The Best Budget-Friendly Hotels on Puerto Rico

The Dreamcatcher in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is the perfect place to stay for vegans and vegetarians
The Dreamcatcher in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is the perfect place to stay for vegans and vegetarians | Courtesy of The Dreamcatcher / Expedia
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16 June 2017

When it comes to exploring a new destination, there’s hardly any time to waste – especially in Puerto Rico, where a day at the beach can end with a night on the town in San Juan. Considering the limited amount of time you’ll be spending in your hotel room, the following properties offer accessible price points, as well as central locations. Bag yourself an affordable bed, and head off to explore colorful coral reefs, reggaetón clubs and the El Yunque rainforest.

Hotel Colonial

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Hotel Colonial
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The Spanish posada-style Hotel Colonial, built in the early 1930s, was once a chapel, which is still apparent today, thanks to its baroque façade and vaulted roof. Inside, no two accommodations are the same, with colorful ceramic-tile floors and up to three full-sized, orthopedic beds in each room. As for the surrounding area of Mayagüez on the west coast, the historical downtown is home to plenty of museums, art events and restaurants.
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The Dreamcatcher

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The Dreamcatcher
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The Dreamcatcher in Ocean Park prides itself as the only meatless property on the island, serving organic vegetarian breakfast and brunch daily, with vegan and gluten-free options, too. Juice blends, homemade hemp milk and kombucha elixirs fuel days spent at the beach, which is just 200 steps from the property’s nine guest rooms and three suites, all individually decorated.
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Coral Princess Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel
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Coral Princess Hotel
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This boutique hotel with an Art Deco appeal and at the center of San Juan is surrounded by boutiques, restaurants and casinos and within walking distance of the beach. With just 25 rooms, you can enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast on the peaceful garden patio or relax by the pool.
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Acacia Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel
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Acacia Boutique Hotel
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The Acacia Boutique Hotel might have the largest hot tub you’ve ever seen – it’s genuinely the size of a pool. Choose a water temperature, and enjoy your soak while absorbing ocean views. The Spanish-inspired hotel in the heart of Condado is also home to Niche Bistro, a French restaurant serving up original dishes created by chef David Chaymol.
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Hacienda Juanita

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel
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Hacienda Juanita
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At 2,500 feet (762m) above sea level, Hacienda Juanita is a mountain resort on the west coast, boasting 34 charming rooms and suites with high ceilings and semi-private terraces overlooking the Maricao rainforest. The property is an ode to the 19th-century golden era of coffee production on the island; having been converted from coffee farm to hotel, the property still boasts a cafe onsite.
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Casa Santurce

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Casa Santurce
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Located in the Alto del Cabro community, and just a short walk to Condado, Casa Santurce is an ideal spot for young and solo travelers who want to meet people from around the world. Choose between a double bunk room, a 6-bed female dorm, a 10-bed mixed dorm and a double room with a private bathroom. You can even join their Workaway program if you are on the island for an extended stay, where you receive free accommodation in return for helping out around the hostel.

Conturce Hostel

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Conturce Hostel
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The swanky rooftop terrace with ocean views is a perfect place to make friends during a stay at the Conturce Hostel. Although it’s set in an ideal location – right in the heart of San Juan’s nightlife scene – you won’t have to go far to socialize. Join fellow travelers for weekly movies under the stars and open-air yoga classes. However, those seeking a bit more privacy can request rooms to themselves.

Medusas Hostel

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For an intimate stay in Aguadilla, located on the island’s northwestern tip, four bedrooms can be rented at the Medusas Hostel, a two-story historic building constructed in the 1800s. The property’s first floor includes a restaurant and bar with regular live music performances. Pets are welcome here, and a complimentary pickup from BQN airport any time before midnight makes arrivals easy.

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  • Nomada Urban Beach Hostel

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    Nomada Urban Beach Hostel
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    From a rooftop overlooking both beach and mountains, you can catch the sunset, host a barbecue or even set up a tent and camp outside at the Nomada Urban Beach Hostel. While there are three tents with queen-sized air mattresses available, the property set on Calle Loíza in San Juan also offers private and shared accommodations inside.
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    Parador Guánica 1929

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    Parador Guanica 1929
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    Dating back to 1929, the Parador Guánica 1929 offers simple twin and double rooms and an outdoor pool. Choose between breakfast, half-board and all-inclusive packages – the onsite Puerto Rican restaurant specializes in locally caught seafood. Nearby Guanica Bay is also home to one of the best bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico.
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    Sea Gate Hotel

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    Sea Gate Hotel
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    The Seagate Hotel is located on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. Hosts Penny and Kelly will go out of their way to help you settle in – from cooking you breakfast to showing the best secret spots on the island. Located on a hillside, the ocean views are spectacular, especially from the Deluxe Suite. Basic rooms include a mini-fridge, air conditioning and a patio, while Family Suites sleep up to four people.
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    Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino

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    Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino
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    This splendid colonial building, built in 1882, is the Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino – it’s easy to spot with its bright yellow façade. Once an all-girls school, it’s now an independent hotel with 69 rooms, seven of which retain the original hotel’s old charm. The real draw are the two dining options – Melao coffee shop, arguably serving the best cup of joe in town, and the hip restaurant Lola, which dishes up succulent pork belly and shrimp mac ‘n’ cheese. Head to the casino afterwards to spin the roulette wheel.
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    This is an updated version of an article originally written by Mariela Santos.

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