The Casablanca offers that rarest of hotel amenities: real charm. Public spaces are filled with quirky, and often beautiful, works of pop art, along with a mash-up of contemporary and antique furnishings and big mosaic tiles. Rooms have as individual a feel; each is different, but all feature four-poster beds (with excellent mattresses), unconventional art on the walls, fun pieces of furniture (a brightly colored contemporary lamp here, an elaborately carved antique desk there), small balconies (in most) and a sense of fun. The hotel is set in the heart of the exuberant SoFo restaurant and retail district, which means guests can walk to pretty much everywhere in Old Town. The rooftop has a sundeck and stone bathing pools, an excellent spot to work on your tan without leaving the Old Town. Best of all is the staff, a charismatic bunch who know all there is to know about San Juan and go out of their way to help guests. The only downside to staying here (and it will be a serious one for some)? This five-story hotel has no elevator, so if you have a mobility impairment you’ll want a guarantee that you’re on the first floor.
San Juan› Hotel
Calle Fortaleza 316, San Juan
Our Rating Neighborhood Old San Juan Transportation Bus: Old City Trolley Phone 787/725-3436 Prices High season $149–$239; low season $120–$219 Amenities Reading lounge, free pass to nearby gym, rooftop terrace and stone plunge pools, free Wi-Fi Units 35 units Web site Casablanca Hotel Other Prices include taxes and continental breakfastBook a Room Now