Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, a Wyndham Grand Resort
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As it was raining when we awoke this morning, we decided to break our streak of poolside, cabana relaxing days, and head out to the rainforest. The valet brought our car around, and we piled in. Hiking was deemed rather dangerous on a morning after rainfall (which, by definition, makes them consistently dangerous) and we didn't need much persuasion …
Given that we had a two leg journey - to Charlotte and then down to San Juan, it was somewhat miraculous that the most difficult part of our plane journey was getting to the airport at 7 am. Thankfully, Nelly and Don were there to assist! Jasper and James both slept during the second flight, and the crew and passengers were so kind (or afraid?) as …
Day 3: Today was our travel day (mostly for me. Tammy is quite happy to sit by the pool and soak in the sun but I get antsy). I wanted to take in El Yunque (the rain forest of Puerto Rico) and Old San Juan.
We rented a car (which was very reasonable) from Avis in the hotel for under $100.00. After a brief breakfast at the coffee shop we …
Day 2: Our alarm went off at 4:00 a.m. this morning. Up early to pack and get to the airport. We arrived at the Philly airport around 5:30, checked in, and made our way through screening. We had only brought one checked bag between us and it was slightly over the 50 lbs allowed. Our comments about being allowed 100 lbs for two bags fell on deaf …
... half of my trip, I can't
wait to find new one. I did my scuba diving when I was in Culebra,
and finally I still have to climb El Toro Negro someday, because last
weekend it was raining too hard and they have closed the hike to the
peak for security reasons. So far so good, this weekend I'm moving to
the west part of the island to discover some caves, and eventually I
will climb this famous highest peak in the upcoming weeks.
How has this resort rated in the past?
Highly recommended for those looking for a comfortable vacation with kids - even young babies. Try and get a room close to the swimming pool, on the ground level.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, a Wyndham Grand Resort Rio Grande
Historical Traveler Reviews Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, a Wyndham Grand Resort Rio Grande
Great golf resort
Great resort for golf. Both courses are nice -- the scenic ocean course complete with iguanas and the more challenging river course. Nice lodging, a small but nice casino, and good but expensive food. Also the pool area is very nice, although $10 frozen drinks are a bit steep ( but taste very good!!). I would highly recommend, especially when it's cold during the Winter in the states.
Just got back from 6 nights at the Rio Mar and was pretty happy about my stay. I had 2 connecting oceanfront room, which were very nice, spacious and clean. No complaints there at all. The food at the reosrt was for the most part pretty good. marabellas is your basic overpriced hotel fare, but we found Shimas and Palio to be very good overall. Service is Marabella is pretty lame, but the other two had quite good service. Hint: make a reservation at Shimas of palio, then cancel it if you decide not to go. We wlked into Shimas one night before 7, and although they had about 4 tables seated out of 30, they said they we "full" because of reservations. We then went next door to Marabella, and from our seats, watched Shimas seat all of 4 or 5 tables over the next hour. Pretty lame. Beach, pool and grounds are very nice, and very well laid out. We could easily go between room, pool and beach, yet they felt very separated from each other. This worked particularly well when my wife and I took turns swimmiing in the pool with our 4 year old, who isn't the beach fan that we are. I had no problems getting a chair and didn't have to Bribe anyone as another reviewer said. I have a newborn and 4 year old so the child-freindly aspects of the resort were very important. It was great for this except we were less than happy with the kids club. Very nice people working there but they spent WAY too much time in front of the TV. ON beautiful days, there is no way the kids should get in almost 2 full movies in a six hour stay. I could have stayed home if I wanted her to watch TV. Minimal activikties and minimal (less than 1 hour) swimming had us take her out after the second day. If you want to come to a beautiful resort and have your kid watch TV most of the day, then the "iguana club" for you. Concierge and front desk staff very competant. Overall, I would go back again.
I'm ready to go back to Rio Mar!
We just returned from a trip to the Rio Mar. The service was excellent, the staff was exceptionally helpful, and the guests were the friendliest we've met in years. The beach and grounds were beautiful. My only complaint is that the food at the hotel was expensive, but there were local restaurants not that far from the hotel. I'm ready to go back!
I just returned from a 6 night stay at the resort over the Christmas break. As everyone mentioned, the resort is about 45 minutes from San Juan. A shuttle must be arranged for (with flight info) 24 hours prior to your arrival, or you will have to pay $75 for a cab to the reort. The shuttle is $50 round trip per person. A little tacky, since you're paying a lot for the rooms in high season (about $500 a night is average).
Some problems at the Westin
We planned to stay at the Westin Rio Mar in Puerto Rico from late December to early January 2003. We had reserved ocean front rooms. The only view we had was of a big palm tree. When we discussed this with the front desk management, they said they would move us to a higher floor. When we checked on the situation, we were told that they had checked us out of the hotel and that they had no more rooms! They were unwilling to rectify the situation. I would not recommend the property.
Just returned last night from a week in Puerto Rico at the Westin Rio Mar. As with most vacations, so much is dependant on managing expectations. Let's face it, going to Puerto Rico the week between Christmas and New Year's is probably not the ideal time, but that's when we wanted to be away this year.
I loved it! It was a wonderful experience for our whole family. The food was great, the pool was awesone, the beach was wonderful. The service was absolutely excellent. We got complimentary wines and goodies just because. Great staff! I definitely recomment it. The rooms were comfortable and the view was great. GO THERE!!! you won't regret it.
My husband and I decided to take a 25th anniversary trip. On our important list was unlimited golf, good weather, good food, and some tennis. We thought that Puerto Rico would offer this, and add some extras like casino's, scuba diving, hiking, and historical sites. It was all we expected and more. The Westin Rio Mar was beautiful, our room better than expected, and the golf courses absolutely great. Challenging, but not impossible for the normal player, and absolutely full of beauty and nature. If my golf game was bad for the day, I could enjoy my surroundings. The concierge was very helpful in arranging extra trips. The El Yunque Rain Forest hike, the scuba diving trip, and the Old San Juan tour were fun and interesting, and our guides were great. I only wish the concierge had told me to wear my bathing suit under my clothes on the El Yunque hike. You can swim under a water fall. I heard comments about the high prices at the hotel restaraunts. I suggest you hire a cab (very reasonable), and ask the driver to take you to a few local places that are good. We tried 4 local restaurants. They were delicious, reasonably priced, and made the trip more fun. My husband and I would go back at the drop of a dime, that is if it only cost a dime. Nevertheless, the rates for off-season were very reasonable, so we will be back.
Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort... Awesome off season rates
Great Resort. Got an ocean view room with balcony and all the extras for $117/n. What was a killer is the 22% room tax... (I think its a resort tax + service fee). There was a faint smell of mildew (or ocean smell) in the hotel lobby and room. Besides that everthing was excellent. I recommend it.
I found this hotel online while I was searching for a bargain summer vacation. Something about it just caught my attention. AM I EVER GLAD! I'm a single mom and was traveling with my 9 year old son and my 10 year old nephew. Everyone said I was crazy. But we had a great time! The staff was friendly and helpful. The pools and side trips kept the kids happy! If you go the el yunque rain forest hike is a must. We did it in august and the frequent light showers kept us cool. I was afraid to tackle old San Juan with the boys but they loved the many shops and the ethnic food. We found a local place and stayed away from the fast food.