More about Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort
Isla Verde's Hot Spot
The Wyndham Hotel in Isla Verde is the place to be. It has one of the nicest beaches in the San Juan metro area, a great casino, outstanding restaurants, and luxurious accomodations. I highly recommend it. Every night in the lobby area there are people dressed up and having a great time. Most often there are bands playing salsa and merengue outside th casino area. On the weekends, the younger crowds can go to the club Babylon. It's very popular.
In Isla Verde a stretch of...
In Isla Verde a stretch of lovely white-sand beaches are backed by strips of high rise hotels, one of which is the El San Juan Tower (ESJ Tower) where I lodged, which are steps away to the turqoise waters.
The location is one of grandeur, excitement and luxury. The aerial view of Isla Verde Beach from my hotel is just so awesome!
The compound is cheaply and easily reached from the airport, and to Old San Juan by public bus. The vicinity is populated with dining places and entertainment spots - casinos, cock fight dens and latino clubs, to name a few.
Best Hotel on Isla Verde
We stayed at the Courtyard 1/29-2/5. Our room was great - ocean front - spectacular view. Yes you could hear planes but not with sliding doors were closed. Complimentary breakfast had everything - even made to order omelets! Everyone was very friendly and courteous. It was a short walk to the Ritz, Dennys, small grocery store and bar. Pool was never crowed - great swim up bar and grill. After looking at the other hotels in the area, I'm glad we stayed at the Courtyard.
Some of the great restaurants we dined at: Pikayo (Museo de Arts), Tangerine (Water Club Hotel), Parrot Club (Old San Juan) & the Tequila Bar & Grill at the top of the El San Juan. Excellect guacamole made fresh table-side!
Best deal for low key people
The inn is for those who need the bare minumim and aren't looking for the princess treatment.
This modest motel provides one with the necessities of a bed, closet, dresser and full bathroom. A communcal kitchen is available.
It is situated in Isla Verde. Its backyard is the beach. The bars, pubs and clubs are within crawling distance. Down the street is the supermarket as well as local food joints, fast food places, the pharmacy and the ATM. Old San Juan is a $0.25, 20 minute bus ride away. The view wasnt all that great but for the cheapest stay in Isla Verde I wasn't going to complain. The neighbouring hotels were calling for $150-$300/night while i was splitting $70/night with a friend. Its also a 5 minute $10 ride from the airport.
You are in the middle of the hippest district: Isla Verde! A beautiful mix of local and authentic Puerto Rican life with a hint of all the attractions that any tourist would want.
Isla Verde hotel
I needed to get back to the airport the next day, so I wanted to be close and Isla Verde is the best choice for that. Oceanfront hotels, cheaper than San Juan and 5 minutes by car to the airport. As I described in my nightlife tip of this place, it has a great bar that is a local hangout. Well, the fact it's RIGHT on the ocean is a decent quality. I walked out of my room, onto the terrace and out to the beach. Also, it has an internet kiosk for $1.00 per half hour which, by far is the best price I found ($3.00 for 1/2 hour in Vieques) and the breakfast is okay. Also, there's a good Italian restaurant at the hotel called Freddo's.
Elegant, nice pool, right on the beach
The decorations in this hotel are lavish. They have a nice cigar bar, even though I don't smoke. The bartenders are nice and it's a good place to go if you are by yourself. You will meet other guests there. The pool is very memorable, it has lion fountains that spout water out of their mouths on 2 sides of the pool (lions are facing each other). From the pool you have a view of the beach. This hotel is right on the beach.
My friends and I stayd at a...
My friends and I stayd at a resort in Isla Verde. I heard it's safer there since there were only 4 girls, safety was a top concern for us.
Since it's a resort it has everything. A great pool, outdoor jacuzzi and a direct access to the beach. The hotel guys bring you a beach chair and set it up for you. The sand was great and the water was just the right temperature. My girlfriends and I would wake up early and have the whole pool to oursevels for awhile.
We booked a double room but since we were 4, two of us had to sneak in. But we saved $$$ by splitting the bill 4 ways.
That's the view from our balcony. It was so worth paying the extra for the fabulous view. Life is short so splurge once awhile.
The Water Club is inexpensive, and once you get there you'll wonder why. The water theme makes everything look very futuristic, especially the waterfall down the side of the elevator. It's oceanfront on the beach in Isla Verde, and while on the beach, a waiter will bring you drinks. It has a sushi bar and an open air bar on the roof, which turns into a techno discoteca on the weekend nights. The view from the roof is breathtaking. The rooms are new, clean, and comfortable. It was actually rated in Travel & Leisure as one of the best hotels in one category or enough. It lives up to the hype! If you don't stay here, I recommend coming for a drink and lounging on one of the roof's couches, while enjoying the view.
