About this listing
This calm and quiet shaded studio unit overlooking our Mango tree has a full kitchen w/ full oven, refrigerator, even a blender for your tropical drinks. Queen bed and full size futon sharing the same room and private bath. 100 meters to beach.
The La Luna unit is one of 6 units at Coqui del Mar Guesthouse, a top rated guesthouse in San Juan Puerto Rico. This sleeps up to 4 adults, 2 on a queen bed and 2 on a futon sofa sharing the same room. This unit has a full kitchen, plus extras such as a television connected to Apple TV. Stay in the privacy of your own private apartment with the comfort of daily maid service and on site management. Use amenities that we provide free of charge, such as WiFi, bicycles, boogie boards, beach chairs or coolers, etc...And share the courtyard and mingle with other guests...There you can bar-b-que on our gas grill. Staying at Coqui Del Mar is not like a cookie cutter hotel, but you are not stranded on your own either. Need advice on a tour or help with some local issues? Just see our on site management.
All of our units are in the same private building in Ocean Park, very close to Isla Verde. All units are private units with private entrances and each has its own private bathroom(s), free WiFi, AirConditioning, in room safes, and Cable TV. Washer and dryer are located on the property and free usage can be coordinated through the on site managers. Other amenities that are free and can be checked out our bicycles, boogie boards, and other beach items, such as coolers and chairs, and we are constantly updating and improving. We also love guests suggestions and feedback. Our location is literally 3 minutes walking to the nearest beach. We are a $15 taxi from SJU international airport, and there are buses that go to Old San Juan 2 blocks from our location. Yet you will reside in a friendly neighborhood setting and get a taste of real Puerto Rico, as opposed to spending more and staying in a hotel. One of the beautiful things of our property as well is the on site management. You will not find this kind of help at many of the apartments listed on this site. Our on site management call this their home and know the neighborhood, restaurants, and travel tips to make your trip the most enjoyable. You can read our reviews on tripadvisor, and hopefully we will have more reviews here as well soon. Thank you!
+We include many extras, without the extra fees:
+free courtesy phones (local calls)
+Beach (public, 3 minute walk)
+Free Beach Bikes (first come basis)
+free beach chairs
+free beach umbrellas
+free boogie boards
+Jacuzzi (on property)
+free WiFi throughout property/rooms
+full private kitchens
+Free parking on public street
+free public tennis courts within 5 minute walk
+Running track (public) 5 minute walk
+Playground (public) 5 minute walk
+free washer dryer on site (must coordinate use via on site manager - we provide the detergent)
+free beach towels, Bath towels, linens
+hairdryer in each bathroom
+full size refrigerator
+ additional outside shower (for after beach)
+in room Challenger safe - big enough for laptop
+ipod alarm clock
+Apple TV (use for iTunes, NetFlix, YouTube, etc)
Interaction with Guests
We have self check in, however, its likely that our on site manager, Noyda, may see you during your check in. She lives on site so she is available as our on site expert concierge to recommend restaurants, tours or any other questions. We provide daily housekeeping, so you will likely see our cleaning staff during the day.
Welcome to a our San Juan Puerto Rico Guesthouse in a beautiful beach side neighborhood, tucked away within a safe and semi-gated community in a convenient location 3 minutes walk to the famous Ocean Park beach, and 10 minutes to Isla Verde or Ocean Park neighborhoods. You are within a 30 minute walk (or take our bikes) to the more tourist area of Condado. We are about 10 minutes drive to the SJU airport and 20 minutes drive to Old San Juan. There are local buses within 2 blocks that go to both the Convention Center and Old San Juan (though buses here do not run on schedule).
Within 15 minutes walk there are several unique cafes, local restaurants, spas and boutiques, shops, kite surfing rentals, paddle board rentals, pharmacies, grocery stores, convenience stores, etc... We at Coqui del Mar have created a map of our favorite places for you to discover.
You will experience more of a local taste to Puerto Rico staying with us, while still being within easy distance to the more popular tourist areas of Isla Verde and Condado, or Old San Juan.
Walking is a great option if you plan to simply see the beaches and you will have your choice of many local and unique restaurants, a grocery store, and shopping all within a 15 minute walk. Local bus lines T-53 and T-5 are both within 5 minutes walk (one stop is just in front of the beach which makes a nice waiting spot). There are also free buses that also visit the park just near our house. The buses all go to Old San Juan, the convention center, Condado, or Isla Verde. We also provide free bicycles with locks, another great way to get around. Lastly, there is free parking on our street. A rental car is recommended if you plan to travel outside of the San Juan area (i.e. the rain forest), or if you plan to travel frequently at night (bus service stops at 9PM though Taxis are easily available via phone call). A car can easily be rented for the days that you need one. (We recommend the local company, Charlie's Car Rentals, which offers free pick up or drop off service at our location.
