We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“CHARACTER galore!”
Review of The Gallery Inn

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 6 more sites!
The Gallery Inn
Ranked #9 of 29 San Juan B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“CHARACTER galore!”
Reviewed 15 April 2012

Luxurious? No. But what character! Super clean? No. But how do you really clean something that's hundreds of years old? We loved how quirky it all was... the winding pathways, no two rooms alike, a different experience around every corner. We are not "artsy" people, but can absolutely appreciate it, and there was art EVERYWHERE. The "hotel" (it was more like someone's home; in fact, it is a home to the owners) was so serene. I could've spent days there just reading and soaking it all in. We enjoyed dining in the restaurant, which has a limited, but delicious, menu. It is probably not the best place for children or anyone with a disability or difficulty walking/maneuvering stairs, as there are many steps and uneven pathways. We truly enjoyed our stay there and would highly recommend the experience (it's definitely "an experience" more than a place to rest your head).

  • Stayed April 2012
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank AmyRed713
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

816 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    458
    162
    83
    68
    45
See reviews for
80
510
42
40
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (228)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Level Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed 13 April 2012

Stay clear of the "Brown" room. It is an interior room in the "artist" class. The room is very tight, humid, musty, and does not offer an exterior window. Additionally, you will very clearly hear your fellow guests in nearby rooms.
On a positive note, the wine deck will offer one of the best views in Old San Juan.

Room Tip: Do not stay in an "interior" room with no window.
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Phil S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
95 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2012

Utterly bonkers, with plants/courtyards/exotic birds/statues/hidden rooms/turrets/garrets/fountains everywhere.
The HIlton it ain't. My first impression on our rainy arrival, after struggling to identify the entrance, was "shambolic, ramshackle, delapidated". Our room (Jonathan) was leaky and although a "suite", the second bed was a single iron bed the likes I of which I haven't seen since childhood! The food in the restaurant that night though was excellent.
We returned after a week away for 4 nights and my impression turned rapidly instead to "charming, quirky, unique". Reception staff are excellent, helping us book restaurants, rental cars, taxis etc and generally being extremely welcoming. We stayed in Dr Joe (a suite with the same small second bed) but which was a much nicer, bigger, more watertight room and then I stayed in Stevie, a single room but beautiful mini 4-poster bed and lovely shared balcony, when my friend left. The little plunge pool is great, there's a beautiful roof terrace (well several actually!) with great views over the coast, as well as access to the beach shack. I love the personal touch the owners bring, it really is like being invited to stay in their house: they are around and like to chat, the place is filled with their memorabilia and artistic collections, and the bar operates on an honesty box system. Whilst slightly tired in its fittings/fixtures, the rooms are all indeed clean. Location in Old San juan is excellent and allows easy exploration of the town.
If you are looking for an international standard, anonymous-type place, this isn't for you. But if you like original and interesting, and don't mind sacrificing a few creature comforts for it, then try this.

Room Tip: Stevie a nice little room; Dr Joe a big-bedded room; avoid leaky Jonathan!
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank BoatLadyUK
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Dayton
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 April 2012

My boyfriend, now fiancé, stayed in this hotel almost two years ago. We are doing our honeymoon research and everything I'm finding, I keep hearing myself say, "but it's isn't like the experience that we had at The Gallery Inn." We had the best time; from looking all the art in the inn, to our view in our room, the decor, to the lovely meals, and personal attention. The family that runs this place is so sweet and I can still remember their generosity. They made you feel at home as soon as you walked in. So as much as we loved this place, honeymoon research is now VERY difficult due to the superb experience we had in Old San Juan at The Gallery Inn!!

Room Tip: The room upstairs was the best...but I can't remember the name of the room. It had it's own...
See more room tips
  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank GemCity_12
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
ca
Level Contributor
53 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2012

My husband and I stayed at The Gallery Inn for 3 nights before going on a cruise starting in Puerto Rico. We absolutely loved every minute of it even though it rained most of the time. Yes, there was a little water coming into the room from the deck, but that was taken care off right away. Our room had a king bed, and a balcony with a full view of the ocean. The bed was very comfortable with a TempurPedic mattress and the room was very clean.

We have stayed in many 4-5 star Hotels but I wouldn’t trade The Gallery Inn for any of them. This is a very old building, so it definitely has some issues, but you won’t find a more interesting place to stay. Walk the courtyards and enjoy the beautiful flowers everywhere. Explore the music room, the wine deck, eat a great meal in the garden or cannon room and talk to the beautiful birds. You will see Jan’s wonderful artwork everywhere and it feels like staying in a museum. You may want to visit the Beach house late afternoon and enjoy a drink right above the waves of the Ocean. Yes, it is right next to La Perla, a ramshackle place of squatters, presumably, a Slum in an incredible location. La Perla is also the home of many families who have been there forever and we hope that they will be able to stay and preserve the area and not lose it to big developers.

The Inn is right in Old San Juan and you can walk everywhere, including some great local Restaurants. If you are looking for a great lunch or just a good coffee, definitely go to the St Germain Bistro and Café just a few blocks away.

Now, you have to be able to navigate stairs to stay here and if you don’t love old historic buildings, it may not be the place for you.

Thank you Jan and everyone for the wonderful stay.

Room Tip: We stayed in the "Dr. Joe" room. It is a big room with a small balcony and a King bed, fac...
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank eckdish
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these San Juan hotels
0.3 km away
Hotel El Convento
Hotel El Convento
#2 of 46 in San Juan
4.5 of 5 bubbles 2,669 reviews
0.2 km away
La Terraza de San Juan
La Terraza de San Juan
#11 of 46 in San Juan
4.5 of 5 bubbles 759 reviews
0.4 km away
CasaBlanca Hotel
CasaBlanca Hotel
#9 of 46 in San Juan
4.5 of 5 bubbles 921 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.6 km away
Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel
4.3 km away
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
0.2 km away
Decanter Hotel
Decanter Hotel
#3 of 46 in San Juan
4.5 of 5 bubbles 191 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to The Gallery Inn? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The Gallery Inn

Property: The Gallery Inn
Address: 204 - 206 Norzagaray St | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
Phone Number:
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > San Juan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in San Juan
Price range (per night): ₹ 7,951 - ₹ 15,643
Hotel Class:3 star — The Gallery Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This sprawling 22-room ocean-view boutique hotel features lush gardens, tree-shaded patios and secluded and private nooks at every turn. The Wine Deck offers breath-taking, panoramic views from the highest point in Old San Juan. The newly completed sculpture waterfall pool meanders through ancient brick passageways, past fragrant gardenias. Six active art studios and world-class piano recitals are all open to our guests. Unique, elegant and exotic: the Old World charm of The Gallery Inn. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Expedia and Booking.com so you can book your The Gallery Inn reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
The Gallery Hotel San Juan

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing