Beautifully restored and tastefully furnished 19th-century house, located on Calle San Sebastian, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Best possible location. Has air conditioning. Sleeps 2, max 5. ($50 per guest/per night charge for more than 2 guests). Main house has living/dining, bar/library, kitchen, full bath and single bed. Casita (off courtyard) has 2 bedrooms, separated by a privacy curtain. Each room in the casita has full bath and separate entrance to the courtyard & access to the main house.
Parking on Calle San Sebastian and in most areas of Old San Juan is for residents only, with a sticker, and may result in a $250 fine.
Parking without a sticker is allowed during certain times and in certain areas. Read the signs on the street carefully before parking.
If you have a car, park in the safe, secure & well-priced Ballaja public parking, near the El Morro Fortress (few minutes walk from the house).
We have affectionately named this house Casa Zaguán. The original construction of this house is from the 1830s. The house has 7 total rooms, 2 of which are bedrooms. There are 3 full baths.
Casa Zaguán originally was two houses, and the area from the front door leading up to the statue (Hebe, the goddess of youth) and beyond to the courtyard was actually a caleta (small street) called Calle Zaguán.
The entrance to the left-hand house was where the double doors are on the left of the statue. The entrance to the right-hand house was where the kitchen counter is located, and you can see the outline of the doorway in the exposed brick wall.
These bricks were all made by hand and this construction is what you will find also beneath the black and white tile floor, which was the first installed floor in the structure. The arches were made by the Spaniards as was the entire house with small modifications.
The arch doorways with the carved woodwork atop are typical in this construction era and allow for the circulation of air. The wooden ceiling beams are also original and are made of eusebio, a natural wood of Puerto Rico.
The casita (sleeping quarters) was built at a later date. The casita is off of the courtyard, is air conditioned and has 2 separate rooms, each with its own full bath. There is no door, but there is a privacy curtain between the two rooms. One room has a king-size bed and the other has a full-size sofa bed. Additionally, there is a single bed inside the main house, off the dining room area.
Casa Zagúan has a beautiful courtyard, is tastefully furnished, and has lots of books and artwork by local artists. It is centrally located - short walking distance to two ancient forts, other historic sites and Old San Juan shopping and restaurants. All the books, CDs, DVDs are there for your enjoyment; please use gently and return to their original location.
Flexible check in & check out, depending on availability. The guest and their party rents and has access to the entire house and everything in it during their stay.
Interaction with guests
Please ask - text, call or email - about any questions or concerns. Your questions and comments are always welcome and will be responded to quickly.
Other things to note
Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián
The San Sebastián Street Festival (Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián) has been an annual event on Calle San Sebastián in Old San Juan since 1970, and what started as community fund-raiser has become THE festival to go to in January. Loads of locals and tourists attend this 4-day event. Premium rates apply and long advance notice is required to reserve the house for these dates.
Keep the front door locked at all times while you are inside the house, but please feel free to keep the wooden windows open (weather permitting) while you are inside. It helps to keep a nice breeze through the place.
Although Old San Juan is a generally safe and quiet neighborhood, please use common sense as you would in any tourist or city area.
You are welcome to use the air conditioners, but please be respectful and conservation-minded. Be aware that electricity is very expensive in Puerto Rico, averaging 20 cents per cents/kWh.
This is first and foremost a residential neighborhood. Be respectful of the neighbors (very nice people on both sides of you, who have lived in OSJ for many years) and keep the noise down, especially late at night or during the very early morning. You are welcome to have friends over to enjoy the house with you; however: unauthorized overnight guests are prohibited, as are any loud or drunken parties. These are grounds for immediate termination of your rental with no refund. Thanks in advance for your understanding, agreement & cooperation.
There is absolutely NO SMOKING of cigarettes or other tobacco products in the house or on the courtyard. If you choose to smoke cigarettes or other tobacco products, please do so outside of the house, well across the street and away from the house, and be sure to collect and properly dispose of any filters & other remains.
Be gentle with the plumbing! The water will work fine during your stay, providing hot & cold running water in the bathrooms & showers...provided that you understand that the plumbing in Old San Juan is very old and things can back up if the toilets are misused. What that means is: only use the toilet paper that is supplied. Other toilet papers may block the plumbing. Absolutely NEVER flush any hygienic (wipes, pads, etc.) or contraceptive products down the toilets!
Showers: Only 1 shower running at a time, please! Running more than 1 shower at a time will result in loss of water pressure and hot water availability. Hot water is supplied by an inline heater, in back of the refrigerator in the kitchen.
Wash and put away any dishes/cups and take all garbage & recyclables out to the bins (on each side of the street, take your choice) on a regular basis during your stay. Clean up any obvious dirt or messes. When you leave, leave all sheets on the bed (you do not need to strip the bed) and towels anywhere in the bathroom, as you would in a hotel.