Ponce was a surprising town for us during our December trip to Puerto Rico. You will find art deco buildings all around the central plaza, and Hotel Melia is a leading example of the architectural design. Really wonderful staff here and the only reason I didn't give them 5 circles are the outdated (but very clean) rooms.
+ Hotel staff were some of the best anywhere - and we travel all around the world, so this does not come lightly. The front desk hosts were welcoming, provided recommendations of places to visit in town with personal insights to each, and had good dinner ideas on the dreaded Monday night when everything seems closed in Ponce. Maids, parking attendants, and breakfast waiter/waitresses always greeted you with a smile and asked if everything was ok.
+ The gorgeous art deco facade, hallways and sitting areas - really a beautiful building
+ Great rooftop view of the city and the mountains. A perfect place to start your day with breakfast.
+ Right on the central plaza, so easy to walk to many great places. Plaza was decorated beautifully for Christmas
- Rooms were very outdated. They are clean and comfortable. Bathrooms were a bit better than the sleeping area. They were doing renovations when we were there, so I suspect that some of the rooms will be updated soon.
= Breakfast was a little better than other places we had been previously in Puerto Rico. Bagels, donuts, cereal, fruit, yogurt, coffee, and juice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Melia, a historic landmark surrounded by colorful and picturesque monuments, museums and the social night vibes. Located in the heart of downtown Ponce, walking distance to several touristic and cultural attractions such as: Ponce Art Museum, Serralles Castle Museum, Ponce History Museum, the Fire House Museum and many others. Enclosed in the City are numerous culinary and entertaining destinations that are most popular in the Southern Region. Hotel Melia has a total of 70 rooms, 5' depth swimming pool, 2' depth kiddie pool, 4 conference rooms with capacity for 12-75 persons, 2 venues for special activities with capacity for up to 150 persons, Bistro and Lounge for breakfast, lunch, brunch and tapas & cocktails. We also offer catering, room service, business center & services, parking, free Wi-Fi. Airport Information: From Hotel Melia to: (PSE) Mercedita International Airport, Ponce- 3 miles (8 min.) (SJU) Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, San Juan- 72 miles (1 hr. 18 Min.) (BQN) Rafael Hernandez International Airport, Aguadilla- 70 miles (1 hr. 27 Min.) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Hotel Ponce
- Melia Ponce