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
- 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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Had a very relaxing and enjoyable massage session.The masseuse was very professional, attentive and respectful. I've had several sessions with him, prior to this one, and would definitely recommend!!!
We found it very comfortable, clean, modern, comfortable bed, large room, fun atmosphere in the restaurant and rooftop bar, awesome food and first class service. Employees were friendly and helpful. Highly recommends!
I first visited this property when it was brand spanking new. It is now a little dated, and a little older, but in view of the storms that hit Puerto Rico, it is still a good bet. Bed and linens were very nice, as was the Puerto Rican coffee and water. Recommend.
This review is only for the massage and not the hotel itself! My fiancé and I booked a couples massage with Eduardo and Claudia and it was absolutely wonderful! I worked with Claudia and truly enjoyed one of the best massages I have ever experienced. The room was lovely and I enjoyed the snacks at the end. :) The only feedback I would give was that the room was a bit cold for me and I would have much preferred the lotion to be warm when applied. I think the room is evolving so this will likely come in the future. Jason and I will definitely be back, at least for the lovely massage. Thank you, Eduardo and Claudia!!
The hotel near the beach is a nice location where guests can rent beach umbrellas and chairs for free and spend a relaxing time on the beautiful sandy beach.
In addition, it was the massage that I was able to taste the resort feeling. I chose an hour course. Swedish style and Thai style massage was carried out while healing music flowed in one room of the hotel, and I was able to spend the best time.
I was able to refresh the body I was tired of walking Old San Juan the day before.
I was able to make effective use of the time to flight after checkout, so please feel free to everyone. By the way, I was the first Japanese customer.
The name of the massager is Eduardo and the couple is in the lobby.