Marriott San Juan Resort & Stellaris Casino
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Awoke to rolling surf and light 70s breezes the perfect way to start our vacation. After breakfast on our balcony we enjoyed the beach at the Marriott properly. A quick taxi to our ship, Celebrity Summit. Smaller than the Eclipse still all the resort cruise features you could ask for. Lunch, sun, massages, Bon voyage reception, dinner and show. Next stop: St Croix USVI.
We parked the car at the hotel, and took the shuttle to the airport for our flight. We were in business class so both of us took advantage of the complimentary drinks. Our flight was uneventful, and we landed a wee bit early in Puerto Rico.
We then took a taxi to our hotel, the Marriott Stellaris in the Condado area, which was ocean front …
Today we opted to walk around the area and to relax (as well as to throw our money away in the casinos.) Monday evening I had found a nice restaurant about a mile away which was famous for their Cuban/Puerto Rican cuisine, called Ropa Vieja (Reynaldo) was our server (he wasn't much into serving though). I chose the salmon with the honey mustard …
Yesterday we booked ourselves on a tour of the Bacardi Rum factory as well as a tour of Old San Juan. We rose early, and relaxed on the beach in the morning. At 12:30 sharp, we were picked up by our tour guide, Luise, who accompanied 10 of us tourists to our destinations.
Our tour was arranged by the hotel. Our first stop was the rum …
We landed in Puerto Rico and got our rental car and headed to our hotel. We got lucky with a free upgrade to an ocean view room and it's beautiful. We headed in to Old San Juan to grab a bite and ended up at La Bombonera. You wouldn't think much of it just looking at it, but the food was reasonable and good. I don't think there were many Puerto …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMarriott San Juan Resort & Stellaris Casino
Beaches are perfect and service us prompt. Stay higher floor to miss out on the weekend salsa band that plays until 2am. Concierge club open weekdays only.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Marriott San Juan Resort & Stellaris Casino
Do not stay here
This hotel is too over-rated! Too much people. Too much kids running around. Too crowded. No seats at the pool. Small Whirlpool. Small and Dirty Pool Area. Hotel offers 4 tour excursions, and none involved water. Rooms had white, boring walls, and ugly peach curtains. Casino was small, but I did win 80 bucks. Lobby looked very shabby. Not at all impressive. Like someone said, good only for a one day stay of a post/pre cruise.
Good pre -cruise hotel
I stayed at the Marriott three days before my cruise and found the hotel rooms to be small but adequate. The buffet was excellent and the view from the back of the hotel outstanding. My only problem was the loud music at night in the lobby. There is a band nightly and the music may be fine for young adults but a bit too loud for middle aged folks. We had friends staying down the street at the Wyndham and were able to compare the loudness of the music easily. The music actually hurt my ears. If not for this, I would rate this hotel much higher.
Two Thumbs up
This hotel was fantastic. Stayed here for a week during new years. The staff was great (after the 2nd day the bartenders knew what I was about to order before I opened my mouth). The rooms were spacious, beautiful and I came with a balcony overlooking the water. I also had access to the conceige suite and again I have only compliments. The beach was sandy (no rocks), a bit wavey but compared to the other hotels in the area it was the best one. Only thing that went wrong was that the key cards wouldn't work properly. This hotel is an A+.
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this hotel. This was our second stay in the San Juan area, and it was a blast. There is so much to do right at the hotel that you never have to leave. The staff was nice, the food was good. I especially like the live band. You can party and drink and don't have to worry about finding a designated driver or catching a cab.
All the right elements...
We booked a last minute package (the day before Labor Day wknd) for airfare and three nights for $1150 total from Chicago. Although no transport from the airport, the hotel is very clean, professional, and the staff friendly. We ended up upgrading to an oceanfront room for the 2nd and 3rd nights for free, upon request. Nightly barbecues, touristy activity, and two pools and a jacuzzi. Swim up bar and grill, although not being tourist season not too many folks around. The private beach is very nice, and the casinos and restaurants accessible. Not a five-star resort, but worth the stay. 40 minute drive to
El Yunque (Hertz in lobby), $.25 cent bus ride to Old San Juan (wait=25-50 minutes), and a nice place to relax. Clean rooms, sheets, and good service overall. A definite recommendation.
