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   The Gallery Inn at Galeria San Juan   

The Gallery Inn at Galeria San Juan

204 Norzagaray
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
USA  00901-1122
Architectural Type: Spanish Colonial
Established In:  1983
Renovated In:  1961
Phone: 787-722-1808
Fax:  787-977-3929
Contact: Manuco GANDIA
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Single Occupant Rate Is: $145 - $350
Double Occupant Rate Is: $145 - $350
Additional Occupant Rate Is: $15
Accepted Payments: Cash, AMEX, Personal Checks, MasterCard, Money Orders, Visa, Travelers Checks
Deposit Amount Requested: Full Stay
Minimum Stay Is: 2 nights in season
Check In Time Is: 3 PM
Check Out Time Is: 12 Noon
Cancellation Policy: 30 days in season (December 15 - April 30) Full Stay. 14 days off season (May 1 - December 14) Full Stay

"Welcome to the Gallery Inn. You have entered history!"

...a warm greeting extended by the Gandias, owners and hosts of this unique place. Restored in 196l by renown painter/sculptor, Jan D'Esopo and horseman, Manuco Gandia, The Gallery Inn boasts seven working art studios: painting, silk screening, framing, sculpture, mold making, cold casting and a mictro foundry for bronze casting.

Located atop the north wall of 500 year Old San Juan, guests are but a short walk to museums, galleries and a fine selection of restaurants.

Trompe l'Oiel walls adorn the many rooms our guests may enjoy... sip a cool refreshment atop the wine deck, explore the old Cistern, watch art created in our studios, listen to the magnificent Steinway, play with our birds or just sit in one of lush patio gardens by a trickling fountain and read a book!


The Galería San Juan, referred to in olden times as "La Cueva del Indio", has become renowned as a unique and exclusive setting for private dining and cocktail parties. Our dining rooms and cocktail facilities can accommodate between 14 and 250 guests, who are welcome to stroll through our courtyards, patios, galleries and exhibition rooms.

Your evening will begin with cocktails and a personal tour through our three hundred year old home, where guests will explore rooms filled with original paintings, silkscreens, terracotta reliefs and bronzes of all sizes. The tour continues through the living quarters of your host, Jan and Manuco, with its authentic ausubo floors, rooftop studio and gardens, and culminates at the top of the gallery complex from which they will experience a spectacular view of all San Juan, the surrounding Atlantic Ocean and San Juan Bay.

Following the tour and an hour of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres hosted by Jan and Manuco, your guests will be invited to stroll through the Main Gallery and into the San Sebastian Gallery Dining Room. Each table is adorned with silk, brocade and velvet, massive bronze candlesticks, and an original piece of sculpture complements the flowers and fresh greenery in the center of every table. Our one-of-a-kind plates and bowls were created in our own ceramic studio from terra-cotta bisque or red potting clay.

All of our food is homemade and the anthuriums, herbs and array of baby vegetables are harvested and delivered daily from the mountain farms of Barranquitas. Choose from a large and varied menu filled with chilled or hot soups, delicious and beautifully presented main and second courses, fresh salads and lovely desserts. We complete our dinners with freshly brewed Puerto Rican coffee. If You wish to include music, we offer alternatives, ranging from a classical guitarist to five men dressed in Medieval costumes singing traditional Spanish songs.

Please join us for a very special evening.

About Jan D'Esopo:

Jan D'Esopo was born in New York and raised in Connecticut. Her first awards in painting were won during exhibitions in the prestigious Wadsworth Athenaeum at the age of nine. In 1956, she graduated from Bennington College with majors in painting and sculpture. Further studies at Yale School of Art and Architecture advanced her keenness in portraiture, perspective and anatomy.

Lured by Caribbean brilliant color, exquisite light and D'Esopo family ties to the island. she moved to Puerto Rico in 1961. This was an adventurous encounter with a new culture, a warm people and an overwhelming richness of subject matter. Soon her unique watercolor style became well known throughout the Caribbean and the US as she became popular with collectors. By 1985 she was honored with a major retrospective at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. More than 90 paintings were gathered from prestigious collections around the world to mount the first traditional style watercolor painting show depicting Puerto Rico.

D'Esopo has founded two galleries in San Juan, one primarily to promote young artists. She taught watercolor for eight years at the Art Students League in San Juan. With her sister Teresa D'Esopo Spinner, well known portrait painter, she has organized a multitude of workshops with leading international artists at her San Juan Gallery. Numerous articles have been written about Jan, her Gallery/Inn and her works including magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Chicago Daily, and many more. This artist has also been the subject of feature articles in Colonial Homes, Country Inns, Travel & Leisure and The American Way Magazine, to mention only the most recent.

With her husband Manuco, she has mounted the only bronze foundry dedicated to figurative work in Puerto Rico. Her portrait and monumental bronzes may be viewed at the Puerto Rico Capital building. and Plaza San Justo in Old San Juan and in public areas at schools, hospitals and corporations both here and in the US. (Further information upon request.)

Guest Comments:

"We spent 2 wonderful days in Felipe - The king of rooms. I fear that future vacation spots are going to have trouble keeping up - the sunset on El Morro from the hot tub - it's just too much!"

  • Kathy Berry, Chicago, IL

"Your beautiful home is quite an inspiring place to visit. I couldn't have dreamt of a better way to end a wondrous trip to Puerto Rico. I'll always remember the soothing sounds of your fountains and tranquil patio gardens. You are an amazing artist and it's great that you share your vision and masterpieces with travelers. Muchas gracias por su hospitalidad."

  • Stephanie Wilde, Manhattan Beach, CA

"Thank you for the wonderful experience of our stay here at La Galleria. Jan's unhurried generosity and friendliness permeate the whole environment and has spread to the professional staff. I've never experienced such timeless beauty and profusion of great art."

  • Rich Ward + Katrina Dyson, San Luis Obispo, California.

"Mere words cannot describe the charm of the Gallery Inn. We stayed one before our cruise and one night after + coming back was like coming home. It has been a most enjoyable experience. Thank you so much"

  • Mary Ann + Dick Masek, Columbia, South Carolina

The Details

The Gallery Inn at Galeria San Juan

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Web Page:  Yes


Languages Spoken:  English, Spanish, Italian


Types of Breakfasts:  Continental

Special Meals Available:  No


Room Types:  Rooms, Suites/Rooms, Suites, Luxury Rooms, Penthouse


Private Bathrooms:  Yes

Handicap Accessible:  No

Smoking:  Yes - in designated areas

Consumption of Alcohol:  Yes

Children:  Yes

Pets:  Yes


Amenities/Features:  Phone, Sundeck, Garden


Nearby Activities:  Golfing, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Surfing, Sea Kayaking, Water Skiing, Sailing, Windsurfing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Shopping, Sight Seeing, Historical Places


Suitable For:  Pleasure, Relaxation, Business, Family, Anniversaries, Honeymoons, Romance, Cultural Experience


Near To:  Beach, Ocean, Caves, Forests


Sunrises:  Yes
Sunrises:  Yes
Open:  All Year


Additional Comments:  Also available to our Guests is a Conference Room, Banquet Room and a Music Room with a nine foot Grand Concert Steinway Piano. You are invited to watch while we create art in seven studios: painting, sculpture, moldmaking, cold casting, silkscreen and even a micro foundry for bronze sculpture casting.

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