Not only was this our first stay at the Hotel La Playa, it was our first trip to Puerto Rico. The hotel is very small, only 15 rooms, but makes up for it with a staff that is out of this world. And we mean ALL of the staff. Starting with Alberto, the owner, who is on site daily, who was always free to help with questions of where to eat, where's the best beach, etc. All the staff greet you with a genuine smile, and and a genuine concern. They went out of their way to engage us in conversation. My wife and I know about eight words in Spanish, but that made no difference to them, as most of the staff were very fluent in English. Jorge, the dining-area manager, made sure our dining/drinking experience at the hotel was the best. He's constantly walking through the area to make sure everything was just to our liking. The wait staff were incredible, always helping each other out. Our special servers were Anna, Normburt, Laddi, Hector, and Jonathan, not to mention the others whose name we did not catch.
The food at the hotel was to die for, we had the best Mahi, but we also loved the playita salad, arugula salad w/ chx, and all the monfongos. Don't leave without having the coco loco, a rum concoction that they make inside of a coconut. Don't expect to operate any heavy machinery after it though! The view from the dining/bar area is absolutely beautiful. Many days we would order a drink and just hang out on the deck area, gazing out to the beautiful green/blue hue of the water. We also ate at Carli's Bistro & Piano bar in Old San Juan. A small, quaint restaurant where the food was spectacular and our waitress Roxanne was extremely helpful in guiding us to the perfect food/drink choice. We also ate at Metropol, in Isla Verde, a short walk from our hotel. My wife and I both thought the meal was mediocre at best, and thought the restaurant was packed mostly because the meals were cheap and the quantities were great. Don't waste your money at the Metropol, there are many more good authentic places to go eat.
At the hotel, even though the rooms are somewhat small, they were very clean. Trust me, my wife is a clean freak and she was impressed. Margarita, our housekeeper, always greeted us each morning with a smile, and she did her best to try to teach us some Spanish! We failed miserably, but she would always have a hardy laugh with us.
The only complaint that we had was the noise coming from the street side of our room. The hotel is located on a dead end, so people would congregate waiting for taxis, as well as late night beach goer's that sang terribly, as these street side rooms (only two) were directly across from the beach.
All in all, our stay at the Hotel La Playa was incredible and we will definitely be returning to see our new found friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly renovated 15-room motel-style hotel, restaurant and bar in Isla Verde - only 5 minutes from San Juan's airport. Only 10 steps to the best beach in San Juan from our front door. La Playita restaurant and bar on ocean-front deck for fantastic views. New 'Miami-style' design and decor feature new beds, flat-panel cable TV, air conditioning, new bathrooms and complementary continental breakfast every morning. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Playa Hotel
- La Playa Carolina
- Hotel La Playa Puerto Rico/Isla Verde