Hotels Near the Airport in San Juan

by Cicely A. Richard

San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport is the main international airport for Puerto Rico and serves as a hub for American Airlines and American Eagle. Located in Carolina, it is three miles southeast of San Juan. The international airport only has one on-site hotel, the Best Western San Juan Airport Hotel. Between the airport and San Juan, though, visitors find hotels and resorts along the Atlantic Ocean and two lagoons, Condado and San Jose.

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Airport Hotel

Best Western San Juan Airport Hotel is across from the American Airlines counter, less than three miles from Isla Verde Beach and five miles from Old San Juan. The hotel provides amenities such as an on-call doctor, baggage hold, a US post office and a 24-hour front desk. Onsite recreation includes a game room, a 24-hour exercise facility, and a sundeck with two hot tubs. All guest rooms are soundproof and have in-room safes and Internet access.

Casino Hotels and Resort

San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, a AAA Four Diamond resort, sits on Condado Beach, five miles from the San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. Stellaris Casino operates 24 hours a day and has 482 gaming machines and 27 table and poker games. The pool has a water slide and whirlpool. Guest rooms feature neutral colors and offer 32-inch LCD televisions and private balconies. La Concha -- A Renaissance Resort also sits on Condado Beach, less than five miles from the airport. It has an open lobby to let natural light stream into the hotel and a seashell-shaped floating restaurant. Casino Del Mar offers more than 500 machines and 17 gaming tables. Guest rooms have walk-in spa showers and 37-inch flat-panel televisions.

Romantic Getaways

Doubletree by Hilton San Juan is within walking distance of Condado Beach and five miles from the international airport. Its Sweet Romance Getaway package includes deluxe accommodations, sparkling wine, and a full breakfast in bed or at the restaurant. Guests can take romantic walks along the shore or visit historic Old San Juan, only three miles away from the property. Doubletree also has an on-site convenience store and an open-air restaurant. Select rooms have garden-view balconies and televisions with on-demand movies. Less than three miles from the airport, San Juan Condado Plaza overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Condado Lagoon. The “Romance” San Juan Puerto Rico vacation package includes breakfast for two, a bottle of champagne and deluxe accommodations. Select suites have whirlpool tubs, living rooms and wet bars.

Pet-Friendly Hotels

The Verdanza Hotel is approximately two and a half miles from the international airport, boasting Caribbean décor accented by dark wood colors. This green hotel uses captured rainwater in its garden and energy-efficient light bulbs. It welcomes one pet per room for a deposit and a non-refundable fee. The Water Spray Park has a pool, umbrella dooms with showers and water jets. Hotel amenities include concierge service and tour assistance. Guest rooms have eco-friendly bath products. San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel is on a secluded beach, located only two miles from the airport. It welcomes 35-lb. dogs. Pet amenities include gourmet treats, toys, water and bowls, pet sitting, walking and grooming. The property has a rooftop lounge and concierge service. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean and soothing ivory-colored décor.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .