- 1 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- sleeps 2
Description from the owner
Not your typical vacation rental!
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 quest...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).
Location Type City, Downtown, Tropical
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: December 08, 2013 ◀▶
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Date||Nightly Rate||Weekend Night||Weekly Rate||Monthly Rate|
|May 08, 2013 - Dec 31, 2014 |
Casita Suite - Ground Floor
|3 night min stay | Any day check-in|
|May 08, 2013 - Dec 31, 2014 |
Penthouse Suite - 3rd Floor
|3 night min stay | Any day check-in|
|All other dates ||$100||$650|
|3 night min stay | Any day check-in|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Cleaning fee | $40 per stay
Additional notes from owner
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.
- Wireless Internet
- High Speed Internet
- Parking [?]
- Cable TV [?]
- High Definition TV
- Beach Towels
- Suitable for the elderly - Ask
What Past Guests Are Saying
Patricia and Justin
This place is a Gem
If you are looking for a unique and relaxing experience, this is the place. We came here in March of 2013 and stayed in the casita. The location, stay, and host were wonderful. Richard is so helpful and goes above and beyond to make your stay a breeze. I would recommend this place to anyone. The area is city like with lots of options for eating (even as a vegetarian). Everything you need is within walkable distance (grocery store, market, restaurants, beach, etc.) and there is also a bus system. Hope to stay here again in the future!
Connie and Brian
We fell in love with San Juan!
We can not say enough about Richard and his interest in the neighborhood and the arts. We did take a couple of walking tours with him and really got a feel for the neighborhood. We were very glad to not have a car. The bus is only 50 cents and taking it to old San Juan is a breeze. The beach was a 12 min. walk and beautiful. The Casita was very comfortable and private.
Check out the art collective at Roberto Paradise, the myriad of murals on the buildings, the nearby art museum, and the Mercado in the evening.
We felt so fortunate to have stayed in Santurce. We found the locals to be very friendly and helpful. I can not wait to see Richard's newest venture!
Bay Area, CA
Adventures on the Island
I had such a wonderful time here - where do I begin? My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our stay. Neither of us are into hotel life and prefer to be immersed in culture wherever we go. This spot gave us exactly that. You get your own keys to each area of the building so coming and going as you please is no problem at all. Richard was very welcoming and was also available whenever we needed him. He offered to give a tour but we're such nomads that we ended up wandering around on our own. We rented a car and overall,I think it was a good decision. There are cheap parking lots and Richard offers change for the bus if you go that route. Just beware of PR drivers... They may drive fast, may drive slow...may stay in their lane or wander into yours...lol. We had road rage really badly the first day but then we got the hang of how they do things.
We stayed in the penthouse by the way...loved it! Had just the right amount of space, plus a private patio. Everything about it is adorable - especially the shower and double sinks. I liked the decor and appreciated having little "extras" in the room, ie. small plates, silverware, and cups.The shared kitchen on the second floor was a plus. It was very well equipped so we cooked breakfast every day and sat out on that floor's patio too. There's a wonderful grocery store within walking distance and it'll have everything you need - liquor, produce, a variety of cheeses and meats... has it all.
The nightlife is really fun. Whether you like to go clubbing or are into more chill spots/bars, the options are there. We came across a live concert on the beach at night, complete with fireworks, and it was free! Everyone obviously enjoyed it and the vibe was very relaxed, yet fun. I also liked how people of all ages go out - not just young adults.
Least liked - driving style of the locals. That's minor anyway. Best liked - everything else! Both of us would go to San Juan and stay at Richard's again, for sure. It's addictive. ;-)
Second stay at Santurce gem
We've stayed at this place twice, and plan on going back in 2014. There are three options in the building: the casita on the first floor, the second floor, and the penthouse. We've stayed at the penthouse, which has a kitchenette, master bathroom, living room, and bedroom, as well as a small but adorable balcony with a fountain. You have access to the full kitchen and dining room on the second floor. It's so nice to have all that space just to relax in between all the cool things to do in SJ.
If you wish to stay in a neighborhood away from all the parties, but have easy access to the art Museum of Puerto Rico and the Museum of Contemporary art as well as a 15-minute bus ride to Old San Juan, this is your place. This past year, a large 24-hour supermarket opened up four blocks away. You are also within walking distance to Plaza del Mercado, a great place to buy fruit and get fruit smoothies. On Thursdays and Fridays, lots of little bars open up around the market, and there is lots of music and dancing. There are several restaurants within walking distance, from the comida criolla place Godfather's to upscale French and Indian.
