The Best San Juan Airport Hotels | SJU

San Juan’s airport is blessed with several great beach resorts near the airport. If you are heading to Puerto Rico for a vacation a good strategy is to base yourself at one of these at the start and/or end of your trip. However, if you are looking for a more utilitarian choice SJU has you covered with a hotel right there in the airport terminal.

Reviews of the best SJU airport hotel choices:

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Two Best San Juan SJU Airport Hotels

San Juan has two incredible leisure-travel oriented properties that defy all airport hotel stereotypes: The Ritz Carlton and the InterContinental. Think of them each as beach resorts that happen to be near the airport rather airport hotels.

Both the Ritz-Carlton and InterContinental are reviewed below. Which you select depends upon what factors are most important to you. The Ritz-Carlton has the better service and spa as well the slightly nicer rooms; it also has the better casino and more active social scene. The Ritz also has a special program of supervised activities for kids 5 to 12. The InterContinental has the slightly better restaurants, pool and beach; it is quieter and more informal than the Ritz-Carlton. The InterContinental is typically a bit cheaper as well.

If that pros and cons list still leaves you wondering which hotel to choose you’ll be okay flipping a coin—both are excellent, top-notch vacation properties.

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The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel, Spa & Casino The Best San Juan Airport Hotels | SJU

Stand out in front of the San Juan’s Ritz-Carlton and property doesn’t look like much. You’ll see a commercial strip of hotels and convenience stores and portions of the SJU airport across Los Governadores Ave. Then walk through the resort’s front door and enter a different world. The lobby is elegant, with marble floors and flowing fountains. The 24-hour casino is richly appointed and abuzz with activity. The pool is lined by lion statuettes. Not that the pool is even needed—the beach and its crystal clear water is a few steps away. As for the rooms, they feature 37-inch flatscreen TVs, 400 thread count linens and Bulgari bath amenities.

Besides its excellent spa (and its ocean-side massage service), one of the best features of the Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel is how much comes with the room rate. Complimentary features include in-room bottled water (which costs extra at the InterContinental), access to the gym and fitness classes, use of beach chairs, float mats and snorkeling gear, and wi-fi that’s not only accessible in your room but out by the pool and beach. (Workaholics who might find it a detriment to have internet access on the beach should probably choose the InterContinental, below).

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InterContinental San Juan Resort & Casino The Best San Juan Airport Hotels | SJU

As with the nearby Ritz-Carlton, the beauty of the InterContinental is found on the resort’s property rather than in the rundown neighborhood of the resort’s immediate vicinity. A good case could be made for the InterContinental’s beach being the best in the greater San Juan region. There’s also a large, uncrowded pool adorned by faux-waterfalls, a casino and a spa that specializes in the Caribbean Wrap (an intensive all-body covering of minerals and vitamins). The InterContinental boasts four excellent high-end restaurants, the Momoyama and its Japanese cuisine offerings are especially noteworthy. Guests looking for cheap eats (with a more local flavor) can head across the street to Mi Casita where a breakfast of 2 eggs, homefries and Puerto Rican bread will set you back all of $2.95. Rooms include in-room wi-fi. It is worth upgrading to an ocean views (rather than pool view).

The Best San Juan SJU Airport Hotels: InterContinental

The Best San Juan SJU Airport Hotels: InterContinental

Closest Hotel to the San Juan Airport

Best Western San Juan Airport Hotel & Casino The Best San Juan Airport Hotels | SJU

If convenience to the SJU airport is your top priority then the Best Western San Juan Airport Hotel is your clear choice. The Best Western is located inside the airport, about a three minute walk from the American Airlines check-in counters. The hotel has a nice little spa on the top floor from where you can watch the planes take off and land. There are two whirlpools for guest use, a sun deck and a small gym. This Best Western is also the only hotel the Airport Hotel Guru knows of that is inside an airport and has a casino. The room rate includes complimentary wi-fi and basic breakfast buffet.

If you are in San Juan for any significant length of time you’ll certainly be happier staying by the beach. But for a quick, convenient overnight the Best Western San Juan Airport Hotel & Casino is ideal.

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Best Value San Juan Airport Hotel

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Let’s be clear: The Coral By The Sea is not a good hotel. The rooms (especially the bathrooms) are old and tired-feeling. The elevators are slow—that is, when they work at all. There’s no pool and little in the way of amenities.

Given all that, we hesitate including the Coral By The Sea on any list of best San Juan airport hotels. But one fact is undeniable: the Coral By Sea is cheap. It is as much as 30% cheaper than any other hotel in the strategically placed Carolina neighborhood; the Coral is 5 minutes from SJU airport, 15 minutes from Old San Juan and a 2-minute walk from the beach. The hotel’s beds are surprisingly comfortable, the rooms are reliably air-conditioned and include free wi-fi.

If you are on a budget—and don’t plan on spending much time in your room—The Coral By The Sea Hotel is a serviceable choice.

>The Best Value San Juan SJU Airport Hotel: Coral By The Sea Hotel

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Airport Info

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport

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SJU airport is by far the busiest in the Caribbean and many of the region’s flights (particularly those on American Airlines) connect through here. If you are looking to kill some time and are the gambling sort check out the casino attached to the Best Western hotel (reviewed above).

Puerto Rico Travel Info

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Best Puerto Travel Guidebooks

Kindle 2 eBook Reader Best Puerto Rico Guidebooks for the Kindle: At this time there’s no San Juan-specific guide on the Kindle. For a guide to the entire island we like the Puerto Rico Adventure Guide best; there’s also the Puerto Rico Off the Beaten Path guide. If your trip is taking you around the region the Ultimate Caribbean Travel Guide is only $1.99! Or click here for other Kindle Caribbean guides.
The Kindle is an electronic e-book reading device with a screen that mimics the look of the printed page. The device is as thin as a magazine, lighter than a paperback, holds at least 1,500 books (!). Highly suggested for frequent travelers.

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Fodor's Puerto Rico guidebook Best Puerto Rico Paper Guidebooks: Fodor’s Puerto Rico has, arguably, the best information on San Juan of any guidebook; it is also great for more up-market Puerto Rico vacations. If you are a budget or mid-range traveler you’ll be happier with the very good Rough Guide to Puerto Rico. For coverage of the whole Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, Frommer’s Caribbean Ports of Call and the Lonely Planet Caribbean Islands guide are excellent.
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Travel Ideas From

Don’t Head To Puerto Rico Without . . .

. . . a great waterproof digital camera.

The Canon PowerShot D10 is our favorite. As well as taking great photos it also takes superb video . . . under water . . . with sound! Check out this great comparison of the Canon PowerShot D10 vs the Olympus Style Tough-8000 waterproof ultra-compact digital cameras.

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