The location, superior comfort of the rooms & beds, and decor/architecture of this hotel set it apart from many others we've stayed at in San Juan. We upgraded to a Cru suite and loved the room. Lots of cool decor and use of wood and other Mediterranean touches. This is a cozy, romantic, trendy couples boutique hotel. It isn't a family or kids hotel. The staff repeatedly went out of their way to make our stay great! They made reservations for us at the last minute, accommodated a large group on their ultra chic and comfortable rooftop terrace, and always had a smile and helped us with keys, luggage, laundry, and taxi's etc. The location is really great, right off of Ashford and across the street and very near the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel and the beach. Free bottled water, breakfast and cookies were really nice. We really wanted to try the steak restaurant because we saw some great looking and smelling food going up to the terrace, but they were booked up, then closed on Sunday (it's typical in PR for restaurants to be closed on either Sunday or Monday, but usually not both days as this restaurant is.).
Drinks on the terrace on rooftop at the bar are great, the whole staff went out of their way to ensure we had a very good stay. They were friendly and helpful at every turn. The bar area on the roof is small but an absolutely stunning space. The pool up there is also very small but the perfect temperature, and the sunset bay views are superb! The mattress and rooms are very comfy with trendy decor. If you don't need a big pool, a fitness gym, large restaurant choices or beach, stay at this well located, romantic and cool hotel with great staff! A limited breakfast menu can be ordered ahead, and served in your room or on the rooftop terrace..
There were a few drawbacks but they wouldn't keep me from staying at Olive again. The restaurant is only open Tues. thru Saturday. The pool on the roof is really small, and sometimes the beautiful rooftop lounge area, along with the restaurant seem to be the hottest parts of the hotel, and are sometimes booked by larger parties and not available to guests, so call and reserve ahead. Our hot tub on the terrace is really just a fountain, so don't expect to get water hot enough to take a jacuzzi type bath or a shower out there! The first room we got was smallish and dark-there are few windows in this hotel due to the close proximity of other (unattractive!) buildings, so if you want views or sunlight, call ahead to reserve lagoon suites early-the good suites with windows and lagoon views get booked up! We also had difficulty locking our room. We thought the room door locked automatically, but it doesn't and the keys are bulky to carry. We usually left ours at the front desk. Didn't worry too much, but had a few "funny" things happen...Overall a great experience, I highly recommend this hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by the ‘art de vivre’ and the diversity of the Mediterranean culture, O:live Boutique Hotel presents a unique style of relaxed luxury and intimacy. Its prime Condado location, exclusive amenities and artistique atmosphère makes this charming boutique hotel part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World™. ... more less
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