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312 Calle de San Francisco, San Juan 00901-1720 Puerto Rico
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Adults Only + Stairs Only (No Elevator) We do not have an elevator and all our rooms start on the second floor of the property. If stairs are a problem then please consider staying elsewhere. We do have staff that will assist you with bringing up your bags but you would still have to go up the stairs to reach your room. Transportation The Best way to arrive to our property is via Uber. OSJ is a completely walkable city designed more than 400 years ago. Meaning, cars were not part of it’s design and the best way to get to know the city is by foot. Parking We do not offer parking. If you are driving, we suggest you park in any of these parking lots within OSJ: Dona Fela La Puntilla Covadonga These are the most reasonably priced options in OSJ. All within walking distance of our property. You may just copy and paste the names and insert in Google Maps or any other App of your preference. We do suggest you stop by the property to drop off bags and then find parking :) Please mind, you will not be using the car while in OSJ. It will be convenient to have if you are planning day trips outside of the San Juan area. Check-in Check-in is scheduled for 4PM. We love having guests check-in early and can not guarantee an early check-in. We do suggest you stop by property to process your paperwork. We will gladly hold your bags for you while you lounge around property, explore the city and/or grab a bite to eat. We will make sure to text you as soon as your room is ready so you may check-in. Check-out Check-out is scheduled for 11AM. We can only guarantee a late check-out during the last day of your stay as they are based on availability. We suggest you text us during the morning of your departure. We can not guarantee a late check-out but we promise to do our best to accommodate you in the best way possible. Rooms The vast majority of our rooms have windows facing the “callejon” and/or San Francisco Street. If windows facing the exterior are of utmost importance, please book a Balcony Queen room. The Queen standard room does have windows that face the interior courtyards and do not have a view. Important information! Please confirm your estimated time of arrival to property. As we mentioned earlier, we love having guests check-in early and although we can not guarantee an early check-in, having your time of arrival will assist us in prioritizing our workflow in order to have you in your room as soon as possible. It would to both our benefit if you could also confirm your estimated time of departure. As we mentioned, we work by stairs and we have plenty of them. We want to assist you every step of the way and knowing at what time you expect to leave will allow us to have a staff member available to assist you in bringing down your bags.
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Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool / beach towels
Bar / lounge
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
24-hour security
Baggage storage
24-hour check-in
Wifi
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Wine / champagne
Concierge
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
24-hour front desk
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dmcsparr wrote a review Jan. 2023
Quincy, Massachusetts19 contributions4 helpful votes
I can't explain how fantastic this hotel is! The old architecture is beautiful, being able to relax on the rooftop anytime and the 24/7 open bar is a bonus! But what made our stay exceptional was the staff, they were so welcoming and accommodating....between the recommendations for places, the constant offers for drinks and even the fun conversations at the bar, this staff is worth the stay! It is also in a fantastic location to explore Old San Juan, I highly recommend!
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dear dmcsparr, Thank you for allowing El Colonial to form part of your recent visit to Old San Juan. Needless to say, it was a pleasure to host you. We are extremely delighted to read your comments in regards to your experience while staying with us and we are happy to read that you enjoyed staying here almost as much as we enjoyed hosting you. Again, thank you for choosing El Colonial and for sharing your experience with the world. We hope to have you back soon and often. #keepitlecolonial Warm Regards, Franklin Rivera General Manager El Colonial a San Juan 901 Property #elcolonialhotel #sanjuan901
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mariabarbero wrote a review Aug. 2021
Cape Coral, Florida8 contributions3 helpful votes
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Awesome hotel, great atmosphere, open bar and tons of amazing local tips. Comfy room and coffee in the morning. What more could you need? Highly recommended this hotel! Thanks to everyone at El Colonial for making our trip to San Juan awesome!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded Aug. 18, 2021
Dear mariabarbero , Thank you for allowing El Colonial to form part of your recent visit to OSJ. Needless to say, it was a pleasure to host you! We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your experience at El Colonial with the world! Our team is dedicated to making sure you enjoy every moment of your stay with us and we are delighted to read that we were able to exceed your expectations. Again, thank you for choosing El Colonial and we hope to have you back soon and often! Warm Regards, Franklin Rivera General Manager El Colonial a San Juan 901 Property
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47explore wrote a review Jan. 2023
Edgewater, Maryland15 contributions1 helpful vote
The hotel staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. Super warm welcome to the hotel starting with a drink from the lobby bar while we were checked in. I had a rum punch! Upper deck is relaxing with nice views of the city. There are only stairs but the was great carried our suitcases up while we checked in and down when checked out.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dear 47explore, Thank you for allowing El Colonial to form part of your recent visit to OSJ. Needless to say, it was a pleasure to host you. We greatly appreciate your kind remarks in regards to your experience while staying with us and we hope that your next visit may result in a 5 out of 5 review. Again, thank you for choosing El Colonial. We hope to have you back soon and often. #keepitelcolonial Warm Regards, Franklin Rivera General Manager El Colonial a San Juan 901 Property #elcolonialhotel #sanjuan901
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Miluska C wrote a review Jan. 2023
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Hector, Giancarlo, and the rest of the entire staff had the best customer service I've ever experienced! They greeted us with refreshments as soon as we walked into the hotel and wonderful recommendations all over OSJ. Not to mention they kept their wonderful hospitality through a busy San Sebastian Festival weekend! The rooftop is so cool and the entire building is classic OSJ architecture. It was so close to ALL of the stages of Sanse and everything else OSJ had to offer. Would 150% go back and I can't wait! I'm so happy we found this gem.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Room Tip: There are no elevators so be prepared to walk upstairs but they take your bags up for you!
