I traveled to Puerto Rico for the first time, my brother & I, for a weekend getaway as a birthday celebration. My travel dates were from December 7th - December 10th. I originally had a reservation to stay at Embassy Suites and a week prior to my travel I went online searching for a deal at the same hotel, but at a discounted rate. The rate that I had at the time of searching for a discounted deal was $169.99. My intentions weren't to abort my stay at Embassy Suites, but I came across Hotwire.com in which there were Hotwire Hot Deals with great prices. The issue with the Hotwire Hot Deals is that you are unaware of what hotel you are booking for until after purchase. The most information that is given to you, is the star rating, the nightly rate, and the class in which the hotel falls into. I came across a deal for a 3.5 star hotel at $85 a night. I was pretty excited about the deal let alone the class of hotels that this "hidden" hotel fell in. I decided to book and got the Courtyard Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort. Now onto the actual travel...
The hotel is not at all far from the airport. It was no more than a 5-10 minute ride and was $15. Upon entering the hotel, there was music playing loudly from a live band in Picante Bar & Grill which is in the lobby. I was immediately assisted by Julio. He was very attentive and fast with his service. Since the room was paid for via Hotwire, I would only be responsible for the resort fees and incidentals. I spoke to a representative prior to my travel and was informed that if I was sure I would not be making any charges to my room, I could ask for a charge hold. I did so with Julio and was at that point only responsible for paying the resort fee $34.61.
We were now on our way to Rm 639. Upon entering the room, it was the typical hotel setup, except there was a sliding door which led to a balcony. Because it was so late, we were unable to see completely out to the beach, but you could see that there was a building directly across from our hotel. I didn't initially pay any mind to it, but kept in the back of my thoughts that the building could be the one I had read on so many reviews. After getting dressed for the night, we went back downstairs and was given a great recommendation by Cristina...who is AWESOME, to eat at Made in Puerto Rico. Upon returning from having great dinner and drinks, the music was still going strong and the dancers were still at it. We stopped at the bar in Picante and got a couple drinks there and ended our night in our room. The night was ended on a very comfy bed.
The next morning, we we got up I went to the balcony to look out at the beach. The view was partial beach and the building that was across from the hotel. This building appeared to be living quarters for people that lived in Puerto Rico and it wasn't the best looking building. We went downstairs and had breakfast at Salsa and did a tour (Bacardi Distillery/Old San Juan) that was booked through the hotel. The next morning we did a half day tour (El Yunque), also booked through the hotel. Later that night we took a cab to Old San Juan and had drinks & hot wings at Brickhaus. The cab from the hotel to Old San Juan was $17 going, but coming back it was after 12 midnight, so it was then $21.
Overall, the hotel is ok. There are restaurants within walking distance, but if you are planning to travel during the night, be mindful that there are areas along that way that do not have the best lighting. Of course in any environment that you are unfamiliar with, you should travel with caution. I would recommend this hotel if you are able to get a great deal. It was great and it wasn't bad. It was right in the middle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a powdery expanse of Isla Verde beach in San Juan, the newly renovated Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort is the perfect location for business or pleasure. The first hotel in San Juan to offer FREE Internet & wireless services it makes business a breeze! For families, babysitting & play services, game room & the beautiful pool & beach make any holiday perfect. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard By Marriott Isla Verde Beach Hotel Isla Verde
- Courtyard Isla Verde Beach Resort
- Marriott Carolina
- Courtyard Carolina
- Carolina Marriott
- Carolina Courtyard
- Courtyard By Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort Puerto Rico