- Reviews: 241
www.vrbo.com: Vacation condo rental
This last trip to PR my parents came to visit PR while we were there. Usually we stay with my husbands family, but there wasn't enough space for my parents too. So I took to the internet and found VRBO.com. It's like expedia; you put in your dates and selected area just like looking for a hotel. When you choose a place then you email the owner or manger of the property to arrange payment and confirm dates.
Our experience was really great. We stayed in cabo rojo about 1 mile From playa sucia. The condo was beautiful and clean. There were bed linens, towels, dishes, and a few beers waiting for us. This is a great way to travel with family and friends in groups. And staying together actually saved us a lot of money in comparison if we would have paid for hotel rooms.
- Reviews: 125
Villa Escondido: Vacation Perfection
Villa Escondido vacation rental was one of the best places I've stayed in my travels so far. We were some of the last guests when this place was part of Villa Sevilla and hope the new owners will provide the same amazing experience. It's located in a more rural part of Puerto Rico near the town of Rio Grande right on the edge of El Yunque National Rainforest... the perfect base for outdoor activities like hiking, swimming and climbing. There is no pool but Luquillo Beach is within driving distance, and there's a rocky river and falls for swimming close by but the water levels were too high and dangerous when we visited for us to check it out. The area surrounding the villa is truly relaxing; the grounds and gardens are filled with fruit trees and exotic flowers, and the winding mountain roads busting with sweeping views and vistas were a major highlight for us. You'll need to rent a car to stay here.The drive from the villa to the main highway is a good 15 minutes of very narrow, winding mountain roads.
The great part about renting a two bedroom villa for the same price as a hotel room in San Juan is that it's so much more than a place to sleep if you want it to be. The villa has a full kitchen, living room, bathroom and laundry. There's A/C only in the bedrooms but because of the mountain breeze we barely needed it. There's even a friendly upstairs neighbour, Emilio, who let us chill out in his hammock and told us some great stories. And then there's the deck: the view over the mountains of El Yunque is absolutely breathtaking at all times of day and we have awesome memories of early morning coffees and late night barbeque out there. At night you can hear the coquis and other rainforest creatures pretty loudly which we all thought was great and we all slept very well. We often still talk about this place, how lucky we were to have stayed there, and how much it shaped our perfect vacation to Puerto Rico.
The deck is awesome and has a breathtaking view of the rainforest!!
- Reviews: 739
Marriott San Juan Resort & Stellaris Casino: Condado Beach
Beautiful resort on the beach, with lots of amenities. Loved the swim up bar, beach bar, bikes, men bringing our chairs to the surf ...
Our room was very plush and comfortable. Quiet, great view of the beach & resort below. Bathroom was spacious and felt new.
Great location; walking distance to shops, restaurants, clubs and jazz festival.
Hated to leave!
The breakfast was the best hotel breakfast I've ever had; loved the omlet man, fresh waffles with fruit, baked goods, meats and the blintze were incredible all topped with mimosa & fabulous coffee.
- Reviews: 445
Phil's on the beach: Best beach house rental
Phil's is a great place to go if you want to wake up to the waves and the sunrise. I stayed a couple of nights when I first got here. I was able to snorkel, body board and fish all in two days. It's a huge house and I felt like I had it to myself. We bbq'd one night, and I played with his dog. It's close to town and it's very clean and organized. I would highly recommend this house for large groups of people. Lots of space for entertaining right on the beach with beautiful views and sea breezes.
- Reviews: 75
Wyndam El Conquistador Resort: Hilltop Resort in Fajardo
This is a little old as we stayed in 2005, the grounds were beautiful and it consisted of several different complexes of rooms. We received a rather good deal from Priceline.com to stay at this hotel for a week, as a result we were granted a room on the first floor back in the corner, with no view. As luck would have it, we had a leaky fire spinkler in our bathroom, so I requested another room with a better view. We were moved up to a room with a gorgeous view of the golf course, and the El Yunque rainforest off in the distance. The food at the resort was very expensive. We rented a car, and visited the local grocery store to save money. I would definately recommend staying here again. So beautiful!
This hotel/resort has it's own private island that they ferry you to, to enjoy the beach with activities available by rental such as kayaking. It was gorgeous, safe, and SO relaxing! Treat yourself to a spa treatment at The Golden Door Spa at the resort! It looks like they have built a new water park since I last stayed there!
- Reviews: 241
Easily googled: Guest Houses
I love guesthouses. I guess they could be compared to hostels but perhaps a bit more private. All of the places are easily referred by locals or phone numbers on the front sign. They are like little apartments that range from $40-80 per night. It is probably the easiest and most affordable way to stay in Puerto Rico.
Clean, shared space with locals, and cheap
- Reviews: 445
Esperanza Inn: Private cabanas
A sweet spot just a few buildings down from the beach in Esperanza, this Inn offers a private cabana, a swimming pool and full kitchen for cooking your own meals. The owners are local and friendly Americans, the place is meticulously cleaned and there are even some resident cats and dogs that have been saved by the Inn.
