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Reviewed January 23, 2006

My boyfriend and I visited San Juan from july 23 through july 30. We had a wonderful time there! The pool was smaller than I had expected, and in the morning it gets a bit crowded. But nonetheless, it was still nice. The manager's reception was decent (they should have varied the snacks a bit) and the continental breakfast was also nice (they should have varied that one too.) The bar downstairs is on the small side, but we never had any trouble ordering drinks. The bartenders were so friendly and very genrous with their alcohol. I always managed to get a buzz on after a drink or two. =) But there are other bars and hotels nearby, so you can frequent those hotel bars too.

The service was also excellent. Front desk, gift shop, room service, everyone. We especially liked the doorman who always entertained us while we were waiting for our cab. What I also thought was sweet was how he always remembered us and asked us how we enjoyed the trip or restaurant he recommended for us.

Downside of the hotel was its location. The highway is a bit too close by the pool and traffic from the highway is loud when you're in the pool. But you can always visit the pools of other hotels and enjoy a day of tanning there. The beach is also pretty nearby, altho the walk to the beach might be somewhat of a pain It's only about 3~4 blocks but there's a busy street to cross before you get to the beach.

Another thing some people might find inconvenient is the small casino. But if you're not in it for the gambling, that shouldnt be a problem. Dont forget to ask for the free grilled turkey and cheese sandwich at the casino! Whenever my boyfriend and I got hungry around 3 or 4 am, we'd walk over to the casino and ask for the free sandwiches. =)

You should also go to some nearby restaurants. The raw oyster bar has a 2/1 special on drinks and shrimps and oysters on certain nights, so dont forget to visit there. There's also a mall that's about a 10 minute cab ride from the hotel. If you feel like being more cultural, take the bus into old san juan and look at the beautiful buildings and shop the little shops. There's always some sort of live music concert going on. And if you can, DO visit the El Yunque rainforest. My boyfriend and I climbed all the way to the top which took us about 4 hours to complete. (great exercise) But go early cause it gets dark. (My boyfriend and I almost got lost while on our way down.)

Overall, my experience with Embassy Suites was fabulous! Go with a happy,relaxed mind and dont let the little things get to you (traffic by pool, small bar, small casino.) Just enjoy yourselves and have a great time!

  • Stayed: July 2005
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23  Thank tinaarie
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Reviewed January 21, 2006

We thought the hotel looked pretty (atrium courtyard and pool areas)and the happy hour was fun, breakfast good.
However, when we arrived they were doing some kind of work on the tile in the lobby, with jack-hammering noise that was awful. It started up again the next morning early too.
We'd reserved a room with a king sized bed, non-smoking, and were told that's what we were being sent to, but after tipping the bell-boy, we discovered we'd been deposited at a room with 2 double beds instead. We called and were told we could come back in an hour and a half & a room would be ready. When we got back they had us in a room that had just had new carpet installed that day, and boy did it stink! I felt like I could hardly breathe, and had to prop our door open. Luckily, the next day the smell had pretty much gone. But there were no windows you could open to remove the smell. And to make matters worse, the thermostat was not adjustable. It was 65 degrees in the room when we got there (a shock after the delightful 78-81 degrees approximently of outdoors), and when we tried to jack it up to 76 degrees (by lowering the air conditioning) it would not budge above 71 degrees. I had to wear a sweater in my room! They sent an engineer but he couldn't fix it. Our phones didn't work either, but he was able to fix one of the two. It was nice having a safe in the room, but you have to go downstairs & ask for a key, rather than just assigning a combination like some.... And if you forget to turn it in when you check out, it costs you $85. Has a small refrigerator, coffee maker & microwave. Only coffee cups though, no other dishes. The noise at night from the band is loud, even as late as midnight or after. The band did play nice music though, but it would be hard with people trying to get their kids to sleep! The sofabed was the lumpiest & most uncomfortable one my son has ever slept on, and he has slept on many. Our bed was fine, but the spread smelled (or was it the drapes nearby) like stale cigarettes, even though it was a "nonsmoking" room. It was a nice beach about 2 blocks away, but not good for snorkeling or sailing: too rough of water. The Holiday Inn next door rented us a (Dollar Rent a Car) car for $38/day plus gas, but is only open something like 8 or 9 to 5pm, & no one else can give you any info. The map they give you is painfully inadequate for finding your way to El Yunque rain forest. Many turnoffs say an intersection is coming up, but when you get there, it's labeled with a different highway number. Or no number. And there are lots of highways that you won't even find on the map! It's really a challenge. Took over an hour to get to & from the rainforest due to minor getting lost episodes. It's worth going to however. The water at the falls was supposedly cold but people were still going in. Holiday Inn has a nice restaurant or two next door,and no waiting. The Outback in the Embassy Suites was good, but more money and a longer wait by far. There was a pool bar, but no one seemed to man it so it wasn't used. We had to leave to catch a plane at 5:30am but were able to grab a piece of fruit and yoghurts to take with us for breakfast despite them not yet being open for breakfast. Had muffins or something available too. Bring a nightlight because the bathroom is dark at night. I'd reserved a room for $305 per night online, but at checkout they were charging me $359, so I had to try to go online in the business center to print out my confirmation to prove my rate. They ended up honoring the $305. I think next time I might try the Hampton Inn & Suites a couple of blocks further down the street for only $215 or $220 instead for the quieter atmosphere. I saw the outside & it looked better than its pictures, but didn't get to see the pool or anything. It had a buffet breakfast included (Embassy had same but with cook-to-order so you could order pancakes or eggs over easy)and Hampton didn't have a happy hour I don't think. But a lot cheaper, and people seem to review it well. Embassy's casino seemed a bit dreary. When you walk into the Embassy you are hit with cold air and a stale cigaretty smell. Ugh. Holiday Inn is even colder to walk into! Incredibly cold!!! The bus for 75 cents each requires quarters, not a $1 bill and 2 quarters for 2 people, to get to Old Town San Juan. It's the last stop, by the way, at the bus terminal, where you get off. El Morro is very cool to explore, and the city itself is clean and interesting architecture. The free trolleys loop around. You press a yellow bar between the windows to signal you want to stop. No where to rent small sailboats in the whole area!

  • Stayed: January 2006
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16  Thank PRB-SantaBarbara
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Reviewed January 8, 2006

We stayed here one night last Jan 3rd. The service was great, staff was friendly and very helpful. Food at the Grill restaurant was very good. There is an Outback restaurant on site,and also a casino. The room was clean and comfortable, though the carpet had few stains. Not at the beach, but not far either, like a 15 minutes walk. We could stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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4  Thank laislapr
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Reviewed December 27, 2005

This is my 4th stay at this hotel since I travel to San Juan for business and I have enjoyed all of my visits. The staff is very courteous, clean rooms, great drinks, decent food, live entertainment (which is really great), close to the beach (about 2 1/2 blocks), and close to many restaurants. It's family friendly also. I am very picky about where I stay and for me to keep coming back it has be pretty good. They also have a business center (2 pcs, 2 printers, and a copy machine) that is for guest use and it is free. Wireless internet access is available for a charge of 9.95 a night.

  • Stayed: December 2005, traveled on business
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4  Thank klomb4
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Reviewed December 26, 2005

I just returned from my honeymoon at the Embassy Suites San Juan Hotel. I loved it! The two room suite was beautiful, the free breakfast buffet was great, the free happy hour was excellent! The staff was friendly and always cleaning. It was in a great location, just a block from the beach and busline. They could book tours for you. I didn't want to leave!!!!

4  Thank Discover36776
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