Some complaints of pool noise from Ocean Lanai rooms
Fee for in-room Wi-Fi, plus resort fee
No minibars in rooms
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.
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
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