First trip to Puerto Rico, and we booked a trip thru Luxury Link which explains the high value rating. If we had paid anything near full price, we would have been disappointed. Las Casitas is Waldorf's real estate development adjacent to the huge, convention style El Conquistador resort. With the real estate crash, the condo type rooms either were not all sold or they run a rental program for the owners. For the traveler, it's seamless and results in more space for the $ and a much better vacation experience.
Las Casitas is a relatively small, almost intimate resort that offers shelter from the mega EC resort. LC offers good, relatively large accommodations with a full kitchen and a balcony overlooking the ocean (you are perched on a cliff). It's a great view. It is not appropriate, however, for the physically impaired because there are steps.
We rented a car which I highly recommend because the food at EC is mediocre at best and is matched by the poor service. Most of the restaurant choices are at EC as are most of the amenities. We ate at 1 of the EC restaurants the first night and ate every other dinner out. Fortunately, there are some very good restaurants serving much better, fresher, and authentic food a short drive from the hotel. Breakfast at LC was included in our package, and the service at LC was much better than at EC, but food quality/variety still lags, particularly for a Waldorf.
Be prepared to walk long distances to EC or to wait for some kind of shuttle (which does not run on a regular schedule). I heard comments from some people that it sometimes took some time for the shuttle pick-up. We like to walk (I have young kids) so it was not a problem for us, but it could be an impediment for others.
While there are a plethora of pools at both EC and LC which are very convenient, there is no beach. You have to take the hotel's ferry to Palomino Island. It is a good 15-20 minute walk from LC to the cable car and then another 10-15 minutes to the ferry. The ferry ride is another 15-20 minutes. While PI is spectacular, it is not convenient. You have to plan on spending multiple hours to make it worthwhile.
If you are a strong swimmer/snorkeler, the snorkeling between PI and Little Palomino is the best in the area. We saw lots of fish, conch, sand dollars, etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Las Casitas Village is an enclave of private villas that enjoy sweeping ocean views, fully equipped kitchens, personal concierges and butler service. Among many pleasures, enjoy an expansive waterpark, scuba dive, ride horseback, golf or choose from a renowned menu of soothing treatments at the Waldorf Astoria Spa. Las Casitas Village has long been known as the jewel of the Caribbean and has accumulated a list of prestigious awards and accolades including: 4-diamond rating by AAA ; #1 Family Resort by Caribbean Travel & Lifestyle Magazine ; Condé Nast Worlds Best 2012 Top 30 Caribbean Resorts 2012; 2013 Condé Nast Gold List; Travel + Leisure 2012 World's Best Award. Welcome to Las Casitas Village, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Las Casitas Village, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel Fajardo
- Waldorf Astoria Fajardo
- Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Puerto Rico/Fajardo