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Caribe Hilton or Intercontinental?

Lawrence, KS
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Caribe Hilton or Intercontinental?

We are debating whether we should stay in Caribe Hilton or the Intercontinental. We have read the mixed reviews on both & can't decide which would be best for us. We like how close the Hilton is to OSJ but it sounds like Isla Verde is the place to be if you are looking for beach time. Can anyone tell us what type of meal offerings (outside the hotel) are within walking distance to these hotels? That may help us in our decision as we would prefer to walk to things rather than getting a taxi each time. Also, is the Metropol within walking distance from the Intercontinental? We've heard good things about this restaurant & would like to give it a try. Is the airport noise a problem when staying at the Intercontinental?

Thanks for any insights or suggestions you have in breaking this tie!

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1. Re: Caribe Hilton or Intercontinental?

The Caribe Hilton has restaurants on the premises. We ate twice at a really good Spanish restaurant there--think it's called La Madrid. The Normandie Hotel is close by and also has restaurants. You can walk to the Condado--takes about 10 or 15 minutes.

The Intercontinental is a good choice, you're right, in terms of the beach. It is a great beach for walking and every morning, the sand gets cleaned up. In the Intercontinental, there are restaurants. We ate at Ruth's Chris. Across the street, there is a shopping center with a great small restaurant called "Mi Casita" which serves good Puerto Rican food at a very reasonable price. The shopping center has some fast food places, too. Next door to the Intercontinental, the Wyndham El San Juan has several restaurants--including one that serves a good breakfast buffet. There are also shops on the premises.

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2. Re: Caribe Hilton or Intercontinental?

I don��t blame you, both hotels are good but with very different atmosphere. The Hilton is more secluded, the beach is for hotel guests only. The view is gorgeous since its location is unique and most of the rooms provide the view. Besides the restaurants in the premises you will need to take a cab to move around unless you prefer to walk to the area of Condado which is a 15 minute walk.

The Intercontinental has access to a public beach and their patio provides you with the tropical folliage of a nice garden. But not all the rooms have view to the beach and dont worry about the noice you wont hear it. The hotel is located in Isla Verde a strip of condos, resturants and little malls of fast foods. There is also near by Hotels and restaurants including the cuban food restaurant the Metropol.

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3. Re: Caribe Hilton or Intercontinental?

The Metropol is a short walk from the Intercontental and the El San Juan(neighbor to the Intercontinental)and one you might want to consider staying in if you choose Isla Verde. By all means, stop in the El San Juan lobby, preferably on Thurs. to Sat. nights. It's great! I've been going to the Metropol for years and the food has always been good. We look forward to that restaurant as soon as we get to San Juan. It's great Cuban food at very moderate prices. Don't expect atmosphere, and don't be concerned when you are walking up to it. It doesn't have much of a facade. You will not be disappointed with the food. I was there two months ago. The Palm restaurant in the El San Juan is an excellent Italian restaurant, but in a higher price catagory. Id like to mention the beach- if you really enjoy being on the beach, Isla Verde is probably the place for you. The beach extends about a mile and is alway very lively. Enjoy the trip, and tell us about it when you return.