$89 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Mar 9, 2015 Check-out: Mar 12, 2015

Oceana Hostal Playero

2 stars
View map of 1853 McLeary Ave., Ocean Park, San Juan, 00911

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
2.5
out of 5
113 reviews
Great

the hotel meet our expectations, it was confortable, clean, close to the beach. See full review

  • Yesenia C.
  • Jan 14, 2015
Exelent trip

IT was exelent ,I had a great time friendly staff and very informative. Deffinetly would stay there... See full review

  • Geronimo II
  • Jan 7, 2015
Old San Juan boutique hostel offers simplicity near Condado Beach
The simple and unassuming Oceana Hostal Playero has hidden charm. Leather couches and Van Gogh-like swirls decorate the ceiling of the boutique hostel's artsy lounge. A shady stone patio with hanging vines overlooks the pool and waterfall, the perfect spot for enjoying the complimentary continental breakfast. The ocean can be glimpsed from the rooftop deck, as can stunning Condado Beach, just two blocks away. Oceana is the also the only smoke-free, vegetarian-oriented hostel in San Juan. All rooms have private baths and air conditioning.

 

Highlights
  • Condado Beach just footsteps away
  • Complimentary continental breakfast
  • Rooftop sun deck
  • Complimentary beach chairs and towels
  • Vegetarian-themed restaurant on-site

 

Rooms

The 17 simple, cozy rooms at Oceana Hostal Playero have tropical touches such as palm-covered bedspreads, ceiling fans, wood blinds and rattan furniture. Modern tile work with wood accents and a basket of toiletries greet guests in the bathroom. Guest rooms and suites have windows overlooking the courtyard or Fortaleza Street. Some have private terraces. All have private baths and air conditioning.

Features

There is free on-site parking. Guests can relax at the pool with waterfall and rooftop sun deck.

Dining

The rustic red walls and warm pendant lights of the PuraVida Vegetarian Restaurant give the restaurant at Oceana Hostal Playero a warm, casual feel. Expect tapas such as portobello kebobs on grilled polenta and pan-seared tofu in a ginger and coconut sauce. Main dishes include veggie paella and veggie "lamb" in a mint and ginger curry. There are also some fish dishes on the menu. Dessert choices include ChoKahlúa, chocolate cake topped with almonds and strawberries and soaked in Kahlúa and coffee cream.

Transportation
  • Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (3.7 mi/5.9 km)
Attractions
  • Condado shopping district (1 mi/ 1.6 km)
  • Puerto Rico Convention Center (1.8 mi/2.9 km)
  • Old San Juan Historical District (4 mi/6.4 km)
  • El Morro Fortress (4.4 mi/7.1 km)
  • La Fortaleza (4.5 mi/7.2 km)
Business
  • High-speed Internet zone downstairs

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Oceana Hostal Playero Rooms

Standard Queen
This Guest Room has a queen size bed, bath with shower or tub, air conditioning, quality linen, contemporary decor, refrigerator, cable TV. Complimentary Supreme Continental Breakfast.
Fully Equipped Suite
Spacious Suite with either a king or queen bed, plus two double futons, bath with shower, air conditioning, quality linen, contemporary decor, cable TV, and a full size equipped kitchen. Complimentary Supreme Continental Breakfast.
Standard Two Double
This Guest Room has two double beds, bath with shower or tub, air conditioning, quality linen, contemporary decor, refrigerator, cable TV. Complimentary Supreme Continental Breakfast.
Run of House - Non Refundable
** Hotel's bedding choice / guest room is subject to availability, NOTE THAT THIS IS A NON REFUNDABLE ROOM TYPE. The Run of House may have a queen bed or two twin beds, and will be assigned at the hotel's choice at time of check in. Guest must accept the room assigned. All rooms feature private bath, air conditioning, cable tv, and compact refrigerator. Complimentary Supreme Continental Breakfast.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Activities
Outdoor pool
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Nearby points of interest

