Norzagaray 204, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
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Gallery InnOld San Juan is known for its atmospheric and historic hotels, but none quite match the Gallery Inn for personality and creativity. Composed of six intertwined town houses, this endlessly fascinating hotel beckons guests to wander through its nine interior gardens and patios, and seven parlors and porticos. The owner, Jan D'Esopo, is a well-known sculptor whose works dot the meandering interior, which has enough comforts and homey character to avoid feeling like a museum. The oldest building, La Cueva Del Indio, dates to the mid-1700s, and its location above Old San Juan's north walls means the views out to sea are the same ones that captivated the conquistadors. Each of the 25 rooms is as unique as D'Esopo's artworks. Don't even think about watching TV: one, there are no TVs, and two, the views out over the old fortress walls to the ocean are better than anything on a screen.