Other Things to Note
We welcome all guests and our private apartment style units make a perfect stay for families, honeymooners, couple retreats, for our gay guests, wedding parties, business travelers etc...Our guests make a community here. We also offer discounts for multiple rentals at the same time...Rent all 6 units for your family reunion, wedding guests or friends get-to-gether for a great way to have everyone in the same space, while still having your own space.
Guests frequently leave books to share, guidebooks, sun screen, bug spray, or add comments and tips to our guest log, which is then shared with current guests. Our apartments offer a lot of privacy, and if you want to mingle with other guests, we have several common areas as well (such as our jacuzzi or courtyard garden area). Our goal is to make you feel at home and to exceed your expectations. If there is ever anything not going as expected, we will listen and do our best to make things right. After all, this is your vacation and we are here to assist you in enjoying it. We thank you for your patronage.
Welcome to Coqui del Mar Guesthouse, an apartment hotel styled Eco and gay friendly guesthouse in San Juan Puerto Rico. We have NO extra or hidden fees. As mentioned, our goal is to make you feel at home and exceed your expectations. If things are not as expected for you, please let Noyda, our on site manager know so that she can fix it. Or contact me here. We know that our guests have limited vacation time and are honored to host our guests to make it their best vacation possible. We also have a map of the area showing many of our favorite neighborhood restaurants, bars and conveniences. And we have a detailed welcome guide that will likely answer most of your questions concerning your stay with us. Lastly, check out website to find links for restaurants, things to do, bars, and other useful Puerto Rico links.
CHECK IN/CHECK OUT: Our check in time is any time after 3pm. Check out time is anytime before 11am. This provides us the necessary time to thoroughly clean the unit and prepare for our next guests. However, if you arrive before or need to stay a bit longer, we can ALWAYS at least store your luggages for you. If the apartment is available, we will provide it, no charge, for your early check in or late check out (you must check the day of with our on site manager, Noyda, to confirm availability). As we have self check in with codes, you are free to arrive on your late flight and check in at your leisure, or take that early morning departure without disturbing anyone.
QUIET HOURS: As this is a guesthouse and you typically will be sharing the property with other guests, we do have quiet hours from 11pm to 9am daily. (If you rent all 6 apartments then you can set the quiet hours)
LAUNDRY: We have laundry machines that our housecleaning staff uses. Our guests are welcome to use these (and our detergents) for your own laundry but you must coordinate the time to use this via our on site manager (usually after 5pm).
OUTDOOR SHOWER: We ask all our guests to use this to get rid of the beach sand outside (instead of tracking it into your house).
BROKEN ITEMS: A guesthouse takes constant maintenance and many times, you are the first to discover a burnt out bulb, a loose hinge, or maybe an accidental breaking of a plate etc...Just let Noyda know so she can take care o this.
SHARING: Please feel free to share your unused sunscreen, bug spray, toothpastes, shampoos or whatever else you would like to leave behind. If it can be shared with other guests, we will. We have built up a collection of guidebooks and reading novels...Feel free to use these and add to the collection.
BIKES/BOOGIE BOARDS: We have several bicycles and boogie boards. These are provided on a first come first serve basis and can be reserved maximum one night before (just let Noyda know).
WATER: Please do your best to conserve water during your stay. You can make a big difference by hanging your bath towels. If our cleaning staff find these on the floor, we will know to replace them. By hanging them, you will be able to reuse them and reduce the laundry load/detergents.
ELECTRICAL: Pleas do your best to conserve this by shutting off your AC and lights when you leave the apartment. We have already taken numerous steps to make our guesthouse Eco Friendly, but we need our guests cooperation to truly make a difference.
Robert was really great at accommodating us on this visit, my boyfriend's passport was stolen a day prior to our original departure date but Robert was nice enough to let us postpone our accommodations one week without any extra fees! Robert was really easy to get in touch with and was very responsive to my many e-mails regarding advice on where to go, and where to stay (We also went to Vieques for a few days after).
Staying at Coqui del Mar Guesthouse was such a pleasant experience, Noyda and her husband were very accommodating, The guesthouse is located in a very safe, but cute area, also very easy to get to/from many beaches (closest beach just steps away), groceries, bus stops, ATMS, restaurants and bars. The unit itself was very clean, and it also had daily cleaning which I was not aware of. A guidebook of the area, the whole island, and the room was present upon our arrival as was some coffee, and soap. There were all the amenities you would expect plus more including cookware, dishes, lighter/matches for stove, internet, guest phone, outdoor beach shower to wash the sand off before entering the apartment, a safe, and even bicycles which got us around town! We did not need our towels/sheets cleaned everyday (although this was nice), but having the floor swept from sand was very nice to come home to.
