- 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
- Reviews: 13
Casa de Amistad: In the Heart of Real Vieques
Great place and I wish we had had more time to stay there. There is a great hammock on the front porch and a nice little pool with several small tables in the back. Great rooms for good prices. All kinds of snorkel equipment, beach towels, coolers, and chairs available for guest use as well as water and beer sale in the community fridge, all on the honor system.
Located in Isabel II (which is pronounced "segundo" not "dos") so you are in the "real" part of Vieques where all the island people actually live. There is a post office, a grocery store, and not to mention, it's right by the ferry, so if you have to catch that 6:00 am ferry like we did, you can just walk. Unfortunately, this also means that you have to get a público to Esperanza where all the nice beaches, bio bay, and beachy restaurants are located. But we would definitely stay there again. It was wonderful.
- Reviews: 13
Passion Fruit Bed and Breakfast: Fajardo's Jewel
Beautiful place, very secure, incredible breakfast! We were only in Fajardo for the evening and had to leave right after breakfast the next day, but the pool looked fabulous and there were all kinds of neat games, books, and magazines available if it happened to be a rainy day. Very close to both 7 Seas Beach and Las Croabas, but not walking distance. The room was spacious and very clean as well as the bathroom. The bed was a bit thin and hard, but after a day in El Yunque and an afternoon at the beach, we were too tired to care.
Breakfast was amazing. Oatmeal and fresh fruit for starters and banana pancakes and bacon for the main course. Fresh coffee and orange juice all outside by the pool and gardens. What a spectacular way to start the day. Everyone was extremely friendly and the staff made it a point to learn our names and really get to know us.
- Reviews: 13
Sheraton Old San Juan: Quite a Luxurious Spot in Old San Juan
The Sheraton in Old San Juan is a beautiful hotel on the bay in Old San Juan. Many rooms look over the water to the docks where the cruise ships come in. The rooftop pool is possibly the most beautiful place I've ever spent an afternoon reading a book. We lost a little bit of money in the casino, but it was fun to play the slots for a while. It was a bit pricey, but we were lucky and got a really good deal through a friend, so it was a nice change from the cheaper places we usually stay.
Amazing roof-top pool, beautiful rooms, great service, casino for those interested (we also got a $5 credit for the casino upon check-in).
- Reviews: 9
La Concha Resort: Perfect Oceanfront Hotel
La Concha is an absolutely beautiful beach front hotel in the community of Condado just east of San Jaun. Every room has spectacular, head-on ocean views and the facilities, including two pools, two hot tubs and a posh pool deck, are very modern. But the most important amenity is the gorgeous beach that is the hotel's backyard. While all beaches in Puerto Rico are public, the beach at La Concha is about as private as it gets. The hotel also provides beach chairs and umbrellas free of charge.
Another plus about the hotel was the surrounding neighborhood. A lot of oceanfront hotels in the Caribbean are in secluded areas but this one has plenty of shops and restaurants within a block or two ranging from Wendy's to Gucci. If you are looking for Puerto Rican food, nearby Latin Star is hard to beat. If you are looking for non-Puerto Rican food Mike and Charlies, which serves Italian, is a cheap and delicious stop worth making.
While it is easy enough to take a cab into Old San Juan (which takes about 15 minutes and cost around $15) there is also a free public bus that departs from the bus stop just to the west of the hotels main entrance. There are two buses that go to Old San Juan from this stop, the B21 and the C53 and it takes about 25 minutes. The cab from the airport was $20 and took about 15 minutes.
The only odd thing about La Concha is that the lobby becomes a very trendy nightclub in the evenings that just oozes hip. This is great if you don't want to go far for nightlife, but the blaring music can be startling as you make your way to your room. Another minor drawback was the hotel casino that was being constructed adjacent to the hotel. The project was supposed to be finished in Fall 2008 but its looks more like Spring 2009. While I'm sure the casino will be great when it is done for now it is just a noisy eyesore.
Overall, I can't imagine a better place to stay in Puerto Rico. For more info about our trip to Puerto Rico visit our travel blog at http://patrinadoestheglobe.blogspot.com/
- Reviews: 7
CLARIAN LE CONSULATE: CUTE BOUTIQUE HOTEL
We really enjoyed our stay at Le Consulate. It was a nice hotel for the price ($128.00 including taxes and a huge balcony) The people were very nice here. We did have to tell one of the younger workers (in her 20's) one night that we were going to go to sleep because she was really loud and it was echoing down the hallway on the first floor but she said sorry and stopped. They are very accomidating and gave lots of tips. Everything is within walking distance. The beach is literally a 2 minute walk and walgreens is right around the corner as are some other cute little shops.
free 1 item and drink at pelayo resteraunt about a 2 minutes away for breakfast you get a little ticket and take it there. Also their pool was nice it had waterfalls and was very private. The balcony on the room was HUGE!
