My wife and I spent 4 days at La Concha from February 14 - 18, 2013. We stayed in the Tower section on the 4th floor in a one bedroom unit with an ocean view. The hotel is centrally located between Isla Verde and Old San Juan. Check in and check out were a breeze. While the "ocean view" wasn't the prettiest in the world due to the decrepitude of some of the nearby buildings, it was nice to be able to sit on the porch and look at the ocean at the beginning and end of every day. The living quarters are comprised of a nice sized bedroom with a very comfortable king sized bed and TV, a fully equipped bathroom and a large kitchenette living area with a small stovetop, large refrigerator, large freezer, table for four, couch and large, flat screen TV. Closet space is ample. Wi-Fi internet access was complimentary and only a bit spotty during the middle of the day. We only ate lunch and dinner at Solera and the meals were delicious. We think that our vodka martinis were a bit watered down, but the Sangria packed a nice punch. I'm happy to stay any place that is warm and has a bed, so I'm a bad judge of hotels. My wife, however, travels a lot all over the world for business, staying in the finest hotels and she had absolutely no qualms with the hotel at all.
The pools are all beautiful, if a bit warm, and the hotel itself is incredibly well kept and clean. The beach isn't like Turks and Caicos, but it has sand, chairs and nice, clean water and that's about all you need at a beach. There were a LOT of kids at the hotel, so it is a family friendly place. Although not a problem for us, they do have an adults only pool area outside the Tower if you need to get away from the noise.
Service at the hotel's restaurants, around the pool and on the beach wasn't noticeably slow. It wasn't as fast as a Chinese restaurant in New York City, mind you, but it wasn't what I would call "island time" slow. We liked the fact that we could actually get out of the hotel and walk along the main thoroughfare, Ashford Drive, to do some food and clothes shopping. Again, not exactly Rodeo Drive, but there are some nice high end shops and we felt very safe wherever we went. We walked through the casino in La Concha several times. It was very active each time and has five or six poker/blackjack tables ($5/$200 and $10/$1000, minimum/maximum) , a couple of roulette tables and a whole load of slot machines (and we noticed a lot of penny slot machines).
La Concha is about a $20 (with tip) from Isla Verde, Old San Juan and the airport. We ate in Old San Juan at Marmalade and Dragonfly Too --- the former being excellent and the latter above average (both expensive) -- and also ate at Metropol in Isla Verde. Metropol is not a fancy-schmancy place, but it came highly recommended from the locals as a reasonably priced spot with excellent local cuisine. It didn't disappoint on either level. While not the gastronomic experience that is Marmalade, I would recommend Metropol just as quickly because of the simplicity and quality of the food. The nice thing about eating in Old San Juan, however, is that you can walk around the beautiful, clean --- and I mean immaculate --- streets and explore the sights for a few hours after dinner. Metropol, by contrast, is located on a major highway and there is really nothing that you can do after you eat, unless you want to visit the cockfighting arena located next door.
Overall, we would have no problem whatsoever staying at La Concha, although we would probably splurge for an oceanfront Tower unit or an ocean view unit on a much higher floor.
Stay in the tower and get an upper floor.
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