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Spacious One Bedroom Terrace Apartment W Most Beautiful View Of Old San Juan

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, 4 Sleeps

EL MIRADOR is the perfect location for guests who want to be at the heart of the historical center of Old San Juan, while enjoying peace and privacy in a spacious penthouse at the top of a centuries-old colonial building. This one-bedroomed apartment with a massive terrace is on the fourth floor. There is no elevator but the walk is worth the most spectacular view of the harbor, the north shore of Puerto Rico and the romantic rooftops of the colonial city. The master bedroom has a queen-size bed and en-suite bathroom with another full bathroom with a view on the terrace. There's a spacious living room with queen-size futon, a kitchen and outdoor and indoor dining areas.

Property Manager
Luis Alfonso Manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 3, 2018

About Luis Alfonso Manager

Managing short term vacation rentals in San Juan is an important part of the work I do as the Director of the Arana Foundation, a non profit organization that supports arts in Puerto Rico.

Our organization offers seasonal painting exhibits, musical activities, weekly Figure Drawing sessions with live models and Yoga classes in Old San Juan. We also provide reasonably priced lodging for artists and academics visiting the capital city.

Why Luis Alfonso Manager chose Mercado

Because it is so elevated, El Mirador offers panoramic views of The El Yunque mountain range, the San Juan Harbor, the north shore of the Puerto Rico Mainland and all the "azoteas" (rooftops) on Sol, San José and Cruz streets. With the passing clouds, it feels like one is on a ship. It is truly magical.

What makes this apartment unique

Volunteers or Relief Workers working for Non-Profit / NGOs, will receive a small discount (Standard Rate) in recognition for the their valuable contribution to the recuperation effort, after the natural disasters that have affected our country. The three night minimum stay could also be reduced to only two. Please describe the work that brings you to PR and send appropriate documentation to benefit of this offer. Gracias!

Favor preguntar por las tarifas especiales para artistas o residentes de otros pueblos de PR que necesiten un lugar en el Área Metro por razones médicas, de trabajo, estudios, etc.

Guestbook comments from the manager

​My stay at El Mirador in Calle San Jose was an experience of a lifetime. As an artist​, I was​ deeply​ inspired by the colorful facades of ​​the colonial city. It's hard not to feel on top of the world as you take in the entire island of Old San Juan in just a glance. The owner of the apartment is incredibly kind, warm, and a talented journalist, but it was the administrators​,​ Luis Alfonso and Cristian whose thoughtful planning and dedicated help made my visit a true Caribbean getaway, TF, Denver, Colorado​.
Nov 2014
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Mercado Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • One full bathroom in adjacent to the bedroom and one on the terrace with a shower overlooking the Old City rooftops
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Books
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Spacious One Bedroom Terrace Apartment W Most Beautiful View Of Old San Juan
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Amazing view in the heart of Old San Juan

  • 5 of 5

I very much enjoyed my three week stay here. The view from the (huge) terrace is great, and its location means you are just a few blocks from nearly everything in Old San Juan. While there is no on street parking, there are several garages nearby. Luis Alfonso is a wonderful host!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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  • 5 of 5

Excellent location and rooftop view of Old San Juan.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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If you want the right balance of Old San Juan charm and a great location, you got it.

  • 5 of 5

Luis was great to deal with. Apartment is "as advertised." In a great location, with one of the best views in Old San Juan. Terrace is huge and open to the fantastic sea breezes. Could use a few improvements to the ceiling fans and a balancer on the hot/cold water (to keep the shower temperature steady), but there is nothing like going to sleep with the soft sounds of nightlife from "La Factoria" wafting up to the apartment, or waking to a beautiful pink sunrise over a pastel Old San Juan. I would also recommend going in the fall/winter/spring when the tropical sun does not heat the terrace up too much.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Absolutely amazing. Perfect.

  • 5 of 5

The place is amazing. It’s really an oasis. Excellent balance of seclusion and proximity to great restaurants and clubs. Your host Luis is responsive and a great source of insight to the area. We stayed a week and are eager to return. Be prepared for the 4th floor walk-up but you will be rewarded with an amazing environment.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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A getaway in the middle of activity!

  • 5 of 5

We had two weeks at el Mirador and could have stayed forever. Luis Alfonso is a gracious host. The indoor space is great, but we spent most of our time on the wonderful terrace - day and night. The sunrises were breathtaking and the sunsets were spectacular. The location is great with just enough noise to remind you of the festive atmosphere of Viejo San Juan, but the apartment is set back enough to give a sense of solitude. Everything in Old San Juan was within walking distance which allowed us to save the expense of a rental car. We will go back!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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  • 5 of 5

Luis was such an amazing host for my friends and I. Anytime we needed anything he helped us out. He made sure we had transportation to anywhere we wanted to go on the island. It was the experience of a life time.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Car: not necessary

El Mirador is just a block from Calle San Sebastián, two blocks from Plaza de Armas or Plaza San José, very close to the historical sites and Calle San Francisco and Calle Fortaleza, the commercial streets where you can find groceries, crafts shops and pharmacies.

It is right at the heart of the oldest section of the colonial city but it is calm and mostly quiet.

The panoramic view is truly spectacular because the building is located in the higher elevation of the island of Old San Juan.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night

For security reasons the roof is off-limits and access has been barred with flower pots. We also ask all our guests not to wear high-heel shoes on the terrace in order to protect the waterproofing of our neighbors' properties.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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