San Juan Water Club

The San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel offers hip accommodations By: Mark Rogers
Mist Rooftop Bar + Lounge offers signature dishes and drinks. // © 2012 Ainsbridge Hospitality
Mist Rooftop Bar + Lounge offers signature dishes and drinks. // © 2012 Ainsbridge Hospitality

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The San Juan Water Beach Club

San Juan is considered one of the hippest destinations in the Caribbean. So, when a San Juan boutique hotel begins attracting attention for its ultra-cool vibe, it’s worth checking out if you’re a traveler looking for cutting-edge hotel style. The San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel — where every square inch is designed for effect — would hold its own in Los Angeles or Palm Beach. Most visitors refer to the Isla Verde beach property by the shorter sobriquet, the Water Club.

During my initial visit I assumed the hotel’s name had something to do with its beachfront location; instead, the name “Water Club” reflects the water design motif that runs through the hotel, with effects such as blue lighting in the elevator or a sub-aquatic ambience in the restaurant Zest.

While the hotel’s interior design is cool, the welcome is warm.

“Everyone knows your name by the time you go,” said Betty Mujica, the hotel’s director of sales.

The property recently completed a $2.5 million renovation. The entire rooftop was revamped as part of the renovation and re-branded as Mist Rooftop Bar + Lounge. This is a great spot to view the sunset while enjoying a tropical cocktail and Mist’s signature socializer plates. There’s also a small rooftop pool that Mujica calls a faux Infinity pool.

Rooms and suites offer a combination of sea, mountain and city views. All rooms contain a 32-inch LCD cable television, coffee service with Puerto Rican Yaucono coffee and a selection of teas, Rusk Sensories Calm bath amenities and an iHome brand clock/radio/docking station for iPod and iPhone. Additionally, suites include a 40-inch LCD cable television and a large telescope for star-gazing.

They have added an interesting wrinkle to the guest experience with the creation of a “Tu Deseo” (My Wish List) wish board mounted in each guest room. Wishes can range from extra towels to a sunrise aqua yoga session. It’s up to the guest to let the wishes fly.

Amenities at The Water Club include a fitness center; complimentary high-speed Internet access in all guest rooms, conference rooms and public areas including the beach; an ocean front business center; a variety of meeting facilities and a 24-hour front desk service. There’s also the option to buy out the 80-room hotel, which could be an ideal choice for a meeting or incentive group.

The hotel’s restaurant, Zest, is overseen by executive chef and local celebrity Raul Correa Soto, who specializes in molecular cuisine. Reserve table number 3 if you have a romantic dinner in mind and book number 13 if you are looking to be the center of attention.

The Water Club is actually across the street from the beach. They’ve revamped their beach experience so it is now electronically connected to the hotel and restaurant and serviced by the property’s Water Girls.

The Water Club is also pet-friendly. The resort even goes so far as to offer a personalized pet kit with gourmet treats, a keepsake toy, distilled water and a bowl.

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