The Best Hostels in San Juan, Puerto Rico

A continental breakfast is one of the many perks at budget-friendly Fortel Hostel in San Juan, Puerto Rico
A continental breakfast is one of the many perks at budget-friendly Fortel Hostel in San Juan, Puerto Rico | Courtesy of Fortel Hostel / Expedia
Siobhan Grogan

Everyone can enjoy San Juan’s brilliant Caribbean sunshine, rainforest thrills and colorful Old Town by booking one of the wallet-friendly hostels in the city. Close to restaurants, tourist attractions and some of the best museums in the Puerto Rican capital, these excellently located properties are ideal for groups of friends, solo travelers and anyone sticking to a holiday budget. Handy extras include free breakfasts, onsite souvenir shops and even complimentary airport transfers to keep costs down.

1. Hostel H1 Miramar


A wicker couch with green pillows, and a cabinet with a coffee maker at Hostel H1 Miramar
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Expect more than a bed for the night at this charming nine-bedroom property, a 5-minute drive from Old San Juan. The hostel arranges activities including a Miramar Art Walk tour and a trip to El Yunque rainforest, where you get to swim under a waterfall, so you can experience Puerto Rico away from the tourist trail. There are also restaurants on your doorstep to feast on local, affordable Puerto Rican food while staying.

2. Fortaleza Guest House


Two beds and a wooden wardrobe opening up to a hallway at Fortaleza Guest House
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Sightseeing couldn’t be simpler than from this guesthouse right on the main street of Old San Juan. All the city’s attractions are within walking distance, while restaurants, souvenir shops and supermarkets are also close by. The guesthouse has two shared bathrooms on each of its two floors, plus three sun-soaked balconies for watching the world go by below after a day of exploring the city.

3. Santurcia Hostel


The common room at Santurcia Hostel, with couches, chairs, hanging plants, a bookshelf and funky artwork on the walls
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Experience San Juan life away from the tourist attractions at this modern hostel in the heart of the Santurce Arts District. Theatres, restaurants, bars, supermarkets and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico are all within walking distance, while the hostel has its own lively rooftop bar for guests to unwind at. There are three private rooms and two dorms with lockers, plus a large communal living room and kitchen and even a souvenir shop onsite.

4. Nomada Urban Beach Hostel

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A hanging egg chair, tent, turf grass and potted trees at Nomada Urban Beach Hostel
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Want to stay somewhere a little more unusual? This four-story property on the Calle Loíza, in the heart of San Juan, is the only hostel in the city that offers rooftop camping, with three tents for sleeping under the stars. There are also private rooms and shared dorms if you prefer the old-fashioned option, but all guests are encouraged to mingle in the fully equipped communal kitchen, rooftop bar and games room complete with a PlayStation, musical instruments, a pool table and a flat-screen projector for movie nights.

5. Villa Eshta


The courtyard full of potted plants, with a staircase and lights strung up in the evening, at Villa Eshta
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Sun worshippers and party animals will love this cozy hotel, surrounded by buzzing bars on Calle Loíza and opposite the best-loved pizzeria in the city. Days can be spent dreaming on the sand at Ocean Park Beach, just a 2-minute stroll away. There are private rooms and dorms, plus an al fresco patio for meeting travelers from around the world. Lockers are provided in dorms, but guests must provide their own padlock.

6. Fortel Hostel


A wooden table with candlesticks and yellow chairs, a couch facing a TV and unique artwork at Fortel Hostel in San Juan
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Groups traveling together and single guests happy to share their space will find everything they need at this hostel on Calle Fortaleza. Dorms are mixed or female-only and sleep between four and six people, providing a secure locker for each guest. There are also a communal lounge, laundry room and kitchen, where a continental breakfast is served each morning. Don’t worry if you forget your toothbrush either. The hostel has its own perfectly-named Oh Shit! Shop for any extras you run out of.

7. Posada Colonial


An iron bed frame and floral pattern bedspread, and a wooden rocking chair, in a hotel room at Posada Colonial
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Enjoy a little more space during your stay in San Juan in these airy apartments that sleep between two and eight guests. All have their own private bathrooms and fully equipped kitchens, and some have an outdoor patio for relaxing over drinks in the evening. A 24-hour supermarket is just four blocks away, while there are more than 30 restaurants in strolling distance. The price even includes free pick up and drop off from the airport or cruise terminal when booked directly.

8. Mango Mansion


A bed with blue bedspread and blue curtains in a hotel room at Mango Mansion
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No need to sweat the small stuff at Mango Mansion, close to the beaches at Ocean Park and Condado. The important extras are all taken care of, including free wifi and air conditioning, premium white sheets and towels, and even breakfast, with the hostel providing ingredients such as fresh fruit, bread and eggs for you to cook your own each morning. Contemporary private rooms and dorms with lockers are available, while camping gear and beach accessories can all be rented cheaply from the reception.

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