My friends and I were taking a cruise out of San Juan and decided to spend the night in Puerto Rico a day before our ship's actual departure. Glad we did. I really loved this hotel on so many levels and I regret that I didn't have more time to stay here and utilize all of it's nice little extras and explore nearby Old San Juan. That aside, I enjoyed my stay.
The hotel is expansive, housing a ton of rooms in multiple buildings and this would probably be my one minor complaint. This place is a maze and. while there are signs throughout, they're not that easy to follow, especially if you've just arrived in town after a long flight and are a bit tired. If you do book a room, DO make sure that the front desk tells you which building you are in (villa 1, villa 2, etc.) and DO request of map if available because I'm a fairly decent navigator but I had to stop to ask a couple of the super nice staff to point us in the right direction.
The rooms are nice and while not everyone gets a spectacular ocean view, you're not exactly overlooking the city dump either so you won't be stuck with a really bad view no matter where you are. Our room came with a mini fridge, a microwave, sink, and plates. For some reason, there was no dish detergent to wash the dishes we used so I felt like a bit of a rat leaving a couple of dirty plates for the maid (I could almost hear my mother now). Another nice touch is the Peter Thomas Roth shampoo, conditioner and lotion in the bathroom. Good stuff.
The Caribe has several restaurants on the premises to suit different tastes and needs and there is a pricey but tasty breakfast buffet offered each morning (you can order a la carte too but it runs up to be nearly the same price, FYI). For coffee-a-holics like me, there is a Starbucks on site and few gift shops as well. If you chose to stray off of the hotel grounds, you are still in the city and can probably get a cab or even walk to nearby restaurants. That's the beauty of this place's location.
Finally, the grounds. As I alluded to earlier, this place is pretty large. It has a couple of interconnecting pools, an outdoor bar (and plenty of places to get sloshed indoors as well), it's own private beach (that's mellow enough for the kids to splash about in; no massive waves, anyway) and a ton of places to lounge about in the sun. Though there are chairs and chaise lounges all over the place, one of the cool things that they had were these giant foam beds to sunbathe on up near the footpath that parallels the ocean. They were usually occupied by the early birds but that doesn't mean you should'nt try to nab one of these comfortable places to snooze/read/people-watch. As for the footpath, it's a nice place to stroll by the water and check out the modern city skyline as it contrasts with some of the amazing, much older ruins of the ancient forts that share space in close quarters. You are relatively near Old San Juan and you can either walk there (it's about a mile, plus or minus) or, again, hail a cab.
I really liked this place and I can't say enough about the extremely friendly staff that works there; they made us feel very welcome. I would absolutely return to the Caribe Hilton to stay for future trips.
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