Trendy Boutique Hotel with Ocean Views
The image of water is inescapable: inside, glass-paneled elevators gleam with cascading waterfalls, and nearby, music emanates till the late hours at Liquid Bar. Meanwhile, the sound of the surf is piped in through the corridors leading to guest rooms, where floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the shimmering sea. The ocean centers the experience and the sleek modern décor at San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel, where exotic amenities flourish throughout its posh setting.
Extending from the corner of the deck, an extravagant chaise lounge harbors a sea of white pillows, as the city skyline ascends to the north. For lower altitude sunbathing, the Isla Verde Beach is lined with clusters of palm trees on its white Caribbean sand. An idyllic stretch of Atlantic coastline, this waterfront plays host to romantic seaside strolls on one end and a bustling, energetic crowd on another.
Inside the deluxe guest rooms, a custom-designed king bed dressed in a plush down comforter anchors the whitewashed chambers. Come morning, guests can replenish their energy with a complimentary continental breakfast.
San Juan: Cosmopolitan City with Rich History and Modern Vibe
Founded by Spanish colonists in 1521, Old San Juan, one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas, preserves its rich cultural history with a fleet of museums and defensive structures dating back to the 16th century. Stationed 6 miles from the hotel, the narrow, blue cobblestone streets and open-air cafés enchant visitors as they make their way past a central Baroque plaza to the San Juan National Historic Site where military forts rise imposingly. As bomba drums echo in the distance, travelers flock to El Morro, a 500-year-old fortress that absorbs the crashing breakers of the Atlantic Ocean. After walking the El Morro inscription trail, emblazoned with thousands of Spanish and Anglo signatures, dates, and scathing reviews of the heliocentric theory, guests can climb Recinto Oeste to the top of the city wall and the guarded iron gates of La Fortaleza, the governor's palace. Guided tours explore the ancient mansion's Moorish gardens, dungeon, and chapel.
Like a yard sale at the Louvre, this cosmopolitan city also offers some of the world's best shopping, rousing visitors eager to collect native souvenirs. Winding through the festive Old City a 20-minute walk from the hotel, Calle San Francisco and Calle del Cristo dazzle patrons with native handicrafts including needlework, ceramics, and paper mache tribal masks. Mom-and-pop shops nestled under colorful awnings stand opposite boutique leather outfitters where owners and patrons bargain back and forth. Fine- and folk-art galleries also find a place in this shopping center, rousing customers with local woodwork and seaside pastels.