Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Puerto Rico

There is lots to see and do in Puerto Rico -- for adults and youngsters alike. Oyster knows what travelers look for in their hotels. When we review properties around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you're planning a trip and need a place to start, you've come to the right place. Take a look at our top kid-friendly picks in Puerto Rico, and get inspired!

El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

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El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls

El Conquistador's reputation tends to precede it. The 984-room cliff-side resort provides some of the most epic views in the Caribbean, and its modern, beach-chic rooms are bright and clean, with plush white bedding, balconies, and sleek, spacious bathrooms. The hotel's beach is pristine and located on a private island (accessibly by a free ferry). But nightly rates are steep, and the remote location makes it hard for guests to venture off-site for cheaper dining and entertainment options. Guests that don't want to spend all of their time on property should consider renting a car.

Condado Lagoon Villas at Caribe Hilton

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Condado Lagoon Villas at Caribe Hilton Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Categories: Beach, Kid-Friendly, Romantic

The 264-room Condado Lagoon Villas at the Caribe Hilton is the tranquil sibling of its mega-resort sister: The clean, bright rooms are more spacious and the small pool is less crowded. Suites come complete with large bathrooms (many featuring soaking tubs and separate walk-in showers), big balconies and kitchenettes (in some cases with stoves), which can help compensate for the lack of nearby off-premise dining. It shares the sprawling grounds and private man-made beach of the Caribe Hilton, but the beaches are more impressive in Condado and Isla Verde.

San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

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San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Situated right on the beach in Condado, the Marriott Resort & Casino is a step above some other hotels in the neighborhood: The grounds and the hotel -- including the pools, the tennis courts, and the spa -- are well-kept, and the upscale rooms feature warm colors, flat-screen TVs, and large bathrooms with granite vanities. Though there is a casino on-site, the hotel also caters to families, with amenities such as a game room, laundry facilities, and a pool with a waterslide. But some have complained of hearing noise from the casino in the rooms on the lower floors, and fees for extras such as Wi-Fi and beach chairs are annoying.

Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa, a Wyndham Grand Resort

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Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa, a Wyndham Grand Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Categories: Beach, Kid-Friendly, Romantic

The sprawling Rio Mar Beach Resort, located near El Yunque Rainforest, is an excellent budget-friendly option for families. The big family pool has a waterslide, there's a shallow kiddy pool, and activities include iguana feedings and evening bonfires. Most importantly, the resort is located on a big, beautiful beach. But be warned: Nickel-and-diming is rampant here.

Mayaguez Resort & Casino

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Mayaguez Resort & Casino Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Categories: Kid-Friendly, Resort

The 140-room Mayaguez Resort & Casino is a kid-friendly choice on Puerto Rico's western coast, with a lovely lazy river pool featuring a rock grotto area with waterfalls, a waterslide, and a zero-entry edge with sand. The on-site restaurants offer tasty, authentic Puerto Rican cuisine as well as international and Caribbean choices -- but items are on the pricey side. Rooms are relatively clean, with tiled floors and dark wood accents, but feel a little bare and worn, and the indoor areas as a whole could use upgrading (carpets smell musty, and we noticed a cracked ceiling in the fitness center).

Embassy Suites San Juan - Hotel & Casino

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Embassy Suites San Juan - Hotel & Casino Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Categories: Kid-Friendly

The 299 two-room suites in the Embassy Suites San Juan are spacious and clean with flat-screen TVs and microwaves, but pretty standard chain decor. The pool area is attractive (despite the nearby overpass), featuring a waterfall and artful rock landscaping, and the impressive nearby beach offers guest-only lounge chairs and towels. But its location right next to the airport and a major highway is a bit noisy, and Isla Verde offers little besides the beach.

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