Stayed here 4 nights over 4th of July 2010. Doubt I'll be back.
Arrived very late thurs pm & front desk thanked me for being good Marriott rewards cust (nearly 40 night so far this year). As such told they 'upgraded me to a suite'. Nice room (bit Spartan in the living room, nice bath & bedroom), but missing the oceanview I paid extra for. Instead, I had a lovely view of a parking lot & a noisy street (loud bar music & car scene). At least it had a balconey.
It was past midnight, but I went to the front desk to ask for an oceanview room. After some hassle, they gave me a decent room w/ 2 queens instead of a king (no 'upgrade' w/ the oceanview & no balconey, but a nice wall of glass overlooking the ocean. Overall pleased w/ the room- nicely updated in retro style like rest of hotel. But it was bright as hell in the morning, even w/ the shades pulled. Nice towels, linens, tv, etc.
There are 3 pool areas available w/ 1 small pool dedicated to adults. Biggest pools & main beach access loaded w/ kids (hate to see this place during busy season). Lounge chairs ran out on Sunday & I assume they will during the busy season. Plus there are few umbrellas that are taken quite early (before 9am during slow season) At least the staff is very friendly & there are plenty of chairs available on the beach (be sure to tip the staff for setting up the chairs - staff is very good here).
Drinks & food are typical resort prices ($5-10 for drinks, $20 for lunch sandwich/wrap).
Overall, I'd say this is a decent place if you only want a beach vacation, but beware the 'upgrade' where they'll try to give your oceanview to higher paying guests. Plus there are better (& mucho cheaper) places in Mexico. I'm not really sure why people come here, unless you're a newbie like me or in search of an apparently good gay scene (shared taxis w/ some DC guys who filled me in on the skinny). If you're looking for culture/architecture/restaurats/nightlife, I'd recommend staying in Old San Juan ($12 + tip cab ride away - where I'll stay if I come back).
Overall, I think La Concha is a typical beach resort. Nothing stands out & it is beach resort expensive.
- Also Known As:
- La Concha Hotel Renaissance
- Renaissance San Juan
- San Juan Renaissance
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the La Concha Resort experience, the stunning renovation of one of San Juan's most elegantly chic properties. On a sun-drenched corner of Caribbean beachfront in San Juan's most prestigious Condado district, La Concha is an icon of modernist architecture replete with spacious exhilarating decor and detail. ... more less
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