The house was originally built in 1915. Second floor including typical 'Santurce Mosaics' was added in the 1920's.Reception and office is located in our museum of Puerto Rican folk art'.
2nd Fl. Balcony Suite - SJ Arts District: Hosted
2nd Fl. Balcony Suite - SJ Arts District: Hosted
2 Gäste
1 Schlafzimmer
1 Bett
1 Badezimmer
2 Gäste
1 Schlafzimmer
1 Bett
1 Badezimmer
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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!

Der Wohnraum

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.
You also have use of the dining room just outside of your suite.
Bedroom: King bed, cable TV, free wifi, ceiling fan, air conditioner, closet, dresser and french doors that open out to the sun deck.
TV Room: Long sofa, computer desk, sitting area, large TV, wifi, closet, ceiling fan and French doors to the sun deck (no air conditioning).
Sun Deck: At the back of the house with access from both the bedroom and TV room. A great place for morning coffee, working on your tan or evening glass of wine in the moonlight. Hammocks available in the lobby.
Kitchen: Full kitchen with arch overlooking the dining room plus a pass-through to the front balcony dining and seating areas. Fully equipped with everything you need!
Balcony: Access through the kitchen door or pass-through window to the traditional street-front balcony with dining table/chairs, plants and herbs. There is also a seating area with teak bench and chairs. You're welcome to use any of the herbs for cooking or treat sunburn with fresh aloe from the balcony container garden.
Note: the kitchen does have an archway - you can see penthouse guests as they pass through the dining room to their penthouse stairway - but they do not have access to your locked portion of the 2nd floor. There are venetian blinds that can be lowered to cover the arch, so you have complete privacy.
NATURE ALERT: The house has a very open design that encourages open doors and windows. There may be small lizards on the balcony (we like them - they're cute and they eat mosquitoes). Small birds and hummingbirds are common. If you're lucky, you'll see a 'coqui' tree frog. Mosquitoes blow in when the wind comes from the lagoons during rainy weather (we provide spay and have screens on the bedroom door/windows). There are screens for the bedroom/TV room/bathroom but not for the kitchen or balcony due to the open design.

Zugang für Gäste

All guests enter the house through the same gate and front door. Please make sure to always double-check the front door and the front gate by pulling it with your hand to make sure that it is securely locked.

You'll enter the lobby and have access to beach towels/chairs, suntan lotions, yoga mats, bug stuff, umbrellas, tourist info/guides and our coffee/tea bar. We also have a collection of hammocks for your outdoor area or the beach.

Note: the dining room on the second floor is available for your use. It is technically not part of the suite - since it is in the shared area that penthouse guests need to pass through on their way upstairs, but you are welcome to use it anytime. You also have table/chairs for dining/working on your front balcony, rear deck and TV room.

Interaktion mit Gästen

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 or recommendations and love getting feedback on your adventures in San Juan.
And of course, you're always welcome to visit the museum or Art Gallery.

Weitere wichtige Infos

Puerto Rico Tourism Company Hotelier ID 1113.
For reservations made prior to Aug 1, 2017 - 7% PR Room Tax is included in the rate you pay for accommodations. After this date, AirBnb will calculate and charge room tax as a separate invoice item.
A note on our 'open design': Although 99% of our guests love the 'indoor/outdoor' living, we've had some comments lately about noise.

The renovation of the house has been done with a very open layout - French doors open to the terraces, open eves and arched windows create a 'natural chimney, windows are mostly louvered wooden windows that allow trade winds to flow through the space.

Because of this open design - you will hear urban traffic sounds, plus the chirps of coquis (they stop about midnight), crickets that can be loud at times and some music from the recording studio next door or the dance school behind our house which rarely go past 11pm.

Air Conditioning is only provided in the bedroom. For guests who prefer non-air conditioned sleeping, open doors can provide great breezes - but also allow a higher exposure to urban sounds.

If you are used to central air conditioning and sealed windows - please realize that this house is not sealed and controlled. It would not fit the nature of the 100 year old historic structure - nor would it fit the way I choose to live in the Caribbean.

We have also had some comments about 'dirty floors' from guests used to central air conditioning and 'controlled environments'.

All floors in the house have floor tiles and are mopped the morning prior to your arrival. However, since the design of the house is very open - the constant tropical trade wind breeze brings in a fine soot-like dust that is common throughout San Juan and eastern Puerto Rico.

This is especially common in the summer when extremely fine dust blows from Africa's Sahara desert all the way across the Atlantic and covers the island. Puerto Ricans have a special local word for it - 'BRUMA' which is included in daily weather reports - with special updates when the dust will be heavy.

