OK, I have finally found my go-to hotel in Puerto Rico. I’ve tried the Conquistador, the Embassy Suites, the Marriott Stellaris AND the Hilton Caribe. No more sleeping around… this is the one.
The location in Condado is terrific. Lobby is clean and bright. Check-in was friendly and efficient, and I was off to my suite in their Ocean Suites Wing. The room layout was very similar to an Embassy Suites, but for a Renaissance, it was a delight to enjoy. It had a sitting room with large sofa, big flat screen tv, large table and good sized kitchenette with full size fridge.
The bathroom had a very large glassed in shower. The bedroom had a king bed, with great views looking East down the Condado Beach, towards the Marriott.
For Concierge Lounge, they have the Ocean Room on the ground floor of the Ocean Suites Tower. This was a very large lounge, with a great array of food and beverage, both for evening service and for breakfast.
For food, there is a pool bar (where I used my free drink coupon for a large pina colada) and a Sushi Bar… which is unfortunately hidden off to the corner of the lobby.
On the second floor of the lobby, there’s an Italian restaurant (Voga?). I had two visits here. Once for dinner, which was excellent. Extensive menu, very good food, and attentive service. I also enjoyed a private reception there one night, and the canapés they passed around were fresh and hot… very well done.
I also must note that I was speaking at a conference here, and the conference facility (located above the porte cochere) was well done. Nice rooms, great tech support, and terrific aircon… all important in Puerto Rico.
Verdict? I’m already scheduling my next trip to PR in September, and have already booked another five night stay at this terrific property. For family time? Hmmmm. The beaches at Condado have a very strong current… not prime beach for family swimming. Good location for getting around, and a vast improvement over the Hilton and the Marriott. Yeah, I’d book my family in here, but I’d really prefer the Conquistador if I just wanted beach time. For visiting San Juan, the Renaissance La Concha has it locked down for me from now on.
Be sure to book into the Suites Tower!
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