The 9 Best Puerto Rico Hotels of 2019

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Best Overall: Malecon House — See Rates at TripAdvisor "Reviewers praise the exceptional attentiveness of its staff and its dreamy location."

Best Budget: Hotel Colonial — See Rates at TripAdvisor "Offers simple, no-frills rooms that are impeccably clean."

Best in San Juan: Decanter Hotel — See Rates at TripAdvisor "Stands out for its ideal location in the heart of Old San Juan."

Best for Families: Villa Cofresi Hotel — See Rates at TripAdvisor "Earned a reputation for its friendly atmosphere and excellent service."

Best for Romance: Royal Isabela — See Rates at TripAdvisor "The highlight is the furnished terrace, with its sea vistas and romantic private plunge pool."

Best for Luxury: Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve — See Rates at TripAdvisor "The five-star retreat is steeped in history and surrounded by unspoiled nature."

Best for Nightlife: El San Juan Hotel — See Rates at TripAdvisor "The ultimate place for revelry in San Juan."

Best Eco-Lodge: Hix Island House — See Rates at TripAdvisor "The perfect getaway for environmentally conscious travelers."

Best Hostel: Mango Mansion — See Rates at TripAdvisor "For many reviewers, breakfast is the hostel’s top highlight."

01 of 09

Best Overall: Malecon House

Malecon House

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Charismatic Malecon House is ranked on TripAdvisor as the best hotel in Puerto Rico. Reviewers praise the exceptional attentiveness of its staff and its dreamy location on the beachfront boardwalk in Esperanza — a seaside town on laid-back Vieques Island. You’re a short walk from Esperanza’s vibrant local shops and restaurants, as well as a 15-minute drive from Mosquito Bay (famous for its incredible bioluminescence). This is a boutique hotel with 13 comfortable bedrooms, simply decorated with bright white fabrics and natural wooden furniture. 

All rooms offer air-conditioning, an en-suite bathroom, a mini-fridge, and high-speed Wi-Fi. Ask for one with a balcony or terrace for atmospheric views of Esperanza Bay. Every morning, a complimentary continental breakfast is served al fresco. The spread often includes avocados, mangoes, papayas, and bananas from the hotel’s own verdant gardens. Spend your days lounging by the swimming pool, or exploring the island with the help of the provided beach chairs, towels, and coolers. In the evening, the hotel rooftop is the perfect spot for scenic sundowners. 

02 of 09

Best Budget: Hotel Colonial

Hotel Colonial

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Budget travelers in search of accommodation should consider Hotel Colonial, set in the west coast city of Mayaguez. With rates from as low as $59 per night, it offers simple, no-frills rooms that are impeccably clean and decorated in a quaint but comfortable style. Reviewers especially like that the hotel, which was once a 1920s convent, has its own unique history and authentic architecture. Many of the rooms boast their original molded ceilings. 

Choose from a variety of floor plans, including singles, doubles, and triples. All rooms come with everything you need for a comfortable stay, from en-suite bathrooms and free Wi-Fi to air-conditioning and a flatscreen TV. Your room rate includes a continental breakfast, although reviewers say that the fare is pretty basic. If you want something more substantial, you’ll find plenty of affordable eateries within a few minutes’ walk. The hotel also offers free parking and complimentary accommodation for kids ages 10 and under. 

03 of 09

Best in San Juan: Decanter Hotel

Decanter Hotel, San Juan

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Those who want to explore the Puerto Rican capital can’t go wrong with a stay in its top-ranked accommodation option, the Decanter Hotel. This mid-range pick stands out for its ideal location in the heart of Old San Juan, within a two-minute walk from the second-oldest cathedral in the Americas, San Juan Bautista. Built in the 19th century, the hotel's building exudes colonial charm. Its open-air interior courtyard welcomes rooftop views of the old city into your rooms, while authentic details include wrought-iron balconies and chequered floor tiles. 

There are 20 rooms and suites to choose from, each uniquely decorated and inspired by different wines. Some have private balconies or terraces, while suites spoil with a kitchenette for basic self-catering. All rooms ensure your comfort with a Sealy pillowtop mattress, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and satellite TV. After a busy day of sightseeing, choose from a selection of fine wines and Taittinger Champagnes and head up to the rooftop terrace for drinks overlooking the sunset.

Check out other options with our guide to the best places to stay in San Juan.

04 of 09

Best for Families: Villa Cofresi Hotel

Villa Cofresi Hotel

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For family fun on the main island, head to Villa Cofresi Hotel in Rincon, a picturesque town on the west coast. The resort is family-run and has earned a reputation for its friendly atmosphere and excellent service. Kids will love that it’s mere steps from Rincon Beach, has its own swimming pool, and has a game room complete with arcade games and pool tables. Rooms can be booked with two double or two queen-size beds. Some have kitchenettes and all have cable TV, Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning. 

For families with older kids, the two-bedroom apartment provides additional space and privacy. It boasts a second bedroom with two full-size beds, a living room, and a full kitchen – perfect for saving money by self-catering. If you don't feel like cooking on vacation, La Ana de Cofresi restaurant spoils with fresh seafood and steaks (along with various children’s specials). You can also order sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs from sunset-facing Bohio Beach Bar, home of specialty cocktails and live music. 