The 'BRUMA' brings natural fertilizer to the island, but also can also cause delays at the airport and form a layer you can see in the air when there is no breeze (check it out when you land at the airport - its not smog, but part of the Sahara desert suspended above San Juan).

Local folklore says that a summer with substantial 'BRUMA' means we will have an easy hurricane season since the heavy dust can slow down development of cyclonic systems.

The BRUMA dust/soot can appear even if floors are mopped every day - especially if you are barefoot- it is so fine that it sticks to your skin. Since we have open windows and doors in every unit and don't provide daily maid service, it can make the floor 'dirty' in a matter of minutes or hours depending on how the wind is blowing.

I provide a 'swiffer' in each unit so you can quickly give the floors a cleaning each day. However - if there is a heavy BRUMA - it will be 'dirty' again in a short time.

Local residents face the situation on a daily basis - so we tend to wear socks rather than go barefoot if we don't live in central air conditioning (our house only has airco in the bedroom of each unit - so BRUMA is a factor in other rooms).

This is a fact of life throughout San Juan and not something unique to this house or neighborhood. This is part of the 'charm' of the house, or could be a reason not to stay here, depending on your lifestyle and point of view.

This has been a factor for a very small percentage of guests - but since we are dedicated to guests having the very best vacation experience possible, I want to make sure that you are aware of this if it is a consideration for your lifestyle and choice of accommodations. Plus - the housekeeper asked to explain so you won't think he didn't do his job :)

Diese Unterkunft verfügt über die grundlegende Ausstattung für Geschäftsreisende.


Schlafzimmer 1
1 Doppelbett (1,80 × 2 m)

Rauchen verboten
Nicht für Haustiere geeignet
Keine Partys oder Veranstaltungen
Nicht sicher oder ungeeignet für Kinder (0–12 Jahre)
Der Check-in ist jederzeit nach 15:00
Check-out bis 11:00
Eigenständiger Check-in mit lockbox

Thanks for booking your suite in San Juan's Arts District!
I'll send a complete set of arrival instructions and neighborhood guide by regular email after receiving your reservation.

Please advise me of your airline/flight/time so I can track any delays and make sure that I'm at the house when you arrive.

ARRIVAL: Check-in time is normally at 3pm (earlier may be possible if your suite is not occupied the night before).
- If you have an early morning arrival, book from the night before and I'll meet you at any hour even if it is early morning - then you can go straight to your suite.
- If you arrive on an early morning flight and prefer to wait until check-in time, I usually will be at my office by 9:30am and you can leave luggage in the museum until your suite is ready later in the day.

DEPARTURE: Normal check-out time is 11am. There is no problem with early morning departures - just let me know in advance. Late check-outs can only be arranged once you get to San Juan since it depends on whether your suite is booked on departure day. If you have a very late flight, you can book an extra night, or leave your luggage in the museum until you head out to the airport.

CRITICAL RULE - ELEC/WATER: Turn off airco and lights when not in your suite. Report any water leaks or running toilets. Puerto Rico has some of the highest utility rates in the world - so please make sure that you turn off lights and air conditioners when not in your suite.

SMOKING: No smoking in your suite, but you can smoke in outdoor areas as long as you position so smoke does not go into the suite or public areas.

THE BAND NEXT DOOR: We love the guys from the indie rock band FANTASMES and their recording studio. However, this means there is music most days. Groups range from Reggae, Punk, Trance, New Age, Classical, Dance Hall, 50's Bop, Hard Rock and more. Some are fantastic - others just getting started. Our informal agreement is that they wind down by 11pm but sometimes they get carried away and don't realize what time it is. If they go too late, just let me know and I'll give them a call. Most guests love having the studio next door and we rarely have a problem - but something you should know before booking. Note: we always have earplugs available in the lobby if the band de jour is not your favorite genre.

Photo Identification required on check-in (I'll make a photocopy).

No children under 12 years without approval (per contract with the onsite museum). No pets. No parties or events without approval of the host.


Außerdem musst du Folgendes beachten:
Treppensteigen ist erforderlich - One flight of stairs with two turns to the second floor lobby.
Einschränkungen bei Annehmlichkeiten - Suite has 'inline' on demand water heater - susceptible to water pressure & may be variable when pressure from street is low & pump is activated.


60 Bewertungen

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Nutzerprofil von Garrett
April 2017
This is an absolutely amazing place it is my second time staying here at my wife's first time. We loved the location , Richard was a great host, and even provided a tour of the local area that was entertaining and informative at the same time. We would recommend for Friends to stay here, we plan on coming back again in a few years!

