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).
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.
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).
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.
The most mega of Puerto Rico's mega-resorts, El Conquistador's compound of low-slung, Mediterranean-style buildings is spread across 500 acres on a cliff 300 feet above the ocean.
Along a winding street on Old San Juan’s cobblestoned lanes, you’ll find local artist Jan D’Esopo’s hotel, a lush retreat within six connected historic town houses.
The Atlantic in front; El Yunque rain forest out back; and three pools, two golf courses, and 13 tennis courts in between.
The light-infused seaside villa, set on the region’s best snorkeling beach and centered around a tiled courtyard pool, contains four breezy, terrazzo-floored rooms decorated with dark woods, rattan furniture, and white gauzy fabrics.
The Dacha, meaning country house in Russian, is an exclusive, five bedroom, four-and-a-half bath rental home perched on a cliff in Vieques.
The W’s first Caribbean foray elevated the area’s design factor, thanks to the whimsical Technicolor space created by Spanish superstar Patricia Urquiola.
Cloaked in marble, crystal, dark woods, brocade fabrics, and gilded moldings, the 416-room Ritz is easily San Juan's most opulent resort.
Formerly Wyndham Martineau Bay
Retreat with a country-club atmosphere on the southern coast.
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).