The Bottom Line
The San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino delivers with a full service hotel complete with a secure beach, a fun, if sometimes shady, pool area, and smoke-free casino. The sun is a virtual guarantee just a short flight from the cold winter.
- Convenient to airport
- Family friendly, with affordable restaurants just a short walk away
- Excellent value on concierge level
- Lively bar scene on weekends
- Low table limits in casino
- Busy urban setting and high-rise accommodations not everyone's idea of Caribbean vacation
- Little or no nightlife during the week
- Cab ride required to reach attractions like Old San Juan ($15 each way) and Isla Verde ($12)
- Average-size beach
- Address: 1309 Ashford Avenue, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907
- Phone: 1 787-722-7000 or toll-free 1 888-817-2033
- Rates: Start at $150 nightly, depending upon season
- Dining: Seven restaurants and bars, including Ristorante Tuscany for Italian dining, Wan Chai Noodle Bar, La Vista buffet.
- Other Amenities: Pool, casino, meeting center, fitness center
- Rooms: 513 guest rooms on 21 floors, including 12 suites
- Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sjupr-san-juan-marriott-resort-and-stellaris-casino/
Guide Review - San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino in Puerto Rico
The San Juan Marriott provides the spot for the perfect quick getaway from the winter doldrums.
When you first walk into the hotel, the lobby is cool and inviting, with a spacious bar area complete with large, widescreen TV for sports viewing. Partake in the excellent cocktails mixed by experienced and friendly staff during cocktail hour, or while live entertainment is presented on the weekends.
The rooms are reliably clean, tastefully decorated and complete with all necessary amenities, including a small refrigerator. The staff is consistently courteous and helpful. The upgrade to the concierge lounge ($25 per person per night for singles, $30 for doubles) is an excellent value: continental breakfast, small hors d'oerves and desserts are served daily in the comfortable Executive Club lounge, which boasts a flat-screen television and tables where foursomes are often spotted playing cards during cocktail hour (honor bar charges can be applied to your room). We especially enjoyed the balcony seating with ocean views for breakfast.
The Condado Beach location is convenient to many of Puerto Rico's attractions, but separate from the hubbub of the urban center. The hotel -- and the area in general -- had no nightlife during the week, however, so you'll need to plan on staying Thursday through Sunday if you want to partake in San Juan's famous dance clubs and other entertainment.
The beach itself is well kept, and there are plenty of lounge chairs for guests, obviating the frantic need at some beach hotels to get up at the crack of dawn to secure a chair and a spot on the sand. Security was evident, but not intrusive.
Because the hotel is a high rise, portions of the pool area are in shade during the day. This wasn't a problem, since the beach can get extremely hot and the shade is a pleasant alternative to the blazing sun. A separate kiddie pool with slide kept everyone happy.
The casino has all that a player could want, with slot machines, video poker and table games, and table limits were low enough for anyone to take a chance on getting lucky -- or at least have fun trying. The hotel's fitness center has sufficient cardio machines, weights and a floor mat area and was very clean, with water and towels for guests.
If you are the kind of person that enjoys escaping to the sun, without the hassle of a sprawling resort to contend with, with the beach steps out the back door and local restaurants just outside the front, the San Juan Marriott is the place for you.
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