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Lourdes or Sofia

Member since: 2010
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People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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The Artsy Loft in Old San Juan

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Old San Juan - Old San Juan Artsy Loft

2 Bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, sleeps 5

We needed a lot of imagination when we bought this loft! We had to rebuild it from scratch. But that is the fun of it! Today, it is nowhere near what it was then. The restauration took over a year. But we knew it was going to be unique! And it is!! Marble and hard wood floors, exquisite contemporary art, all new appliances. It is the Artsy Loft! Unique in Old San Juan.

This apartment is unique! This amazing and spacious artsy loft is in a historic building. The loft is on street level. 20 ft. high ceilings and marble floors in the lower level. Hard wood stairs (comfortable to climb, not too steep) lead you to the mezzanine where the beautifully designed kitchen, the dining area and two comfortable bedrooms are located. All hard wood floor on the second level. An original mural by artist Sofia Maldonado adorns the hallway. Stunning contemporary art pieces on the walls.

The spacious master bedroom has a queen size bed. The second room has two twin beds and a small futon. In total we can accomodate 5 people. Most apartments in Old San Juan have just one bathroom. Ours has 1 1/2 bathrooms. Full bathroom on the first floor and 1/2 bathroom on the second. Quiet, comfortable, spacious, a/c in all areas.

You can easily walk all of Old San Juan and dine at the most renowned restaurants, visit the forts and see the most spectacular views of the San Juan Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Lively « plazas » are one and two blocks away. Close to Escambron beach, Condado and Miramar! Taxi and bus stand are a block away. Visit Old Sand Juan and experience the Old City in the most extraordinary artsy setting!!

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Lourdes or Sofia (Property Manager)
Member since: 2010
Call Manager
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Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
26 May, 2015

About Lourdes or Sofia

I love Old San Juan. It is like a small village full of charm, history and wonderful people! You haven't been to Puerto Rico if you don't stay in Old San Juan.

Lourdes or Sofia purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Lourdes or Sofia chose Old San Juan

We needed a lot of imagination when we bought this loft! We had to rebuild it from scratch. But that is the fun of it! Today, it is nowhere near what it was then. The restauration took over a year. But we knew it was going to be unique! And it is!! Marble and hard wood floors, exquisite contemporary art, all new appliances. It is the Artsy Loft! Unique in Old San Juan.

What makes this apartment unique

It is situated in one of the best streets in San Juan, close to all the great restaurants and hotels. Completely repaved, Tetuan Street goes from the Teatro Tapia up to la Capilla del Cristo. It is a wonderful promenade. It is also close to the port and the beautiful Paseo La Princesa. Walking distance from taxi stand, bus stop and parking lots. What more could I ask for!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Lourdes y Miguel son extraordinarios anfitriones: amables, puntuales y simpáticos. El departamento tiene una ubicación inmejorable, una refinada decoración, se mantiene pulcrísimo y está perfectamente equipado. Se trata de un lugar ideal para descubrir el viejo San Juan. Muy recomendado. Lourdes et Miguel sont d'une gentillesse sans faille. L'appart est plus que propre, parfaitement équipé et sa situation en plein centre du vieux Saint-Jean, idéal pour découvrir ou profiter de cette ville charmante.
Dec 2014
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Reviews

4.8
based on 56 holidaymaker reviews

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The Artsy Loft in Old San Juan
average rating of 4.767857 based on 58 reviews
4

Exactly as described, no surprises.

  • 4 of 5

Perfect location to explore Old San Juan. The loft is large, comfortable and full of interesting art. There was lots of room for 4 adults. The only minor issue is the difficulty in maintaining a constant shower temperature; may have to due with the age of the building. It's probably nothing the owner can control. The best review I can give a place is to say I would stay there again if I go back to San Juan.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for such a great review. Come back soon. Lourdes
Hickory, NC
4

Great location - quieter than expected.

  • 4 of 5

Considering that this condo is right in the heart of Old San Juan, and only a few streets back from the hustle and bustle of porting cruise ships, it was much more peaceful and quiet inside than I expected.

The property is well maintained and charming - just as pictured. We appreciated having cable TV during the final four basketball tournament and the Wi-Fi came in handy in the evening. Our family of two adults and two teenage boys had plenty of room to spread out on comfy sofas and chairs in the living room, which was appreciated after a couple of long days of touring Old San Juan on foot and hiking to the waterfalls in the El Yunque Rainforest.

