Thanks to the like of Trip Advisor, US News and World Report, Trip Savvy, 10 Best and a 101 other peer-to-peer sites, there’s no shortage of opportunities to find out more about a hotel before finalizing your booking. That said, trawling through the comments and trying to find a balanced perspective can be a mind-boggling affair. If you’re heading to San Juan in Puerto Rico and want to be assured of a clean, comfortable hotel with a great range of amenities and a stellar location, but don’t want to spend any more time researching than’s strictly necessary, you’re in luck. Ever willing to lend a helping hand, we’ve combed through the comments, read the research, and ranked the awards to find the very best hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for 2020. Here, with no further ado, they are.
20. At Wind Chimes Boutique Hotel
Where: 1750 McLeary Ave Condado, San Juan 00911
Chic, intimate, and located just a short block from the beach, At Wind Chimes Boutique Hotel offers comfortable accommodations at a very reasonable price. Rooms are air-conditioned, stylishly decorated and come with complimentary toiletries and blackout curtains, while the cute tiki bar is the ideal place to grab a cold one.
19. Acacia Boutique Hotel
Where: 8 Calle Taft Condado, San Juan 00911-1210
Set in a restored villa just seconds away from the beach, Acacia Boutique Hotel is a divinely comfortable little boutique with very affordable rates. Rooms are stylishly decorated with terracotta floors & private bathrooms, while the food being dished up at the onsite Niche Bistro is memorable, to say the least. Other nice little features include a solarium and one of the biggest hot tubs on the island.
18. El Canario by the Lagoon
Where: 4 Clemenceau Street Condado, San Juan 00907
With an enviable location overlooking the Condado Lagoon, El Canario by the Lagoon makes an excellent choice for travelers on a shoestring. While you can forget about any infinity swimming pools, full-service spas, or goose down bed linens, what you can expect instead is just as good: incredible prices, clean rooms, superb service, and a faultless location.
17. Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel
Where: 100 Brumbaugh Street, San Juan 00901
For those looking to stay right in the heart of old San Juan, you’ll struggle to do better than the Sheraton. Located just steps away from the hundreds of shops, restaurants, cafes, sites, and museums of the old town, not to mention just a short hop, skip, and jump to the beach, it’s an ideal base for those looking to combine a city break with a beach retreat. Service, as you’d expect of a Sheraton, is exceptional, while the range of amenities (including a nightclub, fitness center, and pool) is unlikely to disappoint.
16. Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites
Where: 55 Ave Condado, San Juan 00907-1708
Great service needn’t cost the earth. At the Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites, you can expect excellent hospitality, a range of convenient services, a couple of truly outstanding eateries (check out Ropa Vieja for some flavor-packed local cuisine before heading to Nestle Toll House for some cookies and ice cream to round things off), and rooms that don’t miss a beat for the kind of prices guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
15. CasaBlanca Hotel
Where: 316 Fortaleza St. Old San Juan, San Juan 00901
With just 32 guest rooms, CasaBlanca Hotel is the perfect option for guests who prioritize a warm service, excellent hospitality, and a personal experience over the thrills and spills of big resorts. Rooms are characterful, spotlessly clean, and despite being a little on the small-sized, light enough not to feel pokey. Come evening, head to the sun deck for some truly memorable views of the sun setting over Old San Juan.
14. Casa Sol
Where: 316 Calle Del Sol Old San Juan, San Juan 00901
Set in an 18th-century colonial building with an internal courtyard, the Spanish styled Casa Sol has something magical about it. Asides from the exceptionally warm welcome you’ll receive from husband and wife owners, Eddie Ramírez and Margarita Pastor, there’s a lot to love, from the five exceptionally comfortable, sumptuously decorated guest rooms to the fabulous range of eco-friendly facilities and products.
13. La Terraza de San Juan
Where: 262 Calle del Sol, San Juan 00901
If you want something a little different to the norm, head to La Terraza de San Juan. Forget the bland, beige rooms you’ll find in a lot of modern hotels: each room here is treated to its own individual style, resulting in a gorgeously eclectic interior that reeks of charm. The homemade breakfasts, meanwhile, are to-die-for.
12. O: Live Boutique Hotel
Where: Aguadilla St. #55, Condado, San Juan
If you want cozy, if you want intimate, and if you want romantic, trust us when we say you want O: Live Boutique Hotel. With just 15 rooms to its name, this chic little boutique combines the kind of amenities you’d expect in a 5-star resort (including a full-service restaurant offering superb food with a Caribbean flavor, a rooftop lounge with a plunge pool, a regular schedule of entertainment, and spa room for treatments) with the kind of highly personal, attentive service you’d expect from a world-class boutique. The short 5-minute walk to Condado Beach is the cherry on the cake.
11. The Condado Plaza Hilton
Where: 999 Ashford Avenue, San Juan 00907
With a great range of restaurants, shops, and attractions on its doorstep, you’ll find it hard to fault The Condado Plaza Hilton’s excellent location. Neither will you find much to complain about in the spacious accommodations with their minifridges, private balconies, coffee makers, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi access; the varied amenities (including a fitness center and four onsite restaurants); nor the five-star service.