Richard begins your visit with a tour of the neighborhood, which is just getting better and better. He is readily available to answer questions and make suggestions so you get the most out of your trip.
In 2014, we hope to bring two other couples with us and rent the whole place!
Beautiful Casita in Great Location!
We had a marvelous stay at Casita del Coqui. Richard is a terrific host! On our first day, he gave us a tour of the neighborhood and pointed out all the landmarks, good restaurants, and fun bars. We had such a blast in San Juan and can't wait to return. Thank you, Richard!
Perfect Place for Getaway
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Penthouse suite and absolutely loved it!!! Townhouse been restored to its original look with some nice modern touches. Great location with easy access to Old San Juan via local bus, and within walking distance to Plaza Mercado which is really fun on weekends. Many good inexpensive restaurants around. We felt very safe in the area. Great place if you want to stay in more local area and see how locals live. Richard is a great host and always has good advises on places to see and things to do. You should definitely give it a try!!!
Great local experience
My husband and I really enjoyed our stay here because it was away from the "touristy" area and offered a much more authentic experience. We enjoyed our privacy at the casita and the proximity to awesome restaurants like Godfather's and abracadabra. The bus was easy to use so we could visit Old San Juan at any time. The tour Richard gave us of the neighborhood was really helpful to get us quickly acquainted with our new surroundings. Definitely looking forward to another visit!
a great stay with local people
I usually stay in the tourist areas but this was an educational experience. I practiced more Spanish on this stay because of the locals... who are great people. Prices in the area were much cheaper than where I normally stay. As long as you don't mind a little walking this is a good place. Very cute place and clean as can be.
Great location, host and space.
Having never been to PR, we were looking for a spot that had local flavor, a nice walk to the beach and a unique space to chill out in. As soon as we checked in Richard gave us a walking tour of the neighborhood, which confirmed we made the right choice in selecting our apartment. The beach within walking distance was uncrowded and perfect. (and could rent umbrellas near by), the cafe a couple doors down (Abracadabra) was perfect for coffee, drink or wonderful meal. We stayed in the penthouse which gave us plenty of space (for three) to enjoy.
Made my visit to PR all the more enjoyable
This was my first time to Puerto Rico and my first solo trip and Richard helped to make it a fantastic trip. He showed me around the neighborhood, gave me tips on places to visit, and was overall very helpful. The condo was beautiful, comfortable and I felt right at home. Even though I was a young woman traveling alone I felt pretty safe and secure. Will definitely be staying here again on my next visit to Puerto Rico!
The home I wish to have as my summer house
It was our last-minute decision to locate Casita del Coqui on Tripadvisor as an alternative for hotels, as we've never stayed at a rental house before. I'm glad we did so! I can hardly imagine any hotel experience on a par with our two nights in Richard's Casita.
It is a truly unique experience to live in a penthouse surrounded by tropical plants and herbs, two stories above a tiny museum full of Santo collections and paintings from local artists. The house is thoughtfully maintained, spacious, spotless, and with an artful touch.
Richard hosted us like a local friend. We much enjoyed his little tour around Santurce the neighborhood, where the best art museum in Puerto Rico is just a few blocks away. We felt as visitors, instead of tourists.
I consider resting in a agreeable lodging essential for a romantic trip. Our experience at the Casita is certainly worthy of the price. I am especially grateful that due to our flight delay we missed our first night at the Casita, for which Richard didn't charge us anything.
In sum, excellent place, excellent host, one of our best lodging experience. The Casita is the home I wish to have as my own summer house. And Richard is truly a good friend.
Rice Lake WI
A purely Puerto Rican experience filled with culture & comfort.
This is a lovely place to stay. It was great having our own place to cook and a refrigerator to store our leftovers from restaurants. The bed was comfy, I slept very well. Richard is a great Host. He guided us from the airport, our bus rides and what to see and do while visiting Puerto Rico. I would go back in a minute just to stay here. Billy was a joy also with the Santos museum. Thank you so much.
Charming, comfortable and affordable.
We had a simply lovely time staying at Casita del Coqui. We were very comfortable with the accommodations and absolutely loved the location. It was off the tourist-beaten path so we were able to feel immersed in the culture but it was also a very easy bus ride to Old San Juan. Every restaurant we tried in the area was good and they were all much more reasonably priced than the restaurants in the Condado and in Old San Juan.
