Historic House & Suites - SJ Arts/Culture District
- 1 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- Sleeps 2
Description from the owner
We are a consulting company specializing in hospitality and tourism located in San Juan's new Santurce Arts & Culture District. We have a special interest in cultural tourism - hosting an art gallery and museum in our building - a historic 'Santurce' townhouse originally built in 1915.
Since we work with culture & tourism on a daily basis, we started renting out three guest suites to give travelers a unique experience and help us get feedback about tourism.
We include a walking tour of the arts district when you arrive and our office is on the ground floor if you have any questions or need assistance with taxis, reservations or t...Read more
Historic House & Suites - SJ Arts/Culture District
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Additional Location Information
There are no public busses from the airport - so a taxi is the best choice. Rates are fixed so you don't have to worry about the price. Fixed price is currently $18 plus $1 for each piece of luggage (tip not included). Late night arrivals may have a $2 surcharge.
After you complete your reservation, I'll send complete arrival map and instructions.
The house is located in Santurce, which is about a 14 minute walk 'across the highway' from the Condado and Ocean Park tourist areas. We're just a few steps from Ponce de Leon Avenue, that has frequent bus service to Old San Juan. This has become the center of San Juan’s new ‘Arts & Culture’ redevelopment area. Many guests comment that it has the same vibe as Williamsburg, Brooklyn with its emerging arts scene.
The house is across from a condo, next to a small residential hotel. There is a LDS church is on one end of the block and a Pentecostal church on the other. Abracadabra arts-café is right on the corner with Ponce de Leon. - local hipster hangout with the most popular weekend brunch in San Juan.
Our new next door neighbors are an indie rock band that lives upstairs and rehearses downstairs in their recording studio. They just came back from SXSW and are very considerate of us as neighbors. The agreement is - if they are ever too loud (no one has complained yet) just stop by and let them know. If you like the music, stop by next door and join a session or hang out with the band. They all speak English and are a great source to find out where the hottest hangout will be each weekend. Several other groups use the studio, but it is usually during the day or early evening. Most guests are very happy having their 'private house band' next door.
The past few months have seen a lot of new business in the neighborhood:
Andromeda Bar *& Restaurant is opening around the corner... international menu with local lunch specials every day.
New SELECTOS supermarket is just 3 blocks away in the Ciudadela Complex. Open from 6am to 11pm daily. They also have a food court overlooking the art museum that has daily lunch specials, rotisserie chicken, burgers, sandwiches, sushi, pizza, pasta, coffee bar, sports bar and indoor or plaza seating.
Planet Fitness has just opened across from SELECTOS and is open 24 hours during the week. You can join for $10/month but you now have to pay an initiation fee (but make sure you cancel on your last visit to avoid recurring charges). There is a more complete gym at the Galeria complex nearby for $60 per week.
Across from the plaza at Ciudadela is a new bookstore, bistro and bar. A few blocks away is a new 'eco-bar' - La Hoya, that guests report is fun and reasonable. The new Levels disco just opened and is doing well since Lady GaGa had her after party there on Halloween night. A new Indian restaurant is open and getting rave reviews - plus just started lunch specials, El Mason sandwich shop is by the museum and a new food truck 'DondeSea' has permanently parked just past Ciuadela... so you get an idea of how much the area is changing.
Easy access to theaters and museums and the bus to Old San Juan are the main attractions. Beach is about a 15 minute walk or 4 min. drive.
Arts & Culture:
Abracadabra - a 'local counter-café is located just a few feet away at the corner of Ponce de Leon and Calle Saldaña. Great food, local gourmet coffee, local craft beers and one of the best weekend brunches in San Juan. Frequent performance nights ranging from jazz to theater, circus arts, film festivals, comedy, magic and more...
