6BedsNO A/C mixed dorm. @ SJIHostel

House - Shared room · San Juan, PR 00909, Puerto Rico

Worldclass Hostel at a non-traditional tourist area, (middle class neighborhood), easy access to San Juan main attractions & local spots. Safe, clean; award winner Hostel 2012 & 2013. Join interesting people like you from all over the world.

Your host, Francisco
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Worldclass Hostel at a non-traditional tourist area, (middle class neighborhood), easy access to San Juan main attractions & local spots. Safe, clean; award winner Hostel 2012 & 2013. Join interesting people like you from all over the world.

The Space

At this, (6 beds mixed dorm): NO A/C, high speed air fans 24/7, lockers and all our amenities/features.

With plenty of knowledge/information on things to do while around: Beaches, History, Art, NiteClubing, Culture, Folklore, Environmental events/visits, Open Air celebrations, Sports (amateur + professional seasonal leagues), Concerts and more.

By far, the ideal spot for the active and independent traveler; mostly the “do it by yourself” style, by foot, public transport or by car. On premises info on Deals to SJIHostel guests for local attractions.

Located in downtown San Juan, (Santurce), 20 to 30 minutes’ walk, (or 40mnts by bus), to Condado area, main beaches, water sports. Short walk to museums, breakfast/lunch cafes, restaurants, grocery & dept. stores, hospitals, nightlife, farm market, pharmacies, main public transportation lines, SagradoCorazon metro station, movie cinema, theaters, popular Placita Santurce. 30 minutes bus ride from colorful/colonial Old San Juan.

Solid concrete building; 2, 000 sq. ft., safe against high velocity hurricane wind, out of flood area, (currently hurricane season) with big balcony/fresh sea breeze + indoor terrace.

Any brief power/water shortage due to a hurricane?; don’t worry we are ready for it in addition, first class emergency response provided by USA Federal Government so we are hurricane safe.

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 kit in each one of them. In addition, electric sockets by all beds side (cables around are a hazard), big size lockers, screens to prevent mosquitoes, windows in ALL rooms, no rocking beds (we maintain to prevent beds from swinging other than any normal movement). It is part of our commitment for good sleeping.

Parking available on our safe and secure street. First come, first serve. Don't park at any garage entrance; park close to sidewalk.

No passport is needed for US citizens. ID may be required. Upon check-in, you will be required to show proof of onward travel. We enjoy life. However we are not a 'party hostel'. We reserve the right of admission. Licence # 1164 (Puerto Rico Tourism Company).

Guest Access

After payment completed, (no extra cost): BroadBand WiFi in ALL rooms and most communal areas, (pancakes/coffee/tea; 24/7; we provide the ingredients; you create the feast), flat screen Smart TV with movies, games, free local calls 24/7, linen, towels (bath -beach), hand and bath soap, potable water, full equipped kitchen with family size stove & refrigerator with freezer, coffee maker, microwave, toaster, book exchange, daily cleaning/housekeeping, hair dryer, iron/board, sewing stuff + paid laundry. No visitors, no pets allowed.

Check in starts at 3pm. Regular business hours from 10am to 10pm; (flexible for early checks in) ONLY AFTER 10:30 AM; “if arranged in advance”. Late check in (after 10pm) is available. Check out is 12noon. Storing luggage while you travel the island at no extra cost is possible, just ask. Relaxed quiet time from 10:30pm till 07am.

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.

The Neighborhood

Safe and ordinary people, small community (rather than a neighborhood) in where: husband and wife grocery store, community pharmacy, hair stylist, churches, flower shop, gas sta, 24/7 conv. store, post office. Taxi service is available 24/7. A pdf with additional information is to be send after registration completed.

Getting around

Taxi from the airport available 24/7. Approximated price (up to 4 people) $25 US.

Buses at the airport come by about every 40 minutes from 6:00am to until 6:00pm during regular working days/hours. Out of those; it will take longer. Buses stop running at 09:00pm.

At the upper level of the Luis Munoz Marin International airport look for the chapel. Near chapel 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 right (west) and notice the big wall/traffic light (sign Expreso De Diego). Walk to that traffic light and turn left so you re walking south against & 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, (Avenida Manuel Fernandez Juncos). Check for the yellow building, 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). Just ring the bell.


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, (drive 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 (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, (AvenidaManuel 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).

Other Things to Note

Hablamos Espanol he Ingles. We do speak both Spanish and English.

Room type: Shared room
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 3
Beds: 6
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 1:00 PM
Cancellation: Flexible
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • A pleasure as usual. Always a great place to stay. Clean, quiet, comfortable, and many nice folks to visit with. Francisco, keep up the good work!

    April 2014
  • We only stayed here for one night. The place was clean, but the location wasn't great if you're going to be going to the beach everyday or want to walk around the area. When we got there the guy who greeted us didn't make us feel very welcome, but when we came back later we met Francisco and he was very nice to us.

    March 2014
  • During my time with Airbnb on the island, this hostel was a highlight. The hostel was very clean and very well cared-for. The energy of international guests and travelers and youth was really inspiring after quiet days lounging on the beach. Not only that, Francisco was so kind and welcoming.

    January 2014
  • Great location. Close to the beach, Condado and the Museum of Fine Art.

    January 2014
  • The place is nice and clean... Met the coolest people and spent a wonderful Christmas Eve together. Awesome experience!

    December 2013
  • Clean, safe neighborhood, and close to bus stops and local stores. Francisco is very helpful in giving advice especially if it's your first time in SJU. Breakfast is included as well as transportation from the airport! If you want the feeling of staying with a friend or family member rather than a hotel this is the atmosphere. Also met some great people staying there!

    December 2013
  • I really loved this hostel and its host Francisco! He picked me up from the airport and told me everything I needed to know about the place, the city, trips around the island and the history of Puerto Rico. By german standards (after all I am a german) it may not be what you expected of a hotel. But it's no hotel and it's in San Juan after all. The place is as clean as it can be, Francisco is really doing a well job.

    Besides that, you got everything in place: free Wifi (even a netbook to use!), Telephone for local calls, Internet-TV, a kitchen, a bathroom and even a foosball ! The atmosphere in the living room or on the balcony is PERFECT, the neighbours even play some latin music, so you got to feel like in some sort of mexican movie :)

    Tips for coming here:
    - Make a reservation online
    - Right before showing up, call Francisco! This is important, because he is no living in the hostel and will only be there 2 or 3 times a day. If you call him first, he will of course wait for your arrival. Just phone him 60mins before your arrival.
    - The same goes for airport pickup. He will be pick you up. But be sure to call him *after* arrival, not 5 days before you're flight.
    - If you feel like something is missing or strangers are appearing at the door of the hostel (most of them forgot to call before arriving ^^) just call Francisco and he will show up some minutes later or tell you what to do.

    Last but not least: THANK YOU FRANCISCO for the great stay in your hostel. Had a perfect start in my holidays because of you. I hope to get back here very soon.

    November 2013
  • Very nice place. Superfriendly and helpful host. Always again!

    October 2013
  • Cozy and clean with a 60's vibe! Convenient location. The neighborhood isn't the greatest but I hope to return. Francisco was very helpful.

    November 2012
  • This was overall a good place to stay. Good location, I felt safe, it was clean. The people I met here were pleasant. The rooster and dog barking each morning wasn't desired but, who travels to sleep in?

    November 2012
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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.
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