Description from the owner
Description from the owner
Type: Apt. / Condo
Book this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apt. / condo in San Juan today! A total of 6 people can sleep here comfortably.
Guests can enjoy a air conditioning and internet access among other amenities offered by this rental.
Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 31 reviews.
Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $1,250.00, depending on travel dates.
Old San Juan Huge duplex 2/2 w/Balcony over Cristo San Juan, Puerto Rico
Additional Location Information
Enjoy the romance of Old San Juan with its gaslights, cobblestone streets, legendary cultural events, shopping and nightlife, from your very own apartment in a 16th century restored building, certified authentic by the Institute of Culture. You will be on the best and most secure block in Old San Juan, in the middle of the gallery/shopping district: bustling during the day, and quiet at night.
The building is surrounded by historic monuments. We are 1 block south of the Cathedral de San Juan, 1 block north of the Cristo Chapel, Pigeon Park, and La Fortaleza (the Governor's Mansion)
One block west is the Plaza de Armas, where you'll find cafes, grocery and drug stores as well as a stop for the free trolleys that go around San Juan and a taxi stand. You are 2 blocks south of the El Convento Hotel and the Puerta de San Juan, the ancient gateway to the city, from the bay. Here you enter the middle of the Paseo, a beautiful mile long walkway that stretches from the ancient oceanside cemetery around the promultory of El Morro castle, to the cruise ship docks in the bay. This is a great morning jog or walk.
The legendary San Sebastian St., for nightlife is 4 blocks north, and the SoFo restaurant district, 4 blocks to the east
Finding parking in Old San juan can be challenging. On street parking is free, or there are several pay parking lots within a few blocks. (see map in large photo # 33) Unless you're planning on exploring the Island, you won't need a car. Old San Juan is only 8 sq. blocks, and we are right in the middle, down the hill.
We are 20 min. from the airport, and there are always cabs there.
The nearest Blue Flag beach (see large photo # 32) is a long walk or short bus or cab ride away. Most people prefer to stay in Old San juan and shlep to the beach rathar than the other way around, because everything else you want to do or see is here, and traffic coming into Old San Juan, particularly at night can be a nightmare.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, City vacations, Warm winter getaways, Waterfront
Nearest airport: SJU, 11.99 miles
Car is not necessary
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top San Juan Attractions
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top San Juan Attractions
Rates shown in $ USD
Please note: these rates exclude taxes and fees and may vary depending on the length of your stay. Rates are also subject to change at the owner’s discretion.
- Tax rate | 7% of rent | tax rate
- Gallery cleaning fee | $107 per stay
- Fees for additional guests may apply.
Additional notes from the owner
We require a 25% deposit, fully refundable with cancelation up to 90 days before scheduled arrival.
When you call to reserve & pay the deposit we will ask for your arrival time.
Check in is 4pm Check out is 11am
If these times are inconvenient for you, you may leave your bags between 10am - 6pm, 7 days a week.
Once you have checked in and accepted the apartment, there is no refund possible.
If you are ariving before 6 pm just go into Boveda, my gallery on the first floor to pay your balance, and one of the employees will take you upstairs to get you settled in.
If you're arriving after 6pm, you'll ring my bell. I live on the 3rd floor. I'll buzz you in, then meet you on the 2nd floor.
Please note that utility services throughout Puerto Rico are somewhat feeble. It is not unusual for the city supply of water, electricity or both to go out with or without notice. We have a 2000 gallon water cistern, which is enough to last the building several days if everyone's careful. Water outages rarely last that long. There is however, no remedy for city caused power outages. If the power goes out you should turn off anything that was on before the power failure, and disconnect anything you may have charging, because when the power comes back on, it often returns with a surge that can be harmful to appliances or devices on, or connected. So, please be advised that we cannot be responsible for damages or inconvenience caused by city power outages, or lack of water if our cistern is exhausted.
Please inquire for rates for the SAN SEBASTIAN FESTIVAL, (the weekend before the January MLK holiday)regular rates do not apply
If you are not here for the festival that weekend, believe me, you don't want to be ANYWHERE near Old San Juan, because the city is paralized.
