Puerto Rico is consistently one of the most popular travel destinations, especially for tourists from the U.S.
Although the island is located in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is an unincorporated U.S. territory, which made it the getaway of choice for mainland Americans when the COVID-19 pandemic wrought havoc on international travel. Even though Puerto Rico felt like a world away, it was as easy as flying to another U.S. state.
Today, Puerto Rico has gained newfound love from first-time travelers, as well as a rekindled appreciation from repeat travelers.
In this guide, we’ll show you all of the best hotels you can book in Puerto Rico using points for maximum value!
The 11 Best Value Puerto Rico Hotels
When putting together this article, we researched the properties belonging to many global loyalty programs.
Our shortlist includes properties from World of Hyatt, Marriott Bonvoy, Hilton Honors, Choice Privileges (via Preferred Hotels), and Wyndham Rewards.
We also looked at properties that belong to the IHG One Rewards loyalty program, but none of them were particularly luxurious or offered good redemption value.
So, let’s get into all of our best value hotels to book in Puerto Rico using points!
1. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico (Marriott Bonvoy)
The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico is not only one of the most lavish resorts on the island, but it’s also one of the most aspirational Marriott Bonvoy properties you can book in the Western Hemisphere.
Situated between the El Yunque National Forest and Espiritu Santo River State Preserve, this 483-acre property boasts luxurious rooms with state-of-the-art amenities.
The 674-square-foot standard room is outfitted with 1 king or 2 double beds and has garden views and a furnished balcony or patio. You’ll find a sitting area with an armchair, a side table, a walk-in closet, a flat-screen TV, and access to premium channels.
Within the lovely marble bathroom is a double vanity, an enormous walk-in shower, a separate soaking bathtub, and a backlit LED mirror, plus a wall-mounted make-up mirror.
Dining options include a chic Mediterranean seafood restaurant, an eclectic oceanfront bistro, and a cocktail bar. You can savor lavish amenities, including a pool by the ocean, full spa, kids’ club, golf course, tennis courts, outdoor gardens, and more.
Average Marriott Bonvoy Points Required: 70,000 to 120,000 points per night
Cash Rate: $750 to $3,300 ($1,200 on average per night)
Points Value: Up to 2.8 cents per point
2. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve (Marriott Bonvoy)
On an absolute basis, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is probably the most luxurious hotel you can book in Puerto Rico. It’s certainly the best points option, but it may also be the best overall.
Situated in the ritzy Dorado area on 50 private acres, this property has all the makings of an incredible vacation. Enjoy oversized rooms with at least 941 square feet of space, as well as amazing floor-to-ceiling ocean views, a plush king bed, personal butler service, and plug-in high-tech amenities.
The spa bathroom is appointed with indoor and outdoor showers, twin vanities, an oversized, deep-soaking bathtub, amenities by Spa Botanico, and other essentials like a flat iron and hairdryer.
This sprawling resort has 2 full-service restaurants, a beach club, and a grill, as well as a cocktail bar and a culinary center for cooking classes.
In the way of facilities, Dorado Beach boasts a full gym, spa, water park, 2 pools, and a whopping 3 golf courses!
Average Marriott Bonvoy Points Required: 164,000 to 240,000 points per night
Cash Rate: $1,400 to $5,300 ($3,100 on average) per night
Points Value: Up to 2.2 cents per point
3. Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico (World of Hyatt)
The Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico is one of the most popular resorts for travelers from the mainland U.S. — its name-brand recognition, the abundance of amenities, and awesome location on Coco Beach make it one of the best choices, especially with points!
The property is dotted with 579 rooms and suites, and the entry-level room has garden views and 600 square feet of space! You’ll find a choice of 1 king or 2 double beds, plus a sofa sleeper bed, a furnished patio, a flat-screen TV, minibar, and coffee facilities.
The simple yet spacious bathroom has a single vanity and a walk-in rainfall shower in addition to the standard amenities.
This resort has a total of 10 dining options, including an Asian fusion restaurant, a food truck, a Caribbean buffet spot, and much more.
Even better, you’ll find 2 18-hole golf courses, a lovely, family-friendly, lagoon-style pool, a private area on the beach, a full spa, a fitness center, and an abundance of meeting/event space.
