We stayed at the Ritz Carlton for 4 nights to attend a destination wedding. This was our first ever stay at a Ritz.
The resort is very nice. The grounds are clean and well-kept. The pool is large and has a few different sections, including a pool volleyball section. The pools also offer cabana rentals for $250 a day. We rented one and it was great for our large group to have a central place to party and relax. The beach is nice- the water is not clear blue like it is in other Caribbean islands, but it is rock-free and fun to play in. The waves are calm.
We had a standard room, which actually did have a partial ocean view (though no balcony unfortunately). The room was a good size. The bathroom was excellent- it was huge and had a nice sink & shower. The toiletries were the house Ritz Carlton brand. One of my favorite things about the room was the soft carpet. I’ve never felt such soft carpet in a hotel room. The room had a HDTV (which gets the standard cable channels), as well as an iPod speaker dock.
The Spa was very nice. You can use all the Spa facilities even if you don’t book a Spa treatment.
The location is in the Isla Verde area of San Juan. I’ve stayed in this area before at the El San Juan, and I have to admit it’s not the greatest area to be in. There isn’t much to do other than hang out at the various hotels. There are local restaurants within walking distance though, which is nice. There is a terrific gelato place called Piu Bello around the corner. You’ll have to take a $20 cab ride to get to Old San Juan (or take the bus, which is much cheaper- coins only though).
Overall, we had a great time at the Ritz. The wedding was beautiful and all of the wedding events were a blast. I asked my friend who is a luxury traveler, and he said the property was on the lower end for a Ritz. We had a terrific wedding rate ($189), so we were very happy.
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- Also Known As:
- Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel Isla Verde
- Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel, Spa And Casino
- Ritz Carlton Carolina
- Carolina Ritz Carlton
- Ritz Carlton Puerto Rico
- Ritz Carolina
- The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Puerto Rico/Isla Verde