“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.
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.