El San Juan Resort & Casino Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Isla Verde, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Pros

Cons

  • Far from Old San Juan's attractions
  • Overpriced food and drinks
  • Some complaints of pool noise from Ocean Lanai rooms
  • Fee for in-room Wi-Fi, plus resort fee
  • No minibars in rooms

Bottom Line

The vibe at the 382-room El San Juan Hotel & Casino is that of a fun, self-contained, relaxed party. The property features a lively lobby, a sprawling free-form pool with swim-up bar, and a location right on the clean, white-sand Isla Verde Beach. Rooms are stylish and beach-y, with white bedding and furniture, light wood, bright, tropical accents, and modern touches such as clear lamps and chairs. The bathrooms are modern, too, but aren't exactly spotless or spacious. Just make sure you're happy staying put: There's not much to do nearby, and Old San Juan is at least a $20 cab ride away.

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 Location

On Isla Verde Beach, minutes from the airport

The El San Juan is located directly on Isla Verde beach, known for its great snorkeling and kite surfing. There's not much to see in the surrounding area, though, and it's $20 cab ride to Old San Juan. Dining options in the immediate neighborhood are pricey and tend to be less-than-stellar.

Isla Verde feels somewhat similar to neighboring Condado, with oceanfront luxury hotels overlooking several wonderful white-sand beaches. However, the dining and shopping scenes are less impressive here. Tourists come here for two main reasons: the wonderful beaches bordering the neighborhood on the north, and the short drive to the airport, located a couple of minutes east by car. Isla Verde Avenue, the main thoroughfare in the area, is lined with self-contained hotels overlooking the sand.

  • 5-minute drive to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport
  • Right on Isla Verde Beach
  • 5-minute drive to Puerto Rico's Museum of Art
  • 8-minute drive to the Museum of Contemporary Art
  • 9-minute drive to Puerto Rico Convention Center
  • 10-minute drive to San Juan Cruise Port
  • 12-minute drive to Old San Juan
  • 13-minute drive to San Cristobal Fort
  • 13-minute drive to La Fortaleza, the Governor's Palace

 Bottom Line

The vibe at the 382-room El San Juan Hotel & Casino is that of a fun, self-contained, relaxed party. The property features a lively lobby, a sprawling free-form pool with swim-up bar, and a location right on the clean, white-sand Isla Verde Beach. Rooms are stylish and beach-y, with white bedding and furniture, light wood, bright, tropical accents, and modern touches such as clear lamps and chairs. The bathrooms are modern, too, but aren't exactly spotless or spacious. Just make sure you're happy staying put: There's not much to do nearby, and Old San Juan is at least a $20 cab ride away.

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Address

  • 6063 Isla Verde Avenue, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00979

Room Types

  • City Vista, King
  • City Vista, Two Queens
  • Garden Lanai, King
  • Garden Lanai, Two Doubles
  • Junior Suite
  • La Vista, King
  • La Vista, Two Queens
  • Ocean Front Lanai Room
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Two Bedroom Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 386
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
Casino: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Isla Verde, San Juan
Address: 6063 Isla Verde Avenue, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00979
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