As I checked into this small hotel, a woman waived the key cards at the clerk declaring her unhappiness and desire to check out--this was not what she expected. I suspect she hadn't done her homework, but also that this hotel is a matter of taste. It is minimalist, like an art gallery with no paintings: wood floors, white-washed walls, black and chrome accents. Tiny cacti in white porcelain dishes on black shelves. My room was spare and comfortable, even comforting in its lack of clutter. Light flowed in through the sheers--but no view, but ugly parking lots and buildings, and the open window over the shower suggested a lack of privacy. On the other hand, the key card lock felt so secure, I needed a lesson to use it. It was not as quiet as the decor would suggest, perhaps due to the lack of soft furnishings in public spaces. I could hear sheets rustling in the other room, plates stacked in the restaurant next door, street noise--but these were not loud noises.
Most important to note: NO ELEVATOR. Four flights of stairs with a heavy or multiple bags? The desk clerk called a housekeeper who carried the bag up for me, and I had to run after him to tip him.
The hotel could enhance the zen ambiance with a healthier breakfast --fresh fruit, yogurt? The coffee is good, but the rest is cellophane-packaged bagels, white bread and muffins. The patio, though, where breakfast is provided, is lovely n the morning. The wireless is free and works. There's a good sushi restaurant attached to the hotel. The beach and the Marriott Condado are two blocks away.
I would call this a chic, simple economy hotel very close to the beach, to the casinos, to restaurants, etc, in Condado. I was traveling alone, one night before a conference at the university, after a week's vacation on the other side of the island, and it fit my needs perfectly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Condado Hotel is a recently renovated hostelry in the heart of Condado, with an ambiance of stunning comfort and personal service in mind. Our 24 air conditioned rooms - elegantly decorated with a minimalist style - prove to be the perfect environment for an exciting vacation or a quiet stay on a business trip. ... more less
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