The best B&Bs in San Juan, Puerto Rico, include elegant colonial properties in Old San Juan and modern motels within easy reach of the beach – all comfortable, friendly and professionally run.
Equal parts natural beauty, colorful colonial architecture and tropical-good vibes, San Juan is the capital, largest city and beating heart of Puerto Rico. Highlights include a wealth of golden beaches, the looming Castillo de San Cristóbal and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. To enjoy them properly, you’ll need a good night’s sleep and a hearty meal when you wake, all of which are available in these top bed and breakfasts.
Housed in a historical, blue colonial property in the heart of Old San Juan, this friendly guesthouse combines period touches – vintage mirrors, light fittings, beautiful wooden ceilings and tiled floors – with modern comfort and service. The roof terrace features a jacuzzi, and the all-day food menu offers delicious, classic dishes such as chistorras (a traditional cured sausage). Breakfasts (which come at an extra cost) include a spicy ranchero and a burrito.
Built in the 1920s, Casa Wilson is rich in historical charm. Guest rooms have mosaic-tile floors and dark wood ceilings with whirring ceiling fans, while colorful wall art conjures the tropical feel of San Juan. A wide range of activities is on offer, including snorkeling, scuba diving, zip-lining, surfing and food tours through Old San Juan.
The wooden shutters, elegant arches and sunny pastel yellow of this attractive property create a classic Spanish colonial look that continues into the rooms, which have rough-hewn stone floors, atmospheric lantern lighting and antique wooden furniture. In outlook, though, the hotel is thoroughly modern, with solar panels helping it run sustainably. The superb breakfasts, enjoyed in the serene courtyard, use fresh produce from local farms and artisan producers.
A good night’s sleep is assured at this lovely hotel, which has an eco-friendly ethos and a spiritual vibe, with Buddha statues and incense sticks adorning the common areas. Rooms have a colonial feel but with quirky touches, such as outdoor showers and courtyard hammocks, and the lavish breakfasts and brunches are both healthy and delicious. It describes itself as the only vegetarian hotel in San Juan.
With colorful murals adorning the walls and stencil art that evokes an air of retro glamour, Denizens is a B&B with character in the heart of Old San Juan. Attractions within walking distance include the San Juan Bautista Cathedral and the imposing sea walls of La Fortaleza. Start your day with its hearty breakfast, with a choice including meat and potato stews, peppers stuffed with scrambled eggs, and fresh, strong Puerto Rican coffee.
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