The Most Budget-Friendly Hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Choose an Old San Juan hotel that pays homage to its heritage
Choose an Old San Juan hotel that pays homage to its heritage | Courtesy of La Terraza de San Juan / Expedia
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21 January 2021

San Juan, the vibrant capital of Puerto Rico, is rich in historical relics from the Spanish colonial era, such as mighty harbor forts and the beautiful terraces of the Old Town – but it’s also a modern city with a buzzing nightlife and superb restaurants. Budget-friendly doesn’t necessarily mean a compromise on luxury; from colonial heritage to modern upscale stays, here are the best.

Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites

Resort, Luxury
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Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites
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A Best Western can always be relied upon for a comfortable, professional stay, and this one lives up to the billing. There’s a retro-style outdoor pool flanked by sun loungers and palm trees, an entertainment area stocked with board games in the lobby and complimentary continental breakfast. There’s also free bikes you can borrow for 24 hours to explore your surroundings.

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Holiday Inn Express San Juan Condado

Budget Hotel, Hotel
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Holiday Inn Express San Juan Condado
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There are few more reliable hotel chains than Holiday Inn, long a benchmark for comfort and quality – and this property, by the beach on the Peninsula de Condado, is no exception. Rooms have a contemporary feel, with rustic touches in the extensive use of wood, and the outdoor pool is the perfect place to cool off. Condado beach, great for swimming and sunbathing, is just a stone’s throw away.

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Coral Princess Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel
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Coral Princess Hotel
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Between the beach and the historic streets of Old San Juan, this lemon-hued hotel is set around a tiled courtyard strewn with tropical plants. The stylish grayscale color scheme of the rooms is offset by vivid works of modern art. If you like the decor, be sure to check out the Museum of Modern Art, which sits just a short walk from the hotel.

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Acacia Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel
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The guest rooms at this welcoming hotel have a traditional, somewhat rustic feel, with carved wooden bed frames, quarry-tiled floors and plush textiles, while the Niche Bistro specializes in delicious French coastal cuisine – try the sea bass. A huge outdoor jacuzzi overlooking the sea is a fantastic place to forget your worries; you’re right on the beach.

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El Canario by The Lagoon

Budget Hotel, Hotel
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El Canario by The Lagoon
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As the name suggests, this hotel overlooks the Laguna del Condado, but it’s equally well placed for visiting the beach on the other side and the historic delights of Old San Juan. Rooms have a traditional feel, and the exclusive Penthouse Suite, with a kitchenette and furnished terrace, affords views over the lagoon. The hotel sits next to the Ventana al Mar park, which has lovely views out to the sea.

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  • La Terraza de San Juan

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    La Terraza de San Juan
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    This charming boutique hotel is housed in an old Spanish colonial building, and pays homage to its heritage in the decor of the guest rooms; each is different, but they all contain decorative touches such as woven rugs, wooden shutters and unique artworks, which add up to a cozy farmhouse-style atmosphere. The hotel sits in the heart of Old San Juan, and overlooks the historic surroundings from a breezy roof terrace.

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    CasaBlanca Hotel

    Budget Hotel, Hotel
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    Set amid the pleasing pastel hues and wooden balconies of the Old Town, Casablanca is a heritage hotel with comfortable guest rooms, which feature wooden beams and shutters offset with colorful Pop art on the walls. Many of the historic city attractions are in easy reach, including the Castillo de San Cristóbal and the Castillo San Felipe del Morro.

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    Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel

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    Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel
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    Exhibiting all the class and comfort you’d expect from a Sheraton, this hotel sits right on the pier in the Old Town. Rooms have an almost beachy feel, with whitewashed wooden shutters and a blue-and-white color scheme; there are ocean views, most notably from the bay-view suites. The Aroma Wine & Coffee Lounge is a cozy spot to relax with a drink day and night, while the Palio restaurant serves classic Puerto Rican cuisine overlooking the harbor – try the pork pinchos with honey pepper pique.
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