A Historic Stay in Old San Juan

Located near some of the city’s most historic landmarks, the Normandie Hotel in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, invites visitors to enjoy the luxury and ambience of by-gone days. Old San Juan is considered by many to be the most historic locale in the Caribbean, and the Normandie Hotel exudes old-world charm, while offering all the modern conveniences for the comfort of its guests.

Guests are welcomed in the beautifully decorated lobby of the Normandie Hotel, which is reminiscent of a luxury ocean liner, complete with breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean and sleek glass fittings finished off with polished metal trim. Taking into account that guests are likely to have different needs, some holidaying while others are tending to business matters, the Normandie Hotel offers guests a choice of a “Superior Room” with all the mod cons for holidaymakers, while the “Business Room” has additional separate working and seating areas which could be used for meetings.

Amenities on offer to all guests include an indoor/outdoor health spa that offers massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and a Jacuzzi; a lounge leading to an outdoor terrace, with a fully stocked bar and a resident DJ; a restaurant that specializes in Latin, Asian and International foods served in a relaxing environment; and an outdoor pool with stunning oceanfront views and a spacious sun deck.

Guests staying at the Normandie Hotel will find themselves spending many enjoyable hours in Old San Juan, exploring the network of winding, narrow cobbled streets leading them past superbly restored old buildings, through plazas filled with people going about their daily lives, to ancient forts which serve as reminders that life in San Juan has not always been as peaceful as it is now. The view from the ramparts of El Morro and San Cristóbal has not changed much since these gigantic forts were used to protect the city and repel attacks from invaders, notably the attempted invasion by Sir Francis Drake in 1595 and the Dutch in 1625.

A stroll along the tranquil esplanade to watch the sun transform the sea into liquid fire as it sets, can be followed by a trip on the Old Town Trolley to view the sights, take in the sounds and savor the aromas of this fascinating city. Some of the most social meeting places of Old San Juan locals are just a few minutes away from the Normandie Hotel. Tourists are always assured of a warm welcome and fascinating insight into a side of Puerto Rico that is not likely to be found in a museum. The Plaza de San Jose, with a bronze statue of Ponce de León at its center, is one of these meeting places which are popular with young and old alike. Interestingly, the statue was made out of British cannons that were seized during an attack on San Juan by Sir Ralph Abercromby in 1797.

Certainly there are many good reasons to visit fascinating San Juan in Puerto Rico, and there are just as many good reasons to stay at the Normandie Hotel when you are there.