We rented a car for our week in Puerto Rico and parking was easy and reasonable in the nearby deck, just a block or so away from the apartment. We found that to do what we wanted around Puerto Rico a car was essential. (While spending four nights here we spent a day on a snorkel charter which left out of Fajardo, spent a day wandering the streets of Old San Juan, and spent a day in El Yunque.)

There were a few glitches in our visit . . . the first being a definite communication breakdown with our onsite contact prior to our arrival. Instructions received from the homeowner regarding check-in were not accurate and we literally ended up sitting on the curb in front of the apartment with suitcases in hand for at least an hour. While all materials received stated to call our local contact - upon landing in PR, all attempts to contact her went straight to VM and text messages were not returned for hours. However, once that was resolved we had a good visit.

The only other glitch - the pillows are awful! It may not seem to be a big deal, but when you're sleeping on flat, hard pillows for four nights, it's not great. The mattresses were firm but comfortable enough - but the pillows definitely need an upgrade.

With all that being said - I would recommend this spot to others. We felt that the location was safe both during the day and evening. It is convenient to the history and beauty of Old San Juan and is within an easy hour's drive to the eastern coast and within 30 minutes to the rainforest. There are plenty of yummy restaurants within walking distance of the apartment as well for whatever your taste buds are in the mood for.

All in all - a great first visit to Puerto Rico!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
4

Thomas Family

  • 4 of 5

It was wonderful, just as described. Ambiance, location and convenient to everything. Old world charm with modern convienciences. Much better value than a hotel. Our host Lourdes, was fantastic.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Excellent Stay in Old San Juan

  • 5 of 5

The Artsy Loft was a fantastic home-base for our stay in Old San Juan. I stayed in the loft with three friends; we found it to be clean, well-stocked, and comfortable for our four days in the area. Having laundry in the unit was helpful after days on the beach. We appreciated having such a unique, spacious place (in a historic building with views over courtyards and the street) with interesting artwork at a very reasonable price. Only downsides we could think of were occasionally finicky hot/cold water in shower and a slightly firmer bed in the master bedroom than one in our group would have preferred...but that's about it. Definitely nothing major here.

The Artsy Loft's location couldn't be beat, with many good restaurants (Café Manolín, Punto de Vista, etc.) and bars only a few blocks away. The Loft is also located close to the historical sites of OSJ, such as El Morro. We rented a car for one day during our stay, and parking overnight was readily available at a nearby garage for only six dollars.

Lourdes, the manager of the property, was very accommodating. She was readily available by text and email to answer questions we had about the property or OSJ. She was even kind enough to let us leave our bags inside the door of the loft after the check-out time while the housekeeper was tidying up so we could explore the city a bit more on our last day.

On the whole, we have no regrets about our stay at the Artsy Loft and would recommend it to anyone looking to be in the heart of Old San Juan.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
3

With some improvements, this could be perfect!

  • 3 of 5

I waited about a month to write this review of the Artsy Loft to give myself time to tease out my overall impression and really pinpoint what mattered to me in the end. The Artsy Loft is almost the perfect place to stay, but it definitely has its quirks and areas of improvement.

Let's start with the good...

PROS

- Location is the biggest pro. The Artsy Loft is in the middle of the action, close to restaurants, shops, Castillo de San Cristobal, taxis, etc.

- It's on the quiet part of Calle Tetuan. This was perfect because my mom is in her 60s and has mobility issues.

- The trip to San Juan was a girls trip, and never did we feel unsafe in the area around the Artsy Loft.

- The loft is spacious and private.

- The beds are comfortable.

- The landlord, Lourdes, is responsive and helpful. The taxi driver dropped us off at the wrong place ~ 4 blocks away (beware!), and Lourdes sent her daughter to find us and lead us to the Artsy Loft.

- Security deposit is only $100 because of a minimal rental insurance fee. The refund for the security deposit was also fairly quick.

Now the bad which I think are relatively minor upkeep issues...

CONS

- Pillow cases and sheets had yellow spots

- Water temperature in the shower is inconsistent: hot to cold to very hot to very cold and so on

- Door knobs in the master bedroom and main bathroom were falling off

- Very little shelf space in the main bathroom and no shelf space in the upstairs bathroom

- Very dim lighting

- Shower curtain was yellow with thick layer of soap scum, and shower curtain rings were rusty

- Upstairs bathroom is so tiny and also located in the kitchen which is odd

- Small TV (but really, who spends their time watching TV in San Juan?)

