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Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Rio Grande
Reviewed March 16, 2009

This resort is wonderful in just about every way imaginable. While it is slightly less luxe than a true 5 star resort, it probably has everything you want.

The resort itself is beautiful, set on a very large private expanse of land, inside a guarded gate. The golf course is right there, and there are rental villas surrounding it. The hotel itself is down at the bottom of the hill, directly on the ocean, set amidst very pretty grounds. We were upgraded to an ocean-front room on checking in, which had a beautiful view, but the mountain view rooms are great, too, because the rainforest is pretty.

The resort is a solid 35 minute drive east of San Juan. I definitely recommend renting a car, or else you will truly be stuck at the resort. Pay the $15 parking fee, and eat out for a few meals - you'll still end up saving money, plus you can get around the island so easily. The rainforest is a 10 minute drive and parking is free. Going back into Old San Juan is easy and parking there is easy and cheap. We also went horseback riding at Hacienda Caribaldi - $90 per person through the hotel, $30 per person if you just go there on your own!

The room was a bit small, but has a good-sized balcony and a nice bathroom. The Wyndham beds are great - soft linens, nice comforters and pillows. Plenty of room for 2 people in a room, although 4 in a standard double room would be crowded. The rooms have coffee makers and each morning you'll get coffee, tea bags, and 2 bottles of water.

The pools at the hotel are so nice you may not make it to the beach. There are two pools, both large and freeform, with palm trees surrounding and plenty of lounge chairs. The activity pool is for families, and they have some occasional resort activities here (water aerobics, water volleyball.) We spent most of our time at the adult pool, which has really luxurious teak loungers with thick blue cushions. You can rent cabanas for $125 a day, but who needs one - finding chairs under the partial shade of a swaying palm tree is easy enough.

The beach, when you do get there, is lovely. It is wide and long - you can walk for about a mile in both directions along a quiet, peaceful stretch of sand. There are no other hotels within walking distance here. The water can be rough, and when we were there the undercurrent was strong, and there were no water sports during those days. But the moment you walk onto the beach, the friendly staff will set up lounge chairs and an umbrella wherever you like. Waitresses patrol the beach and pool all day to bring you drinks and lunch.

The food at the resort was generally very good, although pricey. Lunch prices at the Seabreeze or Tiki Bar aren't so bad, about $8-12 for a sandwich or salad. We ate at Palio, the Italian restaurant, and thought it was a bit formal and stuffy for a tropical island (and a young couple). The food was good, but pricey. We also ate at Marbella for dinner, the International restaurant, and the food was good and more reasonably priced. You can see all the restaurant menus on the Wyndham's own website, if you want to browse. The breakfast buffet is way overpriced at $20. Go to the bakery up the street (Isamar, I think) and get coffee and delicious pastries for about $1.50 each

Best resort tip: Every day there is a drink special from the Tiki Bar - a special cocktail at $6.50 each, instead of the $10 that all other cocktails are. Make sure to ask for it!!

The casino is small and unimpressive, if you're used to Vegas or even Mohegan Sun. There is live music at the bar every night, which is lovely, but subdued. Our only complaint was that, as a young couple, we were a bit bored in the evenings. Otherwise, we had a really great stay.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 16, 2009

We just got back from a 5 day stay at the Wyndham Rio Mar. We loved it!!! The room was very nice and very clean. The staff was very helpful and extremely friendly. The pool area was great. We never had a problem getting a spot at the pool or on the beach. The beach is beautiful as well with plenty of room and chairs.

Food was very expensive as were the drinks. We ate at the resort one night. It was not great for the money but that would be my only negative point. Otherwise it was a great stay and fortunately we had great weather!! We would definitely go back.

We took a cab down to Luquillo. A short, expensive ride but worth it, especially if you can split it with some other people (34 bucks round trip). We ate at El Jefe's Burger Shack at Los Kioskos. Great owners and staff, great food and killer drinks! You get a taste of local life while feeling at home at the same time. Loved it! Went there 3 nights!

If you need to eat/drink less expensively, get a bottle of rum and some coke at the corner store before entering the resort and make your own drinks to bring to the pool or beach. We got some drinks at the Tiki bar and saved the cups. Also there is a cafe in the resort next to the Casino with some good croissant sandwiches that are cheaper than eating at the Tiki Bar. Lastly, a six pack at the pool is 30.00. The gift shop sells them for 18. Have fun!

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 13, 2009

We stayed at the Rio Mar for three nights, for a little get-away for Spring Break. I will say, the Resort itself is BEAUTIFUL but they truley do "nickle and dime" you for everything you've got.

The food is WAY overpriced! It was over $40 for roomservice where they tack on a delivery fee as well as include gratutity. The valet is $20 a day, but when you get your bill, there is a "city tax" and "state tax" added on. Also , they charge a 14% resort fee per day as well as another "city tax". At bar it was $12 for a Martini, and at the bar upstairs it was $15...?

We got icecream one night and the charged us .50 for sprinkles! Come on!! The location of this resort is not the greatest. You do have to travel an hour to Old San Juan. We asked repeatably to the Concirer for shopping, and all the reccommended was Old San Juan or the Factory Outlests (we have those here)..it took a local working at El Jefes Burger Shavk (The best food IN THE WORLD!! PLEASE GO!) to really fill us in on where to go.

