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Villa Herencia
Ranked #4 of 30 San Juan B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 May 2015 via mobile

My husband and I finished off our 8 day Puerto Rico island adventure celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary by staying the last 2 nights in Ild San Juan at the Villa Herencia. We knew we didn't want to simply tour Old San Juan, we wanted to immerse ourselves & get the complete experience so we researched & examined EVERY SINGLE hotel/B&B in Old San Juan for weeks- we couldn't have found a better place to stay! A month in advance, we phoned the staff for advice since we would have a rental car for the beginning of our trip to the island (and I am a bit OCD about making sure I know EXACTLY what to expect & to plan). Not only did they help us tremendously by suggesting to return the rental car PRIOR to coming into Old San Juan then taxiing to hotel, but they gave us wonderful tips & advice regarding many other aspects of our adventure and arranged taxi service for us at the end of our stay. Once in Old San Juan, we were greeted by the most friendly & helpful staff! The Villa Herencia is the most beautiful, charming, place we have ever stayed! We had an upstairs room and were a bit unsure after reading a review regarding steps & cats- but neither were an issue & so glad we didn't let that review keep us from staying here! Our room was perfect and we had the gorgeous rooftop patio to ourselves in the evenings (as there are only a total of 8 rooms in the entire place). Breakfast was just right to get us started each day, we walked to everything and thanks to the staff we experienced our favorite spot....The Passage Of The Princess. You HAVE to take a stroll there at night. If it had not been suggested to us, we would have never even known it was there & it begins right behind the hotel.
We are already planning out return trip & will be bringing our family this time. The Villa Herencia is where we will stay & have already recommended it to several friends.

Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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Joyce O, Manager at Villa Herencia, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2015

Dear Tsyke - thank you so much for your fabulous review! We are very happy you found us and that we lived up to your expectations. Thank you so much for congratulating our staff and we are very happy to know they gave you great advice!

We particularly liked your comments about not letting past reviews cloud your judgement. We shall see you back shortly with family and friends!

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Reviewed 29 May 2015

This boutique style hotel is simply lovely!! We stayed here prior to our Southern Caribbean cruise and found it to be delightful. It sits on a quiet street in Old San Juan, but within easy walking distance of shops and restaurants. The rooms are stunning! The public areas charming! The staff was gracious and very helpful. We loved every minute of our stay!

  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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Joyce O, Manager at Villa Herencia, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2015

Dear Ksobgynrn - thank you so much for letting the WORLD know about us, this is very important to us. We hope to see you back soon with family and frirends!

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Reviewed 28 May 2015

We love this hotel for its location in Old San Juan. On a charming neighborhood close enough to restaurants and shops yet far enough to feel like you are coming home at the end of your day.

The rooms have character, very much old world. As has been mentioned, they tend to be dark and not enough closet space. The bed is comfortable, and the shower is spacious. The bathroom furnishing have character, but some of it tend not to be too functional and wish it can be improved. For example, the mirror above the vanity is set a bit high for someone who is on the shorter side (5'3) and the edges have some design. It makes it a challenge to properly see your face while putting makeup on.

Wifi is fairly good in the room we were in, which was next door to the reception.

There is no in-room safe, which would be nice to have to store valuables while out and about.

The roof top terrace is a nice place to hang out in the late afternoons. We do however missed being able to hang out with the cats from next door. We are cat lovers and were really looking forward to being able to hang out with the friendly kitties like we did when we stayed here a few years ago. It actually was the deciding factor in choosing to stay here again, so this part was a bit disappointing for us.

Overall though, we were happy with our stay.

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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Joyce O, Manager at Villa Herencia, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2015

Dear Pigsterz - Thank you so much for your raving comments, we have adopted a new cat today, him name is Ortencio. We gave him to a local family for their care and are very happy for him. We have some pictures I wish you could see him, son absolutely gorgeous! Our neighbor has relocated the cats and we have fewer visitors now. There are however many cats around the Hotel and they are so very friendly.

We hope to see you back soon!

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Reviewed 27 May 2015

Villa Herencia is absolutely beautiful - the common areas, my room, the roof deck. It is not a high-end, luxurious hotel but its charm, decor, and staff make up for it. My room was on the ground floor and quite dark and while it was possible to open windows I would have lost privacy. It didn't bother me too much, though. The room was nicely furnished, with an awesome painting (cool paintings throughout the hotel), a comfortable bed, and a very cute, spacious bathroom. Everything was very clean. The staff is extremely nice and so welcoming. The location couldn't be better - it's right next to El Convento, a short walk to Castillo San Felipe del Morro, and a very short walk to the heart of Old San Juan. I loved it and can wholeheartedly recommend it.

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled solo
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Joyce O, Manager at Villa Herencia, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2015

Dear Bettina - Thank you so much for your wholehearted review, we enjoyed reading every word and hope you pass along to friends and family so they visit us in the near future or better yet come with you!

Safe travels!
Joyce O

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Reviewed 2 May 2015

An interesting place. Our room had no window, was in the Spanish Colonial style (in fact it was probably built IN the Spanish colonial period!), and you can't ask for a greater location, in the heart of Old San Juan near the cathedral. That said the room was tiny, without space to even store our suitcases. Limited storage for clothes and very few dresser drawers. No restaurant and breakfast should be ordered the night before. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Our room was quiet (except for the tour group shouting hellos at 11 PM), Sooo - try it for charm but don't expect a lot of space.

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  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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Joyce O, Manager at Villa Herencia, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2015

Dear Den - Thank you so much for your great review! Indeed, the Villa dates to 1771 and the space and location provided are just what was planned for in that Colonial Era. We have built some efficient closets in the smallest rooms so you feel a little more space while taking advantage of every corner. We hope you visit us again and try some of our terrace rooms with balcony that opens to the roof top terrace.

We hope to see you back again!
Joyce O

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Additional Information about Villa Herencia

Address: 23 Caleta de Las Monjas, San Juan 00901-1575, Puerto Rico
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > San Juan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in San Juan
Price Range: $216 - $388 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villa Herencia 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful boutique hotel in the middle of Old San Juan! Located just steps away from shops, restaurants and historical monuments in the city. Our hotel is filled with charm and history. Our beautiful rooms showcase antique Spanish and French furniture as well as true Spanish architecture. At our hotel, you will receive personalized service during your stay. Our primary goal is for you to enjoy what our city hast to offer and provide you with the best accommodations and information that there is to offer in Old San Juan! We hope you choose us as your place to stay in Old San Juan! ... more   less 
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