Located in the heart of the Caribbean in Puerto Rico’s capital city. SJIHostel is in a middleclass neighborhood that is safe and clean and provides easy access to attractions-local spots.
BunkPrivate w A/C: One bunk bed (two twins), A/C from 07pm to 07am. Shared bathroom. High speed air fan 24/7, washbasin, lockers, table, and night lamp. Dimensions: 08ft.W x 12ft.L x 10ft.H.
Evoking traditional Jugendherberge or "Youth Hostel" style in the heart of the Caribbean. Budget-oriented, sociable accommodation. A place to meet interesting, well-traveled and funny people from all over the world. Named the # 1 hostel in Puerto Rico by Hostelworld in 2012 and 2013. By far the best value for adventurers/backpackers. No matter the rate upon booking, if the price for the room or bed has been lowered, we will always honor the lower price.
A world-class hostel with 20 beds. Solid concrete building (2, 000 sq. ft.) with a big balcony, fresh sea breeze and outdoor terrace. High-speed air fans in rooms and main communal areas. Air conditioning in most rooms, three full bathrooms on premises with hot water showers 24/7 and first-aid kits in each one. In addition, there are outlets by all bedsides, lockers to store luggage, screens to prevent mosquitoes, windows in ALL rooms, and sturdy beds. Parking available on our street (first-come, first-served). Don't park at any garage entrance; park close to sidewalk.
Maximum stay is 7 nights. Extended stays may be granted if approved by management.
Upon check-in: Broadband Wifi in ALL rooms and common areas, a communal computer terminal, complimentary pancakes/syrup/local coffee/tea (we provide the ingredients; you create the feast), flat screen Smart TV with movies and games, free local calls in Puerto Rico and to Continental USA, linen, towels (bath & beach), hand and bath soap, potable water, fully equipped kitchen with family size stove & refrigerator with freezer, coffee maker, microwave, toaster, book exchange center, daily cleaning/housekeeping, hair dryer, iron/board, sewing supplies, scales for checking luggage to prevent paying overweight fees. No visitors, no pets allowed.
Check-in starts at 3pm. Regular business hours are from 10:30am to 10:00pm. Earlier check-ins must be arranged via Email IN ADVANCE and no earlier than 10:30AM. Late check-ins (after 10pm) are also available. Check-out time is at noon. ALL GUESTS are requested to leave premises from 12/noon to 3:00pm for cleaning, maintenance and other tasks in order to keep the best service to our guests. Quiet hours from 10:30pm till 07:00am.
No one under 18 is admitted without a parent or legal guardian. All of which requires an advanced notice.
Interaction with Guests
On call for responding to questions or helping with situations by phone 24/7, by email, sms and in person during regular business hours.
Urban location in the business district; a 5- to 30-minute walk to bus routes/stops, beaches, water sports, art, nightclubs, culture, San Juan’s estuary, Walmart, Walgreens 24hrs, open air celebrations, 5-star resorts, casinos, hospitals, restaurants, grocery stores. It is safe and convenient to walk or take a bus to any of these places. For the active and independent traveler!
A 15- to 30-minute bus ride to Old San Juan, the Convention Center, Plaza Las Américas, Sagrado Corazón Station (for the metro), Jardín Botánico (botanical gardens), Condado, Ocean Park and the Isla Verde area. Bayamón is also accessible by train for $1.50 roundtrip. No passport needed for US citizens. License #1164 (Puerto Rico Tourism Company).
Taxi from the airport available 24/7. Approximated price (up to 4 people) $25 US.
FROM THE AIRPORT BY BUS: (exact change needed)
Buses at the airport come by about every 45 minutes from 6:00am to until 6:00pm during regular working days/hours. Out of those; it will take longer. Buses stop running at 9:00pm. Estimate 90 to 120 minutes for the transfer from the airport by bus.
At the upper level of the Luis Munoz Marin International airport look for the chapel. Near chapel is the bus stop. Take bus route # 40 or # 50 to Isla Verde by the Isla Verde Dennys restaurant (across the Cockfights Coliseum).
