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Puerto Rico: The Gallery Inn

204-206 Norzagary , Old San Juan, Phone: (787) 722-1808
www.thegalleryinn.com

Reviewed by: Jeannew from PA, review #1999

When: June 2007

Unique art hotel, great location for exploring Old San Juan

View from morning garden deck., photo by Jeanne W.

If you like art, interesting old buildings, flower filled courtyards and terraces and don't mind the occasional parrot squawk, this place is for you. We looking for a place to stay in Old San Juan before departing Puerto Rico and were captivated by what we saw on the Gallery Inn's web site.

Our room was the least expensive category at the off season rate of $175 per night (before taxes) which included a hearty breakfast buffet. The room and private bath were of good size and beautifully appointed. It opened onto a courtyard garden, complete with table, chairs, geckos and one of the resident cockatoos. This fellow did like to fuss a bit just before he was taken indoors in the late afternoon. Otherwise our room was very quiet. The in-room air conditioner was extremely efficient at cooling, although a bit of the June humidity persisted. We slept well on the 4 poster queen bed with Tempur-pedic mattress.

Our absolute favorite part of the Gallery Inn was the shaded deck on the top of the building. We could look over the old wall in front of the Inn to the oceanside La Perla neighborhood just below and the beautiful blue Atlantic Ocean. Both forts were visible, and in the other direction we could see cruise ships anchored and the rest of San Juan. There was always a wonderful breeze here.

Our favorite times at the Gallery Inn were happy hour where the hosts were present for lively conversation, and breakfast in one of the many courtyards with flowers and fountains. We enjoyed the busy family atmosphere of the Inn. Many of the staff are also artists, friendly, efficient and professional.

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