The main San Juan cruise port is in historic Old San Juan, a 16th-century city that, as of 2010, is undergoing a massive restoration effort. A second port across the bay offers scenic views of the old city but is a taxi ride away from most attractions. Hotels in Old San Juan are convenient to both ports.
Sheraton Old San Juan
If you are an early riser, consider the Sheraton Old San Juan. Located directly across from the main cruise port, the hotel offers rooms with a view of the port. You may be able to watch your ship arrive in the early morning hours. Hotel amenities include a rooftop pool, sprawling casino, business center and car rental desk. Guest rooms feature upgraded bedding, high-speed Internet access and 42-inch LCD televisions. The hotel offers two restaurants and room service.
The Gallery Inn, located in Old San Juan, is an eclectic collection of townhouses and gardens that were combined to create a 52-room mansion owned by the same artist since 1961. There are 22 guest rooms scattered throughout the property, and guests are welcome to explore the entire mansion. A waterfall swimming pool, five art studios and a music room that regularly hosts chamber music concerts are among the hidden surprises. The hotel offers a complimentary continental breakfast, while made-to-order items are available for a fee. Tapas are served each evening except Friday. Each room is different, so it is best to read up on the room types on the hotel website and then call to finalize your reservation.
The Hotel Milano is an inexpensive boutique hotel housed in a 19th-century building in Old San Juan. Guest rooms are clean and comfortable, offering such basic amenities as color televisions and telephones. Rooms are surprisingly large for the price and provide a small sitting area with a table and chairs. The hotel’s main attraction is the rooftop terrace, offering stunning views of the historic city. Cruise passengers receive a small discount.
El Convento is a deluxe hotel housed in a 17th-century convent in the historic city. Hotel amenities include a deep outdoor pool, fitness center, library, wireless Internet access, spa services and personal trainers. All guest rooms provide goose down pillows, flat-screen TVs, refrigerators filled with complimentary water, marble bathrooms and bathrobes. The hotel has four restaurants and a complimentary daily manager’s reception with light snacks.
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