The best thing about the Posada was its location, in the middle of San Juan Bautista and near shops and resturants. The negatives outweighted the good.The room was not clean. The bed linens had not been changed. The room was dark with only the view of a building 2 feet away. The fireplace was annoying with its flickering light and made going to sleep dificult. There were few amenities, no coffee maker, no refrigerator, or microwave. No internet access. The furniture was mismatched and one chair was ready to break. There were not enought towels or shampoo. The topper was being awakened by a radio alarm to hip-hop music at 7:00 AM after not getting a good nights sleep. The place had an air of depression about it. The breakfast did not even have milk for the coffee, we passed. The place needs an overhaul in the management department. The young woman on duty did the best she could in a difficult situation by herself, but not enough to save the day. The doctor was right on in an earlyer review. The woman who checked us out did not even ask us why we left a day early.
I was in the area for business and found the Posada to be located conveniently. The room had more character than a chain hotel. The jacuzzi tub and double shower heads were unexpected in a small town hotel. Breakfast was fresh breads from local bakeries. The downside was no internet availability.
We have stayed there three times. It was always enjoyable. We enjoyed the morning toast, rolls, and coffee setup. (Milk for the coffee was not always available, however.) We look forward to our next visit.
Motel need a little work now but the location is wonderful. Close to S.F. so a weekend getaway is easy. For a motel in the 'Bay Area' the price is good. Spa/fire place rooms are nice. Not a B&B but does serve a simple breakfast on the weekends. There are also several good restaurants in San Juan Bautista. San Juan is a very nice place to walk or take a long country bike ride.
The Posada de San Juan is a charming hotel. Each room has a whirlpool tub armed with twin showerheads on opposite walls. Upstairs rooms have a nice balcony/patio that opens out from the room.
When we first checked in, we were given a room upstairs that had beds turned down, without pillowcases. The pillows smelled like body odor. There was a beer can on the patio wall that housekeeping had missed. When this was brought to attention to the front desk, the lady told us that the pillowcases were just washed and they just needed to iron them to get the wrinkles out for us. No apologies or warning that the room wasn't ready when she first sent us forth. Then she asked if we would be going out (implying that would give them time to set the room straight). We requested another room and was given one. This one turned out to be completely unmade, garbage in the trash cans, beds all in disarray. We had arrived in the late afternoon, and given their relatively strict rule ($50+ minimum fine for check outs after 11am), there really was no excuse for the unmade rooms.
San Juan Bautista can get extremely hot; the environment is prime for insects. We had ants in the bathroom and woke up to ants in every open bag and piece of clothing. The caulking along the bathroom wall was also moldy.
The shower really was lovely and that would normally cancel out the ant problem in my mind. However, this hotel is not worth the $108 we were charged. Also after reading other people's reviews, it should be noted that we were never told that there was complimentary continental breakfast when we checked in. Management in general needs an overhaul.
With music, for instance, divergent reviews are almost the norm because different people like different things but when it comes to a room people mostly want the same things. For me the minimum is a clean bed and clean shower and anything else is an extra. For us a Jacuzzi and double shower heads (and a lack of options) made the decision. They lived up to expectations. The rest of the room was just a cut above Motel 6. Linen was clean but old, floor boards were creaky. The bed was just OK. I cannot fault the service, very pleasant. It is obviously an older hotel and, I suspect, was once a very good one. However it is independent and I suspect the money is just not there to upgrade. One nice touch is that there are skylights down the center and plants. Problem is the plants could use a little tlc. It would not take much for this place to go from three stars to at least four.
One major plus is that just a few doors down is an excellent Basque Resaurant.
Stayed there at least three times over the past 10 years. Beautiful foyer and atria. Stay on the second floor, north side. But the rusting roof next door needs to be painted adobe color! Jacuzzi tubs and gas fireplaces are a nice touch. Fabulous location. Very romantic.
Of course we all have different expectations in everything we do or pay for. This is obviously an older hotel, and in light of the current economy I'm sure they are struggling like the rest of us to upgrade things that are in working condition. This could be a four star with some TLC so hopefully it's in their future. Don't go there if you're expecting brand new everything... only if you're ready to enjoy the old town of San Juan Batista, and all it's historical elements.
My fiance and I have stayed at this hotel for the past three years during repeat visits. In fact, we've made a few friends in the town. The hotel rooms are dated, but clean the times we've stayed. No, it isn't a 5 star hotel, nor is the town a 5 star vacation getaway. But part of the charm of both town and hotel is the small town feel. Unfortunately, management isn't small town friendly. We have been planning a party in the town and are hoping for out-of-town guests to stay at this hotel. However, management didn't seem very happy with our proposal. I was assuming she would enjoy having 20+ guests stay here during the off season. We've yet to hear back from management regarding reservations for our guests. Perhaps what this diamond-in-the-rough needs is a formerly trained hotel manager to smooth over guests' complaints.
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