About This Listing
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.
At this, (6 beds mixed dorm): shared bathroom, NO A/C, high speed air fans 24/7, lockers and all our amenities/features.
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:
(phone number hidden)
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.
I had a wicked experience here, with beaches generally nearby and cool spots to hang out in the hostel. This was my first solo hostel experience and I felt safe and accommodated the whole time.
Francisco was a doll, he was there when I got there and when I left, eager to address any concerns. He gave me a virtual your of the city so I knew where to go. I would recommend bringing a map with you when you're touring.
The hostel was quiet when i was there but the guys also staying there were great and we had fun hanging on the balcony. There isn't much of a nightlife in the area apart from weekends.
All in all I had a great stay, met some cool people and would go back if I was on the area. There were ingredients provided for breakfast, all the amenities you could need, and good people.
Stayed here for 2 nights. Very relaxing environment and good way to make friends! I met a friend who became my best travel buddy:) I didn't meet Francisco personally, and it's very unfortunate because I didn't feel very welcomed by his staff. His staff is a responsible individual but doesn't own the right attitude as a host. I'm definitely not looking for hotel style service, but mutual respect is important. Other than that, I enjoyed my stay all in all:)
My friends and I arrived in San Juan around 3 am and this was the perfect place for us to spend a night before we moved our way into a different part of the city. The staff was super helpful in coordinating a key pick-up for our late check in time, and with the directions provided it was easy to find. The room was clean and exactly as described, I would absolutely stay again.
The space was great. A fair price, friendly people and lots of information once we arrived. I definitely recommend renting a car for this location, it's kind of off the beaten path. Although it is walking distance from Walgreens and a cool bar el lokal.
We had a good time in SJ hostel. For room, we didn't stay in the room which we had booked, so can't common about it. As for eating, there is just a Walmart nearby, so not many choices. Francisco is a friendly and hospitable host, he gave us many useful informations and even gave us a lift to Walmart. Thanks for everything :)
This place was cool, we met a bunch of people travelling all over the island who gave us good advices. Also, it is a good a good value for money
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About the Host, Francisco
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.