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.
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).
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.
Hidden at the end of a bumpy side road off Puerto Rico’s scenic Ruta Panorámica, the tin-roofed Hacienda Gripiñas, built in 1858 as the homestead of a wealthy plantation owner, still evokes that graceful way of life.
Set on a former coconut plantation just outside the 28,000-acre El Yunque National Forest, 30 minutes from Old San Juan, St. Regis Bahia Beach offers the perfect blend of resort escapism and cultural diversion. Guests can make use of the Robert Trent Jones Jr.
The quietly sophisticated, modern interiors in this tiny gem of a hotel (there are just 18 rooms and suites) are the work of famed native designer Nono Maldonado.