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Dear Miluska C, Thank you for allowing El Colonial to form part of your recent visit to OSJ. Needless to say, it was a pleasure to host you. The El Colonial Family is dedicated to making sure you enjoy every moment of you stay with us with the hopes of being the best hotel experience you have ever encountered. We are extremely delighted to read that Hector, Giancarlo and the rest of the team were able to positively impact your stay and we are happy to read their names in this review! Again, thank you for choosing El Colonial and for sharing your experience with the world! We hope to have you back soon and often. #keepitelcolonial Warm Regards, Franklin Rivera General Manager El Colonial a San Juan 901 Property #elcolonialhotel #sanjuan901
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Global50964749843 wrote a review Jan. 2023
Our favorite hotel in Old San Juan. We stayed here during Sanse 2023. The hotel is perfectly located in the center of Old San Juan. You are walking distance from a ton of hotels, bars and shops. The 24 hour open bar is a major bonus. The hotel is very clean. The beds are comfortable. The staff is amazing and very helpful! They go out of their way to help. A big thank you to Giancarlo, Adriel, Dayanara and Miguel for making our stay extra special.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dear Global50964749843, Thank you for allowing El Colonial to form part of your recent visit to OSJ. Needless to say, it was a pleasure to host you. We are left humbled after reading your review. At El Colonial, we believe in creating unique and wonderful experiences for our guests to enjoy and we are delighted to read that you enjoyed staying here almost as much as we enjoyed hosting you. Again, thank you for choosing El Colonial and for sharing your experience with the world! We hope to have you back soon and often. #keepitelcolonial Warm Regards, Franklin Rivera General Manager El Colonial a San Juan 901 Property #elcolonialhotel #sanjuan901
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GreenMountainGirls wrote a review Jan. 2023
Montpelier, Vermont195 contributions92 helpful votes
We loved this place. Small, historic, personal. Immediately on arriving we felt so welcome and relaxed. Daya was so helpful and informative and got us checked in easily as we sipped sparkling wine/cocktails. Yes, there are stairs! But they carry your bags for you! And yes, it's on a lively street! We loved the location because we could walk to everything so easily. If we had questions, the staff was helpful and well-informed, with good advice. They use WhatsApp to communicate with guests, which is quick and easy. Rooms are basic but the bed was quite comfortable. If you want quiet, go for the rooms that overlook the interior courtyard (they're cheaper too). Don't miss the rooftop, it's worth the stairs.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Don't miss the rooftop!
