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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 298 Reviews
Mesmerizing Stay - Stunning architecture, gorgeous beach, gracious staff
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am an avid business traveler and frequent some of the most beautiful and celebrated cities and resorts in the world. I took this trip for a friends wedding in Rincon, joining my sister on an extended girls trip. I am honestly shocked and saddened by the last review here. Puerto Rico withstood one of the worst hurricanes in history and the island and it's precious people are still recovering. I am amazed at their resiliency and determination. For ANYONE to further distort and damage this beautiful island is a sad statement on the individual. This resort is nothing short of stunning. We stayed in an ocean view suite that offered breathtaking views of the sea, waves crashing onshore. The detail and history of this resort are unmatched. Wilhelm, the general manager and Elliott, the morning staff assistant, went out of their way to make us feel right at home and we felt like family immediately. Tony, the owner and proprietor of the incredible Chateau Rose restaurant delighted our taste buds with culinary sensations that were truly exceptional. The rooms were large, all marble, stunning architectural villa details, with wrapped balconies and french doors with nothing but a clear blue sea out of each window. The grounds are meticulous and the breakfast area was so comforting and quaint. We spent hours just gazing at the ocean and the diivine setting before us. I just arrived back home today and am already longing for the experience once again. You will not be disappointed in choosing this resort for your dream getaway.

Unlike anywhere... hidden gem!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This had to be one of the greatest stays I’ve ever had the pleasure to experience. The rooms were beyond our wildest dreams, large, well appointed, and with so many design details that we were in awe of. You could stay on that property for a few weeks and consistently notice something unique and exquisite to see on a daily basis. Everything was perfection, from the marble, to the beautifully carved wooden doors, the views, and my personal favorite, the tub!

The plunge pool was an absolute stunner, along with all the other pools on the property. Our room directly faced the ocean, and we fell asleep to the waves crashing in our super scrumptious four poster bed. The Murphy bed was hidden beneath a giant painted Moroccan wood panel. The lights were romantically lit, and the room was beyond spacious.

One of the greatest parts of our stay was how well we were treated by the staff, I’ve traveled enough to know that no matter how beautiful something is, if you’re not treated well it ruins the entire experience. This was not the case, Wilhem, Tony (from chateau Rose... amazing dining see other review...) and Elliott were kind and beyond accommodating. We felt like royalty just entering the property, and they maintained that feeling by treating us as such. We can’t wait to return.

Run down and falling apart
Reviewed 1 month ago

We went to Horned Dorset planning a weekend at a luxury resort. This resort was far from luxurious. There were only two couple staying. It was just old and tired and there was no attempt to keep it nice. The bed was old and very uncomfortable. There was no information about the hotel and no phone in the room. They had room service but you had to go to the restaurant to order. Couldn’t find the gym or yoga pavilion. Everything was broken, shutters wouldn’t close, toilet leaked, electrical outlets not functioning, light bulbs burned out. It wasn’t just the hurricane but years of neglect. On a positive side, the staff was friendly and helpful. The restaurant, which is no longer owned by the hotel, was unbelievable great. The food and service were the certainly 5 star.

The front was damaged by the hurricane and trees were down over the pathways with no attempts of repair.

Nice design & setting but poor management & maintanance
Reviewed 2 months ago

We picked this resort hotel for our anniversary for its charm and unique set-up. It was indeed charming and well-designed, however the overall experience was not worth $500+/night. Our 2-level suite was really well-thought out, initially. A kitchenette that was clearly designed to be part of this luxury suite, lacked everything even a 1-star hotel provides these days: coffee machine, cups, glasses, any kind of silverware, plates.....it did have a cooktop-but broken with missing buttons-see pictures, we couldn't even open a bottle of wine and enjoy it. since we live on the island and also own a hospitality service, we are fully aware of the damages hurricane Maria caused, but even our accommodations are in better shape 7-months after. No internet at all, which is also no excuse, knowing the local options at this time. Service was very lousy, and when we voiced our concerns, we were politely shut up. Quite disappointed, and will not visit or recommend it unless the ownership/management changes. It's a pity because it's really a charming place otherwise.

Great location, great destination, personal pool & friendly staff
Reviewed 2 months ago

Room are awesome - we have an oceanview room with a personal dive pool and big deck. You essentially get your own 2 story cottage which was lovely. I'd definitely recommend renting a car to drive more into Rincon for restaurants, shopping, and surfing/watersports as walking is not an option and there isnt a beach at/near the resort. But all in 100% recommend! Some items of the cottages outdated, had an issue with a door not locking, but otherwise a lovely stay. Very quiet hotel, no real bar and just 1 restaurant in the lobby (we only had breakfast there).