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.
When a place is rated 10 out of 10 on Hotels.com, you notice. And then it’s won five “Traveler’s Choice” badges from TripAdvisor. I started reading a little more about this B&B in Old San Juan, and it just spoke to my soul. Casa Sol is located right in the heart of old town, with its zillions of colorful buildings and cobbled streets. Literally a block off the coast, and between Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo de San Cristobal. The owners, Eddie and Tisha, have made sure their place is super eco-friendly, they source all local food, and they even have a resident rescue pup who greeted me every morning—Oreo. What’s not to love?
Casa Sol’s Genuine Example of Sustainability
By: N. Michelle Rodríguez Amadeo
Publication of Discovery: Sept. 30, 2016
Issue: September, 2016
Eco-conscious travelers will appreciate the inn’s efforts to minimize its environmental impact, which include recycling and use of solar power.
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.
Here, past the pastel-yellow walls and through a narrow hallway is one of Old San Juan’s best-kept secrets.