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.
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 :)
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.
HAVE FUN !!!!