Just completed a five night stay at Renaissance La Concha. Located in Condado, this resort is the perfect spot for a Puerto Rico vacation. The reason is that you get the best of "all" worlds when vacationing. As a world traveler, to relax, there is nothing to me, like cool ocean breezes, great pools, an oceanfront room allowing the Caribbean breezes, "chic" resort facilities in an exciting atmosphere, and friendly resort employees always looking to serve. La Concha is right on a great stretch of beach only a couple miles from historic Old San Juan. Condado offers multiple fine restaurants and shops right outside the resort's doors. You do not need a car. Want to save some $ on incidentals and snacks? There's a Walgreens food mart right up the block. Marriott Rewards Gold or Platinum? Classy lounge. Fitness buff, besides running lanes and beach? La Concha has a terrific gym. Since its in San Juan, excursion companies pick you up at the hotel. To me, the ocean front room with giant window/doors opening out to the lively sea, when you come from a place far from the ocean like Northern Virginia, is priceless. But it is the employees that make your stay enjoyable: Jose Cepero, Director of Guest Services is a more-than-accomodating professional; Miguel Isaac, a super helpful Front Office Supervisor; Jeffery Perez of the Marriott Reward's lounge is an informative gentleman who seeks to make your vacation even more enjoyable by providing information about the island when asked. His recommendation of Casa Lola, an excellent Puerto Rican restaurant blocks away was dead on. Best Sangria I ever had! The staff in the lounge are also excellent. This was easily the most enjoyable Marriott Rewards lounge I've experienced throughout the U.S. (and now, its possessions). I do not even recall the names of the idividuals who help with chairs and towels at the beach, but all are helpful when asked. The hotel's Italian restaurant, Voga, is superb and well priced. if you want to experience Puerto Rico at its best, be central to all, then do yourself a favor and let the stress melt away, by using La Concha as your vacation base. You cannot go wrong here.
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