Booking Your Hotel
Booking a hotel room in San Juan is the same as in the continental U.S. Identifying an acceptable room for your stay is more complicated.
The best resources for screening your lodgings are Yelp and Trip Advisor. The reviews on those sites are amazingly accurate; after all, they are written by people like you who have actually stayed at that hotel.
Pay attention to the reviews! Negative reviews are especially helpful. One or two negative reviews can be dismissed, but if you see repeated complaints about the same thing (bad customer service, dirty rooms), chances are the reviews are accurate.
Never book a room in a hotel with 3 stars or less. The cautious traveler will avoid 3.5 stars. The star rating system of Yelp and Trip Advisor accurately reflect the quality of services of San Juan’s hotels. The star rating system is not based upon price or degree of luxury; the star system analyzes a luxury hotel as compared to other luxury hotels, budget hotels as compared with other budget hotels.
Never compromise your expectations because of price. If a hotel is rock bottom in rates, but has a 2 or 3 star review, then you will probably have a miserable time in Puerto Rico. Trip Advisor and Yelp are free services, it is up to you use those resources when planning your vacation.
Once you have identified acceptable hotels, the next thing is to locate the area of San Juan you prefer. San Juan's Tourist Zone is very long and varied in its offerings. A hotel should be selected based on both its reputation as well as its match for your vacation expectations. If you are an adventurous bar hopper, Condado or Old San Juan would be your ideal location. If you prefer the finest that resort can offer, Isla Verde would top out your list. If you are visiting for a convention, the Convention Center is the most obvious choice.
Put planning in to your vacation, and feel free to email La Bochinchosa with your vacation-related questions.