Rincon of the Seas Grand Caribbean Hotel
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Worth the 2.2 hour drive from San Juan
I recently spent 6 days at this Beautiful resort (March 25-30, 2004)and it was "Superb!" I'm a corporate pilot who spends about 125 days a year on the road and this was the"Best of the Best" to just layback and relax and a terrific value for the bucks! The staff was helpful and always upbeat. The breakfast buffet was super and the chef preparing the great dinners made them look like a work of art. I surf fished from the beach directly in front of the resort, caught a nice tuna a lady fish and several mackerel. Another fisherman hooked a tarpon but never got in to the beach. I plan on taking my wife along with me next year to enjoy what I consider a real pearl of a resort! The only negative- too small a sign at entrance off Rt 115.
A perfect, peaceful getaway
The Resort is beautifully appointed with Tiffany Lighting and modern Deco-inspired furniture as well as some cute eclectic furnishings. We found the staff friendly and helpful and our room was comfortable and had such a pretty view of the ocean and island. There are lovely walkways everywhere and plantings. The food was pretty good but get the meal plan as it is a little pricey. However, there are many good local places nearby to eat. Rincon is very quiet, with little going on -no souvenir or giftshops to speak of. We found one gallery up in the hills which was sweet and stocked with local artists' photography, etc. The draw is definately the peace and quiet and the warm surf! I would come back to Rincon in a minute for a completely relaxing getaway.
Enjoyable getaway...will only improve as they grow
Visited P.R. and this hotel for the first time over Valentine's Day weekend (4 nights) with my wife. We didn't expect much, and anything is better than NJ in Feb. The Hotel was very clean, most of the staff were nice. Since we do not speak Spanish, we found that the American born staff understood us better and seemed more service oriented...I'm sure if you speak Spanish the local staff is fine. Elizabeth, the manager, is great. I had brought a special bottle of wine with us from Canada, and when I placed it on the table in the room, the table wobbled, and the wine fell and shattered.... although not directly the Hotel's fault, she replaced it with a very nice substitute from the DECO restaurant....which, by the way is a great place to eat! The beach is OK, no white sand here, and the area around the hotel along the beach is fair...there is some construction going on right next to the hotel on the beach. (better swimming to the south, better surfing to the north) Sunsets are beautiful! The pool is nice, but very cold!!! Their swim-up bar would do a lot more business if this pool was heated...also there is no Hot Tub. The bartender, Irving, seemed alouf at first, but will warm up to you after a day, he knows the area well....I found in P.R. that you really have to get the bartender's attention if you want a drink....they are not very pro-active. The same is true with waiters in most of the restaurants. The rooms here are small, and the A/C is loud. But everything is new...which is nice. And most rooms, with the exception of Cabana rooms have an Ocean View. Breakfast was included.
(other hotels charge $20 pp) The gift shop just opened, needed more stuff. They still need a gym. I checked out the Rincon Beach Resort while I was here...this place is better. Horned Dorset is very very nice, very upscale, great restaurant. Also, one of the best restaurants in town in is THE SPOT!! You need to rent a car, do not rely on Taxi's here. This area of P.R. is safe and very laid back. Enjoy! And yes, we would come back to this hotel.....just heat the pool!!!!
A great choice.
We just returned from a Puerto Rico vacation with another couple. From the minute we arrived we realized that, after months of reading online, we had made the right hotel choice. Rincon of the Seas is beautifully decocrated, clean, and comfortable. The pool, grounds and beach are lovely. The restauant menu is sophistecated and the help couldn't be nicer.The rooms are a little narrow, but so what. It seems to be as yet undiscovered. We felt like it was our private resort. I would expect that they might be able to offer some activities (dancing would be nice) in the future when it is consistently full.
My wife and I had just spent one night at this hotel. We have been to many other resorts, etc. and this was small but very well run. The sunset was absolutely gorgeous. We had an ocean view room - small but well appointed. The pool area was very clean and nicely landscaped. It gave you a caribbean flair but with good service. The food was very good and breakfast was also done well. For a few night stay in this area it was well worth the trip.
A Piece of Heaven on Earth
We visited the Rincon of Seas Grand Caribbean on December 26, 2003 through December 30, 2003. We actually made the reservation based upon the review on this website. After a pretty ride on side road 116, we arrived at the hotel without a problem. We were greeted by security, got our bags handled, and were led to the reception desk. The lobby is spacious, comfortable and well decorated. It has a number of alcoves with comfortable chairs overlooking the pool and ocean area that invite you to sit with a drink and just gaze into the sunset. Our reservation was taken care of and we were pointed in the direction of our room. We noted that the hotel is EXTREMELY clean, and our room was very pleasant (most people don't know that all the rooms pretty much have an ocean view!) and had all the necessary ameneties to make our stay pleasant.
Our housekkeeping staff was great and they met our requests with a smile. The food was great and the bar "Rain" is a wonderful place to just sit an unwind, and their drinks certainly pack a punch!!! Happy hour is worth a visit, and they provide you with finger foods so that you eat a little something while you drink. The beach is quiet and clean and has plenty of beach chairs, and it you need more, the staff will be happy to help. We even had bar service available on the beach!!
