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Quaint, Clean and Friendly
We had a great stay here. We looked for places in Old San Juan, but the rates can tend to really get out of hand. This place was very reasonable, clean, well maintained and the staff was the friendliest I have ever encountered. You kind of felt as if you were staying at your own place, the way you had freedom, privacy and security. The walls of the Villa made you feel safe and the place had a nice Puerto Rican charm to it. By all means stay here if you can. Villa Walls and tile floors, sundecks, a great bar and quaint rooms all made the appeal of this place for our stay. The pool is small, but not an issue with the beach just a couple blocks away...an easy walk.
We stayed at At Wind Chimes...
We stayed at At Wind Chimes Inn (53 Calle Taft, San Juan, PR 00911, USA), a restored Spanish Villa a couple of blocks from a great beach (Condado).
$55 - $85/ U.S. Some sites give higher prices so we might have gotten 'low season' rates. For the quality, the price is definitely low. The 12 (14?) rooms are small but very pleasant and decorated in an airy tropical motif with original artwork or good reproductions. All have their own baths, TVs (with CNN) and are cooled by airconditioners and fans. Our queensize bed was $75; a king was $85. There is a small but nice, sheltered pool. The complimentary breakfast (just dry cereal and fruit juice but the Puerto Rican coffee is good) is served on a wonderful covered terrace surrounded by windchimes. Another deck above the pool is great for sunbathing. The people are very nice and speak English and Spanish. We only saw heterosexual couples and families there when we visited but the inn is listed as 'gay friendly.' I think it's probably just friendly, period.
My wife and I recently spent one week in Puerto Rico and very much enjoyed our visit. On our last night we decided to stay at At Wind Chimes Inn since it mostly had good reviews. True, the building looks nice from the outside and even from the inside (for the most part) and the staff is nice, but I began to suspect that something was not quite right when we ran into into mosquito paradise as we where led to our room right above the bar. We accepted the room (big mistake) and dropped off our belongings and off we where to revisit Old San Juan.
When we returned later on that evening and entered the room, we were eaten alive by mosquitos to the extent that we called to complain and were given a can of raid! Upon closer inspection, the room had not been dusted in god knows how many years and the floor had not even been mopped, much less swept. The bathroom was no better with broken floor tiles in some parts and large patches of poured concrete in others, plus the tub drain worked only after you finished showering, how nasty!
The telephone receiver was full of cerumen and dust and the bedsheets, although supposedly washed, had all sorts of stains on them. To top things off, the room itself had an unforgettable smell and the bed cover was greasy! It was the worst night we've ever spent anywhere, but we couldn't do much about it because we were told earlier that the night staff person had called in sick and there wouldn't be anyone there until 7 am the next morning. We attempted to sleep with the light on thinking that roaches would probalby come out in the dark and left half asleep at 5 am the following day, after my wife refused to use nasty shower. Granted, the photos shown of the room in the brochure look very alluring, but our room was a nightmare! How anyone could recommend this dump or how this place got its high rating is beyond us.
I've served in the military for 8 years and I've had to endure some pretty yucky places, but to have to pay for this sort of filth is simply outrageous.
More than what I expected.
To the people who gave this inn a bad review are NUTS!. Sorry, you are way to picky and are expecting a 5 star hotel for a $100 a night. GET REAL!!, you'll be dishing out a between $50-$100 bucks more for a nicer towel and a bigger bar of soap.
My experience at the inn was more than well worth it. The staff was friendly and very helpful. The rooms were clean & you had maid service every day.
As far as the pool goes. Yes, it is smaller. However, that also has it's benefit. Less people and less commotion than at a larger size pool.
The bar was great, drinks were awesome and the food was delicious.
Beach was a block away and very nice.
All in all I would recommend this place to anyone. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
A Big Disappointment
I found the great reviews that At the Wind Chimes received are really deceiving. I expected the place to be like a bed and breakfast and was really disappointed. The place IS located a block from the beach and one block from the bus stop but that is about it. The rooms are cramped. The pool is more like a puddle. The nearby beach is a litter box. Dogs roam the beach and crap all over making the beach smell oh so great. The buses are completely unreliable. The shortest wait we had was half an hour. The average being about an hour. The front desk staff was helpful for the most part although the bartender was very moody. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone. In that price range, you're better off at the HoJo or Best Western.
Awsome! Location a bit secluded...
We went to Puerto Rico on vacation druing low season, so the whole island was relatively quiet.l After arriving from the airport to windchimes($15) in less than 10 minutes, we were more than pleasantly suprised by the cute, clean little inn. The rooms were a little small, but the air conditioning was fierce and the beds comfortable. The showers (after hearing how bad the water pressure was) were not the greatest, but the ambiance of the stone cobbled floors and beach-ish feel were so enticing, it overshadowed all flaws in the bathroom. The inn itself is in a quasi-good location. After reading all the reviews we were expecting to be steps from all the Condado action, but soo realized that to get to the main strip, we would have to walk more than the "three blocks" the front desk told us to, since most of the restaurants and bars we wanted to go to were further down the area.