Nutzerprofil von Mary
April 2017
My boyfriend and I loved our time at Richard's! Our trip to San Juan started off with a 2-hour flight delay. I called Richard to warn that we'd be arriving later than planned, and he was very understanding and accommodating once we finally arrived. The walking tour of the neighborhood on our first night proved to be very helpful throughout our stay. We learned some things about the neighborhood we wouldn't have otherwise, and visited a few of the restaurants that Richard recommended. As for the apartment, we could not have asked for more. There was ample space for two people and everything we could have needed was provided (from kitchen supplies, to towels, and aloe -- oh man, did I need the aloe). The two terraces were lovely. We enjoyed coffee out there in the mornings and dominoes (provided!) one evening. The neighborhood was awesome. We'd both already experienced Old San Juan and Condado on previous trips, and wanted to explore a new part of town. The restaurant and bar scene is not to be missed. La Placita area is a short 10-15 minute walk and they have a cuisine and vibe for everyone. We passed through multiple times on our two night stay. If you're a party of two, definitely try your luck getting seated at José Enrique's restaurant. They don't take reservations and are often at capacity, but we walked up and were seated at the bar right away. The fried pork is not to be missed. We also really wanted to try a food truck park down Ponce de Leon, but waited until our last day only to find they are closed on Monday. Next time. If you don't mind walking, you can get to anywhere in Condado or Ocean Park in 30 minutes tops. And an Uber to Old San Juan was just over $8. Not bad! All in all, we loved the apartment and the local vibe of the neighborhood. 100% would recommend staying with Richard!

Nutzerprofil von Corinna
März 2017
Calle Saldana house was the perfect residence to stay in during our time in Puerto Rico. Close to everything you need including markets, bars, restaurants, arts district, museums, and beaches. The second floor casita is quaint and homey with an open and airy atmosphere. Richard was an outstanding host. He provided us with a tour of the district and an endless amount of information to make our trip memorable. Can't wait to head back for another experience.

Nutzerprofil von Candice
März 2017
Perfect time of year to visit PR, perfect apartment to enjoy our stay. Richard loves people and has great taste. His Airbnb shows it. His communication with guests is thorough, including a sheaf of info before you even leave home and a walking tour that helps you love the Santurce downtown as much as he obviously does. We love outside seating and wide open rooms, and that's what we had in our 2nd floor apartment. If you want guaranteed uninterrupted electricity and hot water, go to an American hotel chain. And cross your fingers. We had a few hot-cold-hot showers, no electrical problems. Nothing that detracted from enjoying this amazing and varied island, from rain forest to beaches to cobbled streets of living history, then on to giant caves and gianter telescopes! Coming "home" to Richard's building was always the reward at the end of the day.

Nutzerprofil von Carmen
Februar 2017
We stayed on the second level of this three-level home. The space is safe, clean, and in a nice area. There is a full kitchen, stocked with all manner of pots, pans, and utensils, which make cooking for yourself easy. There are also two balconies, both of which have seating. It's an easy walk from the house to La Placita, a lively location with bars and great restaurants. We opted to uber to old San Juan, as it's about 4 miles away and the bus would take an hour to get there--at least according to (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) maps. There is also a 24/7 grocery store and a nice book store and coffee shop a few blocks away from the house, and a restaurant famed for having the best brunch in San Juan on the same block as the house. Richard gives a great walking tour when you first get there. My only complaint is the shower--the water would vacillate between hot and cold during even short showers. Fix that, and this place is absolutely perfect.

Nutzerprofil von Owen
Februar 2017
Amazing stay. Richard is the best of the best hosts; his place is magnificent and he works hard to make your stay like travel butter!

Nutzerprofil von Claire
Februar 2017
When we first booked Richard's place, we were a tiny bit nervous as we had heard that Old San Juan was the best place for visitors. This was NOT the case, and in fact, after spending our first night in the Santurce neighborhood, we spent only a few hours in Old SJ before fleeing all of the tourists! We love great food, awesome art, and a vibrant neighborhood, all of which Santurce has plenty of -- and Richard's place is right in the heart of it. We were a straight shot to the market, the food kiosk park, and the beach. There couldn't be a more conveniently located house, and it was a very charming house, too! We thought the recording studio next door was just the icing on the cake. We are already counting down until we can come back!

San Juan, Puerto RicoMitglied seit November 2009
Nutzerprofil von RichardRichard ist ein Superhost.
Living in San Juan for 15 years. Originally from Connecticut, but lived in New York City for many years working in the travel industry and helping develop early online travel applications including Travelocity. After the 'internet bubble' I moved to the small Caribbean islan…
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