PUERTO RICO IS FULL OF MANY FUN AND EXCITING PLACES TO STAY. FROM FAMILY VACATION TO ROMANTIC DESTINATIONS, PAMPERING SPA RESORTS, VIBRANT NIGHTLIFE AND SECLUDED ISLAND ESCAPES. WITHOUT A DOUBT YOU’LL FIND YOUR PERFECT VACATION HERE!
In the past decade, lodging options have increased with new offerings in non-traditional tourist settings provided by international online booking platforms like AirBnB, VRBO and the local Join a Join. If you enjoy staying in unique neighborhoods with the services of a hotel check out these group of Historic and Thematic Hotels and the laidback lodging options in Vieques and Culebra.
Historic and Thematic Hotels
Ponce Plaza Hotel and Casino
The Ponce Plaza Hotel in Puerto Rico’s second largest city is steps from the cultural and economic center of the south. The historic facade dating from 1882 is a recognized landmark of Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. The boutique hotel features 69 comfortable rooms, a gourmet restaurant, a coffee shop with excellent breakfast and lounge. Right next door is the Casino de la Plaza to try your like and have drinks till late. Stroll around the beautiful Plaza de las Delicias, featuring la Catedral de la Virgen de Guadalupe and the old firehouse building in vivid red and black stripes.
Hotel El Convento
The original property dates back to 1651 when a convent for Carmelite nuns was established right across the San Juan Cathedral. In the 1960,s the building was restored and converted into a hotel. The central garden serves as meeting point, restaurant and lounge. Inside the 58 hotel rooms rooms, discover fascinating architecture, handcrafted furniture, marble bathrooms with modern fixtures and great views of historic Old San Juan.
Parador Hacienda Juanita
Revive the 19th century Golden era of coffee production at Parador Hacienda Juanita in Maricano. The hotel is 2,500 feet above sea level in a coffee-centered hacienda restored as a Hotel Parador. With 34 Newly restored rooms & suites, the facilities are suitable to relax and reconnect with the natural setting. One of the few pet friendly hotels on the Island, there is a doggy playground. Visit downtown Maricao, just 7 minutes in a winding road from the hotel, and travel back in time.
The first thematic hotel in Ponce to integrate a vintage-modern pop-art. An iconic landmark located at the vital center of Ponce historic district surrounded by a vibrant and diverse ecosystem of museums, monuments, shops, restaurants, cafes and art galleries, the Historic District is an extension of the Fox Hotel urban experience.
Finca Victoria is a sophisticated boutique ho-tel with a rustic-chic vibe. It is located 6 km from Black Sand Beach and 16 km from the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge. It’s 3 km from the Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport.Featuring wood beamed ceilings and colorful decor, the elegant, individually styled rooms (some bi-level) provide furnished terraces, hammocks and kitchenettes, in addition to complimentary Wi-Fi. A snug wooden tree house is also available. Free perks include yoga classes and parking, as well as breakfast served in a hip vegetarian restaurant. There’s also a warmly dec-orated lounge, a garden, and an outdoor pool with a sundeck.
Hix Island House
This modern apartment hotel is set in concrete buildings with solar panels surrounded by 5 hectares of jungle. It’s 15 km from Vieques NationalWildlife Refuge. The loft style apartments feature minimalist decor and outdoor showers. All rooms are TV-free and include living rooms and patios.Some have sea views. Features an outdoor pool that offers nature views. There is beach equipment available, and children aged 14 and over are welcome to stay. Breakfast is complimentary.
In The West
The West area offers lodging alternatives for all budgets and interests. Some affordable hotels have rooms for families with children or a privacy retreat for couples. From Quebradillas to Añasco and Lajas, you will find affordable options in the West as you cruise the Island to stay and play like a local.
In Quebradillas, Hotel El Guajataca stands out by impressive views of the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel has a restaurant, outdoor pool and a bar/lounge and a business center. Enjoy the pool and views from the 38 rooms with balconies or patios. Two landmarks to explore nearby area are the Guajataca State Forest and Jobos beach in Isabela. Both places are only 20 minutes away from the hotel.
Hotel Cielo Mar in Aguadilla has 72 rooms with single & double accommodation. Enjoy views of the West Coast, the Caribbean Sea and the Aguadilla Bay. The property a two pool suitable for kids and adults. Also, four event rooms can cater for social and corporate events for 10 to 300 people. Located on on Montemar Avenue less than three miles from Crash Boat beach, a great place to snorkel or jump from the remaining Navy pier.
In the beach town of Boquerón, part of the municipality of Cabo Rojo, Vistas de la Bahía Hotel is only 5 minutes to the town center and the Boquerón public beach. The 23 rooms include air-conditioner and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies or patios. There is a pool for guests where you can enjoy the view of the Boqueron Bay and the Wildlife Refuge. The hotel is only a 10-minute away drive from Buye Beach and 11 miles from Cabo Rojo Lighthouse and Playa Sucia.
In Aguada, Hotel Colombus and Atlantis Fresh Lobster Restaurant is located on Road 441, only 25 minutes to Aguadilla Rafael Hernandez Airport. It features comfortable rooms with air conditioner, pool and ocean view across the street. The restaurant, specializing in seafood and creole dishes, offers continental breakfast, lunch and dinner.
With 210 rooms on perched on a hill top property, Mayaguez Resort and Casino is one of the largest hotels in the West. Its convenient location is only 10 minutes from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus and Plaza Colón, the picturesque town center. The hotel’s main attraction is the River Pool Village, a favorite hangout place for families to spend all day. The facilities also include a restaurant, bar and three tennis courts.
In Lajas, Parguera Plaza Hotel is located on Road 304, right across the town square, close to the bioluminescent bay tour boats and dinghy rental docks. The facilities include pool and twenty five rooms with private baths, air-conditioning and Cable TV. The hotel’s private parking is convenient since there are many restaurant options that are walking distance from the hotel.
La Parguera is one of the favorite beach destinations in the West where you can swim waist deep in mangroves islets. There is also great snorkeling, scuba diving and kitesurfing due to calm and protected waters. The Parguera Natural Reserve diverse ecosystem includes, mangroves forests, bioluminescent lagoons, seagrass beds, and an extensive coral reef full of sea life.