Before getting off you may want find from the driver where to catch bus route # T-5 to Santurce. Once in # T-5 step out at Santurce, Bus Stop 22. Only coins, (no bills) at the buses. Price is $0.75 each. Oversize luggage not allowed.
Upon getting off at Bus Stop 22 Look to your west and notice the big wall/traffic light (sign Expreso De (email hidden)#35 road in where the bus just took you. Walk to that traffic light and turn left (south) so you re (email hidden)ainst & along the big wall side of the street. Careful; buses running against traffic in an exclusive lane.
Keep going south until the next traffic light, (PR#25 Rd or Avenida Manuel Fernandez Juncos). Check for the yellow building in front of you, Ultima Parada; a 24hrs gas station/convenience store. Cross the Avenida Manuel Fernandez Juncos and keep going straight forward to your second RIGHT onto Calle America.
The hostel will be on your left almost at the end of the block. 1452 Calle America (UPPER LEVEL). Look for the red, blue and white iron gate and just ring the bell.
OR BY CAR
If using gps look for America cross Lafayette streets or just as simple as: From the Luis Munoz Marin International airport take San Juan exit; (PR 26 west). Once at PR 26 west, (pass some 4 kilometers),look for the sign Calle San Jorge, Calle Del Parque, Avenida De Diego, (only one sign/exit for all three).
Take that exit and keep going to the 3rd traffic light (Avenida De Diego). Turn left (south) there.
Once at Avenida De Diego keep going south to next/first traffic light (Pr #35 Rd or Avenida Juan Ponce De Leon) and take a right there. Try to stay on your left line. NOTE: the very left/south line at Avenida Juan Ponce De Leon an exclusive one for buses so the closer one to it is the one you want to take.
Once at Avenida Juan Ponce De Leon go to the very first traffic light and make a LEFT at the second street to your left, (check for the big wall with graffity). NOTE: this intersection can be a little tricky. There are two left turns here. The first left turn will put you onto the highway. DO NOT turn here. The second left is immediately after the first and will take you south toward the hostel.
Keep going south until the next traffic light, (Avenida Manuel Fernandez Juncos). Check for the yellow building,UltimaParada;a 24hrs gas station/convenience store. Cross the Avenida Manuel Fernandez Juncos and keep going straight forward to your second RIGHT onto Calle America.
The hostel will be on your left almost at the end of the block. 1452 calle America (UPPER LEVEL). Look for the red, blue and white iron gate and just ring the bell.
Other Things to Note
Hablamos Espanol e Ingles. We do speak both Spanish and English
btw, gps coordinates are:
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In Santurce (San Juan downtown area), 7 kilometers “w” from Luis Munoz Marin Airport / 7 kilometers “e” from the Old city; short ride to attractions. At a well known region where: Placita Santurce, Centro de Bellas Artes Luis Ferre, Walmart, Doctors Hospital; at a working class vecinity (Urbanizacion Hipodromo), where the IceCream truck runs everyday.
Check-in start at 03pm
• Early Check-ins are possible most of the time (only after 10:30am), if proper coordination via email in advance. Our regular business hours, 10.30am to 10pm.
• Bed linen and towels are included in the bed rate.
• On the day of your departure your belongings must be out of the room by 12 noon/hrs or they will be removed.
• Clearly label all food and beverage with your full name and date of departure. Wrong labeled food will be thrown away.
• Wash any dishes you use and clean any mess you make.
• To avoid attracting unwanted pests, please do not leave food out in the open.
Luggage and personal belongings
• Do not leave your belongings around the hostel or in communal areas. Keep your things in your locker or bed.
• Upon departure, please remove any of your belongings such as shampoo´s from the bathroom, food from the fridge etc.
• The hostel cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage to luggage or personal belongings.
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Francisco was a great host- very informative, friendly, and always willing to help. The hostel & room were clean and met expectations. I would stay again when in San Juan.
