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"It’s got everything you’d need for an ideal stay in Puerto Rico, especially for those looking for a bit of a party-like scene."
Best Budget: The Dreamcatcher – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Perfect for those who are more interested in a local experience rather than a tourist one."
Best for Families: San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The pool complex is a huge draw—there are two pools, one of which has a waterslide and a swim-up bar."
Best Beachfront: El Caribe Hilton – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The hotel stands out for one major reason—it has a private beach, while others resorts are all set on public beaches."
Best for Nightlife: El San Juan – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The main draws are its dining and entertainment options, namely its five restaurants and seven bars, a nightclub, and four pools."
Best for Romance: O:Live Boutique Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"For the most romantic stay, ask for a suite touting a terrace, furnished with a daybed, a hot tub, or an outdoor wine fridge."
Best B&B: Casa Sol – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Casa Sol takes eco-friendly measures like using solar panels, rainwater catchments, and recycling to promote sustainable tourism."
Best Boutique: O:LV Fifty Five – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"O:LV Fifty Five brings some Art Deco flair to the island with swanky, modern decor."
Best for Luxury: Hotel El Convento – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Rooms are decorated with Spanish antiques, yet equipped with modern amenities like Bose sound systems and flat-screen TVs."
Best Overall: La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
Set in the ever-trendy Condado district, the La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort is widely regarded for its stellar location, its service, its 282 modern rooms, its dining scene, and its direct beach access. Essentially, it’s got everything you’d need for an ideal stay in Puerto Rico, especially for those looking for a bit of a party-like scene. The hip lobby bar is the first place both locals and guests congregate before moving on to one of six restaurants, including a tapas hotspot, a sushi bar, and a grill. There’s also the Casino de Mar, which draws in a late-night crowd.
But it’s not all about the party, here. The hotel has three pools, one of which is a serene adults-only infinity pool, and a fitness center with complimentary classes. When you’ve had enough of the amenities, you can retreat to the oasis-like guest rooms, which range in size from standard Queens to one-bedroom suites.
Best Budget: The Dreamcatcher
For a bohemian-chic stay on a budget, pick The Dreamcatcher, an affordable hotel in the residential neighborhood of Ocean Park. At just a two-minute walk from the beach, this spot features water activities like kite-surfing and swimming, and is only a 10-minute walk from the area’s restaurants and bars. It’s also perfect for those who are more interested in a local experience rather than a tourist one, though buzzy Condado is only a 20-minute walk away. The hotel is particularly popular among yoga enthusiasts and vegetarians—there are daily yoga and meditation classes (technically free, but a donation is suggested) and a famous three-course vegetarian or vegan breakfast that incorporates locally-sourced ingredients.
While all nine of the bright and airy rooms and three eco-chic suites have A/C, some do have shared bathrooms, and there’s also a shared kitchen space that you're welcome to use. But don’t worry—the property is immaculately maintained.
Best for Families: San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino
Set directly on Condado Beach, the San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino is a massive property with 525 rooms and a heaping of activities for adults and kids. While the accommodations feature standard decor, there are numerous adjoining rooms that connect Kings to two Doubles, ideal for a traveling family.
But you’re likely going to be spending the majority of your time elsewhere on the property. The pool complex is a huge draw—there are two pools, one of which has a waterslide and a swim-up bar. For kids, there’s an arcade-style game room to keep them occupied, while adults can visit the fitness center, the spa, or the casino for some alone time.
Dining is another main feature of the hotel—there are five restaurants and bars, some of which have live entertainment at night, plus, a gelateria that appeals to guests of all generations. While breakfast isn’t included, it’s not outrageously priced, and the fee changes whether you’re choosing a full buffet or a continental spread.
Best Beachfront: El Caribe Hilton
Though there are dozens of beachfront hotels in San Juan, the El Caribe Hilton stands out for one major reason—it has a private beach, while the others are all set on public beaches. That said, the resort is a 17-acre behemoth, split between rooms, suites, and villas, so there’s certainly a need for a private stretch of sand. The legendary property opened in 1949 as the first Hilton to be built outside of the continental United States, and it’s famous for reportedly being the birthplace of the piña colada.
In 2019, it debuted with a $100 million renovation sporting refreshed rooms with soothing beachy decor, the introduction of a new culinary program across the hotel’s nine restaurants and bars, an updated 8,500-square-foot-spa, and new meeting and event facilities.
