San Juan Beach Hotel
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We arrived in Old Town around 10am, and immediately set off on a walking tour. Unlike the rest of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico has a real colonial Old Town, complete with a turreted, oceanside fort, and a lovely walkway along the fort's walls. Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" was filmed here on its magnificent bluffs overlooking the sea. But it's also the Caribbean, so despite the 90F heat and the June offseason, it certainly featured its share ...
As I approached the venue I noticed the massive line
circling the park. Luckily for me I had a VIP pass, thus skipping the line and
promptly entering the fair grounds. Judging by the sheer amount of people I
could already tell I was in for a great night.
After passing friendly security I
found myself inside a massive carnival tent. This lead out and into a series of
... up! This café is buzzing. Locals brunching, tourists hovering about deciding whether or not to delve into the crowded café. There is also a fun run on somewhere nearby and there are loads of people dressed in their sweats having a last shot of espresso before the race.
I made my way to the ferry over t Catano, where I was met by a share taxi to the Bacardi Distillery. Two free cocktails to be enjoyed at your leisure and ...
... we had to go in. We kept touring around the city, no map in hand, until we reached this beautiful little scenic sitting area that over looked the ocean and the port. Some people were sitting there, drinking coffees or just chatting. It was quite peaceful, almost like a little quaint corner that was deprived of the hussle and bussle of the town. We didn't mind that and took it as a perfect opportunity for pictures!!
After we were through taking pictures we kept walking ...
... rappelled and it is on my bucket list. There were 7 of us and 2 guides, and we jumped into 2 8x8 ATV's. We took a harrowing drive through the sugar cane fields. It had rained the day before and had drizzled off and on today so it was quite muddy but the 8x8's handled the trail well. Well, until........one of them got stuck in the mud. Really stuck. A little maneuvering and a tug from our vehicle and we were off again. It was like a ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSan Juan Beach Hotel
Excellent front desk staff, beautiful location in Condado near all the expensive shops and tourist type stuff, hotel is right on the beach and not too far from Viejo San Juan. Fair prices too. The only thing I would complain about is the shower/water pressure, but we found that to be common in Puerto Rico.
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Historical Traveler Reviews San Juan Beach Hotel
Rooms really really damp
went w/ my BF in february. we stayed at the regency the same week and much preferred that hotel. this hotel had a bit more character, more color in the lobby, and a restaurant/bar (which we didn't bother with), but a huge drawback was how damp the room was. it may have been partly b/c it faced the ocean, but it really made us feel sticky the whole time we were there. good location, though. the condado is def an up and coming area and in five years will be a huge tourist hotspot. next time we'll def be staying at the regency instead of this hotel.
Look no further!
We researched hotels for hours before deciding on this one. Ignore the negative reviews here - some people can just never be pleased! (BTW - the wrecking ball has stopped swinging). The staff was exceptionally friendly, and very helpful. The ocean view was incredible, the beautiful pool was spotless. The beach, although not optimal for swimming (rough surf), was great for a nice walk and just a few steps from the hotel patio area. We had an ocean view for a fraction of competing hotels. The renovation is complete, and the rooms are bright, cheery and very comfortable. They spared no expense in renovating them! The A/C was cold, but not really necessary since the windows opened. Which is a bit of a rarity. Nothing like falling asleep and waking to the pleasant sounds of the Atlantic surf rushing just below... The hotel is conveniently located to everything (Old San Juan is just a short taxi ride away, and there is a nice casino about two blocks away). There are at least 3 wonderful moderately-priced restaurants within a five minute walk. Convenience stores and souvenier shops are just as close, with even a 24-hour Subway. Hotel even has live entertainment, there was a piano player almost every night, and on Saturday's, a wonderful dance party - although not too distracting if not your cup of tea. The restaurant area also has a nice bar, just a few steps from the pool (you MUST try the Rum punch!)Would stay here again in a hearbeat. No regrets whatsoever! Enjoy your trip!
Recent Stay in January, 2004 at the San Juan Beach Hotel
My husband & I arrived in early January, 2004 on a Sunday after 1PM to a lobby, restaurant and bar area that were VERY dirty. There was rubbish from the previous night's party strewn all over the lobby and bar area. Our room was okay-but there was a pair of DIRTY socks on the floor in the middle of the room. Next door to the hotel is an old hotel that is being torn down. So we got to see the magnificent views of the cranes and to listen to them working daily. While we were sitting outside in the pool area, the dust and dirt from the demolition would land on us and in the pool. The whole area near the hotel looks like a war zone. The only good feature was the hotel personnel. They were very friendly and helpful to us.
We Had Fun
The hotel is a good buy. However, you need to realize that demolition with a wrecking ball is going on next door. (The Condado Beach Hotel is coming down.)The San Juan Beach Hotel (Old Ramada) was clean, there were plenty of towels, and the staff was friendly and helpful. The location allows you to go without a rental car and there are several restaurants to choose in the neighborhood. It is located next to a park and provides a little room to walk on the beach. The ocean is too dangerous for bathing, but you can walk to the more subdued lagoon Condado Beach to swim. We had fun!
