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2nd Floor Suite: Historic House - SJ Arts District

Your suite is on the second floor with a great front balcony.
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9 reviews
Your suite is on the second floor with a great front balcony.
The door to the right leads to the second floor.
Your stairway up to the second floor.
Stairway to the second floor.
View showing dining table on the second floor at the top of the stairs.
Second floor landing and your locked door to your suite.
Second floor dining room and window to balcony.
2nd Floor Dining Room - guests for the penthouse pass through on their way upstairs.
Both your door and the shutters to the TV room can be locked for full privacy.
Arch to the kitchen - blinds can be lowered for complete privacy.
2nd Floor kitchen.
View of kitchen and hall to bedroom from the balcony.
View from the kitchen to the balcony - pass through makes it easy to serve meals on the balcony.
View of the front balcony with pass-through to kitchen at right, bistro table/chairs + sitting area.
TV room has a large sofa, WiFi, French doors to the back deck.
TV room has an interior window for trade breezes or can be closed and locked for privacy.
Front balcony.
Bedroom with king bed.
Bedroom is at the back of the house so is usually very quiet for sleeping.
Bedroom with king bed. Blackout blinds can be used to sleep late!
Back deck with gazebo covering lower 'casita' patio.
Parking is available on the street in front of the house.
Lobby floor tiles with border - we have a book with history, designs and production technique.
You enter the house through the lobby - door has current cultural events posted on the board
Door below the carnival mask leads to the Ellie Pruess Gallery.
Folkart hobby horse in the lobby points to the casita suite at the back of the house.
Antique floor tiles from 1915 used a unique hydraulic method of hand-poured cement.
The lobby has a coffee/tea station and 'emergency rum' just in case...
The lobby opens to our private museum of folk art.
Join the museum's curator for a glass of wine and private tour of the museum during your stay.
Lobby leads to Ellie Pruess Gallery on ground floor.
The balcony runs the full length of the second floor of our historic house.
Abracadabra Arts 'Counter-Café' is just next door.
Abracadabra hosts theater, circus-arts, film and Friday night Jazz.
The band never rehearses past 10pm and usually only play 203 times a week.
Our next door neighbors - the rock group 'Fantasmes'.
Film crew outside the house.
The house has been used as the setting for film and commercials.
Your kitchen on the second floor was featured cooking local 'arepas'.
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Condo/Apartment -
1 Bedroom , 1 Bathroom , Sleeps 2
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Electricity Restored - Air Conditioning/Cable Tv/ Internet Working!
More than just another vacation rental!

I offer a fully hosted experience in a historic house with three suites/museum/gallery in San Juan's vibrant Santurce Arts District.
On arrival, I'll meet you for check-in & take you on an Arts District tour including Plaza del Mercado.

My office for hotel/tourism consulting is onsite - so I'm here all day for any recommendations or assistance.

If you appreciate art, culture, music & history in a local neighborhood, this may perfect for you!

The second floor suite is one flight (18 steps) up the art deco staircase. There is a locked door to your suite with bedroom, TV Room, bathroom (shower - no tub), full kitchen, rear sun deck and traditional balcony facing the street with seating and dining area.

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About the Owner, Richard H
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Response Rate: 100 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: Today
Listed since : May 2010
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 85 reviews and 4 properties
Interaction with guests
On arrival - I'll meet you outside the house and give you an orientation in the lobby at check-in before showing you to your suite. After you get settled, I'll give you a tour of the neighborhood so you understand the history/development of the Arts District and where to find supermarkets, banks, restaurant, museums, bars, clubs and galleries. We'll end at Plaza del Mercado where you can find restaurants/bars and the weekly 'street parties'. I'll also point out how to get to Old San Juan, the beach at Ocean Park and the bohemian/hipster Loiza Street area. I have my office hotel/tourism consulting and real estate at the back of the museum just off the lobby and is available from approximately 9am-9pm. I'm always happy to help with directions
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Excellent - based on 9 reviews
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Grand Prairie, Texas
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 August 2017 for a stay in April 2017

We felt very comfortable, its terrace is wonderful, fresh air blows daily. But the biggest advantage is its location, you have supermarkets, shops, theaters, public transport on hand, all very convenient. Richard is very friendly, helpful and attentive, helps you with almost all your doubts.

Thousand Oaks, CA
Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed 6 July 2017 for a stay in February 2015

We found Richard´s place through AirBnB, however I would have booked through Trip Advisor, if I had found it there first. The location was perfect, at least if you are someone who likes to vacation AWAY from cookie-cutter, sterile hotels in touristy districts. It was simple to get here from the airport with a taxi. City-wide bus transportation was easily...

Grand Prairie, Texas
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 May 2017 for a stay in April 2017

Its location is unbeatable, you do not need to rent a car, and can reach the interesting sites by public transport. Avoiding the hassles of parking lots, accidents. Old San Juan is beautiful, with its little streets, its fortresses. The house has all the amenities, a kitchen stocked with appliances, and spices. The front balcony is our favorite place, we...

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Blender
  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Cooker
  • Deck
  • Dining Seats (4)
  • Freezer
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • King Beds:(1)
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (4)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Paper Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Refrigerator
  • Shower Rooms (1)
  • Soap/Shampoo Provided
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Not kid-friendly
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
No Events or Parties without prior written consent and/or additional fees.
Smoking only on balconies and decks.
    1 Shower
    1 Super King
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  • Cleaning fee: $102 / stay - Fee
  • Damage Deposit: $136 / stay - Deposit
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About the neighbourhood
When you arrive, I'll take you on a walking tour of the neighborhood and show you all arts venues, restaurants, bars, supermarket, ATMs, way to the beach, bus stops, etc. and end up at Plaza del Mercado.

The Santurce area of San Juan was the center of all business, shopping, restaurants, theaters and nightlife from the 1940's - 1980's. Often referred to as the 'Times Square' of Puerto Rico. Our area of Ponce de Leon had so many exclusive shops and boutiques it was called 'The Fifth Avenue of the Caribbean'. There was an elegant 'Rainbow Room' style dinner club one block away at 'Top of the First' and the highest concentration of movie palaces in the Caribbean.

All this changed when TV came to Puerto Rico. While the US mainland had their...
Getting around
We have the best bus service in San Juan at the end of our block - with regular service to Old San Juan from 5am - 11pm every day. I'll send a detailed bus guide after you reserve. While we're not on the beach - we're only a 14 minute walk to Ocean Park Beach (the best beach in San Juan), or a short bus ride to Condado or Isla Verde Beaches or the Escambrón Beach near the Caribe Hilton. I'll also send you a detailed walking tour that also includes our 24/7 supermarket (3 blocks away), restaurants, bars, discos, museums, galleries, nightlife, shopping, etc. There is no public transportation outside of San Juan. If you plan to visit the rain forrest, bio-bay, caverns, Luquillo beaches, etc. you will either have to rent a car or take a tour.
Car not needed
How to get there
Airport: SJU: 3.2 km
Railway: Sagrado Corazon: 1.1 km
Ferry: Fajardo: 48.0 km
When you arrive at the airport - the only real alternatives for transportation are taxi or rental car.

UBER has arrived in San Juan Metro Area - but is currently blocked at the airport for arriving passengers - although you can use it when you return for your flight home.

Taxis are flat-rate from the airport at $20 plus $1 per luggage and any tip (10% is customary here).

Rental car rates vary so shop around. Off-season rates can be very reasonable and when you consider a taxi from the airport will be about $22 each way - it may make sense to rent for your entire stay even if you don't use it every day. There is free parking on the street in front of the house.
Activities nearby
Nearest Beach: 0.8 km.
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