- Reviews: 445
Tradewinds: small hotel and restaurant in Esperanza
Having superb food, this small hotel boasts breathtaking views from the shore of Esperanza, one of the two towns in Vieques. The rooms are simple and small, sometimes noisy from the bustle of the restaurant, but there's access to an outdoor patio from each of the rooms and the ocean is right outside. Friendly owner, friendly service and in a great location to either dine at sunset looking at boats bobbing in a silver sea, or skip to any outdoor sea sport imaginable.
They also have a gift shop of souvenirs, shirts, towels, etc.
- Reviews: 1
ESJ Towers: Stay Away
We rented condo 170 at the El San Juan Towers in Puerto Rico for four nights from Norgen Management a privately owned condo, managed by Edwin Negron. The management at ESJ is not responsible for this unit, therefore they were not able to assist us or you. Within minutes of our check in, we started to inspect the condo, as we always do whenever we travel. We discovered the following issues with the condo. Therefore I decided to relocated my family to another hotel to salvage our vacation.
• The sofa bed springs were detached from the metal frame.
• The water faucet was leaking water through the side onto the kitchen counter sink.
• The refrigerator/freezer were not cooling or freezing properly.
• The toaster was dirty and rusty.
• The door lock was insecure, the door would shake back and forth when locked.
• The thermostat to the A/C was locked down like Fort Knox, therefore the A/C temperature could not be adjusted.
Two days after our check in date. I returned to the condo to follow up on the repairs hoping perhaps we could return to the condo and save the additional cost for having to relocate. I found a new water faucet on the kitchen counter to replace the damaged one. When I opened the freezer door to dispose the groceries I had purchased for our stay. I discovered the motor to the freezer was removed. On the day four when we were to check out of the condo I entered the condo again, the water faucet and the refrigerator had not been repaired. Not surprising Edwin Negron has refused to refund me the hundreds of dollars I paid Norgen Management months in advance for our reservations. Edwin Negron/Norgen Management now claim they have documentation my family and I were responsible for the damages. Neither has Edwin Negron or Norgen Management have been able to show cause we were responsible for the damages to the condo or provide me with such proof, it’s just another ploy on their part for not returning our full refund. However I did provide them with two videos and numerous pictures of the above issues.
- Reviews: 1818
The El Convento: The El Convento
This hotel was originally a convent but was transformed into a hotel. It's an old building but totally renovated for a nice hotel. Our friends stayed here for a week while we stayed up in the jungles of Indiera at a very modest convent...
This hotel is located at the center of San Juan so it is definitely a plus to stay here. You are at the center where the actions are...
- Reviews: 189
Beach front Hotels
In the heart of the upscale hotels off Ashford Avenue there is a small beach known as La Ventana al Mar. or “window to the sea,” a swath of buildings have been replaced by open, public space with a fountain and a walkway stretching out into the ocean. Instead of being lined up along the Avenida Ashford, the businesses here are lined up towards the Atlantic, perpendicular to the street and facing the plaza and the crashing waves The day was warm and the waves cool, we waded in the surf for awhile, sat on the stone benches while we planned the remainder of our day.
- Reviews: 189
Holiday Inn by the sea
An older Holiday Inn but the rooms were clean and the beds comfortable.
The Holiday Inn Express is on a side street off Ashford Avenue. The majority of San Juan's hotels, restaurants and nightclubs are centered along Ashford Avenue in the Condado section of the city. Midway along Ashford Avenue there is a small beach known as La Ventana al Mar. or “window to the sea,” a swath of buildings have been replaced by open, public space with a fountain and a walkway stretching out into the ocean. Instead of being lined up along the Avenida Ashford, the businesses here are lined up towards the Atlantic, perpendicular to the street and facing the plaza and the crashing waves
- Reviews: 4
Hotel Melia: Great Hotel with lots of History and Culture
We stayed for one night in the city of Ponce. Ponce is full of history and great architecture. This hotel features and open courtyard between the lower floors and clean rooms. The price was very reasonable. There is a free breakfast on the roof that offers a great view of the town. There is a statue garden on the roof as well. The staff was extra friendly and eager to help.
If you haven't seen Ponce, you won't want to miss it!
- Reviews: 10
The El San Juan: 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.
- Reviews: 13
Sue and Bob: Charming Cabin
We stayed in a little "cabin" just outside El Yunque Park. It was wonderful and inexpensive. Sue and Bob are the owners and they were extremely nice. My husband and I slept in the loft (with a few friendly lizards watching us from the walls and coquis singing us to sleep) and our kids slept downstairs. There were comfortable hammocks on the balcony as well, where one was up in the banana trees. For more info. try www.elyunque.com/sues.html
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