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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Palace Hostel San Juan
If you are looking for a 5 star Hilton then this is not the place for you. The building is about 100 years old and could use a bit of tender loving care which the two managers, Shannon and Chris are working hard to take care of but with the owner spending his time in Texas, it is a bit of a challenge to get things done, but they are trying. From the outside it is a typical Spanish-looking building. On board are 3 housekeepers: Mordacai who writes poetry, Nick the pilot who is funny as all get out, and Billy who loves to teach you different games to play. Wealth of information these guys and I want to thank each and every one of you who made my stay pleasant. From letting you know about the little store around the corner where you can buy wine and get a sandwich for only 3 buck, (very tasty). To the cash-n-carry store to buy food or the big grocery store along Ponce de Leon. To which bus to catch to get into "Old" San Juan. Go though the gated doors and immediately you see the narrow outside courtyard that has two tables and four chairs. The floor of the courtyard has as it floor, small rocks. You could walk on them, but I didn't. After entering make a right and your are in 1 of 2 waiting/seating areas. The reception desk is right in front of you. There is a kitchen with hot-plates, toaster over, cooking utensils and pots and pans. On this level there is a small bathroom with a shower. Nice dining area. Dorms, doubles occupy the other space. The 4 bed female dorm that I stayed in was a tad on the small size with all of us in there. Really little floor space to put things, but we managed. There was a place to hangs things on the back of the door. The air-conditioner work, thank the Lord because it was very hot. Most days over 90 degrees. I felt like a moist French fry. On one of the walls in the dining area there are make-shift cubbies that you can store your non-perishables food items in. As you ascend to the 2nd floor you notice that there are cubbies with a front panel that you can secure your belongings. (Bring your own key and lock). Upon going up the few remaining steps you enter the second seating/waiting area with TV, Video equipment. Just to your right is the little outside balcony that amazingly holds a lot of guest even though there are only 4 chairs. Boy howdy did we have good times out there with everyone laughing and telling of their own adventures from all over the world. On this level there is a rather large kitchen where you have your "Free" breakfast of bread, peanut butter, jelly, coffee, tea, oatmeal and hot chocolate. There are no cooking surfaces here so if you want anything hot, you can use the microwave oven. On this floor you will find dorms doubles, singles, two bathrooms (one with a bathtub) laundry room and a nice non-smoking outside area. Overall the place is clean, pleasant and yes they do have memory foam mattresses. They will give you directions to the main grocery story and other places along Juan Pounce De Leon. I plan on staying there again in the very near future. Thanks so much Shannon and Chris, I hope that by the time I get back you will have your own little happy place across the courtyard.
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