Fodor's Expert Review Fairmont El San Juan Hotel

6063 Av. Isla Verde, San Juan, 00979, Puerto Rico Fodor's Choice

Post-hurricane renovations gave the rooms a more modern look (with shades of blue, white, and cream), but elsewhere, this hotel's classic appeal remains, including in the lobby, with its intricately carved mahogany walls. Beneath a coffered ceiling are three bars, among them the iconic Chandelier Bar, down a few steps from the lobby and set below a massive oval, two-ton chandelier. The pool area has a trio of poolside cabañas with indulgent amenities like televisions and four-poster beds draped in curtains (some guests opt for breakfast in these beds). Rooms are larger than most on the island and have modern furnishings.

PROS

  • beautiful pool
  • great dining options in and near hotel
  • fantastic beach
  • fantastic beach
  • large guest rooms

CONS

  • noise in lobby from bars and casino
  • parking lot a long walk from hotel entrance
  • small bathrooms
  • noise in lobby from bars

QUICK FACTS

Resort
FamilyTrendy
Lively
Beachfront
Private
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 787-791–1000

HOTEL DETAILS

388 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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