World of Hyatt Points Required: 12,000 to 18,000 points per night
Cash Rate: $375 to $800 ($450 on average) per night
Points Value: Up to 4.4 cents per point
4. Hyatt Place San Juan (World of Hyatt)
If you’re looking for a simple place to stay with solid amenities but an exceptional location and a low points outlay, the Hyatt Place San Juan might be the perfect fit for you.
Just a short 12-minute drive from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in San Juan, this property is also within walking distance to the convention center, Distrito T-Mobile, and the San Juan Marina.
Each of the 149 standard rooms and suites has at least 315 square feet of space, a king bed, a sofa bed, and a separate workspace area. You’ll find cozy Hyatt Grand bedding, a sitting area with a couch (which is also a sofa sleeper), desk with an office chair, free Wi-Fi, and a flat-screen TV. Coffee and tea, as well as a minifridge, are included, too.
The bathroom has a walk-in shower, single vanity, and KenetMD bath and body products.
All World of Hyatt members can enjoy complimentary breakfast. If you’re looking for more than that, check out the poolside bar or the 24/7 grab-and-go market.
The hotel itself also has a fitness center, an outdoor pool with waterfalls, a waterslide for kids, and a complimentary shuttle to the area that includes Old San Juan, Condado, and Escambron beach.
World of Hyatt Points Required: 9,000 to 15,000 points per night
Cash Rate: $200 to $550 ($250 on average) per night
Points Value: Up to 3.7 cents per point
5. San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino (Marriott Bonvoy)
Yet another incredibly popular resort for visitors to Puerto Rico is the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. This resort overlooks Condado Beach and is just a mile away from the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico and around 3 miles from the San Juan National Historic Site.
Elegantly decorated rooms boast private balconies with either downtown or beach views. These standard rooms have either 1 king or 2 double beds, as well as a flat-screen TV, desk, minifridge, and coffee/tea facilities.
The bathroom is outfitted with a single vanity, a shower-tub combination, and amenities by Thann. There are even bathrobes and a lighted make-up mirror!
Experience 8 gastronomic dining options, including an Italian outlet, a sushi and poke bar, and a casual Caribbean restaurant.
The resort also has an outdoor pool, a tennis court, a gym, a kids’ pool with a waterslide, and, of course, a Stellaris Casino!
Average Marriott Bonvoy Points Required: 40,000 to 60,000 points per night
Cash Rate: $350 to $900 ($400 on average) per night
Points Value: Up to 1.5 cents per point
6. La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort (Marriott Bonvoy)
One of the premier resorts in Puerto Rico focused on business travelers, this beachfront property has an exceptional location just over a mile from Museum of Art of Puerto Rico and 3 miles from Castillo San Cristobal.
La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort has nearly 500 rooms, and the standard rooms have either 1 king or 2 double beds, plus a flat-screen TV, desk, and small sitting area with 2 chairs and a table.
The bright bathrooms include a single vanity, large mirror, walk-in shower, bathrobes, and a lighted make-up mirror.
Savor 7 choices for dining, whether it’s Caribbean tapas or freshly caught seafood.
The property has 4 pools (including a hot tub), a 24/7 casino, a gym, direct beach access, and plenty of event space for meetings or weddings.
Average Marriott Bonvoy Points Required: 40,000 to 60,000 points per night
Cash Rate: $300 to $750 ($500 on average) per night
Points Value: Up to 1.3 cents per point
7. Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort (Wyndham Rewards)
Yet another exceedingly popular hotel amongst travelers is the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort. It’s less than 3 miles from Carabali Rainforest Park and also around 12 miles from El Yunque National Forest.
Every standard room has at least 475 square feet of space, 1 king or 2 queen beds, and a balcony. All of the rooms also include premium bedding, a flat-screen TV, coffee and tea machines, a desk, and an armchair for sitting space.
Bathrooms have double vanities, a shower-tub combination, backlit LED mirrors, and wall-mounted make-up mirrors.
There are a total of 9 acclaimed dining options, including a sleek rum bar, tiki hut bar, and a steakhouse.
This resort also has fantastic on-site facilities, including a casino, golf course, spa, 13 tennis courts, laundry facilities, private beach access, 3 lagoon-style pools, 2 hot tubs, and lots of live entertainment.
