San Juan Water and Beach Club
What We Love
- Excellent location right off the beach in the popular San Juan neighborhood of Isla Verde
- Fun rooftop scene, with a pool (for day) and a trendy bar (for night)
- Aqua-themed design details, such as the glass-enclosed water feature in elevators, and blue-on-white color scheme in rooms
What To Know
- A 16 percent resort fee and 9 percent government tax per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Unlike its neighbors, the property is a hotel, not a resort — so there is no on-site spa, large-scale pool or other such amenities
- Not the best choice for families
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
From the aqua palette and droplet paintings to the wave-shaped benches and soft blue lighting, water is definitely the inspiration at this breezy, minimal retreat. Even the elevators carry through the theme with their blue mosaic tile work and glass-enclosed waterfall wall. The rooftop undoubtedly provides the best eye candy, and guests can kick back on white chaise longues dressed up with pillows in various inky shades, while taking in the views of the lovely Isla Verde section of San Juan.
Bed and Bath
At roughly 300 square feet, the 80 rooms are on the small side, but a minimalist design scheme keeps things from feeling cramped. Beds feature plush pillowtop mattresses and are covered with high-thread-count sheets. Flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, cool tile floors, well-equipped bathrooms (decent-size walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads) and coffeemakers with excellent Puerto Rican Yaucono coffee complete the rather comfy picture. Ocean-view rooms are definitely worth the splurge for their floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Atlantic.
The property has two standout features: a buzzy rooftop with a small pool and hot spot bar, and its location just steps from the sand. The beach concierge service will set up chairs and umbrellas, arrange for water sports activities, provide nibbles and pass out cool scented towels for landlubbers who prefer to lounge on the sand all day. Elsewhere, guests can take advantage of the fitness center, or enjoy a massage in their room. Don’t miss a meal at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Zest, where chef Raul Correa puts a modern spin on Latin cuisine with such dishes as pan-fried red snapper topped with a rich and tangy ajili mojili sauce (a traditional Puerto Rican sauce made from peppercorns, chilies, lime juice and garlic) and served over a plantain mofongo and a saffron chorizo broth.
In the Area
The Isla Verde beaches are renowned for their ample water sports — try your hand at windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding or kiteboarding with Sotavento Water Sports, which offers lessons and rentals by the hour. After you’ve worked up an appetite, be sure to check out Ceviche House, a Peruvian restaurant abounding with fresh seafood or La Playita, a waterfront restaurant with killer views and a strong frozen drink selection. Party animals will love nearby Brava, a Vegas-style nightclub with a roster of rotating DJs spinning into the wee hours. Looking for a change of scenery? Historic Old San Juan, great for strolling, shopping, dining and bar-hopping, is a quick cab ride away.
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The Hotel was very clean. The blue lighting made it even looking BUT my favorite part of this hotel was the housekeeper on the 8th floor. Lourdes Jiménez. She was one of the sweetest, welcoming, genuine people I ever met. She made my boyfriend and I feel at home for our week stay. She deserved all the recognition.
My husband and I traveled to Puerto Rico for a quick 5 day getaway and stayed at this boutique hotel. We arrived before the check in time of 4pm but they were able to let us check in early which we really appreciated. The staff was extremely accommodating and attentive to us. Vanessa made sure we were enjoying our stay and we were always greeted with a smile. All staff was amazing! From the front desk staff to bartenders/servers at Mist rooftop bar and even our cleaning lady. The hotel itself could use some sprucing up(updating) but was very clean and our room was immaculate and our bed was very comfortable. The best part was that the beach was steps from the front door of the hotel and they provide you with beach loungers/umbrellas and beach service. The rooftop restaurant offers daily specials and although we did not eat at their restaurant Zest they seem to offer a varied menu. We found what became our favorite dining spot at the end of the block called El Alambique and breakfast spot around the corner called Playa Papaya. We opted to treat ourselves to a Zen Day couple’s massage at the hotel and our massage therapists Claudia and Eduardo were magnificent! They were professional yet personable and are truly talented in their craft. God bless those hands! If I have anything negative to say is that at times there was a long wait for the elevator as we noticed that the cleaning staff would stop the elevator on whatever floor they were cleaning for a period of time. Also there was no air conditioning in the elevators. The location of this hotel is prime and we are already planning our next trip to PR and San Juan Water and Beach Club.
Cannot say enough great things about the customer service, friendly staff, best happy hour around and THE most delicious food! Juan, Jesus, Marcus & manager Omar really know how to make your experience extra special! Definitely try the crab & tostone natchos, crab salad, tacos, hamburgers....the whole menu! Great drink prices & selection. Best of all you are on the top floor watching the sun set & the moon rise. It truly does not get better than this!
Amazing views, food and staff! Honestly, one of the best experiences I've had in a long time. Our kind and attentive waitress Andreliz was superb. She created the perfect ambiance for my party and we couldn't get enough of her! We're definitely coming back. Thank you WBC and THANK YOU Andreliz... you're the best :-)
Perfect location. The beach is just heavenly. The complimentary beach chairs and umbrella was a nice touch. I needed it because I got a little too excited and got sizzled by the sun. It hurt so good. Great location. Uber is cheap and readily available. Cosmetically, I’d rate this as 3 star hotel which is ok/good. Room was a bit worn down and scuffed up, but that didn’t bother us, purely cosmetic. Stay was similar to a Holiday Inn Express. Perfect for a quick cheap 5 day beach front vacation with a significant other. Comfortable room, nice smelling soaps in bathroom, comfy king sized bed, clean linens and towels, gorgeous partial ocean view room 506. Slept very well! This room was spacious. It had a refrigerator which was nice. Request for extra towels was accommodated. Good hot fresh food upstairs and downstairs. Great front desk service. Easy breezy. Nice stay overall!
Only 1 bad thing:
Room/bathroom floors were kinda dirty, that was the only thing that bothered me. Wore flip-flops at all times in the room and in the shower. Everything else was good though!