  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico: 0.5 mi
  • Ocean Park: 0.6 mi
  • Bellas Artes: 0.8 mi
  • Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico: 1.1 mi
  • San Juan Gate: 1.3 mi
  • Fine Arts Cinema: 1.7 mi
  • Puerto Rico Convention Center: 2.3 mi
  • Port of San Juan: 3.5 mi
  • Jardin Botanico: 3.5 mi
  • Castillo de San Cristobal: 3.6 mi
  • Castillo San Felipe del Morro: 3.6 mi
  • Fortaleza Street: 3.9 mi
  • Plaza de Armas: 4 mi
  • Parque de las Palomas: 4 mi
  • Calle del Cristo: 4.1 mi
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico: 0.5 mi
  • Ocean Park: 0.6 mi
  • Bellas Artes: 0.8 mi
  • Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico: 1.1 mi
  • San Juan Gate: 1.3 mi
  • Fine Arts Cinema: 1.7 mi
  • Puerto Rico Convention Center: 2.3 mi
  • Port of San Juan: 3.5 mi
  • Jardin Botanico: 3.5 mi
  • Castillo de San Cristobal: 3.6 mi
  • Castillo San Felipe del Morro: 3.6 mi
  • Fortaleza Street: 3.9 mi
  • Plaza de Armas: 4 mi
  • Parque de las Palomas: 4 mi
  • Calle del Cristo: 4.1 mi
  • Paseo de la Princesa: 4.1 mi
  • Museo del Nino: 4.1 mi
  • Bacardi Rum Factory: 4.1 mi
  • La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina: 4.1 mi
  • El Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan): 4.1 mi
  • San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan): 4.9 mi
  • Museo de Las Americas: 5.4 mi
  • Arecibo Observatory: 46.2 mi

Dining

Nearby Restaurants
Multiple restaurant options within walking and driving distance.
Puravida's Flavors
Puravida, Oceana's own on-site restaurant serves a blend of International, Puerto Rican and Vegetarian cuisine to delight your palate in a very casual, cozy and intimate atmosphere.
Lounge
Puravida's comfortable lounge is a place to relax or have a good chat, enjoying a cup of freshly brewed espresso, made with Puerto Rican grown coffee beans. or a glass of wine or... what about a 'mojito', Hemingway's favorite pain killer.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
3:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (113)

Ratings and reviews for Oceana Hostal Playero

Overall score

2.5 / 5
5.01.0
113 out of 113
Amenities:
2.3
Cleanliness:
2.5
Hotel staff:
3.5
Comfort:
2.7
Location:
3.5
Value:
2.8

48% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Superwife!
Business
New York City
May 17, 2010

THE WORST EVER!!!!!!

Online this hotel looks decent..THIS IS HORRIBLE FOR A WEEKEND STAY, BUT OK FOR AN OVERNIGHT! We checked in at 12 midnight, checked out at 8am and went to the Sheraton.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
1
Location:
1
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

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4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Spartanburg, SC
Apr 4, 2010

quite a surprise

we were there a few nights. small rooms, nothing fancy but for the money it was a really good value. nice place to eat, sleep and enjoy the area. get the pitcher of sangria...awesome!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Juanita Cortando
Business
Virginia
Apr 2, 2010

Oceana "Pura Vida"

Very friendly and helpful, bilingual staff. Hotel one block from the ocean (clean, wide beach). Courtyard contains small but delightful pool. Very quiet--even at night. Continental breakfast adequate. Good family hotel, or for quiet couples. Restaurant is vegetarian with vegan selections, and you can eat by the pool. Public bus is also one block away (next to large drug store). Rooms are a little run down, but I only slept there, so that was OK. Small drawback--not very well known by taxi drivers, so carry their business card with you. I'll be back.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Short walk to beach, bus, cafecito. Short drive (taxi) to airport, Old San Jan, Cordero.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Newyawker Rican Sun Worshipper
Business
New York City
Mar 18, 2010

Well ... it's cheap anyway!

Although they highly praised their vegan food, it was terrible. But that was okay, for I'm not a vegetarian and there are plenty of restaurants around. Also, there was always a strange smell coming from the bar area; they never had the ceiling fans on in the main dining area, which would have been nice; and you had to dodge the big lamps hanging down over the tables in the back dining area in order to have a conversation--and here the fans were on, but no one sat there--go figure!! The rooms were just okay. Not very pleasant to be in (and it turned out we had more rainy days than sunny ones to deal with this trip), and it is amazing what just a little attention to them would have changed, like: repaint with a pleasant color other than drab gray and add a little art to the walls; have at least a soap dish in the shower, instead of having to use the floor or window seal; put the bathroom shelf on the wall next to the sink, rather than on the floor much lower than the sink, so there is some place other than the toilet top to place your toiletry bag, etc.; and make sure the floors are swept of the sand before new guests (us!) arrive. The pool garden area was never attended to during our stay of 1 week. It was always in need of a sweeping and the plants could have used some attention too. Water pressure was irregular too, as one friend was totally soaped up in the shower when the water stopped again and he had to wait awhile to rinse off. In general, this place has more the feeling of a student hostel rather than a real hotel. The sad thing is that it could be very, very nice, if there were just a little more attention to detail. But happily, it was cheap and 1 block from the beach, and fulfilled our budget needs

