6063 Avenue de Isla Verde
Carolina, Puerto Rico 00979
El San Juan Resort & Casino
At least 3 to 4 nights – make you sure you visit Old San Juan.
Old San Juan (restaurants, nightlife, shops, no beach access)
Condado (restaurants, nightlife, shops, beach access)
VERDICT : 3 / 5
Good and comfortable stay. This hotel is ideal for those whose main focus is hanging out by the pool/beach, drinking, and clubbing. Since I was here for a Bachelorette Party, the El San Juan Hotel fully served our purpose of relaxation and partying, however I would NOT stay here again since I prefer more modern and updated rooms.
Aside from some major hotels, clubs, a few decent restaurants, and lots of fast-food restaurants, you won’t find much else in Isla Verde. Having said that, if you are looking for just a simple relaxing beach vacation, Isla Verde is your place to stay and I highly recommend the Intercontinental San Juan Resort & Casino (stayed here twice).
Personally, I prefer the areas of Old San Juan and Condado which have a lot more to offer. Old San Juan has a slight European look to it and is great for strolling and shopping. It has some great restaurants to choose from, however there is no beach access in Old San Juan. On the other hand, Condado, lies between Old San Juan and Isla Verde, has a strip of bars, restaurants, and shops all along Ashford Avenue. Additionally, there are some major resorts that offer easy beach access.
Pros: Excellent Location in Isla Verde. Trendy Restaurants in Hotel. Club in Hotel. Casino. Great Lobby. Great Pools. Swim Up Bar. Beach Access.
Cons: Very Noisy Hotel on Weekends. Small Bathroom. Outdated Rooms & Bathrooms. Fake Balcony. Broken Safe. Thin Walls.
Regarding lodging within San Juan, I recommend:
Old San Juan – Hotel El Convento (strolling, great restaurants, great nightlife, no beach)
Condado – La Concha (strolling, shopping, good restaurants, great nightlife, good resorts, beach access with slightly rough waters)
Isla Verde – Intercontinental San Juan Resort & Casino (okay restaurants, good nightlife, great resorts, great beach access with calm waters)
TELL ME: Have you been to Puerto Rico? If so, what are some of your hotel recommendations?