- A/C or climate control
- High chair
- Ceiling Fans
- Linens Provided
- Alarm Clock
- Towels Provided
- Local Guides/Maps
- Hair dryer
Phone / Internet
- Wireless Internet
- Internet Access
- Paper Towels Provided
- Stove or Oven
- Satellite or cable TV
- Balcony or terrace
A FlipKey verified reviewer
This booking was a pleasure. Reply was immediate. All charges were plainly spelled out. No booking fee, no credit card fees, only the tax and cleaning fee. The deposit was credited to our bill when we arrived. There's no damage deposit. The owner lives in the building. We had booked both apartments because we had 3 couples who all wanted private bed and bathrooms. Each bedroom had its own aC, satellite TV with local, movie, cable & music channels. We had two older children with us, and they had several choices of where to sleep. Cristo Street is the oldest and most prestigious street in San Juan. The homes there had been palatial; built by the Conquistadors 300 years ago for high ranking officers. The 2 apartments used to be 1, and have been divided by the addition of the 3rd & 4th bathrooms, back to back, so using the apartments together, is easy. If you leave the hall doors open, they flow, one into the other. When you step into the Gallery living room, with the balcony over Cristo St. it kind of knocks you back as you look around at the size of the room. All the walls are decorated with original paintings. Since the building is on "gallery row", the Gallery apartment is often rented by visiting artists, who can show their works while they stay there, and leave them hung until their next show. The Garden apartment is also aptly named, as the center is open to the sky above, and filled with treetops from the garden below. It really is a beautiful. The location is perfect. You don't have to go anywhere, just step out your door, you are already there. For the forts you do have to go a few blocks up the steep hill, but everything else is "down town". The Cristo Chapel on the next block is your view from the balcony. You can find cheaper apartments, but for a memorable vacation, in the best area, this is worthwhile.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
“We got our money’s worth and more!!”
I have never done this before but I feel I must let other people know so that they can get their moneys worth. I have a big family and we can only manage one vacation a year all together. It is wonderful when we can make it a great vacation place at a great vacation home. We stayed at the Gallery apartment for a week around Thanksgiving. What a location! What nice people! It had everything you could need in a home away from home. My husband and I took the bedroom with the king bed, and my 12 year old son took the little bedroom. Our older sons, 18-21, slept downstairs in the living room, which is huge, and has 2 twin beds & 2 futons. They had their own TV and bathroom and we had our own upstairs. The layout of the apartment was very convenient because we could be together yet the doors between the living room and the rest of the apartment made sure nobody bothered anyone else. The sheets were nice and fresh and there were plenty of towels, toilet paper, starter toothpaste and shampoo, and coffee for the first morning. Getting anything else we needed was no problem because the grocery store and Walgreen's were just a block away. The location was superb. The boys could go in and out as they pleased on their exploration of the San Juan night life, and we could come and rest in our central aC apartment between visits to the old city walls, the castle, the cathedral, and the many restaurants in the area. In the first floor of the building there is a store owned by the same owner, and the employees were great offering suggestions and we could always count on them for anything while the store was open -10am to 6pm. And yes, we got our money's worth and more!!
12 of us arrived in September for a dance competition. It was not easy finding a place for such a large group, so we took both the Gallery and Garden apartments. Some of the girls doubled up in the king and queen beds, so it was fine. We had plenty of space and really enjoyed the air-conditioning, not only in all the bedrooms, but the central aC in the huge Gallery kitchen and living room. Between events we had some time for sightseeing and shopping, but not much, so it was good that we were right in the center of town so we could just dash across the street for the shops. We were on a limited budget, so we did most of our own cooking in the apartment, and with the grocery store only a block away it was easy. The apartments are efficiently laid out, with no clutter, just what you need. There's plenty of closet and shelf space plus 6 luggage racks, so we didn't have suitcases all over the floor. We were very glad to have 4 bathrooms. One day the city water went off, which I'm told is not uncommon, but since the building has a cistern we always had good pressure, and didn't even know the water was off until we went out and found restaurant bathrooms closed, and people lined up in the grocery store buying water. We loved the original paintings by local artists all over the apartments, but the best was the balcony, where it was constant entertainment. We could see all the way up the hill and down across the bay, and the street was filled with tourists and locals all day long. You could keep the doors to the street shut and hear nothing, but there were school groups of little kids, come to Old San Juan to see their heritage, Spanish troubadours in costume, the "doughnut guy" coming by with scrumptious homemade pastries, the "Piragua guy" jingling bells on his cart, and the ice cream guy. We were so glad to have stayed in this apartment. .
