OK, I loved this place from get-go. My girlfriend & I pulled in while transversing the island & traveling east from Arecibo/Rincon/Isabela. We had one night left before embarking on our last night in Old San Juan. I always wanted to venture into Dorado, so we pulled into town blindly. I aimlessly drove down the road looking for a resort (price was no option since we were tired and wanted a "resort" type place to call home for the night.) We finally found the resort and were stopped at the gate by a guard. He called ahead (a bit surprised at our lack of a reservation), & received the go ahead for our impromptu entrance. The grounds are stellar and vast to say the least. The rate for a studio apt (larger than many studios; this place was built in the 60's-70's I believe) was ideal and much less than the pricier San Juan Metro area.
The building iteself is set back a bit from the ocean, but the waves are visible & heard nonetheless. So, I woke from a nap around 7PM prior to out dinner adventure into town & was surprised to see a LARGE section of the property (a separate buliding to the East) from our balcony that was completely DARK. I initially thought that the complex was slow but upon some quick internet research, I realized that this building used to be a part of the hotel (or separate back in the 90's). The building was sinking and included a casino, restaurants, etc. There was also a world famous "lazy pool" that surrounded the hotel that is now fenced off from the remaining 2 Hyatt buildings. I've read and heard conflicting reports that this hotel is being renovated & due for demolition and reconstruction. However, it was an ominous & strange sight since the darkness is ever present being so close to a major resort/hotel. (This would be a great stop for the current cable "ghost" shows to venture into!) It is THAT EERIE....
The rooms are a bit dated, but this in no way detracts from the wonderful amenities & grounds/location. Town center is a mere 5 mins away and the beachfront spot makes up for the semi-dated rooms and abandoned adjacent building. Give this place a shot if you want to venture outside of the SJ Metro area and if you want to experience less traffic & a more authentic PR community.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the beauty and charm of Dorado, Puerto Rico in luxury. Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar, A Hyatt Residence Club invites you to experience paradise and true serenity at this beachfront resort, located just 25 miles from San Juan and situated on the famed Dorado Beach. Your worries and cares will drift out to sea with the warm tropical breezes as you soak up the sun on our private beach or poolside. Play a round of golf at one of the nearby championship golf courses or rejuvenate with a spa treatment at the Spa Del Sol. Plan a day trip to the El Yunque Rainforest or soar through the skies like an eagle hang gliding. Fun in the sun awaits with nearby water sports including windsurfing, jet skiing, snorkeling, kayaking, catamarans, deep-sea fishing and horseback riding. Visit historic Old San Juan founded in 1591, explore the Camuy Caverns–third largest cave system in the western hemisphere–or take a free tour of the Bacardi Rum Distillery. Let our friendly, professional staff take care of arranging your activities both near and far. Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar features spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom beachfront accommodations, some of which include full kitchens and jetted spa tubs. Enjoy on-site amenities like tennis, mini-golf, basketball court, sand volleyball court, game room and a state-of-the-art fitness center featuring LifeFitness equipment, free weights, exercise cycles, and treadmills. Enjoy lunch and your favorite tropical drink at the Blu Bohio Bar and Grill or take it surfside if you wish. At the Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar on Dorado Beach, you'll discover all the fun, sun and excitement that have made Puerto Rico a legendary getaway. Please contact the resort directly to reconfirm your reservations if necessary. This is a non-smoking resort. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to check-in. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar Hotel Dorado
- Hyatt Hotel Dorado
- Hyatt Resort Dorado
- Hyatt Dorado
- Hyatt Cerromar
- Dorado Hyatt