Rincon Beach Resort
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Not What We Expected
We have just returned from Rincon, Puerto Rico and had an absolutely fabulous time, although that had nothing to do with the Rincon Beach Resort. After a long day of traveling we were excited when we finally reached the "resort". We asked the front desk staff as to what sort of activities the "resort" offered and he pointed to a couple of brochures that were placed on the counter. These included explanation of room rates of the hotel and trail rides in Aguadilla (25 min). We were a little taken aback as we both expected a little more but nonetheless, we showered and headed to the bar for a much needed cocktail. Our bartender, a man of slight build in his mid-twenties, quickly dampened our moods. He was condescending and rude and made it clear that he had no time for us, although there was only one other person at the bar.
Ok, so our first impressions so far were not good, but we decided to give it one more chance a couple days later. Breakfast was included in our hotel stay, so we headed to the restaurant one morning instead of going into town to the wonderful Lebanese/Spanish Bakery we found. Ugh.
As we neared the patio we noticed one other couple and so looked forward to a nice leisurely breakfast. We entered and were offered a table right inside the door-the key word being INSIDE. We asked if we could sit outside and were told that those were tables for four people.
Now remember, there was ONE other table eating at the entire restaurant! Needless to say we left and did not spend one more minute at the "resort" than was necessary. To be fair, our room was clean and the housekeeping and groundstaff were extremely friendly. If we could have left the Rincon Beach Resort, (which by the way is in Anasco, about 10 minutes from downtown and a good twenty minutes from the beaches and ligthouse) we would have done it in a second. We would not recommend this hotel to anyone, and that is what it is-a hotel-a Holiday Inn with Ritz prices. Please feel free to contact us via email if you would like more info. We discovered a lot of cool stuff in Rincon!
Inhospitable Staff, Beautiful Setting
Similar to other reviewers, we found the setting to be beautiful - but the staff to be lacking in the courtesy you would expect on an island where tourism is a major industry. Essentially, we found the staff to be ambivalent - if you had a good time, great - if not, tough luck, it is not their problem.
The rooms were clean, but a bit worn out. The meals at La Brasa were not impressive, and overpriced for the caliber of food that was served.
We DO recommend going into town to buy a bottle of wine at the Econo grocery store, and then heading down to the beach to relax in the evening.
All in all, a beautiful setting to spend a couple of days, but not if you are looking for anything resembling service.
This was one of the most beautiful beaches that I've been to and I love a beach. It's the preverbial 'miles of sandy beach' and there was no one on it. I was there the week before President's week Feb. 2004, before the crowds come. Let me explain why no one on the beach. I walked forever down this sandy beach and there were no other hotels along the way. The Ricon Beach Resort is populated with business people who fly in on Monday and leave on Friday. Lots of people at breakfast and then the leave to return for dinner. Therefore, no one to use the facility. This is trulya place to relax. The beach is beautiful, the water is calm and has a sandy bottom. No rocks anywhere. The hotel staff was quite friendly; eager to suggest places to eat or give directions for seeing sights. Never had a problem understanding each other. Rooms were fine and the food was excellent though limited in choices; but there are so many restaurants in the area to go to. You need to rent a car. The hotel is 2 1/2 hours from San Juan. Of course, if you have a car, use it to see the area which is very scenic. A very relaxing place to stay.
A plea for tolerance
I have not stayed in this particular resort, but I have stayed in Puerto Rico on both east and west coasts since 1979. I was somewhat dismayed by the statements about the rudeness of the staff and wanted to bring something to the attention of past and future guests. The western end of the island is rather new to the resort crowd and I imagine many of the staff may not be as proficient in English as we would like them to be. What maybe perceived as rudeness may, in fact, be a reluctance to converse in English. In my experience, a few words in Spanish, even though YOU may be reluctant to do so, will accomplish much in bridging the gap. Please remember that Spanish is the predominant language in Puerto Rico and, as visitors, we should demonstrate as much graciousness as we expect our hosts to offer.
