Doubletree by Hilton San Juan Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The 184-room Doubletree by Hilton is one of the top hotels for its price in Condado. Though not directly on the beach, the hotel is a short walk from the sand and features a tropical-themed pool area. Rooms are large, with mini-fridges and microwaves, and the decor throughout the hotel is sleek and modern. There's free Wi-Fi, a modern fitness center and several dining options on-site, which business travelers might find convenient.
Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The mid-range, 240-room Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino is located in the heart of Old San Juan, the city's most romantic, popular area. In a city where budget lodging abounds, the Sheraton is a safe, familiar bet, with a modern fitness center, casino, restaurant, and (small, but decent) rooftop pool and hot tub. While rooms aren't stylish, they're clean, comfortable, and have flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and safes.
InterContinental San Juan Resort & Casino Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The highlights of this 402-room resort in Isla Verde are the large, low-key beach and inviting pool, which includes Jacuzzis, a rock grotto area with waterfalls, and a swim-up bar. Rooms are chain-like but pleasant enough, with clean white linens, light blue accent walls, and basic shower/tub combos, though there are some signs of wear (the bathroom fixtures in particular could use updating). There are some decent restaurants and bars within walking distance, and Old San Juan is just a short drive away.
San Juan Plaza Hotel Rating: 2.5 Pearls
The 117-room Holiday Inn Express San Juan is an older property, and starting to show it's age. Rooms are clean and bright, but generic, the fitness center has only three rusty machines, and the bathrooms are small and could use an update. The 32-inch flat-screen TVs in every room, the small outdoor pool, and the proximity to the beach are the highlights. It's a convenient, popular spot for cruise layovers, but it might be less ideal for longer stays.