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4.5
Very Good 310 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Suites are vast, starting at 1,400 square feet
  • Upon request, the hotel can arrange nearby activities, such as surfing lessons and snorkeling the coral reefs north of Rincon
  • The infinity pool overlooks the Caribbean Sea
  • For dinner, choose between the elegant Aaron and the more casual, open-air Blue Room restaurant

What To Know

  • It’s best to fly to Mayaguez rather than drive from San Juan
  • Children 17 and under are not permitted in the suites
  • The daily meal plan for breakfast and dinner is pricey; it’s a 15-minute drive to other restaurants in the area
  • The dress code at Restaurant Aaron is long pants, collared shirt, closed-toed shoes — tie and jacket not required

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

Opened in 1987, this Relais & Chateaux property may not be a part of the ever-expanding ranks of up-to-the-minute design hotels, but what it lacks in flashiness it makes up for with attentive service, a quiet atmosphere and a location where the Caribbean is literally at your feet.

Spread over seven beachfront acres, the Horned Dorset Primavera is made up of whitewashed stucco buildings — outfitted with red tile roofs, Moorish arches and enclosed balconies — set either directly on or behind an oceanfront seawall, meaning the second-story rooms make you feel as if you’re at the helm of a cruise ship.

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The vibe here skews to the formal (gentlemen are encouraged to wear a jacket and tie at Restaurant Aaron, the hotel’s French dining room), but this doesn’t interfere with the Horned Dorset’s top priority: relaxation. The beach is tiny, secluded, and looks out on a rocky shoreline — perfect for sunbathing with a cocktail in hand.

Beyond the beach, the hotel makes it easy for travelers to disconnect (you won’t find televisions or tech gadgets in the suites). And while it does take a while to actually reach the hotel, you’d be hard pressed to find a more scenic or tranquil spot in all of Puerto Rico.

How to Get There

Horned Dorset Primavera
PR-429, Km 3
Rincon, 00677 Puerto Rico

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 310 Reviews
Amazing. Wow!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The best hotel I have stayed in. Gorgeous rooms bigger than my house in Dallas! Private pool, 2 bathrooms, everything luxury. I will stay here every single time I come to Puerto Rico going forward. Staff is awesome too.

Beautiful place!
Reviewed 3 months ago

This is a great hotel and beautiful place. Very nice and private rooms,great service. The restaurant is everything you would expect from a fancy restaurant in a beautiful oceanfront setting. Delicious food and great service.

Oh la la
Reviewed 3 months ago

Picture a wealthy Indian merchant doing business in PR in the 1940's settling his family into a fabulous seaside Villa via their own private railroad siding! That level of elegance is alive today in this hostelry cum restaurant. With hand-painted murals covering the walls of one room and a white-tablecloth, heavy hotel silver, marble floored dining room, you will feel like an honored guest at the finest residence anywhere. The professional grade servers are knowledgeable and provide the highest level of table service without being stuffy. There are three multi-course menus plus a tasting menu (from $70 - 125) and there was no problem substituting. Each dish was as good as you have eaten anywhere. Totally worth it.

Simply Breathtaking
Reviewed 4 months ago

The Horned Dorset is an extremely special hotel. My wife and I have stayed there before the storm and after the storm... It is incredible how they made such full rebound and even made improvements.. We dined at the restaurant and enjoy our breathtaking villa with our plunge pool. Almost all of the staff remains the same from the last 5+ years so it was nice to see some friendly faces. They even remembered us by name!

Rincon in general was immaculate.. It is cleaning and has more of an identity than most of San Juan. Several restaurants and beach bars have popped up since our last visit. It really was impressive to see. Looking forward to our next visit!

P.S. Make sure to visit the lighthouse when you visit.

Not worth the expense
Reviewed 5 months ago

We only stayed one night here (thank goodness)! While the grounds are secluded and beautiful, the property is in desperate need of some TLC. Our shower only put out scalding hot water, our private plunge pool was absolutely disgusting (as was the main pool), and the buildings need some clean-up and painting. I’m very disappointed!