Richard was every bit as helpful and accommodating towards us as is mentioned in the earlier reviews. He really goes above and beyond to make staying there a wonderful experience. The Santos museum was a lovely surprise and we were pleased to have a chance to meet Billy and hear the stories behind the Santos.
My husband was dubious about staying at a vacation rental rather than a hotel but went along with it to appease me. Now he is a true believer. Casita del Coqui will definitely be our first choice for accommodations next time we visit San Juan.
Way better than an expensive hotel!
We really loved the casita. Richard, the owner, was very welcoming and went out of his way to show us around the neighborhood and give pointers of how to get around, where to eat, what to see, and what was happening during the days we were staying there.
It was very clean and comfortable and the outdoor space was perfect - it made the space feel open and fresh. The space is actually not huge, but the openness makes it feel much larger. With a grocery store within walking distance, we were able to enjoy cooking our own dinner every night and then eating on the patio area. The only downside was all of the mosquitoes since we had arrived after a period of lots of rain.
The location isn't on the beach or in the middle of old San Juan, but it worked great for us because we rented a car and you could find a place to park. The bus picks up right on the street if you want to go into town, and if you want to drive all over the island you can easily do so from the casita.
With the price, the host, and the casita, that we found to be quaint and romantic, this stay was pretty much perfect!
Gerald and Diane
Home away from Home
We consider ourselves fortunate to have stayed as guests of Richard's in Oct.2010. The accommodations were very comfortable and we liked the option of a/C or ceiling fan in the bedroom. Richard was a perfect host, helped us get oriented, even recommended some local restaurants for eating out, and some local recipes for eating in.
Within ten minutes walk were the arts center and a national museum, also a fruit and vegetable market. Ten minutes more to reach a beautiful beach area or a local movie theatre. Or from the bus stop around the corner, next to the bank and supermarket, one bus ride (the M3) on a modern bus to Old San Juan, which is loaded with restaurants, parks, and places to visit.
The neighborhood of Santurce is in the midst of transformation. Lots of construction and renovation projects were underway.
We strongly recommend staying at Richard's for anyone who wants to experience real life in San Juan.
Gerald and Diane, Canada.
Miss the Casita!!
La Casita was everything a hoped it would be! It was very comfortable and perfect. I have always loved the Spanish style decor and this certainly had that.
Everything was convenient to get to and we always felt very safe. We had a rental but chose to take the bus or walked several days/nights. Richard and Billy where extremely welcoming and were always there when we needed them. The courtyard and kitchen was neat ( my fav)! We cooked several mornings/nights..it was great! I miss La Casita and can't wait to go back! Puerto Rico was outstanding! We saw and did a lot. Don't rely on the weather... when it says it will rain...it wil be brief and you may regret you didnt go. We were first time visitors and had a very good time discovering where my family came from! Thank You so much Richard and Billy! Hope to see you soon. Will Definitely recommend La Casita to my parents who are traveling in Oct.
Private, Comfortable and lots of Charm
The Casita del Coqui is my favorite place to stay when visiting Puerto Rico. Richard is the perfect host and is happy to answer any questions you may have about the area, local culture, cuisine, etc. It is very private and comfortable with lots of Spanish charm. I particularly love the open courtyard - perfect for early morning coffee or for looking at the stars with a glass of wine in the evening. The sunken kitchen is very convenient and has everything you need to make yourself breakfast , snacks – or even a full meal. The bedroom and bath have all the needed amenities – and is spotlessly clean!
The Casita is located around the corner from the bus stop so it makes going into travelling around the area very easy, economical and convenient if you don't have a car. And, since I travel alone, I feel perfectly safe here – as well as walking around the area in the evening.
I am looking forward to my next trip to San Juan and staying at the Casita again – it’s like returning to my own little home in Puerto Rico.
Casita del Coqui
My favorite place to stay in San Juan
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Casita, and it has now become our favorite place to stay while in San Juan. The location is excellent, in the heart of Santurce, close to the beach, the main highways, Old San Juan, and Condado. We love the clean and comfortable bedroom, and most of all, the private patio and access to a kitchen. The manager of the Casita is attentive to all the needs of his guests. We feel at home at the Casita, and recommend it without hesitation.