“Words cannot explain the amount of charm and passion Jan put into this hotel. I own a boutique hotel in the Caribbean, and I only hope that someday my hotel will be as amazing as this. When I am in San Juan, I wouldn’t think of staying anywhere else.”
– columbustap, TripAdvisor Guest Review
“I have been staying here since 1999, at least 3-4 times – each time I have been in San Juan. I would never stay anywhere else. Words cannot describe this.”
“This is where your hotel IS your destination.”
– Karen S TripAdvisor Guest Review
“Great energy exudes from every turn. It’s the perfect place to stay for those who want something out of the ordinary and totally unforgettable.”
– 831leilar TripAdvisor Guest Review
“No contest, the most beautiful place I’ve ever stayed. Each common area is unique and full of artistic wonders. The walls are practically dripping with class and culture. I only regret that we were unable to stay longer.”
– Kaitlin, Facebook Guest Review
Stay in a Living Masterpiece
The Gallery Inn is a stunning twenty-seven room boutique hotel that sits high aloft the Old San Juan City’s North Wall, commanding sensuous Atlantic Ocean breezes and gorgeous 360º views over the San Juan Bay and mountainous central regions of Puerto Rico.
An 18th Century Treasure
Our Pool Amidst Ancient Ruins
Brick patios, antique arches, ausubo beams, and a multitude of sculptured fountains are among the Inn’s many charming architectural details. Nineteen glorious gardens and five active art studios are tucked away between twenty-seven beautifully appointed guest rooms, all with Tempur-Pedic mattresses. Rooms are artistically scattered through seven juxtaposed levels resembling more of a historic museum than a hotel. Guests are encouraged to explore the 17th century mansion to find their own nook of tranquility. Certainly not-to-be-missed, meandering through the Sunken Garden is the two-waterfall swimming pool constructed around original ancient walls and door ways that wind through its center.
Experience Sublime Live Concerts
Venetian-style Music Room
The Inn’s proximity to Old San Juan’s historic monuments, museums and famous eateries, combined with its North-Wall, fresh sea-breeze location, make this one of Puerto Rico’s best!
The Venetian-style Music Room is home to regularly scheduled world-class Chamber Music Concerts. The lofty wine deck offers a breath-taking panorama; the highest views of Old San Juan. Alamanda Gardens with its many fruit trees and night-blooming fragrant flowers, offers the perfect place for quiet reflection and relaxation.
krgolddust3 Guest Review
“We walked around and explored the Inn and made it up to the top of the building that overlooked the city and the ocean view was breathtaking. Every time I thought I had found the perfect place to sit and relax I saw something else I wanted to explore.”
World-Class Pianist at the Cannon Club
This Thanksgiving holiday, starting Wednesday, November 27, until Sunday, December 1, we are honored to be hosting two of the premier young talents on the piano Ziang Xu and Muen Vanessa Wei.
Ziang Xu has distinguished himself in several international competitions including the Grand Prize of our own Steinway Society of Puerto Rico Competition. Xu most recently garnered the first prize at the 27th New Orleans International Piano Competition in 2018. His prizes and awards include first prizes in Rondo Young Artist Competition, The East Coast International Piano Competition, The Princeton Festival Piano Competition. He has also been awarded top prizes at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival the New England Conservatory Honors Competition, and the Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation. He has performed widely including at Carnegie (Weill) Hall, Ukrainian Institute, Hunter College in New York, and at New England Conservatory`s Jordan Hall. His performances of the complete Chopin Etudes, a feat for any pianist, were described as “extraordinary.”
Dr. Muen Vanessa Wei has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and jazz pianist. She has been applauded by critics for her “delicate playing” and “admirable virtuosic skills.”(The News-Gazette) She has been guest soloist under the baton of Ian Hobson, Donald Schleicher, and Xiaoying Zheng. As a chamber musician, Dr. Wei has collaborated with great musicians such as Lynn Harrell, Henry Gronnior, Peter Lloyd, Ko Iwasaki and Stan Sharp, among others. Dr. Wei also performed in many prestigious festivals such as the Gilmore Keyboard Festival and the Montecito International Music Festival. In July 2017, she was invited to give a solo recital at the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the US State Department.
Events in the Cannon Club are open to all the public.
As artist and creator of the Gallery Inn, I, Jan D’Esopo, welcome you, my valued guests to a different experience. We are a place of history, art, and music, not just a regular hotel. In fact, we have been designated a National Historic Landmark by the US Department of the Interior. The six 18th Century Villas that comprise the Gallery Inn, include the ancient living quarters of the artillery captain for El Morro Fortress. As such, there are no TVs in our rooms, instead many books and more than 150 original paintings grace our walls throughout the hotel. Many of these paintings are hung exactly where they were painted.
Our Inn is about the arts and especially music, supporting the many young musicians that come to both practice and perform on our six Steinway pianos. This hotel is also The Steinway Society of Puerto Rico. I am happy to share that your dollars are supporting this music organization. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) you may deduct your hotel fees of 14% from your personal income taxes, and we will give you supporting documents to do so.
I wish also that our guests know that we are considered one of the most truly authentic restorations in Old San Juan in keeping with true preservation of history in this 18th century architecture. We have sacrificed elevators, large closets, high ceilings and other usual luxuries as expected in modern hotels. In exchange, we offer many beautiful gardens, sitting rooms, the highest rooftop lookout deck overseeing the Atlantic Ocean, original sculptures and fountains all within our historic museum hotel, which I personally invite you to enjoy.