Nice way to stay
The El San Juan is pure magic. This hotel has done everything right. First and foremost this is more like a resort than hotel. It's not just beds and room but they have the most magnificent lobby and casino that completely fill up with locals and tourists alike starting on the Thursday night, getting bigger on Friday night and totally full Saturday night.
This lobby though is first class and its not a frat party either. they have two bars, a casino and a full night club for those who want a little more party. It's elegant and everyone is spectacular. no t shirts, no shorts, no flip flops (during the day, beach attire is fine, but on weekends a no no directly in the lobby).. on the weekends in the lobby the hotel is transformed!
On the other side of the hotel .. is just amazing. Out the back door and there is a large outdoor bar connected to the restaurant and the one lavish pool after another after another all the way to the direct beach access.
The back of the hotel drops you right off at the start of Isla Verde beach, one of hte most talked about beaches in Puerto Rico and certainly San Juan. Its kid friendly (i don't have any kids but..) security was everywhere, cops everywhere and all of the water was roped so no one can float off.
The rooms are a bit odd, just not what you are used to seeing and if anyone in the next room even coughs loud, you hear it. Lord forbid you get a room near the elevator deck.. but who's sleeping anyway!
Downstairs they have a whole shopping arrangement where you can get just almost anything you need.
within walking distance is a walgreens, a cock fighting ring and some really good food. Right next door to the cock fighting (walk out hotel front, turn left on ave isla verde, cross street, two blocks down on right) is the best food i had almost anywhere (except for Fajardo Bay)
Isla Verde Blvd is busy and bustly, just walk. Just get out and turn right or left and walk. You will find all kinds of things. Food, Cabs, Cigar store, Cock Fighting just everything.
The hotel is amazing. Anything you want, period, you got it in five minutes. Even a doctor, which we needed, he was there within 20 minutes in rush hour friday!
As long as you do not plan to spend all of your time in your hotel room, everything about this place is magic. This is not a cheap hotel, this is a 5 star resort so take some decent clothes and enjoy!
Ask for a taxi driver named Michael. He specializes in driving to places on the island OTHER than the air port. A tour guide taxi if you will. He's drive you anywhere on the island you want to go, even overnight and guides along the away, and for not a lot of money. Oh certainly the magical lobby, casino, beach access and location.
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Pueblo supermarket in Isla Verde
I know this is a longshot, but does anyone know where the Pueblo supermarket in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico is in relation to the location of Isla Verde Towers?
Re: Pueblo supermarket in Isla Verde
Do you mean the ESJ Towers, which are located on the Isla Verde strip next to the Wyndham El San Juan Hotel? If so, there are two supermarkets very close by (less than 5 minutes driving). One of these is the Pueblo Supermarket. Pueblo is one of the main supermarket chains in Puerto Rico. Accross the street from the ESJ Towers you also have a Freshmart, which is a smaller market where you can get fresh fruit, veggies and staples.
Re: Re: Pueblo supermarket in Isla Verde
No, I meant Isla Verde Towers - an appartment building towards the west end of Isla Verde - two buildings west of the cemetery. But your response pretty much answered my question. It Pueblo is real close to ESJ it must be a fair distance from Isla Verde Towers.
I do know there is a Grande supermarked directly accross the street from Isla Verde Towers, so I guess that will have to do. We're just used to Pueblo from all the years we've been going to the USVI.
Thanks for your response.
Isla verde hotels
Hello, can anyone tell me of a really beautiful and fun hotel in isla verde puerto rico? Does anyone know of the el san juan hotel? any info thanks
Re: Isla verde hotels
Dear Shell: Isla Verde is the prime hotel district now for the SJ area. As for the Hotel San Juan: one of the tops, if you can pay it. Any hotel in IV, Ocean Park, Condado, Miramar and Old San San Juan must have good standards since tourism is a pilar in PR's economy and image.
Isla Verde Info.
I am flying to PR next week to visit family in San Lorenzo but am staying at a condo in Isla Verde 8/15-8/18. The condo is located on Tartak Street by the Hollday Inn Isla Verde and the Embassy Suites.
Is that far from all the nightlife, restaurants and shops? I haven't been back to PR since I was 15 and am now 29 and I want to enjoy PR as an adult.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.