Two blocks away on Calle del Parque, you'll fine the recently renovated Francisco Arriví and Victoria Espinosa Theaters. There is also the intimate El Josco cabaret which features Teatro Breve - San Juan's improv theater. Further down the street is La Respuesta Arts Space which features arts performances, exhibitions or becomes a nightclub featuring different bands or themes each night.
Continue walking down Ponce de Leon for 5 minutes walk and you'll find the corner of Ponce de Leon and De Diego Avenue. This is the traditional center of Santurce's Arts District. In the 1960's this was called the 'Times Square' of San Juan. Today, it is re-emerging as the center of the Arts District and there are new restaurants, shops, clubs and nightlife opening all the time.
If you continue down Ponce de Leon, it is only a 3 minutes to San Juan’s Fine Arts Center (Centro de Bellas Artes) with 4 theaters ranging from cabaret & experimental spaces to large theaters suitable for Broadway musicals, opera or concerts. The new Symphony Hall is just across the large plaza and home to the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra.
If you take a right turn on De Diego Avenue, its a 5 minute walk to the Puerto Rico Museum of Art (MAPR) with its intimate Raul Julia Theater and Laurel Kitchen|Art Space Restaurant by celebrity chef Mario Pagan (The Next Iron Chef).
Other performance venues are easy to reach by the M3 Metrobus that runs along Ponce de Leon Avenue. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, Metro Theater and Fine Arts Cinema are about a 5-7 minute bus ride. Old San Juan theaters such as the historic Teatro Tapia, Ateneo Puerto Puerto, or Casa de España take about 15 minutes by bus. Hato Rey theaters and the Coliseum area about 10 minutes in the opposite direction - but require a change to the new Tren Urbano for the 3 minute ride to the Hato Rey station.
The MetroBus M3 runs along Ponce de Leon Avenue from Old San Juan to the Tren Urban stop at Sagrado Corazon. Bus costs 50 cents - exact change required. Busses start about 5:30 am and run until about midnight. During weekdays, service is about ever 10-15 minutes - slower on weekends and holidays.
Old San Juan takes about 15 minutes on the M3. Get the bus one block away opposite Godfather Restaurant.
Tren Urbano is only two long stops in the other direction. Get the bus just at the end of our block. At the Urban Train you can change for the elevated train for the Coliseum, Rio Piedras Shopping, University of Puerto Rico, Centro Medico, Bayamón’s Sports Center or Bayamon Pueblo (town center).
Plaza Las Americas can be reached with the Metrobus 2. This bus runs about every 45 minutes and runs through the Hato Rey Business District before turning and running along Roosevelt Avenue to Plaza Las Americas – the largest shopping mall in the Caribbean. This bus is .75 exact change and stops at the corner of our block.
A taxi from the airport is approximately $20 -$22 one way depending on luggage and how much you tip.
PARKING: There is street parking outside the house. Like any big city, never leave anything visible in the car when unattended. You can also park in the Ciudadela complex. They don't charge for parking anymore, but its best to park in the area designated for Planet Fitness.
Ocean Park Beach: 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.
Escambrón Beach: You can also take the Metrobus #3 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 through the park to the beach.
You can also take the T5 bus by the Museum of Art to Isla Verde Beaches.
We provide beach towels and usually have some sun screen that other guests have left.
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 Oriental Bank. There is also a Banco Popular branch with ATM at the corner of Ponce de Leon and De Diego Avenue.
o On the corner: Abracadabra - a counter café: New restaurant with young, hip, attitude open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a 'healthy, creative' menu that is not exclusively vegetarian - you can also get a burger. They have 'Hacienda San Pedro' gourmet coffee from Puerto Rico and Old Harbour Beer (the brew pub in Old San Juan). Very 'artsy' clientele - there is even a small stage for occasional performances.
o One block - Godfather (Dominican/Caribbean & Breakfast - open 24 hours on weekends). Cafe San Jorge - breakfast & lunch. Andromeda Bar & Restaurant.