Good hotel, but not quite what I expected
Went to Rincon Beach in November during the off-season was impressed by the architecture of the hotel and the beautiful surroundings on which it stands. It sits at the end of one of the branches of the Central Mountain Chain and overlooks the tranquil side of Rincon Bay. The views are breathtaking and relaxing. The pool was nicely architected, although I usually hit the beach since the water is much warmer.
The attendants at the Front Desk and Bar are a bit snobby as other reviews have indicated. When I arrived, a particularly nasty thunderstorm arrived with me, so rather than risking me getting soaked or hit by lightning I left my car at the front desk. Although it was raining, they insisted that I park my vehicle in the parking area (which is uncanopied). As a small consolation, they did give me offer me an umbrella though. Also as indicated by other reviews it seems that they do go more out of their way for people who speak or least attempt to speak Spanish. As I spoke both languages to different personnel I noticed I received more attention when I spoke in Spanish. However in any case it seemed to me that once you have been there for more than a day or two, they recognize you and are much more pleasant.
The food is extremely overpriced and did not show much variety. When I travel I usually expect to be served local cuisine, and was not impressed when I saw only italian dishes. The breakfast however was much better with cakes and hot breakfast cereals served the way it is on the island, but still overpriced. Drinks are quite expensive as well -- for the same price as one rum drink ($6 plus) I could have went to the local store and bought a liter. Service in both the food and drink categories was also left to be desired. At times the cutlery and glassware were dirty and they took their time to serve us. While a little bit of a drive, there are plenty of restaurants in both Mayaguez, Auguadilla, and Joyuda (Cabo Rojo) that will satisfy your hunger and your wallet. I find that the "hole-in-the-walls" are usually the places where you get the best food. Pollo Tropical in Mayaguez, though a fast food joint like Wendy's, serves large portions of delicious authentic Puerto Rican food and 1/4 of the price of a meal at the RBR. Only my wife and mom makes latin food better!
The rooms were nicely sized. I had children with me so I was placed on the first floor, which I did not mind. When I arrived, the room that they assigned us was in the right wing. It had a view of the related apartments which was not particularly what I wanted. Luckily the room was not ready so they moved us to a room on the left side which was in a prime location near the pool bar and an oceanview (although all first floor rooms are partially obstucted by the pool area). I found the wait service to be clean and efficient. The TV choices were a little left to be desired, but I do not go on vacation to watch TV. The only really bad thing was, being true to their boutique hotel classification, they did not have any room service. If you want a better view, request a room in the left wing of the hotel.
In short, the hotel is what you would make of it. To me it was quite lovely although a bit pricey for the amenities. However you can easily relax in the sea or the pool, and the rooms are clean. Save your money on food and drink, and use the time in travelling to a more reasonable restaurant to take in all the splendor of Western Puerto Rico.
Not what I thought
I just came back from Puerto Rico. Our first 2 night stay was at Rincon Beach Resort. I made the reservation months before our arrival. When we got to our room, which was suppose to be an ocean view, the resort failed to mention the view was completely obstructed by palm trees. We did see the ocean, but between the palms. We found fruit loop cereal under our bed, not just a couple, but a bunch. The bed skirt was filthy with rust stains all over it (it looked like dried ketchup). At the bar that night, I asked for a crushed iced piña colada, the bartender said he doesn't make them as I looked at the blender. Some men came to the bar and one asked for the same thing & the bartender made him his drink. When I asked about that, I was told that those drinks are called Frappes in P.R. I heard the customer asked for a crushed iced drink. We decided to stay that night and leave for another place the following morning. The pillow case had a burn hole in it, the towels had holes and tears in them. We were treated like we weren't "good" enough to stay at the Resort. I took digital pictures of our experience and wrote a letter to management, no reply as of yet. We went to Rincon of the Seas and we were treated like royalty. We will definately return to Rincon of the Seas next summer and advise our friends who frequent Puerto Rico for vacation about both experiences. $200.00 a night at the Rincon Beach Resort, I would rather have stayed in the airport if I would have known what was ahead.