Great pre/post Cruise deal
We were leaving on a Carnival cruise (Destiny) out of San Juan and wanted to stay ay nice place before and after. Initially we had reserved a room at the AAA rate, around $360 for four people.
Closer to the departure date (I think 2 or 3 months before) a special pre/post cruise rate appeared on the Mariott's web site. It was $129 night with no extra charge for the other two adults. They pick the room for you, but we were very happy with a roof view pre cruise and a beach/ocean view with a balcony post cruise. Both rooms were clean and we were in and out of the hotel quickly. In fact we were quite early arriving pre cruise and got into the room before noon!
The hotel and casino were very nice. The lobby is large and they had a nice live band playing on Sunday (post cruise). We found that the restaurant in the hotel was very good (very nice buffet), plus we found a great Italian deli/restaurant down the street (go left out of the hotel and its on the left about 3 blocks down). We also had dinner post cruise at a Japanese restaurant. You sit down around a cooking table and the cook comes over and cooks in front of you. Pricey, but fun. Take a right out of the hotel and its on your right one block away.
We did walk down to a liquor store and the Walgreens. Bought some juice and rum to bring onto the ship. The liquor stores are not open very late, so do this taks early. Speaking Spanish is very helpful.
The pool area is exceptional as well as the beach access and the beach bar. Plenty of room on the beach and around the pools. They also have a swim up bar and provide an outdoor cooking/dining area near the pool.
For the price this was an excellent value and provided just what we need both before and after the Carnival cruise (which was great also). If we can get the same pre/post cruise rates we will be there again in April of 2003.....
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this is one of the finest hotels i have evered stayed in the staff was very cordial and attentive, it has a great pool and a nice casino the access to the beach could not be better,and the rooms are as comfortable as you can get.the lobby is a great place to hang out, have a couple of drinks and listen to some good music. i highly recommend anyone visiting puerto rico to consider staying at the marriott.
We just returned to the states and I had to share this with everyone. Our stay at this marriott was just perfect!
The service and attention to detail here are simply the best in my opinion.
Without question this particular marriott has the most comfortable beds of any hotel we have ever stayed in, you will not be disapointed.
If you get a chance and want something different for a dinning experience, head to old san juan to a little place in town "Tio Danny" they are at 313 fortaloza 723-0322 See Danny himself at night or enjoy a great breakfast with his brother. Everyone should know of such a resonable place to eat...and the food was just fantastic.
Marriott should be proud of this location, everyone I met there spoke english and went out of there way to make us happy, yes the bands do get loud in the lobby, but you won't hear a thing tucked away in your room. The beach/pool area is a perfect way to spend the day after walking the fort and the streets of old san juan.
Quick dinners are availible across from the hotel, but the hotel food was excellent just a little pricy in comparison.
Marriott: Good place to stay pre or post cruise
I stayed here one night prior to going on a cruise. The hotel is right on the beach, has a nice pool area, has a couple of restaurants and has it's own casino. It has bands in the lobby's rear area and can be a lot of fun if you like to dance to latin music. It's a popular place for the locals too. Get there before 10:00 p.m. to get a table. It is also located on the main strip in the Condado area. You can walk to other restaurants or other hotels/casinos. Quick taxi ride to the ports too.
Our bed was the most comfortable bed we have ever slept on in a hotel. We very much enjoyed the experience.
I've stayed at this hotel for about 4 times, and soon got tired of it. The lobby was small and loud; it connected into a dance floor with a very live-ly band and a bar nearby. Let's not forget the casino on the other side open 24 hours a day. The people were friendly as most Puerto Ricans are. This hotel is well suited for cruisers and honeymooners passing through, for those who want to party all the way to or from the ship. The pools were nice and well-lanscaped. The beach access was divine. One gets banded with a plastic flourescent bracelet showing employees you are a guest, then one is equipped with a beach towel allowing access to the beach. The beach chair/lounge is also provided without extra charge, though I tipped the worker who helped set it up. As for the food, it's pretty American with the all you can eat Breakfast buffet and chefs to customize your omlettes. It even smells like a diner with all the grease in the air. I preferred room service.
And finally for the room, the bed was the best part, firm mattress with down comforter. I'd stay away from the balconey. It's very mesmerizing looking down, and I sure didn't feel safe standing there. But it's great to hang your clothes out to dry.