The Gallery Inn of Old San Juan…

overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and old fortress walls

we spent the first six nights of our recent getaway at The Gallery Inn

we knew after looking at the website that it would be special…

we just had no idea how completely grand and full of art…

with many thanks to Mrs. Busy B Jessica for telling us about it…

we were immediately charmed

with photo opportunities at every turn…

our rooftop room had a large veranda with a hot tub…

which was perfect for relaxing after making the climb up Calle San Justo each day back to the inn…

we decided against renting a car and enjoyed strolling the cobblestone streets and taking the occasional free trolley ride…

the inn boasts a rooftop deck that is the highest point in Old San Juan offering fabulous 360 degree vistas…

we discovered pots of night blooming fragrant blossoms on our terrace that reminded us of the moon flower vine we had growing in Virginia one summer…

day or evening the inn and gardens are captivating and magical…

there are charming nooks and lush inviting areas everywhere you look…

and a lovely spot with the morning sun streaming in on our cafe con leche with fresh fruit and toast…

we were charmed by the face key “rings” for each room and bought one as a souvenir…

our traveling tea cup felt right at home…

there is so much to tell about this one of a kind boutique hotel and

its resident artist Jan D’esopo and her beloved Campeche

 the “social director” who really took to Mr Magpie…

everyone was so gracious and welcoming…

it was not easy to leave but El Convento was waiting for us…

I missed you all for tea the last couple of weeks and even though part of me is still in Old San Juan I look forward to visiting with you over at Kimmie’s Art in Red Wagons

42 responses to “The Gallery Inn of Old San Juan…

  1. What a fabulous trip you had, Patty! I have not been to Old San Juan since I was 13 and in so many ways it has not changed. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photos, I feel as though I was with you!
    Karen xo

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  2. That tea cup gets around! What charming and beautiful views you have captured through the lens of your camera. Perfect for Tea Tuesday and such a charming post. Everything looked so beautiful, from the books on the stairs to the frescoes on the inn outer wall. Such a magical place truly came alive under your camera’s spell.

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  3. huge sighs of visual pleasure! what priceless memories you’ve added to your “i’ll keep forever” place. my wanderlust spirit via your post has kidnapped my thoughts…

    such gorgeous details, colors, texture, ecletic, eccentric, etc. thruout these photos…a visual feast…such a treat for you to share it with us!

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  4. Oh wow, Patty, these pictures are absolutely incredible! Such beauty. I’m going to look at these a few times today, just to drink in the details! Love the picture of the birthday boy, Mr. Magpie! Say hello!

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  5. Thank you for sharing Patty. Your pictures bring back fond memories of Old San Juan for me. So happy you had such a wonderful trip! xoxo

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  6. Totally charming……look at those books stacked on the way up the stairs! Your keyring is so FUN….no wonder you bought one.
    Oh, Patty, the INN is just gorgeous with the colors and textures surrounding you…….a home away from home. Every turn of the corner offers more candy for the eye!!! And not renting a car is the BEST idea! You are then able to stroll and see the ‘real’ town. We hope to do the exact same thing when we go to Monterey this fall. No car…walk and explore. Have you been there?
    Thanks for the fun video of the bird dance! And SHE is beautiful with her orange and turquoise!!!
    I’m putting Old San Juan on the ‘bucket’ list for sure! It looks like our kid of place. Laid back and relaxing!

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  7. OMG, what a great trip, Patty! Wonderful pictures! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  8. Breathtaking photos Patty! And; I want to live in that Inn! I would walk around touching everything! What a delightful trip and thanks so much for sharing it with us! xxoo

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  9. Fabulous shots Patty….you make me want to go back to the islands:)…the tourist board probably wants to use your fotos……….gotta go …the islands await me……..

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  10. Puerto Rico looks beautiful…….what a very fun place you stayed in…..thanks for sharing your photos:)

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  11. Wow!! your photos are gorgeous and probably don’t even do justice to the actual place. I bet it was hard to pack up and leave. Home is always wonderful to get back to, but man, what a trip eh?
    Happy T on T~
    Dawn

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  12. what a beautiful place! and you’re right, your cup looked right at home!! that balcony view, omgoodness!! i think i need to go there…xo happy t day, dearest

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  13. Oh my…I want to move there. It looks so glorious!! Such gorgeous photos. I bet it was hard to narrow it down for today’s post. 🙂

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  14. That place is beyond beautiful Patty. You must’ve had a blissful time.

