Monday, January 27, 2014

La Terraza... Our Home Away from...Boat!

La Terraza de San Juan is a luxury inn located in the heart of historic Old San Juan. We loved staying at this lovely boutique bed and breakfast where we received personalized service.  We were able to walk and explore the beautiful city of Old San Juan right from our front doorstep. 

Photo Credit: La Terraza

When we arrived at the inn, we were greeted by the hotel manager, Franklin, and Maria, hotel desk concierge, who welcomed us and gave us a short introduction to the historic district’s attractions as well as a detailed map of the Old City. They gave us info on restaurants where the locals eat and little-known highlights such as the perfect shady park to sit and take in the view of the harbor after a day of shopping in the city’s jewelry stores, unique boutiques, art galleries and outlet stores.

Maria and Melissa were great hosts!

Fresh, rich local Puerto Rican coffee was served from an antique expresso machine. It was one of the greatest amentities of the hotel. It was available night and and was delicious!

La Terraza is a unique property with beautifully appointed suites.  The inn has been painstakingly restored to its 19th Century Colonial splendor. It features soaring, wood-beamed ceilings, artisanal tile floors, vintage wood doors and shutters and stained glass windows. 
This is the entryway to our room at the end of the hall. We had a lovely room with a king-sized bed, a gorgeous glassed in stone shower, and a big balcony with comfortable chairs and a sofa.  We were able to enjoy views of the city and the harbor from our room.

Each morning, we were served a delightful breakfast in the dining area of the inn. The breakfast included fresh fruits, meats and local cheese, handmade pastries and breads, fresh strawberry jam, and caramel spread. And of course, that delicious expresso coffee!  Note the beautiful stained glass windows over the front doors.
Additional details include hand-painted wall finishes, custom wrought-iron work and an eclectic, yet harmonious, combination of art and furnishings. 
Lovely hand-painted touches in the foyer.

Custom wrought-iron stair handrails were found throughout the inn.
Notice the beautiful wood beamed ceilings.
Old 19th century bricks are shown behind the beams.
The rooftop terrace offers spectacular views of San Juan Bay and historic Old San Juan. The Terraza, Spanish for terrace and the inspiration for the inn's name, is the perfect spot for soaking up the sun and enjoying the cool afternoon breezes. It was a great place to meet other guests and learn about their travels in Puerto Rico.

Sunrise from the Rooftop

The rooftop was a great place to relax and
enjoy a glass of wine after a long day of sightseeing.

Susan enjoying the views of Old San Juan.
Night time view of the City and the Cruise Ships.

We loved staying at this lovely, boutique inn with personalized service!  

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