I did a lot of research before booking Las Casitas about a month ago. Frankly, I was worried based on some negative reviews. I wanted to reassure anyone who is having doubts that you should not. We just got here 4 hours ago and our casita is spacious, clean, and the Casitas are in a lovely village-like atmosphere. We are in Casita 5021 which is in a section of the resort very close to the main hotel. The views (ocean front views) are absolutely stunning (one picture attached).
The only adventure from our room so far was to go from our casita to the main hotel, down the funicular, and to have dinner at the marina. I was anticipating this would be a huge deal, but it was not. We walked a short bit through the main hotel pool area, down past the shops, went down one level on an elevator, and grabbed a funicular within a minute. I would guess that our entire travel time from leaving the casita to getting to the marina was about 7-8 minutes. Our food at the marina casual restaurant was actually fairly good, not bad at all, if slightly overpriced (but I expect that at a resort). We do not plan on spending our time at the fancier restaurants, we are only here for four days. So I won't be able to comment on that.
Based on the advice here, we did stop at Walmart and Ralph's supermarket before heading into the resort and stocked up on water, soda, beer, lemonade, and snacks. Oh, and as for Charlie's Car Rentals, my initial impression was not so good. The other car rental agencies had their vans circle the airport area no less than 5 times before 1 Charlies van pulled up (after we called a good 20 minutes earlier). However, having said that, their service was excellent. We got there and were in and out in no more than 15 minutes. If you do use Charlies, call them as soon as you get to baggage claim. We waited until we had been standing by the other vans for a good 5 minutes before we called and then it took another 20 minutes for the van to show up.
I want to thank all the positive reviewers here because I was really skeptical but I decided to trust those who said I wouldn't be sorry! So far, so great! I am writing this while the two French patio doors to the casita are wide open with a fantastic ocean breeze coming through. When we get back, I will update this review. We plan on going to the beach all day tomorrow, then the Coqui water park on Monday (we are traveling with our 8 year old son), and the beach again on Tuesday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Las Casitas Village is an enclave of private villas that enjoy sweeping ocean views, fully equipped kitchens, personal concierges and butler service. Among many pleasures, enjoy an expansive waterpark, scuba dive, ride horseback, golf or choose from a renowned menu of soothing treatments at the Waldorf Astoria Spa. Las Casitas Village has long been known as the jewel of the Caribbean and has accumulated a list of prestigious awards and accolades including a 4-diamond rating by AAA. Welcome to Las Casitas Village, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Las Casitas Village, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel Fajardo
- Waldorf Astoria Fajardo
- Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Puerto Rico/Fajardo