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Da House, San Juan Puerto Rico

Take me to the Moon

If we can put a man on the moon, why does booking a vacation feel so damn complicated? Relax sunshine, if you're going to San Juan, we've got you covered. The city is a hopping metropolis of cruisers getting on and off ships, making hotels expensive and scarce.

Da House, Old San JuanDa House, Old San JuanWe found the solution - Da House.

Located in the heart of Old San Juan, you're close to all the action. Restaurants (oh the food!), shopping and more night life than even your 20-year-old self could have handled.

What we love most about  Da House though is the price. For $100 USD a night (starting price), you get a Queen size bed, a couple windows overlooking rooftop gardens and a private bath with a shower. The rooms are clean, fresh and uncluttered.

Da House roomDa House roomThe building is hundreds of years old with beautiful marble floors, vaulted ceilings and winding corridors. White walls decorated with eclectic art breathe life into the old space, imbuing elegance and vibrancy into the space. Each room features dedicated artworks by one artist, much like the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

Da House - What you need to know to have fun

Taxi drivers know where Da House is on San Francisco Street, but the entrance is underwhelming and easy to miss. It's marked with a single blue shingle on an exterior wall. They'll buzz you in and the lobby is on the second floor. There are no elevators and the climb up is steep - so be prepared for a work out.

After checking in, it's time to let yourself loose in Old San Juan.

Edwardo, Da HouseEdwardo, Da HouseEdwardo pointed us to his favorite restaurants and sent us off with a flourish - Edwardo embodies the artistic flavor and vitality that is Da House. We started the evening off with Presidente beer and tapas at an outdoor Sicilian bar and moved onto Tantra for the main course.

Tantra dancerTantra dancerTantra touts itself as authentic Indian and considering it's the only Indian restaurant in San Juan, it lives up to its reputation. As soon as you walk through the open doorway, the spices and incense flood your senses. On weekends, a dancer entertains diners as she shakes her hips and waves scarves above their heads. Tasteful, fun and full of luscious flavor, add Tantra to your agenda if you love Indian fare.

Still have some life in you? Stop by the Nuyorican Cafe for some late night fun. It doesn't open until 11:30 and the party doesn't kick into high gear until well after midnight. But it's worth the wait. Puerto Rican women arrive with their heels and saran-wrap-style dresses - and their hips in full detonation mode. What takes place on the dance floor would rival any Vegas night club - with a steamy, salsa flair.

One last stop before bed - the Da House rooftop patio. It overlooks the city and if you concentrate, you can even see the cruise ships lining up in the distance. Let the night air cool your hot body and just relax as you soak in the last sensations of a beautiful day in San Juan.

Whether you stumble back to your room at dawn or tuck yourself in early after a great meal, Da House is the place to do it San Juan.

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