Puerto Rico has welcomed its first new hotel to Old San Juan in decades. Set within a storied Colonial-era building in San Juan’s most historic neighborhood, Palacio Provincial, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, is steps away from historic attractions, such as the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista and San Felipe del Morro Fortress.
Palacio Provincial has 43 guestrooms and spacious suites with strikingly high ceilings consistent with its Colonial-era architecture. Each guestroom incorporates locally curated artwork, Juliet balconies, and views of Old San Juan’s lively streets. In partnership with Aroma360, Palacio Provincial offers custom scents in each room, subtly filling each space with a scent of the guest’s choice. Tying in the structure’s honorable guests, the Infanta Suite is inspired by the iconic Princess Eulalia of Spain, known for her progressive yet elegant personality, which is reflected throughout the unique design of the suite through the neutral inviting tones and pristine white-tiled accents.
Upon arrival to the hotel, visitors are welcomed with a locally beloved icy treat Limbers, which gained its popularity in 1928 when Charles A. Lindbergh enjoyed this sweet while staying at the Governor’s Mansion just down the street from the hotel. Hotel guests can soak up the Puerto Rican sunshine while sipping on hand-crafted cocktails and enjoying lite bites on the rooftop pool and terrace space, providing unparalleled views of Old San Juan and San Juan Bay. The property also houses an elegant library space, enclosed in beautiful 14-ft. glass walls. Filled with nods to the building’s rich past, the library provides guests with an escape through its specially curated book collection, or a relaxing moment with its intimate afternoon tea time, served by a personal attache. In the evening, visitors can indulge in the hotel’s daily happy hour, Forty-Three x Forty-Three, which features a different cocktail each night. Other onsite amenities include a unique open-air dining concept, Consular Restaurant and Bar, an impressive diplomatic-themed mixology program, spacious private courtyards and beautiful, intimate event spaces for small group gatherings or weddings.
When they’re ready to explore, guests can take a stroll through Old San Juan and head to its most iconic street, Calle del Cristo, home to some of the destination’s top culinary and cocktail scenes, including world-renowned La Factoria and Hotel El Convento’s restaurant, Santisimo.