The Best Luxury Hotels in Puerto Rico

Nothing says luxury like the Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico’s lagoon-style pool
Nothing says luxury like the Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico’s lagoon-style pool | Courtesy of Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico / Expedia
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12 January 2021

Whether you would rather explore the historic charm of Old San Juan or Puerto Rico‘s abundant wildlife before returning to your private hot tub, lavish accommodation is not hard to come by on the island. From upscale boutique hotels to high-end properties, travelers can expect on-site golf courses, butler service, elevated dining experiences and so much more.

The St Regis Bahia Beach Resort

Chain Hotel, Luxury
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The champagne sabering ritual at the St Regis takes place daily, just as the sun starts to dip over the ocean – grab a flute of bubbly and sit out on the patio to truly soak in the moment. In addition to aperitifs, the resort’s comforts include suites with 400-thread-count bed linen and marble spa bathrooms, as well as two oceanfront restaurants, a golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, a pool resembling a lagoon and a spa that offers beachside massages.

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Hotel El Convento

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You’ll get to immerse yourself in local history during your stay at Hotel El Convento, built in 1646. As the oldest member of the Historic Hotels of America, this Old San Juan hotel embraces its past in the stylish guest rooms, which are designed with Spanish furniture and louvered doors that reveal Juliet balconies with views of San Juan Bay.
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Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

Luxury, Independent Hotel
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Dating back to 1919, the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel’s Spanish Revival façade hints towards its interior grandeur. Its rooms and suites feature French windows, 300-thread-count Italian bed linen and bamboo towels; you’ll also find chaise lounges by the pool, beach access and a personal butler service.

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O:live Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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What makes this intimate, Mediterranean-inspired hotel in San Juan stand out is a personal touch. For example, the owners display pieces from their private art collection throughout the hallways and when it comes to food, think classic steakhouse dishes with an Italian twist. Make sure to order the shrimp cocktail served with horseradish crème fraîche and a cocktail sauce sorbet and trust us, Sage Steak Loft, helmed by chef Mario Pagán, is reason enough to visit.
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Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico

Chain Hotel, Luxury
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With the El Yunque National Forest as its backdrop, the Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico boasts a lagoon-style pool, two Tom Kite-designed 18-hole championship golf courses and plenty of dining options – from the poolside Pícalo Gallo Food Truck to the upscale seafood and steakhouse Prime 787. You can stay in one of the 579 suites, each with a balcony or terrace overlooking the gardens, pool or ocean.

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  • La Concha Resort

    Resort, Hotel
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    Immerse yourself in nightlife at this resort in the chic Condado district of San Juan. Here, you can roll the dice at the Casino Del Mar and party until the early hours at the Fifty Eight nightclub. There’s also no need to leave the hotel, thanks to its multilevel infinity pool and abundant dining options – you can find anything from a sushi bar to an Italian restaurant.
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    Ciqala Luxury Suites

    Luxury, Apartment
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    Imagine sipping a mojito while taking in 360-degree views of the Miramar neighborhood of San Juan – Ciqala Luxury Suites has just the spot for this at its Eter Rooftop & Lounge. The hotel’s studios and suites feel like a home away from home, some even boasting fully equipped kitchens. However, if you’re more inclined to have a lazy morning, don’t worry as you can always pick up the phone ask reception for a made-to-order breakfast.

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    AC Hotel by Marriott San Juan Condado

    Luxury, Chain Hotel
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    For sleek, minimalist design, book one of the 233 guest rooms and suites at the AC Hotel by Marriott – all complete with marble bathrooms, private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows. This property, in an urban San Juan setting, presents a plethora of dining options – our favorite of which is a tapas spot called Bar.C.Lona Rooftop. When it come time for rest and relaxation, head to the elevated pool where you can kick back and soak in the sun from the partially submerged chaise lounges.

    Royal Isabela

    Resort, Luxury, Chain Hotel
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    At Royal Isabela, set along 2mi (3km) of beach on the island’s northwest coast, you can stay in one of 20 free-standing, villa-style casitas, each with a private plunge pool and terrace. Here, you can golf at a cliffside course 200ft (61m) above the ocean, paddleboard along the Guajataca River and dine at the farm-to-table Jota Restaurant, where ingredients are sourced from local farmers, fishers and cheesemakers.

    These recommendations were updated on January 12, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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