10. InterContinental San Juan
Where: 5961 Isla Verde Avenue, Carolina 00979-5720
If you like the beach, you’re going to love InterContinental San Juan. Stretched over 2 miles of gorgeous coastline, it offers guests the perfect opportunity to indulge in some water sports and beach lounging. The hotel itself is just as good as the location, with accommodations featuring free Wi-Fi access, a flat-screen TV, a minibar and a whirlpool tub, and, elsewhere, a full complement of amenities (including three very appealing on-site restaurants).
9. El San Juan Hotel
Where: 6063 Isla Verde Avenue, San Juan 00979-5706
With a youthful energy, eye-catching décor, enviable beach access, and luxe amenities, El San Juan Hotel has established itself as the playground for the San Juan hip crowd. Not that that should put you off. With a 2-mile-long beachfront, a fabulously relaxing spa, poolside cabanas, and the option to upgrade to a suite with everything from Steinway pianos to private whirlpools, this is the kind of place that has a little something for everyone.
8. Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino
Where: 200 Convention Boulevard, San Juan 00907-4905
If you don’t like to venture out of the hotel for your entertainment, Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino could be what you’ve been looking for. Along with a full-service spa, an infinity pool and some truly outstanding restaurants (don’t miss a Brazilian style steak at Texas de Brazil or some authentic local delicacies at Metropol Restaurant) there’s a first-rate casino to keep you happily entertained right into the wee hours. When you’re ready to retire to bed, you’ll find rooms comfortably, tastefully decorated, and well equipped with all the usual mod cons and comforts.
7. DoubleTree by Hilton San Juan
Where: 105 Ave De Diego Ocean Park Beach, San Juan 00911-3529
Regardless of whether you’re traveling on business or on pleasure, you’ll find DoubleTree by Hilton San Juan’s Condado neighborhood setting just the ticket. Other features besides the prime location worth a callout include the excellent range of amenities (we’re talking 24/7 fitness and business centers, a Jacuzzi, an outdoor pool, and two equally newsworthy restaurants) and the incredibly clean, spacious rooms.
6. Caribe Hilton
Where: 1 San Geronimo Street, San Juan 00901
After an extensive renovation, Caribe Hilton reopened last year to rave reviews. Thanks to its facelift, rooms are bang up to date and equipped with anything and everything you could expect from a Hilton. Amenities are plentiful, with enough eateries, sports courts and pools to keep the whole family happy. The real star of the show is the service, with past guests saying the hospitality helped turn an otherwise good stay into a truly exceptional one.
5. San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel
Where: 2 Tartak St, Carolina 00979
If either you or one of your traveling buddies likes their food, San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel could be your ideal base. The two on-site restaurants, MIST ROOFTOP Bar+Kitchen and ZEST PUERTO RICAN GRILL ROOM, are a foodie’s dream, serving up fresh, local ingredients in a creative, delicious way. The amenities elsewhere aren’t exactly shoddy either, with large, spacious rooms kitted out with coffee makers, complimentary Puerto Rican Yaucono coffee, free Wi-Fi access, and flat-screen TVs.
4. The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan
Where: 6961 Ave Gobernadores, Carolina 00979-7000
What could be better than a stay at the Ritz? Not much, especially if that Ritz happens to be in San Juan. Covering 8 acres of beachfront, the hotel’s accommodations boast every comfort and luxury you could dream of, from 400-thread-count Frette linens to goose-down bedding and deep-soak marble baths. The amenities are just as good as the rooms, with an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, several sports courts, a full-service spa, and an on-site casino for all your gaming needs. And that’s not even to mention the five fabulous dining options….
3. The Dreamcatcher
Where: 2009 Calle Espana, Ocean Park, 00911 San Juan
If you want boutique on a budget, The DreamCatcher could be exactly what you’re looking for. Proud owner of a slew of awards, this friendly B&B offers guests a relaxing, comfortable stay in an ideal setting just yards from the beach. Those looking for more action will find the vibrant Condado and the Old City just a short ten-minute walk away. The décor is an appealing mix of the homespun and the luxury, while the attentive but never intrusive service is perfectly pitched. Onsite yoga and a fabulous vegetarian brunch round off the attractive picture.
2. San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris
Where: 1309 Ashford Avenue, San Juan 00907-1324
With a fantastic location next to the sugar-white sands of Condado Beach, San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris is primely situated to help you get every last ounce of fun from your vacation. Amenities are as plentiful as you’d expect of a Marriot, but the real attraction is the outstanding food being served at the three on-site eateries: although menu prices are on the high side, the quality more than justifies the expense. Service, meanwhile, is professional, courteous, and friendly to a fault.
1. La Concha Renaissance San Juan
Where: 1077 Ashford Avenue, San Juan 00907-1128
To experience the very best San Juan has to offer, there’s only one place for it- the dazzlingly gorgeous La Concha Renaissance San Juan. Sleek, stylish, and ultra-contemporary, it’s got everything you need for a first-class stay: spacious, beautifully decorated rooms with all the mod cons and comforts you could dream off, excellent service, an outstanding range of dining options (6 in total, including one of the most popular tapas hotspots around) amenities to spare (including a divinely serene, adults-only infinity pool that you’d happily never leave), and a stellar location in the hip Condado district. It may not be the cheapest option around, but judging from the growing legions of loyal customers, it's worth every last dollar.
Written by Liz Flynn
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