- Reviews: 2
Gables Breeze: Dorado Townhomes
We stayed at 30 Palmetto Ct. in Dorado, PR a Gables Breeze Townhome rental. The Townhome upon arrival was completely filthy, we had to go by cleaning supplies and clean the mold out of the refrigerator. There was no air conditioning on the first floor at all. THe items that were said to be available to us for use were not. Oh-there was a grill but it was so rusted and old and dirty we did not dare touch it. The pillows were stained and old as well as the bed linens. The "sparkling" swimming pool was green. The list goes on including a barking dog next door who was out 24/7 and walking around in his own waste that smelled so bad we had to close the windows. We ended up leaving after a couple of days and the homeowner would not return any of our money. We were completely ripped off. Beware of this area.
- Reviews: 67
El Canario By The Lagoon: Nice little hotel
This was a nice little hotel. We stayed one night before our cruise. The elevator is a little small, but no worries. Our room had it's own balcony, the views weren't of the ocean, but it accomodated us. The air conditioning was great, our room was nice and cold when we got there. The bathroom is a little on the small side, but everything worked fine.
The decor and quaintness of the hotel was nice. This was my first time staying in a place that wasn't in the USA, so I have nothing to compare it to. It served its purpose and the staff was friendly enough.
The hotel was in a very convenient location, walking distance to the beach, lagoon and restaurants.
Those staying here pre or post cruise can travel by taxi to the pier for $12, plus $1 per bag.
- Reviews: 53
Hyatt Hacienda del Mar: Hyatt Dorado Resort
This is a large multiple facility complex. It is composed of at least three Hyatt hotels, casino, golf club, and a private transportation system to get you to all of them. I wound up here due to a lack of other options...poor me. What a fantastic place.
You walk in the door to a large bird named CoCoa. The staff was excellent and accomodating. The rooms are sperated into blocks so every room is ocean front. The patio is complete with a couple of chairs and a hammock to unwind in.
- Reviews: 23
Fajardo Inn: Good location to eco-trips
I have stayed here three times, all for diving trips. Fajardo is close to the reefs as well as other non-diving sites. The Fajardo Inn has always been a clean, quiet, reasonably priced alternative to paying an arm, leg, and kidney to stay at the Conquistador down the road. The staff are all polite and friendly, and always have great tips on local sites and places to eat.
The two restaurants, the Starfish and the Blue Iguana, are ok. The drinks at the Blue Iguana are about the best reason to go there (good pina coladas). The waitstaff is friendly, but there are better options in the surrounding area (especially closer to the cabezas de san juan) for seafood, drinks, and snacks.
Both the pools are great. There is a mini-golf course available too. It makes the hotel better suited for famililes with small kids. Ample parking is available, which is nice.
The hotel can be tough to find, make sure you bring a good road map and write down the directions to get there. The turn to Parcelas Beltran can be tough to see in the dark, and the road sign is not lit. Going further into the downtown area at night can be a 'unique experience' if you're not familiar with the area.
- Reviews: 2
Hacienda El Pedregal: Good Family Value
This is a very nice accomadation for families that are looking for an inexpensive stay in a hotel. The rooms are clean, comfortable and most of all air conditioned. The owners are very accomodating and English is spoken here , as well.
While hotels are fine, apartments are nice too. You can have all of the comforts of home-away-from-home. This is usually the least expensive way to see Puerto Rico.
Many people do not book accomodations before arriving in Puerto rico, rather the y opt to travel and stop at a different place each night. The island is 100 miles long by 35 miles wide but, it does take several hours to get completely around the island. You can completely circle the island in about 6-8 hours depending on how many stops you make. That doesn't allow you to see the many sites that are off the beaten path and back roads and mountains.
You will not be disappointed with the view, the room or the prices. This is a great place to spend a couple of nights while exploring the western part of the island.
- Reviews: 10
Boutique Hotel: Water Club
An Oasis of a Hotel, modern, very zen, great music, with a good restaurant but limited menu, especially if you are traveling with kids, however staff is very accomodating and super friendly.
The pool at the top of the building is very beautiful, but the water was very dirty.
The lounge at the top is a must for people who enjoy great music, and want to have a great time.
Location, in front of the sea.
- Reviews: 60
Ritz Carlton San Juan: Excellent service
We had a wonderful time staying at this hotel, the service was great and it wasn’t over crowded (probably because it was June). There was a little miscommunication during our excursion booking and the manager took full responsibility and ended up treating us to a wonderful restaurant and the excursion the following day. The hotel manager was very professional and from a small mistake they went out and beyond my expectations.
The only thing that bothered me was that we were so close to the airport, while at the pool you hear the planes every 2 minutes. (You don't hear it when in your room)
- Reviews: 50
Hotel Kokomo: Great Location in Culebra
This quaint yellow hotel was our home away from home while on the beautiful island of Culebra. I don't know about all of the rooms, but our was very small (1 bed) and had its own bathroom. If all it is used for is sleep, then its perfect!
The location is great - literally across from the ferry port (where you first arrive into Culebra). It is in walking distance to restaurants and you can catch a taxi right out front to Playa Flemenco!
- Reviews: 114
CARIBE HILTON: Great Beach Location
THE HOTEL HAS A GREAT POOL, BEACH LOCATION. YOU CAN ENJOY BOTH ON THIS PROPERTY
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