In evenings the view of the sunset rivals any on Key West and its much quieter and comfortable. All in all, it was a wonderful and relaxing experience. Be aware, though, there is no room service available for breakfast! If you can, get out and take a ride. In the town of Rincon there is a little park with a lighthouse "El Faro", easy to get to and a nice time. The views of the ocean are breathtaking and you can take in a bit of the culture of Puerto Rico (including some REALLY nice homes) along the way. I have visited many five star hotels in the U.S.
and other countries and I would certainly recommend this hotel to everyone, and anyone who did not like it must be one of those people that are not satisfied anywhere.
My husband and I celebrate our anniversary, by traveling to different islands. This year we went to Puerto Rico. We made reservations at a resort in the town of Rincon named Rincon Beach Resort. Upon arrival we had to wait for about 20 min. before someone finally came to the reception area and on top of that treated us very rudely and unprofessional. Another guest who saw the whole incident referred us secretly to Rincon of the Seas about five minutes away from there. As soon as we walked in we had a warm and friendly welcome from the bellman, followed by caring attention from staff members of the Front Desk, Housekeeping, and restaurants. Everyone was exuberant, just like their promotions say. Our stay was a wonderful stay We loved everything about it. The food was excellent the people were wonderful and the Rooms and their services were excellent! or exuberant! As their comment cards would allow us to rate them. If you really want to have a worry-free wonderful time with People who know the true meaning of customer service, I sincerely recommend this wonderful hotel.Sincerely yours, North Dakota Exuberance
We stayed at Rincon of the Seas for our anniversary and we had the most terrible experience we could imagine. Although the rooms made a good attempt to be comfortable, they are too small for the furniture they have. There was no hot water and the A/C was blocked by the curtains.
There were hairs in the pillows and the bathroom floor. The restaurant is okay, although we had to wait to get there since it was raining and there is no other way to get to it. The staff was well trained and very friendly. But the managers seem to be too controlling and they do not give the employees space to be themselves. The building itself does not look like a hotel at all. You'd have to get inside to really see what they had done with the place. The gardens and the pool area are nice.
But the hotel does not provide other activities such as a playground for kids or water sports for adults and they don't even have a gift shop. It's really a shame that in spite of all that publicity, they don't have everything they are offering. It's not worth all the money and we wouldn't recommend it to any of our friends.
Rincon is a Mini Paradise
A beautiful resort with a swim-up bar and a bartender who will make custom drinks for you! Rincon is a small town (not touristy) and this beautiful hotel on a peaceful and quiet beach is a real treat. For the more adventurous, rent a car and travel some of the mountain roads -- you will find wonderful small inns with fabulous food, spectacular sunsets. and a great surfing community. I came upon this place on a business trip to Mayaguez, and I will be returning for my 15th anniversary next year.
Relaxation, friendliness, and a spectacular surrounding. The perfect place for romance . . .
A+++ for Rincon of the Seas!!!!!!
Every summer we visit Puerto Rico and stay at different places around the island. We had a terrible experience at another hotel so we checked into Rincon of the Seas, which is a new hotel. The hospitality and professionalism was outstanding from all employees. They go out of their way to meet all guest needs, whether it is their job or not. The room was super, one of the best we've ever stayed in and the food was superb! Words can not describe how wonderful our experience was at Rincon of the Seas. The owners and managers should be very very proud of all their employees. Next summer when we vacation again in Puerto Rico we will be sure to make reservations here!!!!!! Highly recommended!!!! Thanks to all at Rincon of the Seas for a super experience, see you next summer!!!!
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... lonesome, I couldn’t have felt better about my decision to go after coming out of the water. It really was the perfect ending to a memorable trip.
There was a neat little juice bar around that helped with the motion sickness called Carta Buena. I stopped in rather dumbfounded to see two caucasian looking girls operating the juice bar. The counter girl even had a Delta Gamma shirt on, turns out she ...
... I wish I could remember the name of the bar we were at, but it had a pretty tasty tostones and chicken dish. Little overpriced on food, but what can you expect from a beach restaurant. At least the Medalla was on sale for happy hour? We decided to head home from there after another patch of rain rolled on by. Except this time…we took a wrong turn and ended up going to Playa ...
... really nice beach resort in the Guarnica area. Had lunch of spinach salad with bacon,cranberries and blue cheese and a Cuban sandwich – so good!
Headed down the road. Arrived at Cozy4Two around 3:30pm…no one there, oops. Quick call to Jean, she thought we were arriving the next day. Rechecked my emails, nope she confirmed December 30th ...
... at the nearby bakery- Panaderia Los Cocos; this bakery is the oldest on the island and still uses wood fired ovens to bake pastries and bread.
The combination was so wonderful, we wished we had bought more.
Next stop was the lookout at Guajatica where ...
... Aguada and go to Moca.
Follow along 111 through all the great towns, starts off a two lane divided highway and then goes to 1 lane through all those great towns.
Turn left onto 446.
You don't go too far up the road.
Watch on the right hand side for a wide road going to the right and across a bridge.
(There is a school across the street (left side of main road) and the parents park their cars in this area.)