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The Gallery Inn
Ranked #9 of 30 San Juan B&B and Inns
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Nyc
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6 reviews
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“Wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

My husband and I and two of our friends spent two nights at this lovely art filled fantastic hotel and we loved every minute of it. The location in old San Juan is superb. The place is part mixture art museum and hotel. It is truly a visual feast to the eye. A small excellent continental breakfast is provided every morning. The hotel is small and intimate and thoroughly relaxing. A real gem of a place. We will return.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles 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.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles 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!
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles 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...
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about The Gallery Inn

Property: The Gallery Inn
Address: 204 - 206 Norzagaray St | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > San Juan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in San Juan
Price range (per night): ₹ 11,114 - ₹ 25,228
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 
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