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  15. love your travel cup… and of course PR never looked lovlier… so pretty thru your eyes Patty, sounds like you and Mr had a great visit…xox

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  16. What a wonder-filled vacation spot and your pictures are magnifico! Each one is better than the one before. I’m enjoying visiting your blog each day, it’s like taking a day trip!

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  17. what an amazing place!!! I’m so glad you could have a getaway – and boy it really looks like you were able to Get Away!!! wow!

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  18. Patty, these photos are wonderful, seems to be a fantastic place. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. looks like you had a wonderful trip, awesome 🙂 and you even made a feathery friend, yay! (my great grandpa had a parrot, pretty smart little thing 🙂

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  20. Oh I so want to go there !! It looks absolutely amazing. Your little hotel looks so, so exotic and beautiful and truly ‘lived in’. Wonderful photos Patty, thank you so much for sharing. We are traveling this year in Sep. to Europe, if you know of any little hotels similar to this in Spain, France or Italy I would love to hear about them. Enjoy your tea today ( loved that your tea cup went with you on your holiday ) xx

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  21. oh wow Patty, what a beautiful place, definately somewhere id love to go too…..just magic 🙂

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  22. Magnifiques photos, très beau voyage. Merci pour le partage.
    MAPY

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  23. It is soooooooo beautiful. I think I may need to go there! Do you think they talked about the Americans that brought their own china? rofl

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  24. I have made myself a mental note…we must travel to San Juan in the near future. The gardens and foliage are perfect inspiration for any artist. Muchos Gracias . Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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  25. Hi sweetie,

    Wow what for wonderful photos from a lovely place.
    Thanks so much for sharing us. A little feeling.
    Have a lovely day my dear friend. xoxo

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  26. This placde looks fantastic as are your photos. Hope you had a great vacation

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  27. what a great pictures Patty, you must have had a great time overthere!!

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  28. OhMy… what a fabulous place to stay! Remind me of it, when I win the lottery… I want to head that way then! I even do my very best to pursuit my mr. to come (we’re both non-travelers you know…!)

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  29. Dear Patty,
    To say that your Inn was capitvating and magical seems like an understatement. How about gorgeous and heavenly and peaceful and glorious and out of this world amazing! Thanks so much for this wonderful tour with fabulous pictures to travel by. And thank goodness for your traveling tea cup! Your post just puts a huge smile on my face!!! xxoo

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  30. Oh my, Patty! I could live there. What a fantastic place. So much character. I think I would never want to leave, ever. Glad you had a great trip. Best wishes, Tammy

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  31. How incredibly beautiful!!! I oohed and aahhhed over every picture-now that’s my kind of place-and OMG that gorgeous cane seated chair!!! My hubby taught himself to recane chairs because he loves the antique/ old ones so…thanks for sharing your awesome trip!!

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  32. what a lovely place!!wish i could go one day.. theres one street you showed that quite similar to here.. i have taken carnival photos.. when dd has the chance i will show them to you..hugs P

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  33. Oh Patty how utterly scrumptious a place to visit! Such lush beauty I am afraid I will only enjoy through other’s photos and dreaming. Thanks so much for sharing your magical stay in such a magical spot.

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  34. Oh my gosh Patty… how FABULOUS… I LOVE it… so amazing with all those gorgeous pics… and overlooking the ocean… WOW… I so want to go there now too… thank you so much for sharing…

    Hugs
    Jenny x

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  35. Oh my goodness Patty….your photos are superb! What a terrific hotel you stayed in…perfect for you and Mr Magpie who are the kind of people who would fully appreciate its beauty 🙂
    I think you need to make a book of this holiday…..
    XX

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  36. these pictures are putting me one step away of re-mortgaging my house and flying myself to this spot! It is SO MEEEE!!!! I want to go! This place is perfection!!!!! xo

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  37. could it be more beautiful?? you captured wonderful photos and i really wish i could go there… thanks for sharing…

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  38. Wow, thanks for sharing xox

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  41. Wowee!!! I can’t figure out which part I love most! The broken brick wall over the empty swimming pool is so fascinating! I also love, love, love the photo of Mr. Magpie and the cockatoo! I’m sure the view from the rooftop was AMAZING! Missing PR for sure!

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