Posada San Francisco

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Posada San Francisco San Juan Reviews

andrejav andrejav
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Posada San Francisco Nov 24, 2013
Posada San Francisco could easily be called the best hostel in Puerto Rico. Located at the entrance to Old San Juan, right in the front of Plaza Colon and next to Castillo San Cristobal, it has lots of advantages for people that come here for the first time. This area is one of the safest and the most interesting places to stay while in Puerto Rico. Forts are stunning and the streets are dreamy, surrounded with the old school Spanish style colonial buildings, streets covered with blue glazed stone bricks. It is also fairly easy to connect from here to any part of San Juan or to the transportation options for whole island.

Plaza Colon is the first plaza that you see as you enter the Old City. Hostel is in the one way street and it is in the tallest building on the block with its six floors. Door to the hostel are not marked, but if you ask you’ll be directed to the right door. Hostel covers few floors (from fourth till sixth) and you can reach it with elevator or by stairs. Stairs are not large but easy to conquer, and elevator is a bit slow with the mind of its own. Make sure to read the instructions for operating the elevator gate, and don’t forget to push the door back after leaving it… Entrance lobby of the building is very nicely painted with imagery from Spanish-Indian and English-Spanish wars. There is also a fountain in the middle courtyard, but it is not that successful in awing or getting any interest.

Office is on the sixth floor where owners family also lives and they do have large storage area if you need to leave your stuff. View from the balcony of the sixth floor is really nice and balcony is nicely designed and covered with flowers. Reception works well but has short working hours, they have information for you if you’d like to go to different attractions and they also have their own transport that is not as expensive as with cutthroats outside… They are still VERY expensive and the best way to move around the island is to rent a car which will save you lots of money and give you independence (car rental is very cheap and it runs from 10-25$ per day).

I was in the dorm on the fourth floor. All doors are opened with the electronic key and all beds are assigned to you and your name and length of the stay is written on the side of the bed. High ceilings are through whole building with windows all around. There is nice balcony on this floor too, and it is where most of the people chill during the day and night. Large resting area with TV and specious kitchen welcome you on this floor. They have couple machines for soda and snacks and big metal locker wall (you will need your own lock). There are enough bathrooms through the floor but not all of them are fully functional. Everything is very clean and pretty orderly. Floor is big with small maze of hallways that you’ll need to figure out. Rooms are air-conditioned and very well made. Spacious, beds are custom made and they come out of the wall, very sturdy. Beds are covered with plastic against bugs and dirt, and it seems that it works perfectly well. WiFi internet is fine but you wont get it in all rooms.

Very good hostel. I paid from $11-20 depending of the day and will go back if I am in the area.
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