All in all, as stated before, the resort is absolutley beautiful! It really is, it just seems everything you do is taxed and they really try to get you for everything you've got. That's annoying. I just want to relax, not spend $14 on a hamburger and $30 for a six pack of beer (really, $30!!). If you go here, be prepared to spend some moola. There are some great places to go that are reasonable (one of them IS NOT Richies at the top of the hill, if you go, you can't miss his 500 signs on the way up..it was $25 for a crappy appitizer and even worse service!)..Besides all the nickle and diming, Rio Mar is great. We called it "Wyndham Island" because you did'nt really need to leave. Just be prepared to spend $19.00 a person for a breakfast buffet. Good luck!

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 13, 2009

We loved the resort!! Staying at the villas was great it exceeded our expectations! We had a 2 bedroom ocean front villa the villa was very clean and comfortable and the view was great! The villas had 2 pools, a baby pool and hot tub. It was very quiet. When we wanted action we would take the short walk to the hotel pool where the kids loved the water slide and the virgin pina coladas!! The food at the resort was very good and not very expensive. We did venture out to La Parilla and Richie's the food was fair at both places but very expensive!! The bakery at the intersection with Route 3, Isamar, was great..the kids loved the pancakes for breakfast and the sandwiches were good.

The children took surfing lessons and had a blast! We also enjoyed the rainforest. All in all it was a great vacation! I highly recommend staying in the villas. We booked through one of the rental companies, but most of the people we talked to who were staying there went directly to the owners through VRBO and got much better deals. Also, the parking is free!!

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 11, 2009

Hotel was spotless, Beautiful views when walking into lobby. Booked tours from the hotel concierge- very helpful and not overpriced. We were surprised to find our room was ocean front, and had not even requested that. Great to have two pools- one for adults, one for families, but mainly stayed on the beach. Hotel across the street form the Rainforest, great location. Casino was closed for renovation during time of stay, which we knew about, so got a cheaper price, but did not miss the hustle and bustle of a casino- not needed! Hotel was busy as is. Would def. come here again for a short getaway.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 7, 2009

We have just returned from a wonderful trip to Puerto Rico, staying at the Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa. As in previous spring break trips, we traveled with our neighbors so there were 10 of us total. We found amazing deals on expedia and saved a pile on rooms, booking 4 connecting rooms that faced the hills,not the pool or the ocean. Oh well, not the greatest view but we rarely were in the room. Day trips included Old San Juan, El Yunque Rainforest, Horseback Riding and the beach at Luquillo. All were amazing. We have to go back for Catamaran tour, Bioluminescent Bay and ATV tours.
The concierge group was very helpful scheduling all our activities. Rent a car, it's a must for getting around. We only had breakfast on property one time. 20 bucks for adults and 10 bucks for the kids meant 170 bucks for the buffet! A 2 minute drive to Isamar Bakery gets you fabulous breakfast and the most amazing pastries that cost all of us, with drinks 60 bucks. We ate off property every chance we could, sampling local cuisine as often as possible. La Parilla was our favorite meal of the trip, with the mixed seafood mofongo on the "gotta have" list. Go to Richie's for drinks, enjoy the view but skip dinner. Food was average and ridiculously over priced. The pool and beach at the hotel were awesome. Never a problem getting seats at the pool and the staff took great care of you at the beach. Everything on property (food and beverage) was very expensive so be prepared. Casino was tiny, never a live poker table as advertised, only an occasional tournament that seemed closed. Gym was an afterthought so it appeared, but spa was very nice. Iguana's were every were and the kid's loved that. Overall you will have a wonderful time. If you love go go go or slow slow slow this is a great place. It sure was for our families.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 6, 2009

We stayed over at the wyndham over the holidays
the service was excellent, great location ,great deal on priceline for 88$ We even got a corner room, on the top floor beachfront with a large veranda. Cant complain everything was great !!

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Address: 6000 Rio Mar Boulevard, Rio Grande 00745-4661, Puerto Rico
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Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Rio Grande
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Luxury Hotel in Rio Grande
#2 Spa Hotel in Rio Grande
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Rio Grande
Price Range: $158 - $447 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 400
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled between El Yunque Rainforest and a mile stretch of secluded beach, the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa is Puerto Rico's most exotic beach, golf and spa resort destination. 500 magnificent acres with spectacular ocean, rainforest and lush tropical views serve as backdrops to 400 newly renovated guestrooms and suites and an exclusive renovated 48,000-sq.-ft. Oceanfront Conference Center. Located on the N.E. Ecological Corridor of Puerto Rico's shoreline, the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar is a haven for fun, sun and forging memorable experiences. The new guestrooms exude traditional Puerto Rican architecture and feature thoughtful indigenous touches. The resort boasts two championship golf courses & tennis center, Mandara spa, 10 lounges and restaurants with award-winning cuisine, an exciting casino, two nature reserves and a guest experience program that encompasses the beauty and nature of its magical surroundings. And since Puerto Rico is a US Commonwealth, no passports or visas are required for US Citizens. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Rio Mar Beach Resort And Spa, a Wyndham Grand Resort
Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, a Wyndham Grand Hotel Rio Grande
Wyndham Rio Grande
Rio Del Mar Puerto Rico
Rio Grande Wyndham
Rio Mar Puerto Rico
Westin Rio Mar Puerto Rico
Wyndham El Yunque National Forest
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