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Tres Palmas Inn 3.0

Ocean Park, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Pros

  • Scenic location across the street from Ocean Park Beach
  • Gorgeous rooftop terrace with ocean views, hammock chairs, and a hot tub
  • Private courtyard pool with plenty of space to lounge
  • Homey rooms with tropical prints, mini-fridges, and flat-screen TVs
  • Free continental breakfast served daily in a breezy, open-air space
  • On-site windsurfing shop plus bikes and beach chairs available
  • Hammocks and colorful Adirondack chairs within earshot of the ocean
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Located on a busy street
  • Some rooms are tiny, with little space to move around or store luggage
  • Beach across the street is narrow
  • No restaurant or bar on-site and few within a short walking distance
  • Some rooms lack polish and need repairs
  • Limited (street only) parking

Bottom Line

This property was not significantly impacted by Hurricane Maria in September 2017, but travelers should note that the island of Puerto Rico was significantly impacted by the storm. The 18-room Tres Palmas Inn -- named for the trio of tall palms at its entrance -- is a small, mid-range hotel with beach-inspired decor, a sunny rooftop terrace with a hot tub, and a courtyard swimming pool. The hotel is located across the street from Ocean Park Beach, but this section of the beach is narrow with little room between the road's barrier concrete wall and the sea. There are many inviting places to lounge on-site, including hammocks and colorful Adirondack chairs within earshot of the ocean waves. Free, daily continental breakfast is served in an open-air dining room. Rooms have a residential feel and are outfitted with mini-fridges and flat-screen TVs; suites have kitchenettes and private terraces. Those wanting more room to lounge might consider heading west to Hosteria del Mar. 

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A mid-range, small hotel in a non-touristy area with residential beach-house style

With colorful signs reminding guest to relax and breathe, the laid-back Tres Palmas Inn is part hotel, part beach house. The mid-range property sits behind a tidy white fence beneath a trio of tall palm trees (hence the name), across the road from a slice of Ocean Park Beach, appealing to couples and stop-over travelers embarking on cruises or flights from the nearby airport and cruise terminal.

Beside rows of flowering hedges, and within earshot of crashing waves, colorful aquamarine Adirondack chairs give guests a spot to settle, or they can swing in rope hammocks. For the more ambitious, there's a windsurfing shop next door. Bikes and beach chairs lean against the wall outside the small lobby furnished with retro, lime-green sofas and weathered coffee tables decorated with driftwood. Around the corner, an open-air dining room is the scene for the daily continental breakfast where guests can sit in the shade or in the sun, in sight of the ocean.

The hotel is a two-story white stucco, Spanish colonial style building with arched doorways and a red barrel-tile roof; rooms are set along the courtyard hallways bordered by small palm trees, twisting vines, and potted bougainvillea. A rippling fountain invites guests to peek in at the animated Koi fish while a lounge area with wide teak furniture outfitted with cobalt blue cushions is ideal for reading and socializing. The courtyard pool is an alternative cooling off spot to the ocean across the street while the spacious two-tier roof deck offers a variety of seating opportunities from hammock chairs to loungers to a bubbling hot tub all with ocean views.

Location

On Calle Park Boulevard, across the street from Ocean Park Beach, a 20-minute drive to Old San Juan

Tres Palmas Inn is set on a somewhat busy, two-way road that separates the hotel from a sliver of golden sand beach. While there's no restaurant or bar on-site, guests can embark on a 10-minute walk to reach a local market and a few restaurants. The resort-minded stretch of Condado and Isla Verde, along with the lively scene of Old San Juan, are all within easy reach via a quick cab ride. When it's time to head home, the airport is just a 10-minute drive away.

  • 10-minute drive to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
  • 10-minute drive to Isla Verde Beach
  • 12-minute drive to Condado Beach
  • 15-minute drive to the San Juan Cruise Port
  • 20-minute drive to Old San Juan
  • 35-minute drive to El Yunque National Forest
  • 60-minute drive to the Fajardo Ferry Terminal
  • 90-minute drive to Arecibo Observatory
  • 2-hour 30-minute drive to Rincon

Rooms

A range of rooms from tiny doubles to suites with king-size beds and ocean views, all with beachy decor

The rooms at Tres Palmas range in size from tiny, closet-like spaces with double beds pushed up against the wall and a narrow hallway separating the bed from the wall and bathroom to spacious suites with king-size beds, kitchenettes, and ocean views from private terraces.

Most of the rooms are located on the ground floor, offering views of the covered patio or the ocean over a fence. Each room has its own distinct style, evoking the feel of staying at a friend's beach house. White walls are decorated with branches of driftwood and framed and canvas artwork, with prints of everything beachy from palm trees to starfish and seahorses. Colorful melamine trays serve as the backdrop for basic items such as a plastic ice bucket. Glass vases are filled with sand and bleached starfish rather than flowers, and bedside and accent lamps feature bases that replicate coral, painted vibrant red and shiny silver.

Beds, set off with tufted or simple wooden headboards or dark wood sleigh-bed frames, have full, queen, or king mattresses wrapped with basic white linens and accented with pillows in colorful ikat prints. All of the rooms feature flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, free Wi-Fi, and open closets with safes. Bathrooms are small and some are outdated and have broken tiles. Most come equipped with white pedestal sinks and white-tiled walk-in showers draped with printed shower curtains.

Features

Small courtyard pool with a nook for lounging plus a huge rooftop terrace with a hot tub and ocean views

The outdoor space at Tres Palmas delivers a variety of opportunities to help guests relax. The courtyard pool is tucked at the back of the walled property, offering lounge chairs and a colorful L-shaped nook with cobalt blue cushions. In the front of the hotel, within ear-shot of the crashing ocean waves, rope hammocks are strung between leaning palm trees. Up on the roof, a two-tier terrace finished in terra-cotta tiles, offers shaded areas with hammock chairs and sunny space for sunbathing as well as a hot tub where guests can soak and take in the views of the ocean. Daily continental breakfast is served in an open-air space. While there is no restaurant on site, guests can schlep for 10 minutes to the nearby market to stock their mini-fridges or try one of the local restaurants. Wi-Fi throughout is free. 

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Address

2212 Cond Park Blvd, San Juan 00913-4605, Caribbean

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