Francisco was very helpful. The hostel was close to street art murals, restaurants, the art center, etc. The beds and the room were comfortable, and we had everything we needed. Great deal for the price!
la estancia en el hostel fue muy agradable,el personal tanto Francisco como Jay super amables y disponibles en ayudarnos con informaciones de tours y todo. hay internet, un telefono para uso publico que nos ayudo' mucho al momento de organizar tours y pedir informaciones ya que nuestro movil ahi no sirve de nada jajajaj. hay secador de pelo, toallas y ofrecen pick up al aereopuerto. He alojado ahi dos veces ya y como se dice no hay dos sin tres :)
I had a great time at San Juan International Hostel. Francisco is a really nice guy. He wasn't around too much, but he provided his number and supposedly was always available via cell phone. I never really needed him. The location is residential, which was kind of nice to feel like you're in an actual Puerto Rican Community. The hostel is about a 25 Minute walk to Condado Beach. It is close to a 24 hour Walgreens, and also close to a Wal-Mart (if you're into that sort of thing) The hostel is close to a few bus stops that take you directly to Old San Juan, or Condado Beach. I stayed in a private room. It was awkward because the entry way was through the kitchen, but I didn't mind actually. The room was pretty small too, but since it was only me, no big deal. The hostel was awesome! We were there for Christmas and had the best Christmas party. I made some cool friends!
Francisco made our arrival so easy. Our flight arrived after midnight, but everything went smoothly. We only stayed one night, the room is comfortable and quiet.
I recently spent a week in Puerto Rico and spent the first two nights at SJIH. I was able to book a private room for both nights and was very happy to stay in a central location while I became acclimated to a new city. The location of the hostel is very good. It's centrally located and about a 10 minute drive from the airport. I had a rental car and didn't use public transportation, but the staff at the hostel is well versed in how to help you travel about town. I felt safe parking in the neighborhood, and it was very quiet at night.
Since my rental car company didn't have any more GPS units available I used my "Scout" app for Iphone. The app was amazing and helped me be a little more "adventurous" driving around. There are a lot of one way streets so you might have to roam around a bit before finding your bearings. It was about a 20-ish minute drive to Old San Juan and pretty much anywhere else you'd want to go.
Now, some FYI's about my specific stay: The picture in the listing for the room is not the room I stayed in. I think they are in the process of doing some renovations to the place and I must tell you, the private room in which I stayed is SMALL. Very small. Like, bunk rack on a submarine small. If I had actually been travelling with my husband we would have had to find somewhere else to stay. I was by myself and there was just enough room for me to slide sideways to get to the bed and out the door. BUT! The room was cool with the fans on and you had the lovely sound of the coqui all night. There were no rowdy bars or loud parties nearby... it is a residential area. One of the best aspects was the security. I felt extremely safe and the staff were very helpful and friendly. All of the amenities were available, including WIFI, a kitchen, a really comfortable lounge area and the really great upstairs terrace area.
I would recommend staying here if you are a younger traveller (I am too old to do the dorm thing but there were many other travellers there doing so) or on your own looking for a nice and safe place to stay. The location is great (if you need one, there is a Walmart and a Walgreens within a half mile or so). I would not recommend staying here if you are travelling as a couple or with kids. If however you want a nice, very safe, quiet little hidey hole you will enjoy it. Thanks!
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Creator of San Juan International Hostel, Francisco A. Rivera; Courses on International Business and Multinational Management. Director International Education Program sponsored by USA Department of Education. Operational Manager for World Class Sport events such as PanAmerican Games; Masters Track and Field World Championship. Affiliated to International consultant for various.
Over 25 years of experience as a manager for: US Federal and Puerto Rico’s Governments; Private sector. Former staff member of Puerto Rico Basketball Team. Areas of interest: International affairs, Puerto Rico socioeconomic development; Cultures; Sports. Extensive travel; member International Hostelling.