o Two-Three blocks - La Casona (very elegant Spanish & Puerto Rican cuisine), Subway, Naturalia - Natural Food Shop with cafeteria, Arturos Pasta, Sabores local cafeteria. There is also the large new food court at the Selectos supermarket. The new bookstore - Libros AC has a bar and bistro. DondeSea Food Truck.
o Five blocks - Tren Urbano: Chinese, Al's Bakery, Don Juan Rotisserie Chicken.
o Five blocks - Fine Arts Center (8 min walk): Denny's (24 hours)
o Five blocks - Museum of Art (10 minute walk): Bistro de Paris (elegant French cuisine), Rigeletto (Pastries, Paninni, light fare, espresso). Hacienda San Pedro (Starbucks style coffeeshop), El Meson Sandwiches. Mumbai Indian Restaurant (with full-sized window from the street to the kitchen). The museum has Laurel - Mario Pagan's signature restaurant. Its expensive, but he's a celebrity chef you've seen on The Next Iron Chef.
o Five Blocks - Condado (10 minute walk): Bebo's Café (Puerto Rican Food), Under the Trees, Silk Road, The Plan B - pizza evenings and then late night dance hall.
o 10 blocks - Plaza del Mercado (15 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 Special attention to José Enriquez, the latest celebrity chef nominated for a James Beard award and featured in Food and Wind magazine's top 10 chefs to watch issue. Look for the small yellow art deco house one block to the left of the marketplace. No name, no reservations - just show up and enjoy!
The nightclub scene is constantly changing and like most major cities - what is hot today is 'not' tomorrow. However, here are some of the current favorites
o La Respuesta is an arts space/disco/club featured in the NYTimes last year and still very popular with the young, hip, crowd. (2 blocks away).
o The Plan B is a pizzaria in the evening and turns into San Juan's favorite dance club at night. This area on Loiza Street in 'downtown condado' is emerging with lots of small pop-up clubs that can be interesting. (5 blocks away).
o Tia Maria is Santurce's neighborhood gay bar (4 bocks away) - Everyone goes for Tuesday night Karaoke with a latin-diva twist.
o Disco LEVELS across from Fine Arts - large disco in a former theater with guest performers and DJs. (5 blocks away). Lady GaGa had her 'after party' here when she performed at the Coliseum on Halloween night.
o El Local - Art Center and Indie Rock club near Fine Arts Center. Look for the lizzard mural at Levels Disco, go down the hill to the light and turn right.
o Plaza del Mercado bars/street party on Thurs & Friday. (10 blocks away).
The house has a very open design that encourages open doors and windows. There may be small lizards in the open areas (we like them - they're cute and they eat mosquitoes). They hate air-conditioning so they never come into the rooms. Small birds and hummingbirds are common. If you're lucky, you'll see a 'coqui' tree frog. Mosquitoes can blow in from the lagoons during rainy weather (we provide spay and have screens on the door/windows).
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- Tax rate | 7% of rent
- Cleaning fee | $45 per stay
- Penthouse Surcharge | $20 per day
- 2nd Floor Surcharge | $10 per day
Additional notes from the owner
NOTE: For all reservations starting May 1, 2014 there is now a 7% short term rental tax administered by the Puerto Rico Government Tourist Office on all Flipkey and other short term rentals.
Cleaning fees are one time charges per stay (not per night). This fee covers cleaning prior to your arrival and when you leave. It does not include daily maid service. Extra towels, sheets, etc. are available upon request any time during your stay. For extended stays, light cleaning and linen change will be included once per week at a mutually convenient time.
The base rate is for the ground floor casita suite. There is a $10/night surcharge for the second floor suite and a $20/night surcharge for the penthouse suite.
- Ceiling Fans
- Local Guides/Maps
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- A/C or climate control
- Internet Access
- Paper Towels Provided
- Stove or Oven
- Satellite or cable TV
- Balcony or terrace
- Pet friendly - no
- Smoking allowed - no
- Suitable for children - no
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - no