Standard Hostelry Categories Definitions

Bed & Breakfast (B&B)
A residential – touristic hostelry recognized for its family ambiance. It shall have between three (3) and six (6) rooms.
Guest House
Any building, or part thereof, or group of buildings with a minimum inventory of seven (7) rooms and a maximum of twenty-five (25) rooms, approved by the Company dedicated to providing lodging for paying transient guests. The property must comply with the requirements set forth by the Company.
Tourism Villas 
Any building for which its units provide a kitchen, living room, bath, and at least one (1) bedroom. It shall have at least seven (7) units and provide to its guest the services of a hospitality facility.
Any building, or part thereof, or group of buildings with a minimum inventory of fifteen (15) rooms approved by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, dedicated to providing lodging services mainly to paying transient guests. The property must comply with the requirements set forth by the Company.
All the units of a building or group of buildings converted to horizontal property regime or the Condo-hotels regime, that meet the requirements of a hotel; in which not less than fifteen (15) rooms or apartments are dedicated yearlong to the lodging of tourists by means of an integrated rental program.

Promotional Categories

The Paradores is a trademark program of the PRTC comprised of lodging facilities that represent Puerto Rican history, culture, idiosyncrasy and hospitality outside the San Juan metropolitan area. The hostelries under this program have a minimum of seven (7) and a maximum of seventy-five (75) rooms.
A trademark and program of the PRTC which seeks to promote the development of a network of urban, thematic, sustainable and high quality small and medium hostelries. Posadas are located in towns’ traditional urban centers and have a minimum of seven (7) and a maximum of fifty (50) rooms. The objective of a Posada is to give tourists an experience of the culture, history and architecture of the urban environment where it is located while creating synergy to economically revitalize the old urban centers.

Green Lodgings

Hostelries with a minimum of three (3) rooms located at a site where an agricultural activity certified by the Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture takes place, that provide an agricultural experience in combination with the lodging service. It may operate under any of the hostelry modes recognized by PRTC (bed & breakfast, guest house, touristic villas, hotel) as long as it complies with the requirements of an agro-tourism project as defined in the Agro-Lodgings Regulation, and certified under the PRTC’s Green Lodging Program.
Eco-lodge and Sustainable Tourism
Any form of lodging that complies and operates under the requirements of the Design and Operational Guidelines for Eco-tourism and Sustainable Tourism Facilities and the Green Lodging certification issued by PRTC’s Sustainable Tourism Division. For more information on Sustainable Tourism click the button below.

Sustainable Tourism

Special Categories

A hotel or tourism complex that as part of its offerings provides restaurant(s), open spaces and gardens, commercial areas, areas for group or convention activities, a variety of sports and recreational activities such as aquatic and equestrian sports, and golf, activities for children, pools and other amenities and services to satisfy the needs of their guests within the said complex.
Residential/Touristic Project
A mixed use development project that combines residential uses with lodging activities such as;
1) Condo – Hotel 
2) Bed & Breakfast
3) A residential project or rental management in Puerto Rico within a major touristic development master plan that includes at least a hotel or tourist villas. 

The hostelry and tourism activities must constitute the principal component of the development and these elements will be the only ones considered for tourism incentives and/or endorsement. The Residential – Touristic concept is a type of development and not a type of hostelry.
Time Sharing 
Is defined as the right, real or personal, to use and occupy one or more accommodations on a periodic basis over a specific period and other conditions.

Other Categories

Short Term Rentals
  • Studios
  • Apartments
  • Homes
  • Villas
  • Other short-term (less than 90 consecutive days) rental properties
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Active Short-Term Rental List
  • Inclusion in the official Puerto Rico Tourism Company webpages' accommodation registry list.
  • Issue of a Registry Certificate that validates accommodations registered in the Room Tax Division.
  • Coordination of educational workshops throughout the Island.
Any Hospitality Lodgings Facility and/or Short Term Rental in Puerto Rico must comply with Room Tax Registration and payment per room night. For more information, click here.

Zone of Touristic Interest (ZTI)

A zone of touristic interest (ZTI) is any area within the Island providing a series of natural and man-made attractions which are at present developed or have tourist potential, such as beaches, lakes, bays, historical sites and places of great natural beauty, within which the buildings, structures, natural beauty and other things are of basic and vital importance for the development of tourism in Puerto Rico as an integral part of its geographical location or within the environs thereof. 

ZTI’s are established by the Puerto Rico Planning Board.

No franchise, permit, authorization or license for works, constructions, installations, services, use or activities may be granted by a permitting agency within a ZTI without a previous favorable report of the PRTC.