October 5, 2022

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The 11 Best Hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2021

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FAQ: San Juan hotels

Where is San Juan?

San  Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico and is located on the North East coast, approximately 1,000 miles southeast of Miami, near the Dominican Republic, and the US Virgin Islands.

It’s about a two-and-half-hour flight from Florida or about four hours from New York City.

Where should I stay in San Juan?

If you want to stay somewhere that highlights island culture and history, head to Old San Juan, a cobble-stoned idyll that dates back more than 400 years. If you prefer to maximize your beach time, visit Condado or nearby Isla Verde.

The best part of San Juan is that it’s a small enough place that visitors don’t need to choose between beach or city. All of the hotels we’ve listed offer easy access to San Juan’s museums, historic sites, restaurants, shopping, art, and beaches.

What is there to do in San Juan?

San Juan is a relaxed, accessible destination that is family-friendly, easily walkable, historically and architecturally interesting. Old San Juan boasts colorful Spanish colonial buildings and the centuries-old fortresses of El Morro and La Fortaleza. There are rum tastings, street art tours, an exploding culinary and cocktail scene, wallet-bending shopping destinations, and museums for art lovers of all stripes. 

Check out the museum at Casa Blanca, a house built for the Spanish explorer Ponce de León, pay respects to the island’s oldest cathedral, San Juan Bautista, or ogle the art at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. 

Have a cocktail at La Factoria, sip a pina colada where they were invented at the Caribe Hilton, or kick back at La Placita, a favorite local weekend hang. The Plaza Las Americas is also great for shopping, as is Ashford Avenue, San Juan’s version of Miami Beach.

Or just sit on at the beach — Condado, Ocean Park, and Pine Grove are some of the best.

Are San Juan hotels expensive?

Puerto Rico has been a favorite retreat for Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and celebrities since the 1940s, so there are definitely higher-end luxury picks reflected on our list. But despite San Juan’s popularity with the well-heeled crowd, you don’t need to be a millionaire to vacation here. There are hotels for travelers of every budget and many budget hotels can be even more affordable in the off-season of summer, fall, and even early spring. 

When is a good time to visit Puerto Rico? 

Crowds descend in the winter, particularly around the holidays, so expect to see the peak prices we’ve listed for most hotels. The island has summery weather all year, though, so there’s no reason to limit yourself to the high season, although it is worth noting that hurricane season runs from June to November. 

What are the best hotels near Old San Juan?

El Convento is a historic hotel in the heart of Old San Juan. Other nearby options include the Gallery Inn and the Palacio Provincial.

Which hotels are romantic in San Juan? 

It’s hard to go wrong with the Olive Boutique Hotel or the Condado Ocean Club when you’re angling for romance. 

Which San Juan hotels are good for families?

The San Juan Marriott Resort, Caribe Hilton, and the Fairmont San Juan all go out of their way to make families feel welcome.

Which San Juan hotels are on the beach?

Most hotels in San Juan are near a beach, so there are plenty of options, including Condado Ocean Club, San Juan Marriott Resort, La Concha, and Caribe Hilton.

Is it safe to stay in a hotel?

The CDC says it is safe to travel domestically if you are fully vaccinated, and experts we spoke to agree that in most cases, hotels are safe. Additionally, Puerto Rico has strict COVID-19 travel restrictions in place. Still, if you are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or unsure about traveling, it is always best to assess your own level of risk while following CDC, WHO, and other reputable organizations’ safety guidelines, and to wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and maintain social distancing.

What are Puerto Rico travel restrictions?

If you’re traveling to Puerto Rico from the US, you do not need to quarantine or get tested upon your arrival if you’re fully vaccinated. However, all visitors need to fill out a Travel Declaration Form on the Puerto Rico Health Department’s online portal, which produces a QR code required to proceed. Fully vaccinated travelers need to upload a photo of their official Vaccination Card through the online portal. 

International and non-vaccinated travelers must upload a negative PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test result to the portal. Tests must be taken within 72 hours of arrival. Otherwise, the traveler must take either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test on the Island, within 48 hours of arrival, or receive a $300 fine. You can get a test at the airport for $110. If the uploaded result is negative, the quarantine is lifted. If the result is positive, the person must isolate and follow the local isolation protocol at his/her own expense.