Olive Boutique Hotel
- Style Mediterranean Mod
- Setting Classy Condado
Take the best of the Mediterranean, add authentic Puerto Rican flavour, and you’ve got Olive Boutique Hotel in San Juan. Inspired by the owners’ European and North African honeymoon, the hotel has the relaxing elements of a Provence spa, with Spanish nightlife, an Italian’s good taste and sultry San Juan views.
Need to know
- Rooms 15, including a suite.
- Rates Double rooms from $246.00, excluding tax at 9 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of $45.00 per room per night on check-out.
- More details Rates include Continental breakfast and afternoon tea.
- Facilities Gardens, rooftop terrace, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar, L’Occitane toiletries.
- Poolside The heated rooftop infinity pool and the two hot tubs beside it have views over Condado lagoon.
- Check–out 12pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Leave them at home: Olive is more of a grown-up hideaway.
- Also The Olive-Style Garden View room is wheelchair-accessible.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Each floor is named after a country – Italy, France and Spain – and decorated with the photographs from each. Opt for one of the tawny Mediterranean Suites overlooking the lagoon; they’re bigger, and have panoramic water views. None of the rooms are suitable for the shy or modest: all of the bathrooms are open-plan, with glassed-in rainfall showers separated the bed and sink.
- Packing tips Bring a good camera. The bright buildings and historic architecture of Old San Juan and the hotel’s breathtaking photography of Europe from the honeymoon provide ample inspiration.
- Also Spend an evening admiring the view – and the hip crowd – on the roof. It’s open to guests, but also functions as an exclusive members-only club, with private cabanas, a fire pit and superlative lagoon views.
Food and drink at Olive Boutique Hotel
- Hotel restaurant In a wood-panelled space off the lobby, Dieta serves a Mediterranean-inspired mix of French, Italian, Spanish and Moroccan food. Chef Nicolas Gomez presents some of the city’s finest olive oil-drizzled dishes, including Norcia-inspired meatballs and Spanish tomato-topped bread, in equally authentic dishware, including tagines and Provencal pottery.
- Dress code Chic San Juan-style attire: the restaurant and bar are places to see and be seen.
- Top table The communal table is a fun place to meet new people (and steal bites of their best dishes), but those looking for privacy should book a table in the corner away from the lobby door.
- Last orders Breakfast is served daily from 7am until 10am; dinner is served Tuesday to Saturday, from 6pm until 11pm.
- Room service None
- Hotel bar The gorgeous rooftop bar, Black Olive, will open in late 2012 only to select members and hotel guests. The space will continue the Mediterranean trend, serving themed cocktails and playing music from the region.