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Puerto Rico has a hotel for every taste and budget, including for those travelers who want to be where the party is happening. So what makes a hotel a great late-night destination? There are a few factors. First, and most obvious, does it have a nocturnal headquarters worth visiting? Second, is said destination popular with tourists and locals (always a good measure of quality)? Third, are your options limited, or do you have options? These hotels offer to meet at least a few of the above criteria, making them the best party hotels in Puerto Rico.
The El San Juan
One of the best clubs on the island. A lively, hopping casino. A beautiful and expansive lobby bar, usually featuring talented live acts. And a longstanding reputation as the spot to be since the days of Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. If you start your night early, there's even a terrific restaurant on site, CAÑA by Juliana Gonzalez.
Bananas is not the place for you if you want luxury accommodations, but it is among the more affordable lodging options on Vieques. But you don't have to stay here to enjoy the place. Bananas is justly known as Vieques's meeting place. Once the sun sets, especially on weekends, you're likely to find the rustic inn's bar packed, especially if the upper level is open. Considering that the kitchen is open until late (by Vieques standards) and serves terrific comfort food (try the never-frozen burgers) to go with affordable drinks, it's small wonder that this small hotel is among the most popular on the island.
La Concha, A Renaissance Resort
Banking on the glitz and glamor that comes with a multi-million dollar renovation of an old-school classic, the La Concha Resort reopened with a bang and has been rolling ever since. Named Conde Nast's hottest spot in Puerto Rico in 2008, it quickly earned a spot as one of the capital's must-visit destinations, day or night. Let's start with the lobby lounge, a place where you can usually find beautiful, chic people sipping beautiful, chic drinks in a beautiful, chic setting. If you're in the mood to dine, look no further than Solera, which converts from poolside cafe to tapas lounge at night. The atmosphere and the vibe, especially in the terrace-level gardens, have replaced many former crowd favorites.
The Condado Plaza Hilton
Miami-beach cool from the funky lobby to the modern room decor, the Condado is one of the nicer places to stay and play in San Juan. Add in several fantastic restaurants, and you've got dining more than covered. Throw in a decent casino, and you've got lady luck in the bag. Last but not least, there's the Eternal Lobby Lounge, a place that draws a young, sexy crowd and some excellent live DJs. With a long balcony giving you some ocean air when you need it, it's a great place to hang out late into the night.
Who said the party was limited to San Juan? If you're visiting Puerto Rico's lovely "Second City" and want a hotel that will entertain you once the sun goes down, check into the Hilton Ponce Golf and Casino Resort. For a casual hangout, there's the El Bohio poolside sports bar. Those looking for a bit more formal elegance can drop by the La Cava restaurant. But the late-night scene is dominated by one of the island's largest casinos and its neighboring Casino Player's Bar, which has live music to keep you going and gaming open until 6 a.m.