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Fortaleza Guest House
Reviewed 9 April 2014

Right in the midst of Old San Juan with its history and atmosphere, the Fortaleza Guest House is actually a backpackers' hostel. If you know what you're getting into--a shared bath and kitchen, old but adequate lodging, stairs to haul your bags up--it's more than adequate. The bed was great, having a balcony was lovely, and we had lots of good interaction with the guy running the place. But then we're Spanish speakers. The cost is a fraction of what you'd pay elsewhere in Old San Juan.

Room Tip: Rooms on the street have doors that open onto balconies--fun place from which to watch the street ac...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

I wanted to be in the heart of San Juan with a balcony. Can't complain about the noise, b/c that's what I asked for. Stayed on the 3rd floor. Kitchen and bath sinks back up, so they are always dirty. Guy didn't clean my room once while I was there. Roaches in the room, and ants in the dirty kitchen.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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5  Thank Zeus502014
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

This place couldnt be in a better location for San Juan. The place is kept clean and the house manager is nice, no English though. But if you need to know something important, his sister works next door at the gift shop. okay so, I'm a solo female traveler and was put in a dorm with men, which is not the end of the world, but it kinda is when you wake up at 3am to the sound of running water only to find out the man across from you is peeing in a bottle (like it aint nothin but a thang) because the 15 step trip to el bano was "just too far". I guess thats how they do it in France. Overall though, I would stay here again. For those on a tight budget, it's a good option. Parking is a nightmare!

Room Tip: Ask for a room that opens to the street, they can be a bit noisy but they're the best.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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6  Thank 3rdwrldgrl
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Reviewed 10 August 2013 via mobile

The Good: location- close to shops, bars, restaurants, supermarket, famous sites, nightlife. Price- for those on a super tight budget and who are very low maintenance. Mostly Clean, old building but tidy. Bring flip flops to shower in!
The Bad: not so bad, if you don't mind seeing ants, an occasional roach, and are not afraid of a few mosquito bites. This is a window screen free place, open air, it's the tropics- there's a Walgreens nearby for all your bug spray needs. There's a kitchen with a stove, but no dishes or pots to cook in, so fridge and microwave are somewhat useful. Location could also be an issue for you if you are seeking quiet.
The ugly: I spent 3 nights there and there was an evening street fair on with live music, so... Very Loud. This street is packed with bars and restaurants so no matter what it will be loud on weekends, don't plan on an early bedtime.
Overall, an agreeable place for a short stay as long as you plan on wandering the city and not hanging indoors- no tv, no Internet. So unplug yourself
and enjoy the local ambiance as much as you can.
(I would not book there again though)
The caretaker is super nice though.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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2  Thank anikohorvath
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

This place is one of the cheapest options in Old San Juan. It is basically a hostel with rooms instead of bunks. I had a room that opened up to the street. Even on Sunday night there were very loud people outside at 3 AM. Saturday night was constant noise for many hours. If it is just about price and location, then this is a great option.

Room Tip: The rooms towards the street are very noisy!
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Address: 303 Calle de La Fortaleza, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > San Juan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 26 Speciality Lodging in San Juan
Price Range: €20 - €41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fortaleza Guest House is a small, old-fashioned style guest house for travelers looking for a nice, comfortable, clean place to stay in San Juan, Puerto Rico.Rooms vary from having fans, air conditioners, and balconies. There are 2 shared bathrooms and 1 kitchen on each floor, free WiFi, and coin-operated laundry.The guest house is in an excellent location, within walking distance of a variety of stores and restaurants, gorgeous plazas, and lively salsa clubs. We'd love to make your stay in Old San Juan unforgettable!Check in at 1pm and check out at 12 pmPay cash on arrival. ... more   less 
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