San Juan, the buzzy capital of modern Puerto Rico, is home to fantastic nightlife, fascinating museums and golden beaches. It’s also one of the oldest cities in the Americas, with a history dating back 500 years. Explore it from an all-inclusive hotel that combines comfort with superb international restaurants, resort casinos and sports and spa facilities.
Do you like piña coladas? They’re a must-try at the Caribe Hilton, where the cocktail was invented in 1954. How about hanging out in a hammock under a palm tree? Head to this classic oceanfront resort if you’re in search of paradise. A beachy vibe runs throughout, and some suites feature sea-view balconies, so you can make the most of its location. Enjoy nearby marine adventures, including scuba diving and snorkelling, or practise your tennis on land.
This hotel has taken its name (which means shell) literally – clamshell motifs can be spotted throughout the property, which leads straight out to the beach. There are three pools, offering plenty of space for relaxation, while kayaking and windsurfing are on offer at the beach. As for evening entertainment, head to Casino del Mar for a go on the slot machines and a boogie at the resort’s very own nightclub, Fifty Eight.
Appreciate a retro vibe? DoubleTree by Hilton San Juan opts for mid-century furniture in its rooms and lauded restaurant. When you’re finished admiring the interior design, treat yourself with a trip to the on-site chocolatier, before heading out to discover local restaurants and bars in San Juan’s Condado neighbourhood. Other nearby attractions include the Puerto Rico Museum of Art, just a few minutes’ walk away.
San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino, set around palm-studded gardens and right on the golden beach, combines an enviable location with contemporary comforts. Dark wood and ocean views are on offer in the rooms and suites, while the Ocean Club Wellness Center comprises yoga classes, relaxing spa treatments and a gym. For fun after hours, head for the tables of Stellaris Casino.
Pull back the curtains and enjoy views over the Atlantic Ocean from the floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies at the Condado Plaza Hilton. A lagoon is nearby if you’re one for water-based pursuits such as kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, while there are three bars at the hotel if you prefer unwinding with a drink in hand. The Eternal Lounge hosts performances by local DJs, while the atmospheric bars and restaurants of Old San Juan are just a short walk away.
Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino, in the heart of San Juan, is not far off utopia – a palm-lined infinity pool overlooks the golden sweep of San Juan Bay, while colourful rooms and suites with balconies overlook the sea. Head to the Zen Spa, where massages and wellness treatments are on offer in a peaceful environment, and try your luck at the hotel’s casino, which stays open into the small hours.
When San Juan’s scorching sun gets too much, you’ll appreciate this hotel’s outdoor pool overlooking a blue lagoon. Inside, the accommodation spans from modern studios to apartments, all featuring kitchenettes and dining areas so you can self-cater. Should you fancy a change of scene, the bars and restaurants of San Juan are all within easy reach.
In case you forget where you are (near to the family-friendly Isla Verde beach), this hotel reminds you of your surroundings with its cheerful blue, white and sand colour scheme. The outdoor pool, complete with a waterfall and palapa-thatched pool bar, is the heart of the hotel, while there’s a buzzing casino on-site and Central American cuisine on offer at El Patio Latin Bar Cafe.