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The sliding door to your bedroom.
Passage from the entry hall to the casita's courtyard gate - at rear of house.
Casita courtyard.
View from the kitchen looking to the bedroom.
Kitchen is open from the courtyard. New cabinets give you lots more space!
Newly renovated kitchen with plenty of cabinet & counter space - designed for longer stays.
The French doors to the exhibition space are permanently closed so you have privacy.
Casita bedroom - large TV with cable, WiFi and computer stand.
Bedroom with king bed showing door open with view to courtyard and kitchen.
Windows have screens if you prefer open air sleeping.
Bedroom with king bed showing door closed.
Bedroom with bathroom door under the air conditioner and backup airco just in case...
Closet has robes (on request) iron/board, luggage rack and skirt hangers.
Casita bathroom. We have a hair dryer, so no need to pack yours.
Casita bathroom with shower, no bathtub.
Your courtyard is semi-covered so it does get wet in the rain.
Casa Museo de los Santos: Historic house with 3 one-bedroom rental suites, museum & art gallery.
Front door has bulletin board with upcoming events.
Lobby has 24/7 coffee/tea available. Extra linen and emergency supplies if you forget something.
Entry lobby shared by all three suites, museum and art gallery.
Quarters for the bus to Old San Juan are in the box under the mirror if you need to make change.
Reception and office is located in our private museum of folk art.
Antique tiles in the lobby.
Antique floors are original 1915 artisan tiles - hand poured cement that look new after 100 years!
Join us for a glass of wine and museum tour with the curator during your stay.
Lobby leads to Ellie Pruess Gallery under the traditional Carnival Mask.
Art Gallery located next to main lobby.
The antique blue horse points toward the garden passage to the 'Casita Suite' at the back of house.
Passage from the casita to the front of the house.
The gazebo roof opens at one end for lots of light and air.
Inspired by a local fishing boat - the gazebo roof adds lots of character and shade.
Casita - View from the courtyard to the font of the passageway.
Parking is available on the street in front of the house.
Our next door neighbors are the indie rock group Fantasmes - live upstairs/studio downstairs.
Fantasmes - its like having your own 'house band' - they normally don't practice past 10pm.
On the corner, is Abracadabra arts café - hipster coffee house, restaurant, jazz on Friday & more!
Abracadabra: theater, magic, circus arts, film festivals, jazz & famous weekend Magical Brunch!
Film crew in front of house during filming of Banco Popular commercial.
The museum set up for filming to promote Puerto Rican culture.
Kitchen with lots of work space.
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Kitchen.
Kitchen is 2 stops down from the courtyard.
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Swissgirl...
Altdorf, Switzerland
1 review
“Don[--]t want the ordinary hotel[--];pool place? That[--];s the perfect alternative!”
Reviewed 12 September 2012 for a stay in August 2012

I stayed at the Coqui Guest Suite for three weeks in August 2012.
Originally around ten nights were planned before moving on to other places in the west and south, but because I liked the place so much, I decided to stay there during my entire visit in PR and explore the island from there. So this should speak for itself.
Great place if you want that 'feel-like-a-local' experience. Perfect location as base camp - very easy to get to Old San Juan (by bus) or to Condado beach (15-20min walk). A new supermarket just opened close by (3min walk) with a big variety and fresh products. Parking is close, as is Highway access.
All the apartments are beautiful, clean, wonderfully decorated with a lot of attention to detail. Only downside during my stay was that the bedroom-balcony couldn't be used as its floor needed repair.
Your landlord is super friendly, provides you with more than you can think of and is always eager to help and give advice.
I truly had an amazing time there and can't wait to go back again. Thank you VERY MUCH, Richard!

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Liked best: Balcony by the kitchen with the herb garden
Liked least: Mosquitos on the balcony at night...
Travelling group: Solo
Your age range 35-49
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mouniawaf...
Montreal, Quebec
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“Great experience at a lovely house”
Reviewed 7 September 2012 for a stay in September 2012
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My boyfriend and I stayed at the penthouse for 4 days, the experience was amazing, we couldn't ask for anything better. It's a very charming, comfortable and clean house, location was just perfect. Before the arrival Richard was very helpful, answered to all my questions about placed to visit and activities. I absolutely recommend this place and definitely will go back.