“Living like a "Sanjuanero"”
My family; myself, my husband and our 2 daughters, aged 11 & 13 stayed in the Garden apartment, and were absolutely delighted. Everything was exactly "as advertised" and as it was in the pictures. We arrived late, and it was no problem because the owner, Linda, actually lives on the 3rd floor of the building, which also makes it well kept. Between the 300 yr old architecture and the plants and treetops from downstairs, the whole apartment has the feeling of living in a Conquistadors garden Several nights it rained, and since it was cool enough when we were there that we didn't need to use the air Conditioning, so we had the ticking of the ceiling fans and the sound of the rain on the leaves to lull us to sleep. Although the apartment itself is quiet and private, once you're down the stairs, through the iron gate, and out the glass doors, you're right in the middle of everything - shops, galleries & historic attractions, with trolleys and horse drawn carriages passing by. We usually stopped into Boveda, the gallery/store downstairs - same owner as the apartments. The employees there are wonderful, bilingual and full of useful tips. They helped us plan our days, and where to go for lunch or dinner. There are tour books and magazines upstairs, but It was great to have live people for updated info. When it was raining, it was a blessing to have the grocery store, drug stores and about 15 restaurants and cafes within 1 block of "home". We're planning to come back with our in laws next year, and take both apartments, so we'll have the whole 2nd floor.
Response from the owner, Your Hosts - 12/13/2013
Thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed yourselves!
“Perfect Week in a Perfect Place!”
My family and my sister's family arrived at the 209 Cristo address on December 2. We rented both the Gallery and the Garden apartments because we wanted the space which was very livable. The owners' employees downstairs escorted us to the units and were very helpful in giving us information and answering questions. The large Gallery kitchen was very clean and well-equipped with service for 12. It was a joy to cook in the air-conditioned unit and we saved a ton of money by not having to eat out. There were four adults and four children aged 8 to 16. We were primarily interested in having a safe location and we couldn't have been happier because from the upstairs balcony we could watch the children as they went in and out of the shops and had lunch in the café below us. There were two policemen on the corner 24/7 and so we were very comfortable. The apartments were very well-maintained the two separate living areas made it very enjoyable for us to entertain ourselves as a family unit but also in smaller groups in different areas. The bathrooms were located very conveniently for all the vacationers. I would recommend either or both of these units to anyone looking for a home away from home in a lovely resort area.
Response from the owner, Your Hosts - 12/12/2013
Thank you! Now that the girls know their way around, you can send them down for Spring Break in a few years!
“Comfortable, Cool and So Convenient”
We were greeted by our host and the staff. Settled in quickly and started exploring Old San Juan, quickly found out that we were in the middle of the Old Town, vibrant and with so much to see and do. You can walk, ride the tram, and taxi's are available close by. Cannot think of a better location in San Juan than staying at Boveda. Comfortable, Cool and So Convenient. If we are fortunate to go to San Juan again we know where we are staying.
Response from the owner, Your Hosts - 03/13/2013
Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed yourselves.
“Casual, comfortable, feels like home!”
If you want to visit the real San Juan and make new friends too, look no further. The Boveda apartments are walking distance from everything! And they will tell you the best spots, how to get there and what to look for along the way. Linda personally greeted the four of us upon our arrival, at 2am, dead tired, with four travel crazed dogs. The next day, she and her staff made us all feel welcome and told us of points of interest. The fifth member of our group arrived, we expanded into both apartments, and took fill advantage of the well equipped kitchens to prepare some great shared meals. We all enjoyed the comfortable, relaxed atmosphere along with the perfect location amongst shops, restaurants, historical sites, parks, shoreline and beaches. The Boveda store is also a real point of interest filled with a variety of beautiful, quality items. If we are ever fortunate enough to return to San Juan we wouldn't consider staying anywhere else.
Response from the owner, Your Hosts - 11/23/2012
Mr. T Murray
“location Location location!!!”
I stayed here with a group of my friends. This condo was in the heart of Old San Juan, right around the corner to the governors mansion. I had both units and it slept 9ppl easy with space for more. The workers in the store downstairs were very nice. The only dislike were the mosquito bites. I would stay here again...Better yet I am planning my next trip with my family to stay here.
“Great Location and even better host”
I stayed at this location for my birthday vacation. The apartment looked exactly like it did on the internet. It was clean and very spacious. Our host Linda was great. During the process I had some changes in my group and Linda made sure that I was comfortable. She was available for restaurant tips and navigation. She was flexible and very accommodating. The location was prefect; great shops and food nearby. I had a great experience and would recommend it to anyone. I will be visiting again!!
A Vacation Home Rentals Traveler
Unique experience, great location...we expent the wiken with the family and we have a very pleasant time together in the Fiestas ...
Response from the owner, Your Hosts - 03/17/2017
Thank you Katy!
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