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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

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apzapata

Hotel overall still showing significant damages from hurricane Maria. Significant mold odor in the room. Dirty private pool not functional with chemical floating and green surfaces. A/C didn’t work. Administration asked us to give it time to cool down, but never worked. Shower heads plugged and full of scaling. Wall accessories full of fungus. No TV. No WiFi and not cell phone signal in rooms. No longer beach area, water has created erosion of sand under building which already shows cracks with possible integrity damage. Main pool in same conditions as private pool. Parking in a mud area. No illumination in parking area (unsafe). Just one person to support the whole operation during nights. All floor and bath with significant disgusting white scaling. No hot water. Everything corroded and dirty in receiving area (lobby). We finally had to leave because AC never worked and they said they didn’t have nobody to fix it. The only one night staff recommended us to leave and now we are struggling to receive a refund. The administrator (which was not there to talk) says that we wait too much to leave, therefore we have to pay for the whole night.

Incredible!!
865asierc

This place was amazing!!! We booked an ocean front suite 26-27 of July. This is really not a hotel room it is more like renting an entire house. We barely even used the first floor this place was so big. I have read some of the past reviews here and some are ok others are downright false. There is one that says the beach is dirty, that is downright slander and the hotel should sue the person who made this review. The room was amazing with a luxurious shower and a one of a kind bathtub. The view of the ocean from the room was panoramic and relaxing. We went to the French restaurant on one night and we felt like royalty there. I have read complaints about it being expensive but what hotel restaurant isn’t expensive. That complaint is just silly. After the restaurant we dived into the plunge pool and saw the beautiful luminous stars. It was perfect! Elegant grounds surrounded the rooms and made it feel rural. It was an over the top experience for me and my wife. On this trip we went scuba diving, Toro Verde Adventure Park, Rock Bridge of Cabo Rojo and Cueva Ventana ( Window Cave). It was a flawless trip!

Huge Disappointment
Terrettateach

I booked this trip in February based on the rating, so I was hugely shocked at the condition of the premises when we arrived in July. We had no hot water and were told they had a broken line that day that was just fixed. Thirty minutes later, we still had no hot water. After reading recent reviews for June and July, lack of hot water was a recurring theme.
Our room had no TV and was in need of repairs. A wall fixture had a broken lampshade and had a hole in the wall where it was mounted. The shower knob also didn’t properly fit the hole in the tile. The soffit under the roof was rotten and had a gaping hole staring at us from our pool. The beach and grounds had litter strewn about. I have never written a poor review of any hotel booking, but this place was a disaster booking!

Update:
After speaking with the manager, I was assured the hot water was fixed and I would receive a TV. After 3 hours, I had neither. When I went back to speak with guest services, there was no one there at 7:30pm.