Horrible Time at the Rincon Beach Resort
If I could give the Rincon Beach Resort zero stars, I would. Despite being on a beautiful site, literally right on the beach, the resort had many problems.The staff was extremely rude and snobbish. When we asked them for tourism suggestions, they rolled their eyes at us and threw us a few pamphlets. The rooms have no premium cable (i.e. pay-per-view), and no room service--Not that these are all necessary, but for $300 a night, I expect to be comfortable when I'm relaxing in my room. Small bood-like stains on my comforter didn't help matter much either, and when I asked for a new one, I was simply told 'not possible.'There is only one restauarant besides a small bar on the beach. You would think that the $30 a person restaurant would serve some decent or gourmet local cuisine, but all they offered was a menu full of botched Italian interpretations. One night, I had some type of slimy white fish with a lemon sauce--supposedly Halibut. It was absolutely disgusting and I almost threw up on my plate. After visiting other well-known 'upscale' restaurants in the area in search of a good meal, we realized that Puerto Rican chefs consider Italian food to be above their own local cuisine prefer to serve it in their restaurants. We had to resort to ramshackle mom-and-pop restaurants in order to experience 'real' Puerto Rican cuisine. Not surprisingly, it tasted much better than the 'gourmet Italian food' served at the Rincon Beach Resort.Back to the staff--apparently, during the weekend that we were there--easter weekend, the resort housed plenty of prominent Puerto Ricans, and the staff was preoccupied with making them feel as comfortable as possible. On several occasions, I noticed the staff lounging and chatting and with these guests while they made us wait at the front desk for virtually everything. Smiles and chivalry were also reserved for these guests as most of the staff were blatantly rude to us and other tourists, refusing to even crack a smile or say 'good morning.' One mother and daughter we arrir while what was supposed to be their room was given to a family who pulled up in some Jaguar. The pool and beach was crowded beyond belief with screaming kids and unattentive parents. Twice, my $10 drink was toppled over by kids chasing each other around the pool.I went the Rincon Beach Resort expecting to have a relaxing, luxurious vacation and ended up feeling unwelcome and wishing I had never come at all! We actually talked to a few people staying in some less pretentious bed and breakfast spots in Rincon, and they said they were having a wonderful time. I suggest you look for luxury elsewhere (like in San Juan) and stay in one of the smaller guest houses or "bed and breakfasts" if you want to be in Rincon/Aguadilla/Anasco.
Lovely and relaxing
A friend and I stayed here twice, at the beginning and end of a nine-day trip to Puerto Rico, and we loved it. The beach is lovely with a gentle surf instead of the rough surf on the northern side of Rincon, and one can walk for miles along the sand (to do this, go left--not right--along the beach) as well as swim. There is also a really pretty pool, quite large but not the standard ugly rectangle. The first room we had was wonderful, the second one was very nice but not as perfect. Each one had a nice little balcony that faced the ocean and good, comfortable beds. We found the staff to be helpful and very friendly, and the food was really good. (The pineapple and mango at the breakfast buffet are perfect--unbelievably delicious.) If you have lunch here, order something with french fries--I've never, ever had better. We were delighted to find something in between the exorbitant prices of, say, the Horned Dorset, and the low prices of the funky guesthouses. We took advantage of two different packages, both of which provided breakfast, and the end result was quite reasonably priced stays. We didn't find good restaurants in the area, but it wasn't because we didn't try! They may well exist, but there are none I would recommend from experience except the restaurant right there at Rincon Beach Resort. Avoid the Taino Divers offers of snorkeling and scuba diving unless you're feeling macho. (They are not associated with the hotel except for setting up a table on the beach there.) The reefs they take you to are dead ones (not their fault, I admit) and the trip out and back can be extremely unpleasant unless you're smart enough to take something to counter seasickness. (I wasn't smart enough, and the Taino Diver people certainly weren't about to warn me. They have quite a laissez-faire attitude about roughing it.) If you spend your time on the miles of beautiful beach or swimming in the lovely ppol, though, you'll be happy, happy, happy!
