
  • 8-minute walk to the Port of San Juan
  • 10-minute walk to La Fortaleza, the Governor's Palace
  • 10-minute walk to the part of Fort San Cristobal on the northern coast (it wraps around part of the city)
  • 10-minute drive to Condado Beach
  • 15-minute drive to Isla Verde Beach, for great snorkeling

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Key Features
Pets Allowed
Hotel Services
Transport to / from Hotel
Free Breakfast
Pets Allowed
Family Services
Kids Allowed
Things to Do
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
204 - 206 Norzagaray St, Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Caribbean
Phone (787) 722-1808
Room Types
  • Artist Interior Room
  • Colonial Exterior Room
  • Family Suite
  • Top Suite
  • Vista Suite

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