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Hard to find but.....
My husband & I recently stayed here (2/6/04)...we could not find the place for the longest time as the street name was changed from Joffre St. to Manuel Bages St. which was not listed on any map and which we were not informed of...except for that, we had a very pleasant stay, only 4 blocks from the beach at Condado, very nice continental breakfast (fruit, pastries, juices, coffee),close to restaurants & shopping...highly recommend the Cafe Del Angel for a meal-delicious food, large portions, good prices, friendly staff. Parking was not a real problem-we gave the front desk our keys to the car and they moved it, then we just walked or took the bus if we needed to go somewhere.
We would definitely stay here again or at their "at the Sea" location which was only a few blocks away and right on the water.
Great help, aging facility
The El Canario is fine for a one night stay such as waiting for your cruise ship. The facility is older and could use a bit of sprucing up in the rooms. The water pressure is poor. The people are work there are very helpful.
Very clean and comfortable
We found El Canario by the Lagoon to be very clean and comfortable. The location is perfect and the complimentary breakfasts are good. There are casinos, restaurants and grocery stores close by. The beach was a short walk from the hotel, and the bus to Old San Juan stops across the street. This is NOT an all inclusive resort, but it is a convenient and very pleasant place to stay. We took the deluxe size room and it was very spacious with plenty of drawer space. The mini fridge and balcony were real pluses. We recommend El Canario by the Lagoon very highly.
A Good Buy in San Juan
Hotels are not cheap in San Juan. This is a basic, clean Hotel and the staff is very friendly. It is located about a block from Ashford Avenue in El Condado. There is a convinience store neraby where you can get things for the Minifrige in the room. I beleive rooms 306 and 406 have a better view of the lagoon. You may want to verify this with the hotel. cafe de Angel is nearby also and have great Latin FoodCall the Hotel directly to book since the reservations line in the US are not as helpful If you are a picky traveller or want more ammenities and have the money to spend over $200 a night then this hotel is not for youDid I say the staff is very friendly and helpful?You can take a bus for 25 cents per person to old San Juan, the bus stop is also a block awayWe stayed here 2 years in a row and have no complaints
Stayed here and loved it!!!
My elderly father and I stayed here for a total of 4 nights while vacationing in San Juan. To say the least we could've done worse than this hotel and to say the most it suited us just fine.
The Frommer's guide kind of gigged the place saying the beds were worn out and uncomfortable, the staff wasn't very helpful, etc. HOWEVER, our experience was quite the opposite. Hotel personnel Alberto, Luis and Rafael were all VERY helpful, friendly and congenial and the rooms were quite clean and comfortable. The place kind of has an "old world" charm about it that really enhances the San Juan experience; especially for the price. Sure it's not a 5-star hotel, but you're not paying 5-star prices either. The only disadvantage to the place from what we saw was that the closest eating spots are a couple of blocks walk - not too convenient for elderly, but managable. But overall, we were QUITE PLEASED with this hotel.
We loved it!
From the moment we arrived, we had a great experience. The staff were excellent; attentive and eager to answer our every question. Our room had a balcony overlooking lagoon, was clean, comfortable and quiet. We appreciated being off the main avenue to escape the noise but still have the convenience of beach, restaurants, shops and casinos all within a block or two walk. On the roof, there's an open terrace with chaise lounges and tables where we'd hang out, meet people, catch rays, views or just kick back. Every morning we looked forward to fruits, cereals, patries and excellent local coffee to start our days. We loved it and will definitely stay again.
I was pleased with it
I stayed at this hotel on May 2003. I was pretty happy with it. The staff at the front desk were very helpful in helping me with car rental. The area was pretty safe and you find many things to do around the area. I think I would choose this place again whenever I go back to Puerto Rico.
I search for many hours looking for a place to stay for an overnight before our cruise and again after our cruise. My wife and I didn't want to stay in a $59.00 a night room for fear what it would look like. We also didn't want to pay $159.00 or better for a night. We came across the El Canario establishments. We were able to look at there sites, read what they had to offer, how close they were to the beach ,Old San Juan, etc.. At the time the reviews were average or better. I went to their web site and to my suprise, if you booked on line, there was a savings, along with a savings at the Lagoon if you have AAA. My mind was made up. I booked it. Big enough rooms for two, queen size bed, small refrigerator, balcony, a ceramic tile floor and very clean. The beach was a block or so away, and certainly within walking distance of many eating establishments. Walk 1 block to the main drag and catch a 25 cent bus ride to the heart of Old San Juan. Rafael and his staff were courteous and helpful. If you book on-line, Linda will help you with any qustions that you may have. She was very good and knowledgeable. We drove by many places that we saw on the internet and thanked the lord we didn't stay there. Keep in mind, it's not the Carlton Ritz, but for the money, I would stay there again in a heart beat.
Met my every need...Can't wait to return!
My sister and I stayed at El Canario by the Lagoon in September 2002. We loved it. The location was perfect; within a few steps to beach, casinos, restaurants and shops. We had a rental car and were glad to have free parking. We spent weeks looking for the best place to stay, but in the end found Lagoon's rate of $85 a night (they offered us a $5 Internet discount for booking through their site canariohotels.com) the cheapest around for the location we wanted to stay. We didn't know what to expect but most reviews and guidebooks we read were quite positive so we decided to go for it. For all we had (a comfortable room with balcony and great view of Lagoon, a frig in room and free breakfast), we were more than pleased. Tito and the front desk staff were so nice. We really felt at home and can't wait for our next vacation to PR. We're already planning our next trip and can't wait to return to Lagoon. What a great place!
El Canario by the Lagoon
From what I read, this hotel sounded like the place for me. Frommer seemed to like it saying that the rooms were large and the beds hard. Maybe they were hard several years ago, but they aren't any more. The beds were barely passable and the rooms are generally run down. At $125 a night this is definitely not a bargain.
The area where the hotel is located, Condado, is safe and pleasant, but nothing special. There are busses to Old San Juan, but once you get there you can see that there is a lot of hype in the descriptions. My stay at the Canario made me wonder why I had come to San Juan at all.
While I am unimpressed with this hotel and with San Juan as a destination, I did like Puerto Rico. The El Yunque rainforest is great and we went to Vieques Island, which we liked a lot. I am sure there are many more nice places to visit in Puerto Rico.