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Doubletree San Juan: Efficiency and Style with Business Class in Condado
It's a valued bonus whenever a business-class hotel can offer not only all the work-travel necessities but also some excellent leisure-travel amenities -- it can makes even a brief stay go from bearable to actually enjoyable. The Doubletree by Hilton San Juan, located in Condado (a leading commercial district of the Puerto Rican capital), provides well-designed work spaces, wireless connection and ease of access along with ample ways to relax and re-energize during your down time.
You first get a sense of all that as soon as you arrive at the Doubletree's entrance, set within a plaza just off De Diego Avenue, an artery easily connecting travelers to the main route out to the airport, less than 10 minutes away. On this trip, the rapid commute was vital in a short, 36-hour working trip on San Juan. As with many visitors here, our Condado stop was intended both for local purposes and a connection further into the Caribbean, so an easy transit along with a rapid and seamless check-in -- personalized with a welcome cookie at reception -- made for a pleasant start. The hotel is also located across the street from a shopping plaza with a large upscale supermarket, convenient for stocking up on snacks or other travel essentials. .
The lobby creates an instantly calm and airy feel with its layout of window-side, bar-style seating for those working on their laptop or other devices, plus a central lounge section divided between sofa seating and tables with chairs. Large windows and overhead skylights maintain the open and light ambiance throughout the day. The reception area is set back in its own section as you turn left – not a lot of walking to do here after a long day's journey. The personable desk staff here know their city and surrounding area and can point or connect you to whatever you need.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
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Doubletree Hotel by Hilton, San Juan Rooms and Accommodations
The 184 recently renovated guest rooms at the Doubletree San Juan all feature a sleek re-design by Jorge Rossello and state-of-the-art technology designed to meet the needs of both leisure and business travelers, even those forced to spend more time in their room working than tanning by the pool. While the square footage of our room was not enormous, it did have a large desk and plenty of counter space. Notable in-room amenities that we also took advantage of included a 32” LCD flat-screen TV, complimentary high speed internet access, an MP3 clock radio, premium cable and movie channels, a hair dryer, mini-refrigerator and microwave, and coffee service by Wolfgang Puck.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
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Doubletree Hotel by Hilton, San Juan Restaurants and Dining
There are three restaurants and bars onsite, with price and dining style to match any occasion or budget. For those times when you prefer dining alone or while working, you can opt for in-room dining service. For casual fare, select your pie toppings at Fahrenheit Pizza along with artisanal beer or wine. Quick snacks and coffee are all on-hand in the Starbucks located in the plaza, while more upscale dining options are available at the Asian restaurant Silk, or the property’s signature restaurant, Café Pierre, located in the hotel lobby and offering international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
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Doubletree Hotel by Hilton, San Juan Activities and Amenities
The single most impressive design feature of the Doubletree San Juan may be the interior courtyard, which incorporates a swimming pool, outdoor dining, and plentiful lounge seating for relaxing, meeting up, or soaking in the tropical rays that stream down from the open sky. The pool is open 24 hours for those who need to get in their laps, and for cardio or strength training there is also the adjacent Precor Fitness Center & Spa with both machines and weights. For those with time to connect to the outdoors and local entertainment, the hotel offers guests unlimited access to the Doubletree Beach Club, which includes beach, pool and casino privileges at La Concha Resort and Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort, and a complimentary Doubletree Beach Kit at Ocean Park Beach. Last but hardly least, the property offers 2,200 square feet of meeting and banquet space, including three meeting rooms and a boardroom, capable of accommodating groups from 10 to 60 guests.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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