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Dear GreenMountainGirls, Thank you for allowing El Colonial to form part of your recent visit to OSJ. Needless to say, it was a pleasure to host you. We greatly appreciate your kind remarks in regards to our structure, location and service. The El Colonial Family is dedicated to making sure you enjoy every moment of your stay with us and we are delighted to read that our team was able to exceed your expectations. Again, thank you for choosing El Colonial and for sharing your experience with the world! We hope to have you back soon and often. #keepitelcolonial Warm Regards, Franklin Rivera General Manager El Colonial a San Juan 901 Property #elcolonialhotel #sanjuan901
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ireniebeanie wrote a review Jan. 2023
New York City, New York14 contributions
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Took my husband for a quick birthday trip for 3 days and was looking for a centrally located hotel in Old San Juan to be our home base while we explored the city and El Yunque and so glad we found El Colonial. The exterior is so charming and the staff makes you feel right at home when you enter the door. In addition to being incredibly friendly, they anticipated our needs and offered bottled waters when they saw we were heading out for the day (I opted to refill my Hydroflask from their dispenser) and on our return, offered us refreshing wipes which felt amazing after sweating all day in the hot sun. The 24-hour bar has limited options but was a great amenity--we recommend the rum & passionfruit mixed drink! Our room was on the 4th floor (and if I remember correctly, about 72 steps) which might be a negative for some but we gladly embraced the exercise and appreciated the funny signs on each landing. The room was simple but served its purpose with the comfy bed and hot shower after a long day of exploring. We know if we ever return to Old San Juan, we will definitely be booking El Colonial.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Dear ireniebeanie, Thank you for allowing El Colonial to form part of your recent visit to OSJ. Needless to say, it was a pleasure to host you. We are excited that we were able to form part of such a special occasion and further more that you enjoyed staying here almost as much as we enjoyed hosting you. Our team is dedicated to making sure you enjoy every moment of your experience and we greatly appreciate your kind feedback. Again, thank you for choosing El Colonial and for sharing your experience with the world! We hope to have you back soon and often. #keepitelcolonial Warm Regards, Franklin Rivera General Manager El Colonial a San Juan 901 Property #elcolonialhotel #sanjuan901
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kristen m wrote a review Dec. 2022
Wilmington, Delaware79 contributions8 helpful votes
We stayed for four days in mid-December for my husband’s 40th birthday. It was a fantastic time! The hotel is in a beautiful old building in a central location. It was great to be able to grab a drink, use the restroom and then head back out to soak up more sun. Like all other reviewers have mentioned, the staff is the best. Miguel, Adriel, Angel, Hector and Luis are such great people. I also liked the hotel’s use of WhatsApp as the room phone. Made housekeeping, etc so easy. If we’re ever back in OSJ, we will definitely stay here!
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dear Kristen M, Thank you for allowing El Colonial to form part of your recent visit to OSJ. Needless to say, it was a pleasure to host you. They say that when you do what you love you will never work a day in your life. This saying is very true when it is used to describe the El Colonial Family. We are extremely delighted to read that Miguel, Adriel, Angel, Hector and Luis were able to positively impact your stay and make this 40th birthday celebration one to remember. Again, thank you for choosing El Colonial and for sharing your experience with the world! We hope to have you back soon and often. #keepitelcolonial Warm Regards, Franklin Rivera General Manager El Colonial a San Juan 901 Property #elcolonialhotel #sanjuan901
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Christian S wrote a review Dec. 2022
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We LOVED our time at El Colonial. The building is definitely historic but charming. There is a rooftop with nice views. The staff was great - bartender Luis made our trip! The open bar is a major plus and they are also very accommodating with leaving your bag after checkout etc. Would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in OSJ - especially young couples. I almost don’t want to leave a review because once people find out about this place there won’t be an open night.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dear Christian S, Thank you for allowing El Colonial to form part of your recent visit to OSJ. Needless to say, it was a pleasure to host you. We greatly appreciate your kind remarks in regards to your experience with us and that our team, specially Luis, was able to positively impact your stay. Luis as well as the rest of our team are amazing individuals who really make this place amazing. Granted, this would not be possible without our wonderful guests! Again, thank you for choosing El Colonial and for sharing your experience with the world! We hope to have you back soon and often. #keepitelcolonial Warm Regards, Franklin Rivera General Manager El Colonial a San Juan 901 Property #elcolonialhotel #sanjuan901
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Jean-Marc D wrote a review Dec. 2022
One word can describe this hotel / experience.... Amaaaazing! The staff (Adriel, Luis and Miguel) makes you feel welcome like no other hotel. "Location, location, location" saying is so true here. Stop looking for a hotel in Old San Juan... Go to El Colonial.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Responded Dec. 28, 2022
Dear Jean-Marc D , Thank you for allowing El Colonial to form part of your recent visit to OSJ. Needless to say, it was a pleasure to host you. We greatly appreciate your kind remarks in regards to our location and service. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your experience while staying with us at El Colonial. Again, thank you for choosing El Colonial and for sharing your experience with the world. We hope to have you back soon and often. #keepitelcolonial Warm Regards, Franklin Rivera General Manager El Colonial a San Juan 901 Property #elcolonialhotel #sanjuan901
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US$180 - US$344 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Colonial
Which popular attractions are close to El Colonial?
Nearby attractions include Old San Juan (0.4 km), Castillo de San Cristobal (0.2 km), and The Poet's Passage (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at El Colonial?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and a concierge.
Which room amenities are available at El Colonial?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at El Colonial?
Guests can enjoy a lounge, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at El Colonial?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Colonial?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sofia's Italian Steakhouse, Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Chocobar Cortés (Viejo San Juan).
Are pets allowed at El Colonial?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El Colonial?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to El Colonial?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old San Juan (0.4 km), San Juan National Historic Site (3.5 km), and Castillo San Felipe del Morro (1.2 km).
Does El Colonial have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.