Puerto Rico with its tropical sunshine, miles of beaches, rainforests, specialty coffee and colorful colonial buildings attracts all types of travelers each year. The island has about 15,000 hotel rooms and 50% are located in San Juan.
Going to San Juan for the first time and don’t know where to stay? Where you stay is important when you are seeking a getaway location. There’s something special about waking up well rested in a hotel. It’s also important to stay at a place where all the attractions are easily accessible. The challenge is to find one.
Here are the 5 best hotels in San Juan Puerto Rico:
Hotel El Convento
Hotel El Convento is located in the center of Old San Juan, next to the Cathedral de San Juan Bautista and just a minute walk from La Puerta de San Juan. Its central location allows you to walk to all the famous historic sites without the need of a vehicle. You can walk to Pablo Casals Museum, San Felipe del Morro Fortress and San Cristobal Fortress.
It’s only nine miles, around a 15-minute drive, from the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.
Hotel El Convento is a historic landmark of Puerto Rico with over 350 years of history. It was constructed as a convent in the mid-1600s and was closed in December 1903. And was converted into a hotel in 1959 by the Woolworth family.
There are 58 rooms in this completely restored historic hotel. Each has its own characteristics but all feature handcrafted furniture, marble bathrooms, and Andalusian tile floors. The hotel has a plunge pool with views of San Juan Bay on the top floor. Every evening, complimentary cheese, fruits and wine are served to all hotel guests. The hotel features three restaurants, a 24-hour fitness center, and a library.
We recommend Hotel El Convento if you are looking for a luxurious hotel in Old San Juan with a great location, top-notch service and the superior characteristics of a small luxury hotel.
Information: Hotel El Convento
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel was built in 1919 by Frederick William Vanderbilt, one of the richest men in America in the early 1900s. The architectural firm who designed this Spanish Revival-style hotel was also responsible in designing New York City’s Grand Central Station and Biltmore Estate in Asheville.
This restored oceanfront hotel is located at the Condado Beach, one of the top beaches in San Juan, about 3 miles from Old San Juan. Guests have the options of staying in the refurbished rooms in Spanish Revival Building or at one of the two adjoining new towers. There are 319 rooms and 107 suites to choose from. The hotel features seven restaurants, lounges and bars, a handicap-accessible infinity pool, and a full-service spa with 10 treatment rooms including a Hammam Ritual room.
We recommend Condado Vanderbilt Hotel if you are looking for a luxurious hotel by the ocean with top-class spa facilities, amazing food, and beautiful quiet ocean views.
Information: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Sheraton Old San Juan
The Sheraton Old San Juan is located close to the cruise port in Old San Juan. It is ideal for anyone going or returning from a cruise. The hotel is surrounded by restaurants, cafes, shops, and bars. It is also the least expensive hotel among the five hotels listed here.
Sheraton Old San Juan has 240 rooms and suites, some with views of the San Juan Bay or the old city. The hotel features rooftop pool, fitness center, and a Puerto Rican fusion restaurant.
We recommend Sheraton Old San Juan if you are a member of the SPG Reward program and if you want to be close to the cruise port.
Information: Sheraton Old San Juan
La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
La Concha Resort is located next to Condado Vanderbilt Hotel. In fact, Condado Vanderbilt Hotel guests can use the beach in front of La Concha Resort. The beach, casino, bar, and lounges are some of the top attractions of this resort.
Besides the casino, bar and lounges, the hotel features six on-site restaurants, several meeting venues, an infinity pool and a fitness center. La Concha Resort has 483 rooms and suites and Marriott Reward members will get points for their stay at the resort.
We recommend La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort if you want to stay at an affordable and beautiful resort at the Condado beach area.
Information: La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
CasaBlanca Hotel is a 32-room hotel located in an old residential apartment building on the popular Fortaleza St in Old San Juan. There are no elevators in the building and all rooms are located on the second floor and above.
CasaBlanca Hotel is for those who like to mingle with the locals and the friendly staff and want to stay walking distance from the cruise port. Step outside the hotel and you’ll have an array of restaurants, bars, shops and top attractions in Old San Juan to walk to.
We recommend CasaBlanca Hotel if you like small and friendly hotels that are close to great shopping, restaurants and places of interest in Old San Juan.
Note: CasaBlanca Hotel is in the process of building an elevator. Visit their website or contact them for more information.