15 Replies Latest reply: Sep 7, 2012 11:20 AM by love2getaway RSS

San Juan recommendations please?

love2getaway Gold
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Planning long weekend end of August in San Juan using points...which property would you recommend:  San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino (90,000 points), LaConcha San Juan Renaissance Resort (75,000 points) or Courtyard Isla Verde Beach Resort (75,000 points)?  Traveling w/18 and 21-year olds; main priorities are best beach/pools and all-around nicest property.  Casino not top priority but guessing they'd like to check it out.  Thanks in advance for any feedback from those in the know!

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Location Brand Hotel
San Juan, Puerto Rico Marriott Hotels & Resorts San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
San Juan, Puerto Rico Renaissance Hotels La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
  • Re: San Juan recommendations please?
    love2getaway Gold
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    Update...looks like LaConcha will require 90,000 points plus either $75 or 15,000 extra points (75,000 was a point-savers but only for 1 bed and I need 2)

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    laurieg Platinum
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    I am totally recommending La Concha.  We spent 10 days there in May and although unless you are in the tower facing the water it may be loud on weekends, the stay was terrific.  The Hotel staff was friendly, many choices for restaurants, many choices for beach or pool and plan to return. If you like the beach I'd advise telling the attendant (ours was Hector) where you wish to sit for how many days and tip in advance.  They will take wonderful care of you and it's relaxing..

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    • Re: San Juan recommendations please?
      love2getaway Gold
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      Thanks so much, really appreciate your input!

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    kroywen Gold 11 Reviews
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    I recommend LaConcha.    Its location is convenient and it is a hotel that exudes Old San Juan charm. This hotel is worth the extra points or $$.

    Enjoy your stay!

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    lone6star Platinum 3 Reviews
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    I disagree with everyone here.  I stayed at the Stellaris last year.  The Stellaris is more for families.  The Concha is more for couples.  We had a great time at the Stellaris.  We visited the la Concha during our stay and it was totally different.  Feel free to ask additional questions.

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      love2getaway Gold 3 Reviews
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      Thanks very much for your input.  It's always good to know the atmosphere of a resort...family vs. adult in particular. As my kids are really young adults I think they'd prefer a more sophisticated environment so think La Concha might be better for us.  Thank you again!

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    laurieg Platinum
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    I previously gave a thorough and honest answer regarding our own  experiece at La Concha.

     

    After reading the most recent post I guess I should have added we were looking for a restful adult type environment and therefore even thou there were some children ( incidentallly well behaved and mostly in the pool where children were allowed or on the beach well supervised by their parents) we chose this resort intentionally to avoid a large turnout of youngsters; we are older and wanted the peace and relaxation

     

    If one is  seeking an enviroment for a "family vacation with young children"perhaps the other resort would be a better choice..

     

    As as this was not our desire we were pleased with La Concha.and had a delightfully relaxing vacation and stay.

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      love2getaway Gold
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      Thanks for following up.  Considering all responses, looks like we're off to La Concha...fingers crossed for good weather!

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      madmax Gold 7 Reviews
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      Hi Laurieg,

      Did you happen to eat at the Perla Seafood restaurant in the Renaissance? We want to stay the night there on Dec. 1st before our cruise departs on the 2nd and it is my husband's 60th birthday. I want to treat him to somewhere very nice and that restaurant looked great and we love seafood. I had pretty much decided on this hotel over the Marriott Stellaris because of the extra pools and I too want an adult feel (don't really care anything about casino) so I hope the rooms are comparable.

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        love2getaway Gold 7 Reviews
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        033.JPGEnjoyed wonderful dinner at Perla in late August. Food and service were impeccable; environment and view were lovely. Although I had made reservation for sunset and by window, we would have had no problem being seated where we wanted as we were the only diners there at 6:30. Not sure if this was due to it being a bit pricey and/or the fact that it wasn't peak season. I think you will find it perfect for a special occasion dinner!

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          madmax Gold 7 Reviews
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          Thanks so much love2getaway. I figured it would be pricey but since it was a special occasion I was willing to do it, especially since most of our meals will be on cruise ship. Thanks for the pic. That is a lovely view and exactly what time we would want to dine as well. I'm excited and can't wait till December, especially since it has been 100+ degrees here in Oklahoma for the last month...

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            love2getaway Gold 7 Reviews
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            Glad I could help! Figured you might like to see a view from the inside out. btw, I believe the building received some important architecture awards when it was first built (1958?), and the lighting fixtures inside are all Murano glass from Italy. Anyway, hope you both enjoy it...you definitely deserve a nice, comfortable break!

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    sacerdos15 Gold 3 Reviews
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    I was faced with the same  choice and opted for Stellaris the main reason being that the La Concha was said to have an inferior beach and that the one at the Marriott Stellaris was better.What a surprise when I went to the beach at the Stellaris,which is a very fine beach,and looked down the beach.What did I see? La Concha,almost next door.It was the same beach! With the exception of one problem I enjoyed Stellaris but the lack of food options is annoying forcing you to eat at one of the nearby restaurants which IMHO are deficient.The only one listed in the Fodor/Frommer books is Tuscany which is at the stellaris---AND IS CLOSED.The La Concha does allow more than one place to eat within.However the La Concha is near very busy intersection of Ashford Avenue while the Stellaris is further up the street and not as busy.

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