I found a Paradise- but Rincon Beach found it first
The Resort is beautiful and is located at one of the most beautiful coastlines of Puerto Rico. It is definetly a hidden paradise, but not so hidden as it is conviniently located and close to many area attractions. I can not speak for the experiences of others, but I know the island and have stayed at many of its resorts, and I find Rincon Beach to be one of the best in terms of location, easy access, and specially I like the fact that it is in a quiet area. For the type of accomodations and beach location, it is one of the best deals in the area. The beauty of the resort in terms of arquitecture and decoration, along with the magnificent ocean view, the calm beach and golden sands and the beautiful pool and sunsets, are the perfect combination for a wonderful and relaxing vacation. The location of the resort is perfect, as you can get to many area attractions, good restaurants and main roads in a very short time. My experince with the staff was that they were cordial and friendly the few times I interacted with them. This is a new resort, only in its second year, there is still some construction going on. For those considering the west coast of Puerto Rico as a destination, I highly recommend this Resort. You can tell that everything is of high quality and very elegant, it is worth the money you pay and it is in a great location, as there are lots of things to see/do in the west coast of PR.
Beautiful but not worth the money
This resort is beautiful but it has a few problems. The first is the staff. They are a little bit rude to poeple who speak english only. They are also not overly helpful. At 250$ per night I expect the staff to be smiling and help me with anything I need but this did not happen at the Rincon Beach Resort. I also did not expect a leak in the roof dripping water into my room during a rain strorm. That was simply ridiculous. I told two staff members about it and both gave me the same answer, "I'll have someone come and check it out." They acted as if they did not believe me and of course nothing was done about it. I would not suggest this place to anyone. Spend your money more wisely and stay somewhere else in Rincon. Or better yet go to either Boqueron or Cabo Rojo which are much prettier then Rincon.
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Since we had an afternoon to get settled in, it was time for some adventure. The first thing that I wanted to do was to visit El Yunque Rain Forest, which is the only American National Forest that is a rain forest. Cool, huh? So, after sleeping in late and a leisurely breakfast we packed the car up with a case of water and my camera and headed out to see what we could see.
I pulled up Google Maps on my phone and typed in El Yunque and directions to the rain forest ...
... and I hopped into my instructor Alex’s car to drive down to “the Steps” of Rincon. Alex brought along a girl friend that was also experienced, but I didn’t mind the company since I was the only tourist of the group anyway. The sands of the beach were scalding hot, like literally first degree burns on the bottom of my feet. Yet the native Puerto Ricans, Alex and his friend, got along ...
... minute hike across an old US military target range. At this point we realise our questioning of the local peeps was floored. What we should have asked at Palaya Flamenco was what is the best beach for snorkelling that we can get to by any means. Playa Tamarindo looks stunning, there are a couple of small groups of less adventurous souls who are part of group led snorkelling tour. One group is Japanese who are being instructed on how to operate a kayak with one hand whist ...
... for her and took her to our favorite café San Juan Café. I actually cried when she left(kind of embarrassing). She gave me the number to this other girl that she met that actually lives in San Juan so I might call her up and see if she is cool or ...
... they hand her the check. Yes! But she just stares at it and hands it to me. No! Where is the justice in this world? Like right now I am laying on the beach, lathered up in sunscreen, wearing my big hat, and it is raining on me. The sun is shining, the clouds look harmless, and I am getting wet. What is with that? If this continues too much longer, I might have to seek shelter. In a bar. And drown my sorrows in a piña colada or two. But I paid $4 ...