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.
How to Get There
We stayed for about a week and spent one evening at the rooftop lounge and pool. Kiara waited on us and went over and beyond to ensure we felt comfortable and welcomed! Thank you Kiara for such good service.
Everything about this hotel was great - location, amenities, comfort, but mostly the people. Everyone we came across, from the front desk staff to the staff at the Mist rooftop bar and Claudia at Zen Day Massage was amazing. Special shoutout to Carmen at the Mist rooftop bar for a lovely lunch and snapping some great photos. The food and drinks on the rooftop are affordable and tasty!
I did a massage with Claudia at Zen Day Spa, which is just one of the private rooms at the hotel that overlooks the ocean. Absolutely wonderful experience for a very affordable price. Claudia was in the lobby when we checked in and gave me the prices of her services then took my WhatsApp number to follow up on appointment times - very convenient.
Overall, the hotel is located in a safe area, right on the beach, and has plenty of food options in the neighborhood. We got a $6-8 Uber to Old San Juan twice, which took about 10-15 minutes.
Definitely recommend Claudia at Zen Day massage at San Juan Water Beach Club. I got a wonderful, relaxing hour massage from Claudia. She is very friendly and professional. She did a great job. This was my first time with cups. I was skeptical, but it was nice. ¡Muy, muy bien!