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 Really wonderful staff here and the only reason I didn't give them 5 circles are the outdated (but very clean) rooms.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- Rooms were very outdated.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.
- Also Known As:
- Melia Hotel Ponce
- Melia Ponce
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the heart of the City. The Hotel Meliá is an iconic landmark of timeless elegance and ageless beauty located at the vital center of Ponce Historical District. Surrounded by a vibrant and diverse ecosystem of: museums, monuments, shops, restaurants, cafes and art galleries, the Historical District is an extension of the Meliá urban experience.While we embrace our heritage, the Hotel Meliá offers modern amenities such as air conditioning, cable TV and wireless internet access in our rooms. Pool, bistro and business center in the hotel. Conference rooms and venues available for rent, pets welcomed. ... more less
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