Whether you plan to visit Puerto Rico for a few days or an entire week, you”ll want to spend some time in San Juan. Heck, even if you don”t plan on it, you”ll likely end up in the capital city at some point — the country”s main airport, Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, is located there. Between visits to Condado Bay and Castillo de San Cristobal, choose one of these hotels — some of which are beachfront — as your home base.
Written by Amanda Geronikos
Caribe Hilton San Juan
Located on a private peninsula in San Juan, this hotel"s
guestrooms overlook the Atlantic Ocean and Condado Bay so there"s never a bad view. The hotel has a kids" club, game room, water sports, a spa, and eight restaurants from which to choose. Fun Fact:
The Pina Colada is said to have been invented here.
InterContinental San Juan
Kids love the newly remodeled, lagoon-style pool at the InterContinental San Juan
, while parents enjoy the hotel spa and casino. Together, the family can enjoy four onsite restaurants and time on the beach, just steps from the hotel.
La Concha Resort: A Renaissance Hotel
The architecture at La Concha Resort
is part of the appeal; the open-air, poolside restaurant is especially unique. The pool itself is pretty unique, too, with an infinity edge and beachfront location. The hotel has five restaurants with kid-friendly fare -- the small plates at Solera, the aforementioned poolside restaurant, are especially a hit.
Marriott San Juan Resort & Stellaris Casino
You can"t go wrong with a Marriott. The Marriott San Juan Resort & Stellaris Casino
offers five places to eat and drink, along with a lagoon-style pool and beach. Activities, such as beach volleyball and scavenger hunts, are organized daily.
Hotel El Convento
Hotel El Convento
combines luxury and history in Old San Juan. The building was a convent in the 1600"s; today, it operates as a hotel, with family-friendly accommodations, a small plunge pool and three restaurants. Complimentary shuttle services allow guests to also enjoy the services at Marriott San Juan Resort & Stellaris Casino and La Concha Resort.
DoubleTree by Hilton San Juan
Families receive beach kits (portable cooler, beach towels and chairs) from the DoubleTree by Hilton San Juan
, and can use them at Ocean Park Beach, just two blocks away. They also enjoy access to the pools and restaurants at La Concha Resort and the Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort, plus a pool right at this property. The hotel also offers a few restaurants, plus room service and a Starbucks.
The Ritz-Carlton San Juan
You"ll find the ultimate in luxury at The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan
. What else would you expect? Situated on the beach, the hotel offers an oceanfront pool, casino, spa and five restaurants. It also offers the chain"s Ritz Kids program with half- or full-day programs, as well as nighttime activities. The program encourages children to explore the resort"s natural surroundings.
Embassy Suites San Juan Hotel & Casino
The only all-suite hotel in San Juan, Embassy Suites San Juan Hotel & Casino
is an excellent choice for large groups. Two-room suites provide sofa beds, allowing up to six people in many units, and mini-fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers are provided. The biggest highlight is the hotel"s pool with waterfalls, though the evening receptions are comparable for parents -- complimentary, homemade sangria is served. There"s free breakfast each morning, too.
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