DECANTER HOTEL

 

 

Nestled in the heart of Old San Juan stands a lovingly restored 19th century colonial-style building, the elegant and charming Decanter Hotel. A four-story landmark built around 1880, offers 20 hotel guest rooms and suites, with exquisite décor and decadent fine dining. Experience the best of this magical city from our hotel, located just steps from the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista and many other cultural attractions, savory restaurants and vibrant nightlife.

Now this place I had researched way ahead of time and booked it. It looked like a lovely place to stay and the pictures I had seen looked nice. (But then again, I seen the pictures of Da House and they looked nothing like what we got).

 

Look how old this place is

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OUTSIDE BUILDING

We checked in, but the room was not ready of course. They did store our luggage and we decided to go walking around.

 

All Sakari had talked about the entire week (and since booking this cruise out of PR) was going back to Pigeon Park. She absolutely loves birds and insisted on going. I told her we'd go there at some point this visit, but I didn't know when.

 

Now the last time we stayed in OSJ, we stayed at the Old Sheraton right by the port across the street. This time, the Decanter was located pretty much on the other side of OSJ (and when you talk about one side of OSJ versus the other side...we are only talking several blocks because it's not a big area to begin with and easily walked). I wanted a different experience this time around and to be closer to the fort so that we could make it to that area (since we didn't last time).

 

The room was finally ready at 12:20pm and we couldn't wait to check it out.

 

We walked in and I was pleasantly surprised at just how great it was.

 

The living room was when you first walk in and to the left was a window with doors that you could open and let fresh (hot) air in. We were really loving this!

To the right was a small dining table and chairs and also a desk and built in chair. This was now my official homework station to do my classes while on vacation. I could get use to this.

Off to that area was a small kitchenette with a small fridge, sink, and microwave.

Straight off the living room is a separate bedroom and it was really big.

Off of the bedroom was the bathroom.

Everything was really nice.

A super nice and very big shower. I'm not sure if you can tell or not...but the floor of the shower was stones. I have seen this trend before in homes but honestly, I'm not too sure I'm digging the way it felt on my tired feet. LOL Nothing against those that may have it, it just wasn't for me.

Our view

 

 

 

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This place was just awesome. The space was nice and big in each room, it had everything we needed, the bathroom was awesome, the separate bedroom was great, the sofa pulled out into a bed (which actually wasn't hard as a rock with a thin mattress like most), I loved the little work area for my homework, and ceiling fans everywhere. Most of all...the a/c worked and worked great!

 

This is definitely a place I could actually spend the entire week in and have no problem with it. I would highly recommend this place! I hope to come back and stay here again.

 

 

So let's take a look upstairs on the roof top. Yes, there's an elevator in this place!!

 

A nice big outdoor couch to relax on (and yes, I would do just that at night).

Lots of bushes and flowers to make it feel nice up here. I only wished that they had some umbrellas for the tables.

It looks to have a sink and area for cooking.

There was a church out front of our hotel too.

Leading back toward the elevators. There was plenty of seating everywhere up there (and no mold on the cushions!)

On the other side of the building is the street.

 

 

 

The hallway leading to the rooms were really pretty and Spanish looking. I loved this hotel

Right outside the lobby area they have a refrigerator to store stuff in (which I'm not sure what for since you have one in your room) but it said to not take something that belonged to someone else. they also have a coffee maker here as well.

 

 

 

 

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Now it's hard to explain this place. There's the small lobby when you first walk in and then you open the door and you are at the area from the picture above. It felt kinda hot in there. Then I discovered why...this area was off to the side and it had an open roof. There were chairs and plants and a huge ceiling fan.

There's also a picture looking down from our room to the area above.

In the evening with the lights on was really pretty too. It even had floor lights. It's a pretty neat area to hang out in.

 

 

 

 

 

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They do have a restaurant on site. I never did see anyone eating in it. It does have the large doors/windows that open up to outside, so it is hot in there.

 

 

 

 

 

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This is the "CanterKitty". He kinda either hangs outside, in the lobby or in the open area inside. He was usually sleeping on the outdoor sofa in that area...or trying to follow me into the elevator to upstairs at any given moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Final thoughts:

 

Would I recommend this place? Absolutely !

 

 

*The rooms were awesome and HUGE!

 

* It came with a small dinette kitchen and kitchen table.

*The bedroom was really big with plenty of room and a safe

 

* The bathroom was very nice and had a stone floor in the glass shower.

 

*The hotel was very nice with a nice huge seating area to hang out in.

 

*Nice roof top terrace to hang out at during the evening hours.

 

*Great location and close to the forts and within walking distance to everywhere.

 

 

 

I would highly recommend this place and will definitely return back here for another stay!