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cromerdeb...
Lawrence, Massachusetts
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“Romance with Relaxtion”
Reviewed 3 September 2012 for a stay in August 2012

We love this place and we raved about this place to all our friends and family. The owner Richard showed us the parts of San Juan and he even took the time to take us to a restaurant and I couldn't thank him anymore than we have...he was awesome and made our FIRST time to San Juan wonderful to enjoy. I definitely say book the Penthouse suite...and the pictures on line just don't do the view justice...its fine details and you will enjoy. The location is great access to beach area and downtown scenery. Great restaurants near by and gotta go to the market area to get a good Pina Colada for $5 bucks... the bus system work great for us to get around and we walk alot too..you will love this place and the good customer service that comes along with it!!! Cant wait to go back!!!

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Liked best: being in the heart of San Juan
Liked least: not being able to stay longer
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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brandonla...
Chicago, Illinois
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“An Unforgettable Experience!”
Reviewed 6 August 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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My stay at Richards Casita Del Coqui was an unforgettable experience! From beginning to end the entire experience was pleasurable. The ease of booking with Richard through last minute reservation changes, to arrival in San Juan and to the Casita del Coqui. Richard paid the greatest attention the the smallest of details and took our vacation to another level!

The Casita is located in a quiet section of San Juan in the heart of the Art District and is surrounded by museums, quiet residential areas, and a short walk from the beach. The location allowed for a quick walk to the supermarket to pick up groceries to fix authentic Puerto Rican dishes that could be found in one of Richards cook books (although he can personally coach you through a variety of delicious meals which we prepared in the kitchen at the Casita!)

The close proximity of the beach allowed for a nice walk to take in the sights and explore. The bus that runs by the Casita takes you to Old San Juan for shopping and sight seeing and beats the cab fare any day. The entire city is easily accessible from the Casita and should you catch a cab and the driver is uncertain as to the address of the Casita "Leonardo's" is a fail safe destination across the street.

The Casita del Coqui itself is as gorgeous as it is spacious and yet it can feel like a second home. I chose it because of the location and unbeatable price but the beauty of Richards Casita cannot be justified by any pictures. My party of three rented out the Penthouse and Guest Suite and we had more than enough space. The kitchen and dining room saw daily action as we cooked most of our meals and ate together as well as lounged on his spacious balcony on the second floor. The Penthouse Suite was perfect as a nice getaway in itself. Richard took great care in creating a comfortable suite which exudes luxury. With the balcony garden and fountain overlooking much of the area it gives a sense of being on top of San Juan.

Richard has captured the essence of San Juan and offers it as a gift to all who visit as a respite from home yet a non tourist perspective for those looking to see the Real San Juan.

Thanks Richard, I'll be back!!!

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Liked best: The excellent customer service Richard provided was invaluable!
Liked least: The heat in San Juan was irregular for that time of year! But you can't have it all!
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 18-24
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Kaacky
Carbonear, NL
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“Simply Amazing!”
Reviewed 2 August 2012 for a stay in March 2012

My husband and I stayed in the Penthouse pre-cruise, and could not have asked for anything better or different! We were looking for a more authentic experience of Puerto Rico (rather than the hotel/resort type locations) and we were pleasantly surprised with our discovery of Casita del Coqui!!

Beginning with our initial contact and inquiries of the property, Richard was fabulous! We arrived in Puerto Rico later in the evening (delayed flight) and he was gracious enough to wait for us, meet us at the house, and actually direct the taxi driver (thank you Richard!!). Then to top if off, assisted us with some dinner at a local restaurant. The following morning he took us on a tour of the area, pointed our various sights including restaurants, cafes, dance clubs, etc. This special and personalized touch was simply a fantastic way to start our vacation.

Although we only stayed 4 nights, it was just a fantastic experience. We found our way to the beach, tried various local restaurants, shopped, visited Old San Juan ... with out ultimate highlight being the Abracadabra Cafe (right on the corner of our street).

We found the area to be very quite (except for the coqui ... which we loved ... some do not :)). With friends staying on the second floor, we had full access to the kitchen and dining areas. The Penthouse was absolutely beautiful and quaint. With 2 sliding doors which opened up the entire area to the outdoors, sitting and relaxing either inside or out was beautiful.

We would not hesitate to visit Puerto Rico again, and would definitely stay at Casita del Coqui! It is a "must see" for sure and an experience all in its own! Thank you again Richard!

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Liked best: Location, quaint atmosphere, customer service!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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