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Some excellent inexpensive restaurants a block away on Loisa: 1 Greek; Yiyo (Puerto Rican--excellent!!); Bebo's (Puerto Rican--very good). And more places still in walking distance. Also, a couple very good but more expensive restaurants in local inns on the beach.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
BOWIE, MD
Mar 15, 2010

Not bad for the price

Hotel reception clerk was very friendly and attempted to meet every need. Not a bad deal for those that are going to be out during the day..... Close to local shopping and dining and two blocks from the beach. Easy access to all popular sites and tours.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Short walk to local dining and beach. TAXICABS are readily available, and in-expensive.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Esapper1
Business
Baltimore,Md.
Feb 21, 2010

Mixed Bag

All in all this was a nice place for the money.This place is rustic and not for you ,if you are expecting a spacious and spotless room.It does have character and is a nice example of a traditional Spanish-esque villa.The wait staff are great(especially Alberto).The desk folks,eh, so-so.The beach is nice ,if you want to lay in the sun,not so much if you want to play in the water (strong rip/undertow).If you like to walk (5+ miles each way)Then it is walking distance to Old SJ. Taxis are $15 each way to both the Airport and OSJ.It is about a 15 min walk to Conado area where there are plenty of restaurants and activities to be had.I would suggest renting a car at the airport ,spending a bit planning your route and going for it.The hotel has adequate parking and in the end renting a car is cheaper to get around.I would caution that you need to like driving to do this.Traffic is heavy ,and the rules of the road are more like NYC than anywhere else.Don't expect the Ritz for the price.Happy travels!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
2
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Head right out of the hotel walk about 1\2 mile look to your left just past Fudrucker's and go to Mima's.Fantastic seafood menu.Dine inside or out and have fun people watching.Dining for two with drinks,expect about $100.The food is worth the price.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Doug Texter
Business
Minneapolis
Dec 30, 2009

Great place

I absolutely loved it here. It was quiet. The staff was very friendly, especially the guy who served me a great frappe and endless coffees. The food, vegetarian, was great, if a bit underheated. The rooms were clean. I've seen some complaints from other reviewers. Yes, the water pressure was low. But, we are talking about the tropics and an island. The price of the room was under 100 dollars. If you wanted to pay 300 a night, I'm sure that better water pressure was available at the Hilton, etc. But the charm of the place and the helpfulness of the staff make up for a just-ok shower. The fun art on the walls--like posters from Barcelona--was great. So were the Murphy's laws posters. They were funny. The place and the staff are delightfully quirky. Let's talk about location, too. You're a fifteen minute taxi ride from both the airport and old San Juan. And the beach: walk down the street, turn a right on King's Court, and you're there. It's very nice. Your room has a fridge, and there's a Mini Mart down the street if you want to put stuff in the room. All in all, a great little quirky place, with plenty of personality.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Chicago, il
Dec 26, 2009

WORST HOSTEL EVER!!!

We were there for two weeks and the experience was horrible! We would not recomend this hotel to our friends or nobody. The t.v. remote was not working, we kept asking everyday for them to fix it and we finally get a new one two days before our departure, the room was only partially clean and in our whole stay they never, ever change the bed sheets and one night we came to the room and it was as we left it in the morning, they did not even make the bed we have to do it. When we complained with the manager ([...]) who by the way is not very friendly the only thing she said was that she was going to see why they skip the cleaning in our room and would send us some clean towels (Oh thanks!!!!), we were on the first floor and is very noisy, also in the middle of the night front desk employees use the phone with the speakers on!!!! not to mention that in addition to all this we seen roaches runing around the room!!!NOT A PLACE TO STAY NO MATTER WHAT!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
pa
Dec 22, 2009

That place is dirty!!

the hotel itself is very pretty. it needs a major cleaning though. mold in the bathroom. broken sliding glass door. we slept with the lights on incase it had bugs. no water pressure to shower and sometimes the toilet wouldn't flush. the bedsheets had blood stains on them that looked like they were from the last person that stayed there. spend the money and sleep somewhere else!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
U.
Business
Mexico City
Nov 2, 2009

Convenient and clean hotel

Clean and very convenient location, nice neighborhod just one block from the beach and about 8 min walking to the place where you can find many restaurants and bars. The only thing was the low preasure on the shower.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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