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Historic Area Old San Juan Studio

Bedrooms 1
Space 200 sq ft
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Studio For Two, Romantic All Equipped.

Charming Studio in Historic Building. Access to very large quiet patio. Street level no stairs. Fully equipped.Queen size standard bed, A/C Stove ,Refr. All utensils. Linens and towels. Flat screen Satellite TV,WiFi.Easy walking distance to just about anywhere. Urban train to University connection from San Juan Bus Terminal. Modern Bus ( Nos. 5 and 9),train and Ferry to another nearby city across the Bay.

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Ralph Escribano
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2018

About Ralph Escribano

Property Manager for this property. Businessman for many years both in Puerto Rico and USA. Father of 6 and a bunch of marvelous grandchildren

Ralph Escribano purchased this studio in 1994

Why Ralph Escribano chose Mercado

Owner recognized the importance of this property and restored it as per specifications of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. With the intention to retire here ,but decided to rent it for others to enkoy the charm of the old city. And an era gone by.

What makes this studio unique

Quiet,romantic,away from the hassle and bussle of the traditional tourist spots ,yet close to most everything you would want to see/visit in Puerto Rico. With the added advantage of savoring the sounds and art displayed in this city.


Mercado Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Town ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • One bathroom. Shower .No tub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Also added a Love Seat for relaxing moods,as watching TV etc.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(4 traveler reviews)

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Historic Area Old San Juan Studio
average rating of 3.75 based on 4 reviews

Excellent stay! Couples will not regret it!

  • 5 of 5

So many good things to say in so little time! This studio apartment was an enjoyable experience. Ralph and his wife are lovely people. Upon arrival, they gave my fiancée and me the keys and explained a few things about the apartment. We stayed for five days, and if I had a question about ANYTHING, Ralph was only a text or phone call away.

First, the studio apartment is beautiful. It is very historical. If you want to live like a native, this is the apartment for you. The home is huge! However, our apartment was in a secluded area in the back of the house. The apartment is extremely clean and small. Only 4 TV channels. This was a romantic vacation, so we didn’t care. You have access to a huge private and serene patio! I don't think that they posted the photo online, but the patio is GOREGOUS!!!!! We ate outside day and night.

You will need to bring all of your own personal items, as expected. If you forget something, there is a Walgreen and Puerto Rico pharmacy about a block away. Ralph provided some bath towels, glasses, plates, cleaning supplies, etc……….. but you will need to bring more if you plan on staying for longer than 2 or 3 days.

The apartment is located in an extremely quiet section of Old San Juan. We were close to all of the activities and stores, but we didn’t have to hear the loud music and people at night. It is a very safe area. There is a video camera on the property. In addition, there are two locks on the door. I didn’t feel scared walking around at night. I didn’t rent a car. I just used the free trolley and taxies. However, if you have a car, parking will be difficult from my observation.

Lastly, my only complaint is that the apartment can get extremely hot. This is an eco-friendly building without an air-conditioning system that I am used to. BUT, do not let this deter you from renting this lovely studio apartment. There are two ceiling fans, and when you open the doors it gets really cool. Also, the air conditioner gets cool, but not freezing cold. You just need a small fan. It is not anything major, but I did need to mention it.

The location is perfect. I loved Old San Juan, and this apartment. The apartment is EXTREMELY affordable, and you won’t regret renting it. I left the apartment today, and I miss it. It felt like my home for a few days. This is a great place for a couple! It was very romantic, and I will remember it forever. I would recommend it to anyone who want the real Puerto Rico experience.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2013
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, We do stock the supplies for whatever time the gust will stay per experience. If gust needs anything els ,all they need to do is call and we will supply except being a short term arrangement ,guests are expected to purchase the personal items they need. The A/C has a remote control where you can choose the temperature down to very cold and it is a matter of setting. Satellite TV tunes to over 100 channels and again it is a matter uf navigating the remote control. And of course,manager is available 24/7 to address any needs the guest may have or answer any questions . Although the Studio is for 2 guests we supply all the plates,glasses etc for 4 people. There is a kitchen sink with Hot and Cold water so that guest may wash plates ,utensils etc. as in their own home. We can also provide maid service at extra cost. Our goal is to always satisfy the guests needs.
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Byron Bay, Australia

Rent this studio at your own risk

  • 1 of 5

There is so much wrong with this studio, it's difficult to know where to start

The wi-fi did not work and was still not working by midday the following day - this was a serious issue for us, as we both do a lot of on-line writing, me with a travel blog and my partner with some writers festivals, and it was one of the main reasons for booking the studio

The air-conditioning did not work properly and barely gave any cold air at all. There is a note about the air-conditioning in their handbook and how it is an “eco” system but in reality it just doesn’t work

There are no opening windows in the place, in fact, only one window high up above one of the doors; there was one other window/shutter but the blind in front of it was broken and the wooden shutter was barred. The place was suffocating at night as the air-conditioning and fans were just pushing around hot air. There were 2 doors that could be opened but, of course, could not be left open at night

The Satellite TV had around 4 channels as far as I could tell - a small point but a little annoying

The patio was indeed large but was shared with the adjoining apartment, occupied by two adults and three children during our brief stay. It also formed a right of way for the apartment upstairs, occupied by several visitors, so not entirely the usual definition of quiet

And now to the main issue - how on earth the sofa-bed can be described as new is a complete puzzle. The sofa itself may be new or recovered but the mattress is probably several years old and completely unusable – it is so bad that they had even put a layer of foam on top of it and it’s still useless. My partner weighs next to nothing and even she could feel springs and lumps. We had to sleep on the floor – it was completely unacceptable and so due to all of these things (that were not fixable), we decided to leave the following morning

Unfortunately for us, the original booking was for 5 days and since it was around Christmas/New Year, we were not able to find other accommodation and had to cancel the rest of our holiday and fly back to Australia

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Negative criticism actually helps to improve our offer.Our aim is to assure that our guests enjoy their visit with us Therefore we continually update our facilities This is evidenced by the constant and excellent reviews by past and recent guests that have enjoyed our Studio.We also understand that each person´s perspective is different and that not everyone thinks alike. Continued progress is our goal.
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Fully Recommended

  • 4 of 5

I highly recommend this studio rental. It's the perfect place if you're looking for a comfortable and affordable place in Old San Juan. Perfect for couples and you can't beat the location. The landlord was helpful and easy to deal with. Also, the private patio really made our stay in Old San Juan special.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay in Old San Juan

  • 5 of 5

This is the best located property in the Old San Juan. Landlord keeps the property in good shape. Clean and cozy. Landlord is available 24/7 and ready to help in any request. I fully recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2014
  • Stayed: January 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
9.5 Miles
Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport
Nearest Barpub
Arond the corner
Nearest Ferry
0.02 Miles
Walking distance at waterfront.
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Central Park Complex
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Public Transportation or Taxi
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
By Taxi or Public transportation
Nearest Restaurant
End of street at the corner St Germain Bistro/Bar
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Walking Distance,Atlantic,Natural protected beach
Car: not necessary

Being located in the center of the historical city,access to all major activities is available either by walking,rental car, public transportation or tour guides. We recommend that traveler asks for a specific activity or service,inasmuch as there is so much variety and circumstances.Recently updated with better sleeping arrangements like adding a real Queen size Orthopedic Bed.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $65
Damage Insurance $59

Rates for the Studio are the same all year round. Tentative reservations are held for 48 hours due to high demand. Availability is on a first come first served basis. Any questions or need further information ,please use the HA/VRBO message thread.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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