One of my biggest complaints about my own hometown San Juan, Puerto Rico was that there were not many affordable lodging options. As you guys might already know, I am a hostel person. I also know that San Juan is not a cheap option for travelers. Fortunately, hostels in San Juan are finally arriving and I couldn’t be more than excited. I decided to visit a new hostel in San Juan that I consider might be an option for budget travelers. Santurcia Hostel might be in fact, one of those hostels in Puerto Rico making it a more affordable destination. Here is why I believe this should be your option if you are looking for a hostel in San Juan.
The trendiest hostel in Puerto Rico
If you ask me, Santurcia Hostel is definitely the trendiest hostel in Puerto Rico. Located in the heart of the Santurce neighborhood, Santurcia Hostel has a perfect location right in the De Diego avenue. This hostel is easily conected with almost all means of transportation. It is also close to the beaches, the Old San Juan and shopping malls. Being located in a vibrant community as Santurce, it has a lot of activities you can enjoy.
Its owner, Camila Reus, came up with the idea of starting a hostel in Santurce. Inspired in her own hostel experiences, She created a hostel that actually grasp the feeling of the Santurce neighborhood. Each room is named after different areas of the neighborhood. Its common spaces such as the living room and the kitchen have a special vibe that makes you can feel at home. The hostel living room totally reminded me the vibe of some of my favorite hostels around the world. You can just sit down and chill with people from all around the world and make new friends.
Why Hostels in Puerto Rico are not that popular?
The reason why hostels in Puerto Rico are not that popular is definitely due to the own mindset of the tourism we sell and consume. Most of the locals believe that vacations and travel always equals to luxury. We know these two doesn’t really need to be together. For that reason for years, Puerto Rico has been selling itself as a luxury destination. It has been thanks to Millennials, low cost airlines and travelers from outside US that hostels in Puerto Rico have become popular. This new profile of travelers have brought new hostels in San Juan and all around. Santurcia Hostel is one of those.
There is a long way to go but definitely, these hostels in Puerto Rico are actually attracting different travelers. Many people have started to understand their purpose.
Why should I stay in a hostel in San Juan?
You should not only stay in a hostel in San Juan, but in any hostel in Puerto Rico. Alternative lodging has proven to be more authentic experience and you are totally helping the local economy while doing this. My experience staying in hostels have always been a good one. It is the place where I get to know more people and where I get the best tips to experience my destination. These are definitely reasons why you should stay in a hostel in San Juan.
What can I find in Santurcia Hostel?
Some of the amenities that you can find in Santurcia Hostel are A/C, lockers to keep your stuff safe. It also offers continental breakfast included until 9:30, a fully equipped kitchen and an ATM. You can find mixed and female dorms, and also, there is a private room. Another amenity that I totally love from this hostel in San Juan was their Rooftop Bar. Almost every week they celebrate plenty of events there. Definitely, this is something that most hostels in San Juan are not really doing and that you should experience!
Would I recommend it?
I certainly must admit that, this is one of the hostels I wish to stay someday. Sounds pretty funny, considering I live 10 minutes away from it. Santurcia has definitely everything that I look for in a hostel I am willing to stay. It’s lovely, has a cozy vibe, clean, amazing common spaces, the rooms are gorgeous and its location is perfect. Definitely if you ask me, I totally suggest you to book your stay in Santurcia Hostel as soon as possible. I am sure that staying in a hostel like this will help you like better your stay in Puerto Rico.
As I mentioned hostels in Puerto Rico are basically a new concept. Santurcia Hostel, thanks to its owner experience, definitely has the vibe of a real hostel. Definitely, this is something that I totally recommend you to experience. IF you are planning to spend your next vacations in the island, consider staying in a hostel in Puerto Rico.
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