O:LV Fifty Five
What We Love
- Condado Lagoon views from most of the 26 suites
- Carib-Asian cuisine at Raya, the hotel’s lobby-level restaurant
- Marble-print everything, from flower planters to guest room key cards
- The hotel’s rooftop DJ booth was crafted from an old Rolls Royce
What To Know
- The hotel is a sister property to the O:Live Boutique, just steps away
- Instead of traditional room numbers, each room is named for a certain time of day courtesy of an analog clock on the door
- The solarium and Jacuzzi on the rooftop is for hotel guests only
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
Opulent all-suite adults-only playground in San Juan that brings big city swagger to la isla bonita
Husband-and-wife duo Loisse Herger and Fernando Davila’s second act (following their debut property, the O:Live Boutique) is upping the ante in San Juan, a city in the thick of post-hurricane revitalization. For starters, they’ve eschewed Puerto Rico’s typical barefoot luxe vibe for a sleeker, designer-inspired aesthetic instead. Case in point: the sumptuous suites, stocked with film noir-esque artwork, floor-to-ceiling headboards, black-and-white marble floors, and turquoise and purple furnishings. Public spaces are just as sultry, dripping with velvet and gold, while a bi-level rooftop features an infinity pool and fuels the decidedly grown-up atmosphere. Raya, steered by local celeb chef Mario Pagan, trots out inventive bar fare like spiced adobo kurobuta ribs and wasabi grilled cheese and an over-the-top burger layered with Havarti cheese, egg, and roasted garlic mayo—the crowd-pleaser at brunch. Magic hour lives up to its name at the hotel bar: the sparkly Condado skyline serves as a perfect chaser to a signature cocktail.
In the Area
As one of the many pedestrian-friendly portions of San Juan, Condado, an oceanfront community that’s framed by other resorts, makes for a Miami-like backdrop. Nearby attractions include Condado Beach, a public stretch of sand known for a strong tide that’s not suitable for young swimmers, and a pair of casinos. The cobblestoned streets of Old San Juan—a must for its historic sites such as Fort San Cristobal and El Morro Castle—are a 15-minute ride away. The concierge can help facilitate day trips—we recommend kayaking excursions along the area’s bioluminescent bays or a zip-lining adventure in the El Yunque rainforest.
How to Get There
The attention to detail and high level of care is evident everywhere you look; everywhere you are.
The room, the rooftop bar, the rooftop pool and launch area, the ground level bar & restaurant all a delightful experience!
This is literally one of the most disappointing experiences we had with a hotel booking. We should have known better. We arrive at a hotel after booking a suite for which they charged us ~$500 / night. The suite had NO WINDOWS. Imagine a beach getaway with no windows. Not to mention the tacky finishing. The rooftop is nice, but the hotel experience is horrifying. We had to change the room and eventually stayed in the olive boutique hotel, as many of the OLV rooms had no windows either. It felt as if they chose an old run down spot and decided to come up with a corner hotel in a very sketchy looking street. I stayed at the Condado Vanderbilt previously with a 10 times better experience and a cheaper price. Frustrating experience. Although we stayed in a room half the price, they still charged us the full price (-$100), so for a $800 stay we paid $1400.
Would absolutely NOT recommend this place to anyone. I’m usually flexible and enjoy whatever we get, but this was something else.
We just got off a cruise at 8:30 am and were really tired. Stephanie gave us a wonderful tour of the hotel. Told us to enjoy the beautiful rooftop deck and pool. We had breakfast in the restaurant and hung out by the pool. They were able to get us in a room early. The room was beautiful and had an OK view. She arranged a taxi for me the next morning. A great place, great staff very Highly recommended. We also toured the sister property the next street over.