Hotel is in the process of being renovated, and the a/c system is getting replaced. Room is not fancy, nor is it new, but it was clean and acceptable including the bathroom. Furniture looks new like it has been recently replaced. Everything in the room was in good working order, and the hot water, even on the 10th floor in the morning was plentiful. Windows were new and could be opened for a breeze from the lagoon on one side and the ocean on the other. This hotel is convinient to the cruise ship docks, and minutes from old San Juan. The hotel staff is very polite and helpful. Right down the street from thehotel is the Cartier, Mont Blanc and Louis Vitton stores, and across the street from one of San Juans good, moderately priced places to eat local Puerto Rican food, Aijili Mohili. (Cost per person approx 15-25 us dollars.) Only drawback that i felt this hotel had, was inflated dining room prices, compared with what you could dine nearby for. I would stay here again when in the area. Good value for the money!
My husband and I stayed at the Ramada San Juan Beach in August 2003.
Upon entering the Ramada, the decor is colorful and contemporary. The staff is friendly and helpful. Nice, but you can't ignore the damp air and overwhelming smell of mold and mildew throughout the hotel. Our room was was damp and warm. The air conditioner was noisy and discharged water on the carpet. The carpet was stretched and coming up in several areas and the bedspread had holes in it. The paint was peeling off the wall and mildew was visable on the ceiling and in the corners of the room. The bathroom left a lot to be desired as well. The shower didn't work properly and the towels were thin, didn't match and were actually coming apart on the ends. Needless to say, we didn't rest most of the night. It reminded me of a damp basement. My husband refers to the experience as a night at camp. Early the next morning we put on our damp clothes and checked out. I likened the experience to sleeping in a basement. My husband commented it was like spending a night at camp. We will most likely not stay in a Ramada again. We will definately not stay in this hotel when in San Juan.
Ramada San Juan
On a recent trip to San Juan, my boyfriend and I stayed at the Ramada Inn--San Juan. I must admit that I was impressed. The hotel is conveniently located on one of San Juan's busiest public beaches and in close proximity to shops and public transportation. Throughout our stay, the hotel was kept clean and the staff was friendly and eager to assist us (from restaraunt recommendations to ordering a cab).Although the hotel is not a four-star accomodation, the hotel provides everything that a leisure or business traveler will need: iron boards, blow dryers, computer ports, an on-site pool, spacious rooms and a staff that speaks both English and Spanish.The only downsides that I found was that there wasn't free continental breakfast and that housecleaning may not get around to cleaning the room until late evening (we made several calls to the front desk for clean linen). The hotel pool is small and if you can't swim..beware..the pool starts at five feet and then jumps to ten!!!! In addition, there are no lifeguards poolside. However, if you are travelling to San Juan and would like to stay in a nice hotel (at a reasonable per night rate and you don't want to pay the casino taxes associated with the major hotel chains that have casinos), the Ramada Inn San Juan is the hotel for you!
Going Back Soon
My mom and I stayed at the Ramada San Juan in March of 2002 and really enjoyed it. We got a great vacation deal with airfare and hotel included. The hotel staff was very helpful and friendly. The rooms were a little humid, but we didn't stay in the rooms all day, so it wasn't an issue. We did have to call and ask for towels, but the staff brought them up in no time. The continental breakfast was great. The pool and view were wonderful. I'm the type of person that likes to get out and see things on vacation, so I had no problem walking the short blocks to the beach. The area is full of great restaurants, some very affordable and tasty, some not so affordable and tasty. It's a short .25 cent bus ride to Old San Juan which can be an adventure. I plan on going back for the week of Memorial Day with my mom. We explored other hotel options in the area, but decided that the Ramada San Juan has everything we need. Plus the great deal allows us to spend money on exploring other parts of this beautiful island. Tip: If you rent a car, plan to drive aggressively, it's the only way you'll survive!
If you want towels don't stay here!!
The Condado area is run down. There is an abandond hotel right next to this Ramada and another one next to that. This area is one step above a ghetto. I highly recommend a 5 star Hotel if you even consider going to Puerto Rico, and stay away from the Candado, Old San Juan, San Juan area, it's run down. The Ramada was reminiscent of how the area feels, tired and run down. The shower spills water out onto the floor and good luck getting any towels. When they clean your room they don't leave any towels. When you call for towels you have to wait at least an hour and you better call back every half hour because they probably forgot your request. Ohh yea and don't try to hang out by the pool after 10:00PM it's closed. You can't even sit out there on a late night and enjoy the ocean. Ohh yea and the ocean is all rocks in back of the Ramada you have to go down the block for the closest usable beach...It's ridiculous...The staff is nice but very s-l-o-w.....Stay away from this whole area, I recommend going to the rain forest and staying at a 5 star Hotel - period, other than that don't bother.
I read the other reviews and can't believe we were all at the same place. If you want a very good location with a nice pool at a reasonable price, than stay here. If you want a clean, nicely decorated room, a shower that doesn't pour water on the floor, staff that provides extra towels because you just used them to sop up the mess, an airconditioner that is whisper quiet, than don't stay here because this place needs work and looks tired.