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.
How to Get There
Had a quick stop in San Juan on route to Virgin Islands. Despite late arrival staff were pleasant and helpful ensuring we had all our info and knew of hotel a,entities. Room was bright, spacious and clean. Perfect location for a beach vacation.
Walked into lobby after a long beach day hoping to schedule a massage for the next day but Claudia met me at the door and had an opening right away! Just what I needed--she's very good. Spent extra time on my feet like I asked.
Excellent ! She was so sweet and the room was beautiful. Booked ahead of time, and it was very simple. Her husband and Claudia were very accommodating when we needed to change the time. Highly recommend!
The hotel location was good and the restaurant options were ideal for my family. The view from our room was good but the “balcony with view” was in my opinion, misrepresented. There was technically a balcony but its size allowed for standing room only. I was pretty disappointed as I like to be able to sit outside with my early morning coffee. Housecleaning definitely needs to be improved. We arrived after housecleaning was closed so we were unable to get sheets and pillows for the sleeper sofa we had relayed we needed for our son prior to our arrival. The next day we received sheets to make the bed - quite literally - as sheets and a stained blanket were left on a side table without the bed being made although we had left a hefty tip. We stayed three nights and each time the room was cleaned we were left with only two towels and had to go to the front desk for the additional towel for my son and wash cloths. The parking was reasonably priced and very convenient but it was disappointing to have a pool open from 8am to 8pm. The blue lights might work for a disco but not for our room. I would not come back to this hotel.
Stayed here on a weekend and the rooftop music was so loud you could hear it from the beach. On the second night I called the front desk to complain and they said they had received other complaints and would ask the DJ to turn it down. This did not happen. Hearing the loud music banging until late at night was very annoying. Although this hotel has an excellent location we will not stay here again. There are other fun choices in the proximity we will explore next time.