Wyndham Rewards Points Required: 30,000 points per night
Cash Rate: $325 to $730 ($500 on average) per night
Points Value: Up to 2.4 cents per point
8. Condado Vanderbilt Hotel (Choice Privileges)
One of the most historic hotels in Puerto Rico is the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, which is housed in a Spanish Revival complex. It’s just over 1 mile from Luis A. Ferre Performing Arts Center and less than 8 miles from the Casa BACARDÍ distillery.
The standard rooms measure 325 square feet large with views of San Juan and Condado. Enjoy 300-thread count Rivolta Carmignani bedding, a sitting area with an armchair and 2 dining chairs, and a desk. The room also contains a Smart TV and an in-room French press coffee maker with fresh Puerto Rican coffee.
Marble bathrooms include a walk-in shower, bathrobes, C.O. Bigelow amenities, a single vanity, and a wall-mounted make-up mirror.
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, which has a partnership with Choice Privileges to book complimentary reward nights.
Choice Privileges Points Required: 55,000 points per night
Cash Rate: $325 to $1,250 ($450 on average) per night
Points Value: Up to 2.3 cents per point
9. Hyatt Residence Club Dorado, Hacienda del Mar (World of Hyatt)
The last World of Hyatt property we’ll discuss is the Hyatt Residence Club Dorado, Hacienda del Mar. This property, which focuses on vacation rentals or timeshares, overlooks Dorado Beach and is around 2 miles from TPC Dorado Beach: East Course and Cerro Gordo National Park.
Standard rooms are called studios, and each contains a queen-sized Hyatt Grand bed, a sitting area with a full-sized sofa bed, a flat-screen TV, and a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, and coffeemaker. Also, enjoy a beautifully furnished balcony with resort and ocean views.
Full bathrooms are offered here, which include a set of double vanities, a shower, and premium amenities.
As an apartment/vacation rental-style property, the amenities are relatively limited. That said, there’s a poolside bar and grill, an outdoor pool with hot tub, a separate kids’ pool, a spa, a gym, a game room, and direct beach access with beach games.
World of Hyatt Points Required: 17,000 to 23,000 points per night
Cash Rate: $250 to $450 ($350 on average) per night
Points Value: Up to 2.0 cents per point
10. Caribe Hilton (Hilton Honors)
Caribe Hilton is one of the most famous resort properties in Puerto Rico — this upscale property sits on Escambron Beach less than 3 miles from Castillo San Felipe del Morro and La Fortaleza.
Standard rooms have either 1 king bed or 2 double beds, private balconies or walk-out terraces, sitting areas for extra comfort, and blackout curtains. You can also utilize the minifridge, coffee facilities, and work desk setup.
Brightly-lit bathrooms have a single vanity, an oversized backlit LED mirror, a walk-in shower, and amenities by Crabtree & Evelyn.
This historic property is home to the birthplace of the piña colada, as well as 8 other dining options, including Morton’s The Steakhouse.
You’ll find other resort amenities including a gym, a swim-up bar, an outdoor pool, a spa, private beach access, tennis courts, a kids’ playground, watersports, and tons of event space.
Hilton Honors Points Required: 60,000 points per night
Cash Rate: $300 to $950 ($400 on average) per night
Points Value: Up to 1.6 cents per point
11. Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort (Hilton Honors)
The last property we’ll discuss is the Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort. It’s also the only option on our list located away from the tourist-centric areas near the international airport.
It’s either a 2-hour drive from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) or a 15-minute drive from Mercedita International Airport (PSE). Once you’re here, though, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported worlds away despite only being 4 miles from Ponce.
Each of the standard rooms has either 1 king or 2 double beds, plus a desk, an armchair, a balcony or a patio, and a flat-screen TV. You’ll also find a minifridge, blackout curtains, premium TV channels, and a coffeemaker.
The bathroom is appointed with a single vanity, a shower-tub combination, a wall-mounted make-up mirror, and bath products from Crabtree & Evelyn.
As far as the food and beverage set-up is concerned, you can choose from an international restaurant open all-day, a sports and pool bar, or an Asian sushi bar and grill.