Noyda (I call her Mom, only because she was sure to take good care of us) went out of her way to make sure that we were able to go to El Yunque Rainforest despite that the tours we found were sold out for that day. Noyda and her husband are very knowledgable of Puerto Rico, and also gave us great advice on places to go, and things to see. They let us use their cellphone to book tours and rideshares (known as publicos) and made sure we found a way to get to Vieques without a car.
Overall it was a great experience, and I would 100% recommend this accommodation to anyone because it was just that great. The Coqui del Mar Guesthouse team is awesome, and very kind! Hope to visit again sometime soon.
Maria thank you so much for such a nice and descriptive review. Noyda and Neal enjoyed meeting you both. Glad to hear that biobay worked out for you! Oh and "Mama" Noyda says to take care and have a safe flight back to Canada :) We hope to see you back some time.
Sincerely, Rob and crew
Once I had secured the booking, I sent some questions to Robert who was in Paris but he replied promptly with the information that was required. On getting there I met Neal who was the contact on site, he was very helpful and accommodating, which ensured that my experience was a great one. Neal was not around during check out and met a lady called Anice and she was helpful, so overall I really had a pleasant experience especially as the accomodation was as described.
This place is amazing ! We had an issue with our first airbnb and this place was ready to accommodate us within the hour. We were greeted by Estée, she was welcoming and gave us tips on what was in the area and how to get around. She was readily available during our stay as well as Neyl. They have all the comforts of home and more;kitchen, Apple TV, bikes, coolers and chairs or the beach, and much more. We felt safe and were easily able to get around with no car. We can't wait to come back, ¡Adiós!
We had a great time at Coqui Del Mar. Perfect location and amenities for a beach vacation - bikes, chairs, towels and a cooler. Close to very good restaurants without the price and pretension of the Condado restaurants. We loved Bagua for dinner and a new little place by the Shell station, "Mareabaja" for amazing breakfasts.
We did not rent a car, but used their bikes to get around during the day and took taxis as needed at night. I have driven in San Juan before, and it is nice to have a car when you have a place to park it. The private, dead-end street where Coqui Del Mar is located always has on-street parking spaces. The neighborhood has some very lovely homes and is close to the Ocean Park Beach.
Noyda and Etsee gave us a lot of personal attention and were always available to help us plan our day. The apartment was small, but very thoughtfully furnished with everything we needed. Although we didn't cook, the kitchen was well-equipped and there was a grill and tables on the small patio outside the door.
This was not my first visit to San Juan, and I am familiar with the neighborhoods of Old San Juan, Condado, Ocean Park and Isla Verde. For me, this is the best possible location with great personal service. This is for the independent traveller who likes to feel like a local.
We had a great time in San Juan and a large part of that had to do with our stay at Coqui Del Mar. We stayed in the La Luna room. Its is very comfortable for 4 people. The room was beautiful. The entire facility was clean and well kept. The staff were very polite and helpful. I rented a car and had no problem finding parking. Cant wait to come back.
Robert's staff did an awesome job on our vacation! We rented this place for my brother's bachelor party (11 total). They helped point us to the best places to eat and visit in the local area. I definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a rental house in the San Juan. The ability to add rooms to accommodate your group size allows a lot of flexibility. Thanks again!
Noyda was very welcoming, an Coqui Del Mar was a great experience. It was really nice to stay here for a down-to-earth winter beach get-away.
Coqui Del Mar is located in Ocean Park, a nice residential neighborhood. The water is right around the corner, and the entry to the useable part of the beach is about a 5 minute walk. My friend and I stayed in La Luna and we were very comfortable. The room is cozy, but great size for 2-4 as listed. Nice shower and bathroom with makeup mirror (important for the ladies!), armoire to throw your winter coat into if you're coming from the north in February like I did, little table for breakfast, and a patio area to dine al fresco. There's a grocery store nearby, so you can save a lot of money by picking up some fresh food and cooking for yourself during the stay
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About the Host, Robert
Saludos, Bonjour, Hello! I am from California, and spent many years in the Coast Guard. I have been living in Europe the last few years (currently in Paris, France). I recently completed a 9 month cooking school through Le Cordon Bleu, so if you are renting my spare room in Paris, I'd love to provide breakfast (unless I'm traveling...but there are so many local options anyways). I love exploring Paris, Europe, and I guess travel in general, and I've found AirBnB a great way to do it. I've found a great, very open and fairly spacious (for Paris standards) apartment (after one year of searching) that I rent either as a 1 bedroom (when I am here) or 2 bedroom private apartment (when I am traveling).
If you are looking at the Puerto Rico properties on my listing, it's basically a guest house (currently #1 on TripAdvisor) and there are on site managers that will not leave you feeling like you are abandoned on the island. They call Coqui del Mar home and will be happy to help you with recommendations, travel tips, or anything to make your stay more memorable. There are 6 rentable units within the same property. If you have any questions prior to booking either Puerto Rico or Paris, please let me know. Thank you!
Sincerely, Rob - owner, Coqui Del Mar guest house