Cheat Sheet: San Juan
Affordable find: Da House
Da House, a boho-styled hideaway in the heart of the Old City, is a stylish step up from conventional youth hostel. Set in what was once the Centro Nacional de las Artes, the property’s 30 rooms are all individually designed with local and regional antiques and offer prime views of the area’s endless historic sites. Even if staying elsewhere, pop by to groove to the tunes at its ground-floor salsa lounge.
(Courtesy: Ritz-Carlton, Dorado Beach)
Splurge worthy: Ritz-Carlton, Dorado Beach
Set along a palm-studded slice of Caribbean 45 minutes west of San Juan, the 115-room Dorado Beach is a harmonious marriage of location, luxury, and legacy. Spread over 50 thickly forested acres, the resort’s beachfront setting is a testament to the eco-vision of developer Laurence Rockefeller — who built the original Dorado back in 1958. Each of the property’s split-level guest rooms virtually pours onto the Caribbean — including many with rooftop plunge pools. Dorado Beach’s real revelation, however, is its five-acre/12-room Spa Botanico, which includes a pair of towering treehouse platforms for canopy-shrouded therapies.
(Courtesy: O:live Boutique)
Romantic hideaway: O:live Boutique
The O:live Boutique is a bijoux 15-room hideaway in Condado, steps from San Juan’s deep blue lagoon. The hotel’s design was inspired by The Spanish and Puerto Rican owners’ lengthy travels throughout the Mediterranean basin and features interiors with either Spanish, French, Italian or Moroccan decor. O:liva, the hotel’s signature restaurant, offers a pan-Mediterranean menu along with a rooftop lounge.
(Courtesy: Caribe Hilton)