Enjoy the 24-hour casino, golf course, gym, outdoor pool, waterslide, fountains, and direct beach access here!
Hilton Honors Points Required: 50,000 points per night
Cash Rate: $240 to $800 ($300 on average) per night
Points Value: Up to 1.6 cents per point
Earn Hotel Points To Redeem in Puerto Rico
As we’ve outlined above, we have some fantastic properties that are bookable using points in Puerto Rico.
Although we analyzed more loyalty programs, our finalists were fivefold: World of Hyatt, Marriott Bonvoy, Hilton Honors, Choice Privileges, and Wyndham Rewards.
Unfortunately, there were no properties selected from IHG One Rewards — and the Fairmont El San Juan is only bookable using ALL – Accor Live Limitless points at a fixed rate, which truly limits the value you’d get.
World of Hyatt
To earn World of Hyatt points, you’ll probably want a Hyatt-branded credit card. In this case, the best option is probably The World of Hyatt Credit Card, which is offered by Chase.
There’s also a business version available for new applicants, also through Chase, which is the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card.
Expect to earn up to 9x total points per dollar spent at Hyatt, an annual free night certificate valid at Category 1-4 properties, automatic Discoverist status, and elite night credits to get you closer to higher status.
Other Ways To Earn World of Hyatt Points
One of the other best ways to earn World of Hyatt points is to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio to World of Hyatt.
You can leverage common, everyday bonus categories like dining and travel on Chase’s Ultimate Rewards credit cards such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve®, and Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card.
Even better, you also earn Ultimate Rewards points indirectly by converting the rewards earned from these cards into Ultimate Rewards points:
Marriott Bonvoy has a variety of co-branded credit card offerings; some are issued by American Express while others are issued by Chase.
Other Ways To Earn Marriott Bonvoy Points
Beyond credit card spending on Marriott Bonvoy credit cards and staying at Marriott Bonvoy properties, you can transfer points from Amex Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards to Marriott Bonvoy.
Unfortunately, these transfers don’t yield good redemption value, making it a much better idea to stick to co-branded Marriott credit cards or booking paid stays at Marriott properties as the main method to earn Marriott Bonvoy points.
Hilton partners exclusively with American Express to offer co-branded Hilton Honors credit cards.
With these cards, you can earn up to a whopping 14x Hilton Honors points on purchases, which is incredible.
Other Ways To Earn Hilton Honors Points
Hilton Honors points are incredibly easy to generate through co-branded credit cards, making it a fabulous option to get free hotel stays through credit card purchases.
If you are short a small balance of Hilton Honors points, you can transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Hilton, but we generally don’t recommend transferring points to Hilton speculatively.
Choice Privileges is one of the most under-the-radar hotel loyalty programs out there.
Although Choice Hotels focuses on economy or midscale accommodations, its loyalty program has an exclusive partnership with Preferred Hotels & Resorts, which can make it worthwhile to earn points with Choice Privileges.
The main way to do so is through the Choice Privileges® Visa Signature® Card, which is issued by Barclays.
Other Ways To Earn Choice Privileges Points
Additionally, Choice Privileges is transfer partners with Citi ThankYou Rewards at a 1:1.5 to 1:2 ratio (depending on the card), Amex Membership Rewards at a 1:1 ratio, and Capital One Miles at a 1:1 ratio.
So if you’re short a bunch of points, you can transfer from Citi, Amex, or Capital One to top off your points balance.
The last loyalty program we’ll discuss is Wyndham Rewards. This popular loyalty program boasts a handful of Barclays-issued credit cards.
Other Ways To Earn Wyndham Rewards Points
In addition to the co-branded Wyndham Rewards credit cards, you can transfer Capital One miles at a 1:1 ratio to earn more Wyndham points!
Puerto Rico can be a magical vacation spot. And while most lodging options on the island territory aren’t luxury properties, there are some incredible hotels and resorts that you can book using points.
From Marriott Bonvoy to Wyndham Rewards, your Puerto Rico hotel stay can now be booked for (almost) free!
We focused primarily on the top-shelf, luxury 5-star resorts, but there are also some excellent 4-star hotels in this guide available, which might be useful if you’re planning on spending most of your time off-property.
In any case, now you have the 101 on Puerto Rico points hotels!
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