If your idea of a perfect vacation is a home away from home, then this is your destination; clean, spacious apartment with a balcony overlooking the ocean, fully equipped kitchen for those times you want to indulge in your own special recipes, a range of dining options within walking distance for those times when you prefer to be served; entertainment an elevator ride down to the lobby or just a few steps away from the hotel; beautiful historical Old San Juan just minutes away by car or public transportation; in other words, a home away from home.
My wife and I headed to Puerto Rico to celebrate our anniversary. Rented a 1 BR from Chana Cohen. We have rented from her many times and have never been disappointed. She has various accommodations to fit every need. This mixed use building has free parking and is located right on the beautiful Isla Verde public beach. Our room had an ocean/poolside view.There is a small cafe for sandwiches and beverages and a restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. Recommend purchasing hot local food sold at the Pueblo grocery store close by. Rent from Chana. She's the best!!!!!!!
The unit was clean and maintained. Chana was very pleasant and made checking in easy. The room was set up before our arrival and was well stocked. The location is also very convenient, being close to the airport, supermarket, and local restaurants. The building amenities such the pool, beach access, and on-site parking greatly added to our enjoyable experience. Will definitely stay here again!
We booked two rooms with Chana Cohen. One for our daughter and one for ourselves. We booked a studio for ourselves because it had a king size bed. My daughter, who was arriving the following day, was booked for a one bedroom. When we arrived, Chana called to advise there was another one bedroom available that had a better view than the one bedroom we initially booked. She was correct and when our daughter arrived, we gave her the studio and we took the new one bedroom, because it too had a king size bed. Both the studio, 1565, and the one bedroom, 1471 were very clean.. The floors were tiled, not carpeted. Our room had plenty of towels and extra bedding. There was even an extra mattress in the closet. This room would have been big enough for the three of us. There is a futon in the living room and even the comfy chair pulled out to a bed. This room also had a washer dryer which was a nice touch. You don't have to pack a lot, just clean your clothes during the stay. The refrigerator had an ice maker, which was also nice for drinks.
A few pointers as to what you may need:
You are only provided one small facial soap, so you may want to bring a bath bar from home;
There was no laundry detergent or dryer sheets in the room. We bought a cheap bottle of laundry detergent from Walgreens, a few blocks away, but you may want to bring dryer sheets from home;
One extra roll of toilet tissue was provided. Again, we purchased extra at Walgreens. We also had to buy shampoo and conditioner.
I read some reviews that complained about the lobby at the ESJ towers. I can't see how they could air condition it, as it is massive. There is a bar in the lobby, Mano a Mano for happy hour. They also have a billiards room, card room and a small convenience store that is opened late. True you have to walk though the garage to get to the beach but there is a really nice breeze as you walk through.
There is a small bar by the pool. Carlos made the best King Kongs. There is also bingo at the pool at 2:00 daily. My daughter won $87.00 and a bottle of rum. The pool chairs have built-in canopies for when you are tired of sunning. If you want elegant, stay at the El San Juan. If you want a great clean room for two or more, at a great price with a beautiful view, contact Chana Cohen. She owns the units privately and give great customer service.
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