While the Caribbean’s tropical beach settings often get high marks for romance, there are a handful of colonial city settings that are just as evocative. One of these is Old San Juan, a colonial era district of cobblestone streets lined with enticing shops and restaurants.
The five-room Casa Sol Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of Old San Juan, in a Spanish colonial home dating back to the 18th century. There are lots of authentic details, including ironwood beams, clay bricks and teak furniture. Not all rooms have private bathrooms; book your clients into the La Muralla Suite if that’s an issue.
A week at Casa Sol is enough to replenish your motivation for re-joining the real world (although two would probably be even better), and it’s the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for a tranquil getaway with more history than your typical palm tree-studded island. So the next time adventure calls, book a plane ticket and take your own bumpy taxi ride down a cobblestone street in Old San Juan — they saved you a parking spot right out front.
The strong point here is the B&B’s location in the heart of Old San Juan, where a couple can stroll cobblestone streets, browse shops and dance salsa in sultry nightclubs. Casa Sol occupies a carefully restored 18th-century Spanish Colonial home. Its five rooms are decorated in Spanish colonial style — with clay bricks, iron wood beams and teak details. Lovers should score the La Muralla Suite, which has high ceilings, an indoor patio area, a mezzanine and its own private bathroom.
Now, it has its first true Puerto Rican-owned B&B, set in a painstakingly restored colonial house. Once a base for Spanish soldiers from the nearby fortress of San Cristóbal, it is now the embodiment of mi casa es tu casa.