The Ritz Carlton San Juan, Puerto Rico

Posted on Jul 29, 2015

I just stayed at the Ritz Carlton San Juan, the first part of my family’s two-island summer trip to Puerto Rico and Virgin Gorda. Located literally 5 minutes from the airport, the Ritz Carlton San Juan is an ideal choice for travelers seeking a quick get-away or planning to visit another part of the Caribbean. San Juan is the hub of the Caribbean, so virtually every island is easily accessible from its runways.

Ritz Carlton San Juan pool

My children at the Ritz Carlton San Juan

Old San Juan fort

Exploring the forts with my son in Old San Juan

The recently renovated rooms at the Ritz Carlton San Juan have a sleek décor and luxurious bathrooms that guests of Ritz Carlton hotels have come to expect. We opted for an Oceanfront Junior Suite connecting to an Oceanview room with club level access and were thrilled with our accommodations. The Club is located on the 9th floor and has beautiful views of the pool and beach area below.

Ritz Carlton San Juan Oceanfront Junior Suite

Oceanfront Junior Suite at the Ritz Carlton San Juan

Ritz Carlton San Juan Club level lounge

Club Lounge at the Ritz Carlton San Juan

I cannot stress enough the value offered when you book a Club Level room at any Ritz Carlton property. Guests of the Club are offered full breakfast, lunch, heavy hors d’ouevres, and dessert presentations daily, as well as an open bar. The food is excellent, and the personalized attention makes for a particularly pleasant stay. We were greeted by name each time we entered the lounge and regularly leveraged the knowledgeable concierge team to help with excursions, dining recommendations and more.

View from Club Level Lounge at Ritz Carlton San Juan

Sunset view from the Club Level Lounge at the Ritz Carlton San Juan

My family spent many happy hours lounging by the beautiful beachfront pool, with its attentive and friendly staff members taking care of our every need. Fruit infused water and suntan lotion were offered at multiple stations as well. I particularly appreciated the lotion as my family didn’t check any bags, so we weren’t able to bring much with us!

Ritz Carlton San Juan pool

Pool at the Ritz Carlton San Juan

Ritz Carlton San Juan milkshakes for children

Milkshake time at the Ritz Carlton San Juan

The beach is surprisingly lovely given the hotel’s urban setting in downtown San Juan. It stretches out for over two miles of white sand and beautiful blue water. The surf was calm, the area was never crowded, and the width of the beach made it great for long walks.

Ritz Carlton San Juan beach

Beach at the Ritz Carlton San Juan

We spent a day visiting Old San Juan and the amazing forts that flank its coastline. The history of this area is fascinating. My family walked away with a much better understanding of the Caribbean’s exciting history and Puerto Rico’s key role in it for many hundreds of years.

Old San Juan

One of the amazing views from Old San Juan

Castillo San Felipe del Morro fort, San Juan

Castillo San Felipe del Morro, San Juan

When we’d finished walking through the forts, we wandered the charming streets of Old San Juan, ducking in shops here and there and admiring the colorful buildings and their famous architecture. We also enjoyed a fantastic lunch in one of Old San Juan’s historical buildings – great service and atmosphere.

One of many charming streets in Old San Juan

Old San Juan

Old San Juan

Old San Juan

If guests don’t want to leave the property, there is no shortage of facilities and restaurants for them to enjoy. The Ritz Carlton San Juan has a good fitness facility, well appointed spa, and a casino located right off the lobby. Il Mulino is one of the best Italian restaurants on the island and draws a loyal crowd. Additionally, there is a swanky oceanfront dining option called the Ocean Bar and Grill, and the well-known branded BLT Steak restaurant as well.

Ritz Carlton San Juan spa

Entrance to the spa at the Ritz Carlton San Juan

Brownell is part of the Ritz Carlton STARS program as well as Virtuoso, so my clients receive the following amenities when I book their stay at the Ritz Carlton San Juan:

  • Daily buffet breakfast for two people per room at Mares Restaurant
  • $100 food & beverage credit
  • Welcome amenity
  • Room upgrade if available at the time of check-in