Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Opened in 1919, the glamorous Condado Vanderbilt Hotel has long been the San Juan favorite of royals, Hollywood stars, and titans of industries. It stayed open during the hurricane to house government workers, but it is now ready to welcome back its usual mix of luxury travelers. Don’t miss 1919, the hotel’s upscale restaurant—executive chef Juan Jose Cuevas personally rebuilt the farms and replanted crops on the island after the storms to replenish the supply of local produce that the restaurant, like many on the island, relies on.
Hotel El Convento
The historic Hotel El Convento, located in the heart of idyllic Old San Juan, gets its name from the building’s original purpose—serving as a convent from 1646 to 1903. Now, it’s a 58-room gem of a hotel with handcrafted furniture, hand-painted walls by local artists, marble bathrooms, Juliet balconies, and Andalusian tile floors. The Small Luxury Hotels of the World property has been open to visitors since December 15.
La Concha, a Renaissance Resort
Known for its remarkable architecture, La Concha, a Renaissance Resort is now open on the shores of San Juan. The sunlight-drenched hotel is full of outdoor patios and open lobbies that beckon guests out to the pool and secluded beach, making it easier for them to relax and breathe in the fresh island air. The property’s crown jewel by far is Perla, the seashell-shaped floating restaurant that boasts a wine cellar 4,000 bottles deep.