I have stayed at both properties and also the Courtyard Isla Verde Beach.
Marriott Resorts and Stellaris Casino; this is a nice place. My only problem with this hotel is the pool is covered by the shadow of the hotel. You can go to the beach for sun.
Renaissance La Concha, very close to the public beach, modern hotel, the front desk people were not as nice. My husband felt as if we were a bother when we checked in.
Courtyard Isla Verde, It is close to the airport, this does not bother me. The pool, beach and the front desk people are all very nice. We were invited to a cocktail party they held for the marriott rewards people. This is my choice of hotel in San Juan. If I can find photo's I will post them (my computer crashed a few months ago and I lost alot of photo's)
Thank you for the very detailed comparisons.
Since I can no longer sit in the sun, a pool in the shade is perfect for me, and good to know. Any other problems with this property?
I have stayed at this property twice and enjoyed every minute of it. The front desk people, housekeeping and even the restaurant staff went out of there way to make you feel welcomed. My husband and I were also invited to the managers daughter's party (we declined because we did not want to intrude). The only reason I don't go back is because I like the sun over a pool. (I get cold very easy). The LaConcha is nice, but I felt more welcomed at the Marriott. If this is a transatlantic cruise and you end up in Fort Lauderdale, the Hollywood Beach Marriott is my favorite I have stayed there many times and always enjoyed myself, I have recommended this hotel to my family and they all seemed to have a great time. I could find some photo's if you would like.
I go down to SJPR monthly for trials so I am looking for a quite place and exceptionally clean. I prefer the Marriott Stellaris by far--the La Concha is so close to the street. I do not stay at the CY Isla Verde; when i need to go that direction (behind the airport), I stay at the Ritz Carlton (they are in the rewards program). At the Marriott Stellaris they have a pool/beach type charge, whether you use (i do not) the pool or not and as I recall it is approximately 17USD per day.....Bill
Thanx for sharing your experience!
I am traveling with friends who like quiet, are exceptionally picky about clean, and like me can no longer sit in the sun.
They are also rather high-end people (prefer W) but have started staying in Marriotts due to business travel requirements. Since they are paying, I will leave it to them to decide if they want to pay for the Ritz, or prefer some of the other features discussed thus far, like the Stellaris being clean and quiet, or the CY with a good beach and reception parties for Rewards Members. They have now stayed at enough Marriotts to be aware of the various brands.
Thanx for sharing your experience! I am not using points, and the room is paid for.
If this was not a consideration, would you still choose the Courtyard Isla Verde Beach?
Its good to know there are restaurants that are walking distance to Stellaris and La Concha.
There is just something very relaxing about being able to stroll to dinner, walk around and look at the choices and see what is appearling, and then walk it all off after dinner.
Do you know if Old Town is walking distance, or will we need a Taxis
Also, is there a CL at either property?
There are CL's in both hotels--the one at the Marriott Stellaris is on the top floor and nice view from outside up there, I run to old town and back each evening (takes about an hour for this old man to run) but you will need a taxi to get there--there are city buses but I don't recommend them...have fun, old town, tour Bacardi Rum, and go to the rain forest etc..............Bill
Great info on the CL and location. I am leaning toward Stellaris, but I need to see what everyone else thinks, e.g. am I dealing with any sunworshipers that will not like the pool in the shade of the hotel.
You sound very ambitious, running every night!
I am more of a swimmer. Try to do an hour in the pool, preferrably in the morning before work, but often I do morning and night as it is just so relaxing.
GemPrincess - would I have still chosen the CY? Tough to answer as I did not check out the other venues, but I was overall pleased with the facility - it was, IMO, an "upscale" CY. As another poster replied about restaurants - not that many choices within walking distance - which could be the make-or-break decision.
More Puerto Rico threads:
Courtyard Aguadilla http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1121
JW Marriott Rio Grande Coco Beach http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1171
Courtyard Isla Verde Beach Resort http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1198
Courtyard San Juan Convention Center http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1347
San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1349
La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1350
The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1351
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