We have booked a corner room (with points) at the Marriott Stellaris for 2 nights in February 2014. While there, we need to attend an wedding which will require us to go first to Old San Juan (for the ceremony) and then to the Embassy Suites (back near the airport). We have heard that the traffic and parking can be annoying and are considering hiring a driver or cab for any transportation during our stay. Any thoughts/ideas/info/recommendations about transportation from those who have been here would be appreciated. Also, how safe is the area in and between these points?
We just were there for 5 nights over Christmas for our very first time in PR. Plenty of Taxis from airport to Marriott at $17 plus $1 per bag loaded in the back. Walking around the hotel area and up and down the main strip is fine. Some panhandlers but mostly fine. Some abandon buildings here and there give you the willies, but are forgettable. Taxi from Marriott to Old San Juan Pier was $15. Hotel calls up taxis all the time with very little wait time. Wouldn't walk to Old San Juan as you will see some slummy projects en route. Once in Old San Juan it is fine around the pier and main roads. We didn't make it to the fort this time. Water Taxi takes you across the bay for $1 each where they have taxi vans standing by to shuttle people to Bacardi for $3 ea. ($14 min). Bacardi was nice adventure. Police presence is noticeable all over. Driving looks intimidating but like anywhere new it can be gotten used to. We chose not to drive at all and happy with that decision. For us the Tijuana restaurant, left out of the Marriott, was our overall favorite. The Lobby Bar was excellent, little expensive, but Bacardi is their well rum and the Sangria was awesome.
Hope you enjoy!