Hotels in Puerto Rico
Given the mix of old-world city life and hotel-magnet beaches, you’ll find a nice range of hotels in Puerto Rico, from big, every-amenity resorts to historic boutique inns. To find lower rates and slightly fewer crowds, plan your trip for the shoulder seasons of spring and fall. Hotel El Convento is housed in a 17th century convent. The romantic Puerto Rico hotel has Andalusian tiles, mahogany beams and antiques-filled rooms, as well as a complimentary cocktail hour with nibbles in the garden. Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa is a large resort that sits right next to El Yunque, and offers good beach access we well as three pools and two golf courses.
For a high end experience, the Ritz-Carlton San Juan is one of the most opulent hotels in San Juan. It sits on an eight-acre stretch of beach and includes both a casino and a 12,000-square-foot spa. El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa is about 30 miles east of San Juan, this large, family-friendly Puerto Rico hotel has a renowned kids club and its own water park.
Occupying a preserved 17th-century convent, Old San Juan's most glamorous boutique hotel is filled with Andalusian tiles, mahogany beams, and lavish antiques (like four-poster beds in all 58 guest rooms).
Cloaked in marble, crystal, dark woods, brocade fabrics, and gilded moldings, the 416-room Ritz is easily San Juan's most opulent resort.
Ponce’s Hotel Meliá has been owned and operated by the Meliá family for more than a century. The neoclassical hotel was founded by Bartolo Meliá, a Spanish immigrant who opened a grocery store in Ponce, then a restaurant, and finally, the hotel.
Old San Juan’s burgeoning SoFo area—a once-neglected section of Calle Fortaleza—is the city’s go-to spot: centuries-old pastel-colored buildings have been converted into nuevo-tropical and international restaurants and moody lounges.
Formerly Wyndham Martineau Bay
This intimate, 33-suite resort, spread over seven beachfront acres on Puerto Rico's western coast, could just as easily exist on the southern coast of Spain.
Book an outdoor four-poster bed draped with gauzy netting at the Café La Plage at the Beach House Hotel, and order a lemony salpicon de mariscos (ceviche made with scallops, shrimp, lobster and mussels).
Retreat with a country-club atmosphere on the southern coast.
What’s It’s Like: A renovated 1940's beach retreat, this guesthouse presides over a wide stretch of sand between San Juan's resorts and casinos. The 14 rooms are decorated in light woods and muted colors. Room No.
This oceanfront hotel in San Juan’s upscale Ocean Park is a beach retreat within walking distance of Condado nightlife and only five miles from historic Old San Juan.
Built in 1939 by a native engineer enamored of a French cancan dancer he'd met on an ocean liner, the 173-room hotel’s retro Art Deco curves and Jazz Age detailing complement a 21st-century design (blond-wood bed frames, flat-panel TV's, ergonomic desk chairs).
Book this Modernist glass-walled villa that sleeps four and has L.A.-style touches—like a pool connected to a gym.
With its 13 highly stylized, all-concrete (yes, concrete) rooms that seem to have sprung from the surrounding woodland, this hotel is a world away from most other lodgings in Puerto Rico.
The Hyatt Hacienda del Mar sits on a private section of Dorado Beach, just 25 miles outside of San Juan.