Getting here. Arrived here from Old San Juan, took less than 20mins depending on traffic out of old san juan. Flat rate $15 plus $1 per bag, plus tips.
Hotel. Excellent location in Condado but not by the beach. Beach is too rough and windy anyway. Reception on arrival was fantastic. Suzie was friendly, warm, welcoming, lots of smiles and good information of tours and surrounds. No breakfast but fine as there’s plenty of choices around. A very tiny small dipping but deep "pool" at the back, also a small baby pool and a little waterfall. Lift with glass to view outside. Small property with only 4 floors. Just one street away from the beach and near a park which is at the point where road divides. Nice and quiet. Pre-cruise for a night so it was fine. We had 2 nights in old san juan before changing to this location as they couldn’t fit us in for the 3rd night but it was good to stay somewhere different. Not ideal for a beach type holiday but value for money for a night pre or after cruise.
Vicinity. Across and down the street for breakfast. Up the road near Conrad is a small beach, much calmer than the currents in Condado beach which is rough and the deepest part of the Atlantic. Cold waters. Beautiful sunset from this small beach, walk halfway onto the bridge as sun sets behind buildings. We started walking east towards Ocean Park and Isla Verde but came to Macleary road and decided to walk back on the beach. It all looks the same. During low tide, you can walk on the beach back up to La Concha hotel but during high tide, it is not possible. Heaps of food places around. Wendy’s has the best coffee ever, ask for café con leche $1.49 – we got 2 each! Naturally sweet so no need for sugar, thick crema too.
Room. Free wifi and safe in wardrobe. No fridge. Coffee in room but no tea or bottles of water. Noticed this to be the case in USA, figured the Americans are big on their coffees, not teas. Big room and bathroom, no bathtub, only shower. Water pressure poor, even on 2nd floor. Water temperature crazy, does its own thing. Not enough shelf space for toiletries considering such a big space in bathroom. Worst shower ever. Bright bathroom and powerful hairdryer. Desk on wheels drives me mad – keeps moving around. No mirror in room, only on bathroom so quite tricky putting on makeup (remember no shelf space in bathroom). Noisy a/c. Ground floor rooms have outdoor courtyard. End rooms have windows to the pool area, but all rooms including bathroom have windows with natural lighting.
Popular in PR are Spanish paellas, tapas, mallorcas and sangrias, pina coladas, mofongos, plantains, seafood dishes and mojitos. Feels like you are in Spain, not USA. The Americans must come here feeling like they are in another country without leaving their country as everyone speaks Spanish, everything is different from language, to food, to buildings and even to the way they look. How very fortunate they are. Very interesting and it makes me want to go to Europe now (again) for diversities like these. Just love it.
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- Ascend Collection Le Consulat
- Ascend Collection San Juan
- Clarion San Juan
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