There are a few good options to eat around the area, but everything is mostly residential. Being close to the beach was great though since it was relatively secluded and quiet, however it seemed that the bunch of trees before the beach had some shady behavior going on, as long as your with someone else it should be ok. If one goes straight on the beach, and walks the opposite direction towards ocean park all the way down to the end of the beach(about a 15 minute scenic route) there is a great restaurant overlooking the water that is a real find in a hotel called Hosteria de'l Mer. Also, make sure you take the right bus to Old San Juan, or else you could end up in a really bad area without a clue to get back! Enjoy!!!
Vacation Stay at Wind Chime Inn
My family went to San Juan and stayed three days at Wind Chime Inn. We loved it. It was small but very clean and freindly. The staff recommened places to eat and also arranged a tour of the Rain Forrest for us. They helped with directions, also you are in a fenced and gated area, we felt very safe. The beach across the street had a wonderful park and a BEAUTIFUL Beach. Highly recommend. Not your average cookie cutter stay, very unique!!! 4 stars from my family!!
Beware! READ THIS BEFORE MAKING YOUR RESERVATION !!!!!
There is a reason for the variations in reviews for this hotel. Most of it is renovated and quite nice. Several, however, are not renovated.
They have tiles peeling up, a stuffy smell and are misrepresented by pictures. If you choose to get a room here, make sure you book it on the phone with a guarantee that it has been renovated. They offered us the unrenovated room for the base price then when we got there tried to get more money out of us to give us a renovated room telling us it was "bigger". We didn't need a bigger room, just one that was not misrepresented. This appears to be a scam to get people to pay more than agreed for a room after a long plane ride it is tempting to just pay the extra money and get angry later. Somehow they hide these dingy rooms from the people writing their reviews. Also, they say there is street parking, but you have to walk for blocks to get LEGAL street parking. You may get a ticket, you may not. Hope you like walking a long way to the car.
A Perfect Oasis
We loved this warm and inviting boutique hotel. The location was perfect for a quiet getaway. It is located on the main drag in Condado, just as it changes from the commercial hustle and bustle to the quiet residential area. It is surrounded by beautiful homes on quiet streets. It is about a 10 minute walk to the main commercial area on the strip. Since there are no large public beach parking lots, the stretch of beautiful beach (just a short block away) between Condado proper and Ocean Park Beach is very private and clean.The atmosphere is secluded and intimate. The property is walled and gated with a tropical outdoor bar for guests. My partner and I felt very welcomed and had some wonderful times socializing at the bar with the very friendly and outgoing staff and guests. The homemade food at the bar was very tasty and fresh. The drinks were great! The staff was very helpful in recommending places to eat and see. The private tour guide was terrific and incredibly knowledgeable. He only hosts private tours for individuals, couples, and very small groups and was eager to customize our private tour needs.We stayed in a King room, which was quite roomy and clean. It had a step out balcony with a lovely view of the pool and courtyard. It had a small refrigerator, a futon and a table and chairs. The bed was very comfortable with lots of pillows. The furnishings and artwork were well appointed. The air conditioner was powerful yet quiet. Since we bring our own toiletries when traveling, we didn't mind that the hotel only provides soap and towels.The pool is small but very inviting and refreshing, with its waterfall and water jets. It was fine for a quick dip or short lap or 2. The beach was the place for a real swim.We highly recommend this boutique hotel for its value, convenient and quiet location, peaceful hideaway feeling, intimate atmosphere, and terrific staff. Well be sure to make this our home away from home whenever we visit San Juan.Don't Stay here if you like: being a room number instead of a name, staying in the busiest and noisiest section of town, using a lobby map to navigate your hotel, being re-directed to 2 or 3 people to find and book bus tours on which about 20 or so others will join you, rushing an early breakfast to insure a poolside chair in the sun, an Olympic size pool with an Olympic size crowd, elbow to elbow beach blankets, spending and extra $100 per night for terrycloth robes, a piece of candy on your pillow and a complete line of designer toiletries you should have brought with you.
Quaint and unusual facility
If you can live without any water pressure, in a small room and tiny bathroom, this is the place for you to stay. Front desk personnel were helpful when they were available. Check out was delayed by computer problems. A five minute transaction took almost 20 minutes. Location near the beach was great. Pool was adequate to cool off. Boat bar was quaint but available only till 11 PM. Air conditioner problem was solved with one request. Efficiency kitchen did not include a coffee pot and there were no glasses provided, not even in the bathroom. A quaint way to spend a vacation but certainly not above and average place.
Wind Chimes Inn
I forgot to ask.....
I had one more question.
Has anyone heard of At Wind Chimes Inn? It's a small 20 room inn in Condado I believe. I read really good reviews on trip advisor, but I was curious to know if anyone else knew anything else about it or the area in general.