The hotel also has a full range of amenities across its resort, including four pools (one with a swim-up bar), a fitness center, tennis courts, a tropical garden and bird sanctuary, and robust programming for kids, from a playground to a game room. It's ideally located between Old San Juan and Condado.
Best for Nightlife: El San Juan
In the years since it opened in 1958, the glamorous El San Juan hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Liza Minelli for performances at the property, cementing its place in the San Juan history books. The 388-room resort underwent a $60 million renovation in 2016, revitalizing its quintessential mid-century decor and updating it for contemporary taste. You’ll feel the grandeur as soon as you walk through the mahogany-paneled lobby with red Carerra marble floors, though the grandiose atmosphere is transformed into something a little more leisurely and comfortable in the guest rooms.
While the hotel does sit on Isla Verde Beach right near the airport, its main draws are its dining and entertainment options: five restaurants, seven bars, a nightclub, four pools (including three that comprise the San Juan Beach Club, a spot with weekend parties), a three-story gym, and a spa.
Best for Romance: O:Live Boutique Hotel
With just 15 rooms, the O:Live Boutique Hotel in Condado is intimate in both scale and atmosphere, which blends a laid-back Caribbean style with luxurious Mediterranean elements—think weathered woods meets Spanish and French antiques meets wrought-iron details. For the most romantic stay, ask for a suite touting a terrace, furnished with a daybed, a hot tub, or an outdoor wine fridge.
Though a petite property, O:Live has a full-service restaurant called Stage Steak Loft serving prime cuts with Caribbean ingredients like papaya, guava, and mango, as well as a rooftop lounge with a plunge pool where you might find entertainment from DJs to live bands. There’s also a small room for spa treatments on the rooftop.
The hotel isn’t directly on the sand, but it’s just a five-minute walk from Condado Beach and a 10-minute walk from the quieter Playita del Condado, which has better water for swimming.
Best B&B: Casa Sol
Husband-wife owners Eddie Ramírez and Margarita Pastor run this exquisitely designed (by Pastor herself) bed and breakfast in Old San Juan. The five Spanish-style rooms are housed in an 18th-century colonial building set around a courtyard, but they feature plenty of modern conveniences like USB ports for charging, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. The B&B also has Green Key certification, meaning the property takes eco-friendly measures like using solar panels, rainwater catchments, and recycling to promote sustainable tourism.
Start your day with a free daily hot breakfast created with ingredients sourced from local farmers. Afterward, they can tap into Ramírez and Pastor’s extensive knowledge of San Juan to plan an adventurous day, whether that’s wandering through the cobblestoned streets of the neighborhood in search of the best coffee, heading to the beach, or even taking salsa classes. The best part of Casa Sol? There’s a resident terrier named Oreo.
Best Boutique: O:LV Fifty Five
Opened in 2018, O:LV Fifty Five is the sister property to romantic San Juan boutique O:Live. While both properties are located in Condado, this one takes a decidedly more posh stance in terms of atmosphere. Whereas many hotels in San Juan encompass either a beachy vibe or a traditional Caribbean-style aesthetic, O:LV Fifty Five brings some Art Deco-flair to the island with swanky, modern decor à la velvet furnishings in rich jewel tones with gold accents and black-and-white marble floors. The adults-only hotel has 26 guest rooms: the best have large balconies overlooking Condado Lagoon or the skyline of the neighborhood.
In terms of amenities, there’s a two-floor rooftop space with an infinity pool, a solarium with a hot tub, and a lounge with a DJ booth crafted from a vintage Rolls-Royce. Plus, there's the Caribbean-Asian fusion restaurant Raya downstairs. If you’re looking for some sand and surf, you’ll have to head just down the road to nearby Condado Beach.
Best for Luxury: Hotel El Convento
The iconic Hotel El Convento in the historic Old San Juan neighborhood is a stalwart of Puerto Rico's capital city. Opened in 1962 in a 17th-century convent built from an order by King Phillip IV of Spain, the luxury property has 58 traditional-style rooms decorated with Spanish antiques. Yet, the spaces are filled with modern amenities like Bose sound systems and flat-screen TVs.
Given its historic setting, the hotel isn’t near the beach, but there’s still plenty to do. You can enjoy everything from dining in the open-air restaurant (which is one of three eateries and bars) to a daily manager’s reception with complimentary wine and cheese on the terrace, to taking a dip in the plunge pool or hot tub. But if you do want to hit the sand, you're given beach access at the El Convento’s sister properties. Since the hotel is situated on a charming cobblestone street near the San Juan Cathedral, driving on the narrow streets might be tough; it's best to explore the area on foot.