A guide to San Juan’s best LGBTIQ+ spots to stay, eat and party
As Puerto Rico’s only vegetarian, gay-owned and -operated hotel, a stay at this impeccable boutique property is an immersion into health, wellness and diversity. Created by partners Stephan Watts and Roy Delgado, it's a sublime respite in the heart of Ocean Park, just minutes from the beach.
6 Budget-Friendly Decor Tricks Hiding in a Playful New Hotel
When Stephan Watts first landed in Wilmington, North Carolina, it was peppered with traditional bed-and-breakfasts in stately Victorian homes. Many were a little stuffy and hadn’t been renovated since the 1990s. Still, he fell in love with the historic coastal town and went house shopping on a whim. That’s when he stumbled upon what is now Dreamers Welcome, a whimsical, light-filled boutique hotel (think: ’80s tropical vibes) opening this week.
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Enjoy a relaxing stay at a boutique hotel like the Dreamcatcher, purposefully situated, according to co-owner Stephan Watts, in San Juan’s last remaining beach neighborhood where “buildings are under 30 feet tall, vehicles are restricted, and guests can follow a hand-drawn map to beaches and local businesses all within walking distance.” The hotel features boho-chic rooms; private outdoor showers; small-group, off-the-beaten-path hiking excursions; starlight yoga; and a locally-sourced, all-vegetarian menu of dishes like papaya-topped pancakes and hibiscus flower juice—a delicious way to start the new year healthy.
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With its less than 2,500 followers, you can be one of the original MoodHaus groupies. Stephan Watts and Roy Delgado are currently renovating a 4 unit building in San Juan, Puerto Rico, into a 1970s-esque motel paradise. Beyond the retro-cool rooms graced with Grace Jones images and other icons of the era, this dynamic duo have completed two of the four motel room remodels, with another two nearing completion any day. And with another property undergoing renovations, tune in to check out their funky decor transformations. While you’re there, click on MoodHaus radio to be thoroughly enveloped in disco mania!
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Over on Calle Loíza, the rise of independent restaurants and culinary talent has sent fast food chains packing. “All fast food chains such as Wendy’s, Burger King and Church’s Chicken shut down, and locally owned shops reopened instead,” says Stephan Watts, co-owner of The Dreamcatcher hotel. “A trend that is pretty impressive and contrary to what’s happening anywhere else in the world.”
Modo De Vida
Groovy: Mood Haus
Situado en el corazón del distrito gastronómico y artístico de San Juan, a solo unos pasos de la playa, Mood Haus tiene una ubicación ideal para experimentar Puerto Rico como un local.
Sus curadores, Stephan Watts y Roy Delgado, nos cuentan: “Durante más de una década, hemos estado obsesionados con la idea de crear un motel temático de los años 70 pero con un lujo elevado. Como amantes del diseño y los espacios seleccionados, hemos creado minuciosamente cada unidad para que sea tan única y audaz como la época.”
If You’ve Ever Dreamed of Owning a Dreamy Boutique Hotel, Read This
Tucked away in the gated Ocean Park community in San Juan, The Dreamcatcher features nine unique rooms and three suites, each one featuring its own distinct style. And though The Dreamcatcher became a beautiful space organically, co-owners Sylvia and Stephan put in countless hours and hard work, as most major renovation projects require.
Read about their teamwork, recommendations for enjoying Puerto Rico, and the inspirations behind building an internationally-recognized boutique hotel.