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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 306 Reviews
Not worth the expense
Reviewed 2 days 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!

Gorgeous but proceed with caution
Reviewed 1 week ago

This resort is gorgeous, but I have no idea how it is going to survive. The resort is for sale, it is in bankruptcy, and now some of the units are not occupiable due to the hurricane. If you look at the images on the web, you’ll see some of the units right on the water, balanced on a seawall. Well, that seawall took quite a beating during the hurricane and only some of them are functioning. We were lucky enough to stay in one of them. But, there are other units available. And, the landscaping is still as beautiful as it looks in the photos.

The other problem the resort has is that there are newer adjacent units, individually owned, that have the same look and feel, but that are rented out on the apartment rental sites. These have fully functioning kitchens, similar plunge pools, etc. What I didn’t like about the resort units is that the website describes them as having kitchenettes. But, they really don’t have kitchenettes. They have a fridge and a microwave and a room that looks like a kitchen, but it doesn’t have a single thing that you’d normally find in a kitchen. There isn’t a plate, a wine glass, a coffee maker, nothing. Even the cooktop has been disabled. I expected to be able to make some of my meals in this space, so after going to the grocery store, I went to the discount store and bought two plates, two cups, a sharp knife, and some paper towel. The decision to rid the units of functioning kitchens makes no sense to me. There are apartments for rent right next door that share the resort amenities that have functioning kitchens. Other than being able to be right on the seawall, I don’t know why people wouldn’t rent them instead. (Maybe they have a deal with the on-site restaurant. We didn’t eat there because it was stuffy and expensive.)

The other thing I felt the resort was missing was stuff for the beach. It sure would have been nice to find chairs and an umbrella that we could take to the various beaches in Rincón. Again, many of the apartment rentals come with this type of equipment and also include boogie boards, noodles, etc. (We didn’t hang out at the beach here because there isn’t much of it left. During medium-to-high tide, you can’t use it.)

We enjoyed our three nights here. The bed was large (it really needs king-sized pillows, however) and comfy. The plunge pool and sunsets were divine. The gardens were lush and inviting. And, we made friends with an iguana who wouldn’t leave the road when we wanted to drive on by. But, I can’t give the resort my strongest recommendation because of the problems I detailed here.

My Safe Haven
Reviewed 1 month ago

I stayed in room 19 and its a precious gem. I must say this place is AMAZING!!! Not only because the property is a dream, but the staff makes an incredible difference. I was a little hesitant at first to stay since I was going solo, but I must say it was the best decision I could've made. No company is needed to enjoy this beautiful hotel. From today on, I call it my Safe Haven

Just an awful experience.
Reviewed 2 months ago

We booked plunge pool suite for two nights. The plunge pool is NOT private at all, as the manager Wilhelm had assured us, it would be. Our neighbor's balcony overlooked our pool. It was also not chlorinated at all--in fact, the water filter looked like it was leaking gallons of water, per hour while spraying water on an exposed junction box. Exposed electrical wiring all over the property, too. There was no hot water in our suite, at all. No water pressure either, for that matter. No-one on the premises who could fix our hot water issue and no-other rooms available to move to. It rained heavily, which was fine, except for the fact that the rain started pouring from our ceiling in multiple places including through a painted-over smoke detector. Fresh paint was covering multiple layers of patching, in an effort to conceal bowed and water damaged sheet rock. This place is a den of black mold. We fled the premises at 2 am on the first night when the 5 buckets in our room started to overflow and then had to fight the manager, Wilhelm, for weeks to get our money back in full. The Horned Dorset has the appearance of an establishment that has been in a state of disrepair for a long time, not just since the hurricane. As you can see from some of the photos on this website (many of which are outdated), this place was at one time a glorious resort. The only shining spot was the young man on duty that night who tried so very hard to make things right. He should be at the Ritz Carleton but got stuck at this dump. In summary, stay at your own risk and don't let your toddlers play with the pretty colored wires.

Horned Dorset...even after the storm,it still shines bright!!
Reviewed 2 months ago

A classic in excellence, quality and charm,Horned Dorset keeps its magical appeal,even after undergoing rough financial times,and complicated circumstances after Hurricane Maria!!
It has recently changed its tradition of being a bit disconnected from the outside world,to promote an atmosphere of total relaxation,with a bit more of cable and WiFi facilities,but still keeping an absolute calm,peaceful ambiance!!