San Juan

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El San Juan Hotel & Casino

Address: 6063 Isla Verde Ave.

Neighborhood: Isla Verde

City: San Juan

Phone: 787-791-1000

Website: www.elsanjuanhotel.com

Expert Review

Although the Saturday night scene of elite Sanjuaneros dressed to the nines doing the paseo (promenade) through the entry lacks some of the old panache, the El San Juan Hotel still has the prettiest lobby in the Caribbean. Miles of carved mahogany line the walls and ceilings, a decadent 5,000-piece crystal chandelier hovers like a spaceship over the Oval Bar, and a discreet cigar bar and elegant casino are just beyond. San Juan's classic hotel benefited from some luxury upgrades in December 2006; rooms now boast bright modern accents like contemporary lamps, paintings in bathrooms, and white linens (as opposed to the faded tropical prints you see elsewhere). Even if you can't afford a room, drop by and experience the casino and disco, or eat at one of the seven on-site restaurants. The “modern Caribbean” cuisine at KOCO is noteworthy; try the tropical BBQ oysters and the batata (root vegetable) lollipops for starters. 

Tags: luxury | expensive | spa | smart splurge | swimming pool | trendy

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