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SOFO CasaBlanca Hotel

SOFO CasaBlanca Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls

The draw of SOFO CasaBlanca Hotel is its location -- right in the middle of historic Old San Juan, near countless restaurants, nightclubs, and shops. But once you get past the funky, chic decor of the lobby, the hallways are worn and musty, and the rooms -- despite the cute, eclectic decor -- are on the small side, with thin walls, tiny bathrooms (that have temperamental water pressure and temperature), and little light. Perks like free breakfast and Internet add value, but it's worth comparing rates with The Gallery Inn and Villa Herencia.

San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel

San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls

The 80-room Water Club offers great value in ritzy Isla Verde, San Juan. It has all of the beach vacation essentials: a location almost right on the beach (you have to take a small pathway by the parking lot), two on-site restaurants, a rooftop pool, and bright rooms. The rooms are contemporary and sparse, with just a blue accent wall and little furniture, but they do have flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, free Wi-Fi, and coffeemakers. Hotel features aren't as impressive as at the more expensive properties nearby: the pool and fitness center are both very small, and there's no full spa (although beachside and in-room massages are available). But if your priorities are access to a great beach and solid rooms, it's hard to do much better for the price in San Juan.

Acacia Boutique Hotel

Acacia Boutique Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls

This small, laid-back, mid-range hotel has 22 rooms along a quiet residential street in San Juan about a mile from the Condado tourist hub and a block from the beach. Charming interiors and basic Spanish-style rooms are just starting to show some age. Some rooms have private balconies (and partial ocean views), but anyone is welcome to enjoy the rooftop deck -- a great place to BYO drinks before dinner. The first-floor restaurant serves breakfast and then re-opens again for dinner with a gourmet menu and decent wine list. For more restaurant and nightlife options, just head west along Avenida Ashford via foot or taxi. Guests also have access to the (small) pool and bar at the sister property down the block. Parking in this area might be a challenge.

Casa Condado Hotel

Casa Condado Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls

This no-frills hotel has 24 clean, sparsely decorated rooms, with wooden floors, small flat-screen TVs, and loud AC units. Bathrooms are nothing special either, with large, concrete-floor showers and no counter space. The hotel itself has no amenities whatsoever -- no elevator, no fitness center, no pool -- but its location in the heart of the glitzy Condado neighborhood, a block from the beach, is convenient. Also, there’s a pleasant terrace where the (free) continental breakfast is served, free Wi-Fi in the common areas, and a nice sushi restaurant.

Hacienda Tamarindo

Hacienda Tamarindo Rating: 3.0 Pearls

This 17-room bed & breakfast on a secluded part of Vieques island, near the town of Esperanza, is owned by Vermont couple. It was decorated by the missus -- a former interior designer -- who keeps historic aspects in tact, like the nearly 270-year-old Tamarind tree at the center of the property. The New England influence is felt in the antique decor and the huge country-style breakfast portions (included in the price). An elegant outdoor pool is a point of pride for the mister with a pretty terrace and vistas of the ocean beyond. After a day in the sun, self-serve drinks can be prepared in the air-conditioned library for a low-key evening with only the sound of tree frogs as they sing their evening chorus. A car is recommended to get to beaches, and restaurants, as well as a grocery store for stocking in-room coolers (there are no mini-fridges).

Villa Herencia

Villa Herencia Rating: 3.0 Pearls

This charming boutique hotel on a quiet side street in Old San Juan might make you feel like you've stepped back in time. Each of the eight rooms is furnished differently, but all share comfortable beds, high ceilings, antique furniture, ornate light fixtures, and direct access to a sunny courtyard. In the common areas, the old-world decor blends with quirky, eclectic modern accents, like zebra-print chairs and bright oil paintings. But while the location in Old San Juan helps make this a romantic spot, the hotel lacks a pool and a full-service staff, and it's a 10-minute drive to the beach.

The Gallery Inn

The Gallery Inn Rating: 3.0 Pearls

Owned by the same couple for decades, the historic Gallery Inn is run like an informal B&B -- guests are greeted by name, much of what the restaurant serves is grown in the garden, and no two rooms are the same (though they do share lots of Spanish-style charm). Also like a B&B, the hotel lacks amenities such as TVs and a fitness center. The property's main draws include the convenient Old San Juan location, ocean views from the wine deck, and the artsy, laid-back feel. The innkeepers are both artists, and it's evident they put thought into every detail of the restoration -- expect beautiful old-world details like brick floors, wood beam ceilings, rich rugs, sculptures, and antique knickknacks.

The Beach House Hotel

The Beach House Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls

The boutique Beach House Hotel sits right on a small stretch of private beach, and offers perks like free Wi-Fi, nighttime film screenings, and a pumping DJ on the weekends (a pro, for those who don't mind the noise). But it lacks the amenities -- fitness center, business center, pool -- of a larger hotel. The rooms, despite the stylish, South Beach-y veneer (decent bedding, bright orange accent walls, up-to-date technology) are pretty basic and worn, with cheap floors.

Blue Horizon Boutique Resort

Blue Horizon Boutique Resort Rating: 3.0 Pearls

This quaint, 10-room bed-and-breakfast is on Vieques Island is full of the charming, personal touches that so many chain hotels lack. It's an undeniably romantic pick, with phenomenal ocean views from the stone infinity pool and open-air lobby; airy, Mediterranean-style architecture; and wild horses roaming the grounds. Three bedrooms are in the main "inn," and others can be found in various bungalows dotting the property. The clean, lofty rooms are styled with eclectic antiques and tropical flowers -- but they're not quite luxurious and are showing minor wear. The on-site beach is a bit rocky, but some of the best beaches in the Caribbean are a short drive away.

Bravo Beach Hotel

Bravo Beach Hotel Rating: 2.5 Pearls

Though the small island of Vieques is known for beautiful beaches, the one in front of this small hotel is small and unimpressive. That being said, the 18 simple, beachy rooms and apartments -- most with balconies and ocean views -- are affordable, and the hotel is within walking distance of the cool village of Isabel II. There are two immaculate pools, including an infinity pool that looks out over the ocean; it's particularly romantic at sunset, and guests can enjoy drinks from the honor bar. The apartments across the street are great for families and groups. Continental breakfast is free, as are loaner beach accessories -- though to find a nicer stretch of sand, a rental car is recommended.

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  • Air Conditioner
  • Babysitting Services
  • Balcony
  • Basic Television
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