Best hotels and hostels in Ponce & South Coast

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    Hotel Bélgica

    Just off the southwest corner of Plaza Las Delicias, this traveler-favorite has a creaking colonial-era ambience, with 15ft ceilings, parquet floors and wrought-iron balconies. The hallways are a bit of a maze and dimly lit, but the place is charming, with delightful antique-style furniture in many of the 20 rooms. Rooms near the front allow you to stare out over the plaza from private balconies, but be prepared for noise on weekend nights.

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    Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino

    Standing grandly over a corner of the plaza, this 69-room, lemon-yellow colonial-era building is one of Ponce's most engaging places to unpack. The historical building, location and clutch of amenities, plus a mix of classic colonial and modern rooms, keep it among the top options in the city center. Of the two connected buildings, the best rooms (the colonial ones) face the square, with black-and-white-tiled floors and balconies; those in the back are clean but have little in the way of atmosphere. The courtyard pool is tiny, but with two class eateries, chic design elements and an open-air bar, it's well worth a stop even if you aren't staying here.

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    Ponce Hilton & Casino

    The 153-room Hilton stands within a gated area 6km south of town, near the La Guancha boardwalk. It’s Ponce's most deluxe option, with well-manicured grounds, on-site golf, a nightclub, enticing pools, restaurants and a casino. However, it suffers from a lack of local flavor, though it’s Ponce's only hotel with ocean views (for which you'll pay high-end prices). The cheapest rooms have pool views only. Sun-pink golfers are wont to gripe about their last round and the quality of the buffet.

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    Caribe Hotel

    While it doesn't have much personality, the Caribe is abundant in pristine chain-hotel comforts including chirpy wi-fi, an exercise room, a games room and a terrific pool. A pristinely kept if slightly motel-like option very close to the airport.

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    Meliá

    To the east of Plaza Las Delicias, this independent historical hotel isn't much to look at from the outside, but inside, you'll find a grand lobby. The grandeur fails to continue into the 80-odd rooms, which are slightly tired, cheap-feeling and often pounding to the beat of whatever function is on. Continental breakfast is served on a sunny rooftop deck near the beautifully renovated pool, which is one bonus. Check out the pictures on the wall for a look at Ponce in its prime and imagine how good standards might once have been.