- There was a used cup and party favors from New Year's Eve left on a shelf in the living room

- No soap in the upstairs bathroom

- Located behind a row of restaurants so some noise issues from waitstaff or garbage trucks

- Decor is badly put together, and furniture is either quite old or new but cheaply made

- Some of the displayed artwork is not appropriate for children (i.e., scantily clad zombie, several pictures with breasts exposed, and a man hanging)

I can look past most of the cons like lack of shelf space and "wow" factor. However, cleanliness is not something I can overlook -- especially the stained linens and murky shower. If minor improvements were made, I would probably stay at the Artsy Loft again just for its location and Lourdes' helpfulness.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I thank you for your review and kind words about me and my daughter. I will certainly consider your comments. As of now, I will have all sheets and pillow cases checked to identify those that need to be thrown out. We do this periodically and have all sheets, towels and curtains changed. Supplies as a bar of soap, liquid soap, dishwashing liquid and toilet paper are provided. The water heater is new and nobody had mentioned this situation. I will have a plumber check it. Doorknobs in both bathrooms were fixed. I didn’t know about the bedroom one. But, definitely will have it fixed. Both bathrooms are small, I know. This is an historic building over 150 years old. Sometimes the layout of these Spanish apartments seems “awkward” but there is not much we can do about that. It’s like when you travel to Europe. The older buildings sometimes have the bathroom in the hallway! Some of the fun of traveling and staying in the Old City is precisely this…living in a different way… All areas are thoroughly cleaned between guests. However, sometimes we leave souvenirs, as we do in our home, of special dates, like New Year’s Eve. Art is a special language. We collect art from young Puerto Rican artists like Sofia Maldonado, Omar Velazquez and La Pandilla. Sofia Maldonado studied in Pratt Institute in NY and exhibits internationally. Her art can be controversial and we love it. Check it out: www.sofiamaldonado.com Omar Velazquez is finishing his MFA at the Chicago Art Institute. The “hanging man” is one of a series of art pieces that he created for the Circa Art Fare. It is called a Bacalao and represents a man whose life is being controlled by outer factors. That is why he is held down by clothes pins that prevent him from moving freely. We are very lucky to have this art piece. We ask our guests to get in touch with us if they need anything during their stay. We gladly provide it. We live right here in Old San Juan and, just as my daughter ran down to help you find your way when you arrived, if you had called us about any of this we would have gladly provided supplies or sheets and towels for you. We want our guests to feel good and enjoy every minute of their stay. Hope you will come back soon. We will make sure everything is impeccable. Lourdes
San Juan
5

Great time at a great place in Old San Juan

  • 5 of 5

Artsy loft is the perfect place to stay at Old San Juan. We have been staying here for the last 3 years for the San Sebastian Festival. Is is right in the culinary center of Sofo and walking distance to all those great restaurants. Highly recommended and definitely will be back next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

Location

Car: not necessary

Other Activities: sightseeing

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Prices & Availability

From $193 Nightly

Prices for this holiday apartment in Old San Juan, San Juan

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
High Season
19 Dec 2015 - 13 Jan 2016
3 night minimum stay
$792
for 3 nights
From
$214
$1,541
$4,430
 
 
San Sebastian Festival
14 Jan 2016 - 17 Jan 2016
3 night minimum stay
$1,594
for 3 nights
From
$482
 
 
High Season 2016
18 Jan 2016 - 30 Apr 2016
3 night minimum stay
$792
for 3 nights
From
$214
$1,541
$3,360
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$920
for 4 nights
From
$193
$1,434
$3,360
 

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection $59.00
Refundable Damage Deposit $100.00
Cleaning fee $85.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%
Notes NO Early check-in or late check-out. Check-in is between 3pm and 7PM . There will be a $50.00 fee for late check-in (between 7 and 10PM). If you are considering arriving later than 10 PM please check with owner first to see if or what arrangements can be made. Ck-out is at 11AM.
These rates do not apply for the Fiesta de la Calle San Sebastian Festival. Please call for rates.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Old San Juan in San Juan

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 960 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • near the sea
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , on 1st level
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , on 2nd level
  • There is no bathroom in the master bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , 2 twin beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Queen
  • Sleeps 4 Mini split in both rooms. Black-out roll ups in master bedroom for a good night's sleep.
Entertainment:
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Everything is easily accessible in Old San Juan and close to this property: sauna/spa, pharmacy, supermarket, Starbuck's, laundromat, beauty salon, bookstores, libraries, theater, cinema, etc. We provide a laundry cart.

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