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05 of 09

Best for Romance: Royal Isabela

Royal Isabela

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Located on Puerto Rico’s northwest coast, Royal Isabela offers more than 500 acres of dramatic scenery from atop majestic, ocean-view cliffs. It's the ideal destination for a romantic retreat with 20 free-standing casitas, or small houses, that act as secluded hideaways for you and your loved one. Each casita has wooden floors and ceilings, an airy living room, and a decadent bathroom with a separate soaking tub and large shower. The highlight is the furnished terrace, with its sea vistas and romantic private plunge pool. 

There's also plenty to explore around the resort. Play a round on the spectacular 18-hole golf course, The Links. You can also wander along two miles of quiet beach, relax by the swimming pools, challenge your partner to a game on the grass tennis courts, or make memories with a paddle-boarding trip down the Guajataca River. When you’ve had your fill of adventures, return to your room for an in-suite massage or al fresco cocktails at Croquet Bar. Plus, Jota Restaurant specializes in mouthwatering farm-to-table cuisine.

06 of 09

Best for Luxury: Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

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Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is also based on the main island’s north coast. Built on a former plantation, the 50-acre, five-star retreat is steeped in history and surrounded by unspoiled nature. Take advantage of its spectacular setting with a long list of activities, including horseback riding, caving, scuba diving, and private yacht excursions. The resort also boasts a choice of swimming pools and two TPC (Tournament Players Club) golf courses. If you’d rather relax, Spa Botánico offers unique treatments and massages inspired by local ingredients. 

No matter which room, suite, or residence you choose, you’ll be treated to an exquisite oceanfront setting, expansive outdoor living spaces, and the services of a personal concierge. Some accommodations also have their own private plunge pool. The height of luxury is represented by five-bedroom private estate Su Casa, a 1920s villa with two pools, a wraparound veranda, and quarters for your private staff. Dining options include COA (home to Puerto Rico’s largest wine cellar) and Encanto Beach Club Bar & Grill for Mediterranean coastal cuisine and tropical cocktails. 

See more from the luxury hotel brand with our guide to Ritz-Carlton resorts for family vacations.

07 of 09

Best for Nightlife: El San Juan Hotel

El San Juan Hotel

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Steeped in early 20th-century glamour, El San Juan Hotel is the place to be on San Juan’s lively resort strip, Isla Verde. Legendary nightclub BRAVA boasts state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems for parties that last all night. Chico Cabaret channels seductive, speakeasy vibes, while the Chandelier Bar is an iconic gathering place for locals and travelers alike. In total, the hotel has no fewer than six indoor and outdoor bars, making it the ultimate place for revelry in San Juan. 

In between parties, detox at Well & Being Spa with its beauty treatments and fitness classes. The resort also caters to daytime fun with a choice of swimming pools and tennis courts, as well as activities that range from beach volleyball to banana boat rides. Before your evening festivities, fuel up on gourmet Puerto Rican cuisine at Caña restaurant, or at New York-style steakhouse Meat Market Miami. All rooms, suites, and villas create a comfortable space to unwind with Sealy Posturepedic mattresses, complimentary Wi-Fi, and an LCD TV.

Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best Isla Verde hotels.

08 of 09

Best Eco-Lodge: Hix Island House

Hix Island House

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On a lush, forested hillside in the center of Vieques Island lies Hix Island House, the perfect getaway for environmentally conscious travelers. The hotel stands on a 13-acre property filled with indigenous trees, birds, and butterflies. It runs on solar power, recycles water from the guest sinks and showers, and uses trade winds to cool its interiors instead of air-conditioning. In total, there are 19 loft apartments housed in a series of Zen-like buildings. One of these, Casa Solaris, is the Caribbean’s first all-solar guesthouse. Unscreened windows and open-plan layouts welcome in the outdoors.

All apartments have a private terrace with an outdoor shower and a kitchen stocked with local breakfast ingredients, including Puerto Rican coffee, fresh fruit, and homemade bread. The tranquility is uninterrupted by TVs or telephones, although you can find free Wi-Fi alongside an honor bar in the lobby. During the day, spend your time lounging by the hillside swimming pool, or ask the concierge to arrange sailing trips, horseback adventures, and excursions to bioluminescent Mosquito Bay. 

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09 of 09

Best Hostel: Mango Mansion

Mango Mansion

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Backpackers will find their Puerto Rican paradise at Mango Mansion, a top-rated hostel between the Atlantic beaches and the La Placita nightlife area in San Juan. It offers dormitories with four, six, or eight bunks and shared bathroom facilities. Memory foam mattresses and premium linens guarantee a good night’s sleep, while personal lockers, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi add modern comforts. Bath towels are provided free of charge and beach towels can be rented for a minimal fee. 

Every morning, you can fix your own breakfast using complementary ingredients that range from toast and waffles to eggs, fresh fruit, and local coffee. For many reviewers, breakfast is the hostel’s top highlight. There are kitchen facilities for those who want to self-cater, while the patio garden is a great place to socialize with your fellow travelers and swap ideas about things to see and do in San Juan. The hostel doesn’t have a curfew and rents out bikes, beach accessories, and camping gear.

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