We are a family of four, with kids ages 15 and 18, going to Puerto Rico and can't decide between Stellaris and LaConcha. Any info about which one might be better for us would be appreciated. We are looking for a nice resort with easy access to restaurants, shopping, etc.
Thanks for any information you can provide.
We were at Stellaris when our kids were same age. the beach is great there and there is alot around. I had the same impression of the LaConcha--modern with not much beach. We did walk to Old Town a time or two but it's a long walk and hot (we were there in July). we ended up using the bus system a lot which worked out much better than driving. there are a lot of restaurants within walking distance around Stellaris as well. Have fun!
If you want a tropical experience the LaConcha is the place. The Stellaris is much luck any other Marriott. The beach at LaConcha is smaller and is adjacent to a public beach. The LaConcha typically has bands in evenings/at night later in the week at the outdoor pool/bar.
Both hotels are a short walk from each other (less than a mile).
My husband and I stayed at the Renaissance La Concha in March 2010. I had researched the two hotels and decided to go with La Concha.
La Conchca is an old, landmark hotel which has been remodeled. It has the style of yesteryear but with a modern twist and amenities.
The rooms at La Concha are larger and most all of them face the ocean. There are several pools and hot tubs. The lobby is very large and inviting. There are lots of cozy seating areas.
We found the Marriott lacking when we wandered down the street and compared the two. The two hotels are only a couple of blocks away from each other. The Marriott only has one pool area and the lobby was not very big nor inviting.
We were glad that we chose La Concha.
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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We spent a week in Puerto Rico in Nov 2012. Booked the Renaissance LaConcha. I've been Platinum for a number of years, and have enjoyed upgrades of some sort most every time. The LaConcha has a building that is all suites - the only difference is that one side faces the ocean, the other faces the city. We booked a suite city side, anticipating a view upgrade to the ocean (this has been a standard successful practice for me for years at other properties). When we got there, we got the "Sorry, no oceanside rooms are available" story. The hotel did not look at all full. I escalated to the reservation manager and got the same story. OK, so we took the city side room. After thinking about it, we considered that maybe we could move to an ocean-front room when one became available. I went back downstairs and posed this to the reservationist. Third time's a charm. This time they came back and said, "Oh, an oceanside room just opened up!!". Amazing. Also amazing was that they wanted to charge us an extra $30 a night for the oceanside room. At this point I just said "sure".
This is not at all the way I expect to be treated as a Platinum member - negotiating for an upgrade and having to pay for just a change in view! Of course, I will never, never, never stay at this hotel again, and will never give it a positive recommendation. LaConcha, enjoy that $30...........
I think LaConcha is very heavily booked. I was just on a Caribbean Cruise, and decided to use the day rates at the Marriott hotels on Puerto Rico and USVI which lets you have a room during the day, and use of the pools, beach, facilities, etc, instead of the cruise ship beach tours. I contacted 2 hotels closest to the port in San Juan and USVI, requesting availability, pricing and what was included. Frenchman's Reef (USVI) called almost immediately with pricing, what was included, I made the reservation. La Concha (Puerto Rico) emailed me approximately 1 week later with the information, but told me they could not take a reservation ahead of time, and that we would need to call the day we arrived in port to see if there was availability. I can see their point that they don't want there facilities too crowded, but on the other hand, I am Lifetime Platinum, and all I want to do is use the beach and pool.
Anyways, I think La Concha is booked pretty solid, which is why we are seeing different problems with booking.