The Conrad Hotel was relatively close to many tourist destinations. We were within walking distance of many restaurants (both chain & mom and pop). At the concierge desk, we picked up a paper with the week's agenda.. we had the option to get pedicures by the pool, feed the fish at the lagoon, free ice cream, learn how to kayak, etc. There were so many things to do but our week long trip wasn't long enough. The staff was friendly and helpful, the room was very clean and had fantastic views. I was in the corner room so I had views of the city, the pool area, the lagoon, and part of the ocean. The best part about that was the elevator right next to my door left me at the end of the lobby which lead right out to the pool! I had a wonderful stay and would definitely go back. Some advice.. The taxis are extremely expensive and the drivers will rip you off if they think they can get away with it. The ride from the airport to our hotel was $14. Going back to the airport to leave, we thought it would have been the same price, but this guy charged us $20. If you must take a taxi, ask before you get in so you know EXACTLY what you'll be paying for (Supposedly the taxi is the only way to get to The Conrad from the airport). My advice? Learn the bus routes! They are not hard to get the hang of at all. One way trips were a grand total of 75 cents as opposed to a $20 one way taxi ride. Google places before you go. Some of the activities listed on the hotel's "What To Do List" are overpriced. If we booked an excursion with the hotel, we would have paid around fifty something dollars for transportation, and a tour of the Bacardi Factory. I did some of my own sleuthing and found that the bus doesn't stop too far from the hotel.. We took the bus to pier 2 (75 cents), took the ferry to Catano island (50 cents), got on a bus to get to the Bacardi factory (75 cents) .. the Bacardi tour was FREE, we got tickets for 2 free bacardi drinks per person following the tour, and then paid for the bus, the ferry and the bus again to get back home. Let's do the math.. I paid $4.00.
First I would like to start off by saying that this place is really strict when it comes to check in times. My girlfriend and I arrived at the hotel at 1:30pm and were were told that check in time is at 4:00pm and they would call our phone when the room was ready. So we took this opportunity to walk around and get to know the area around the hotel. It was 4:30 when we finally got back to the hotel with no phone call, but we weren't too upset because the room was beautiful. Pay the extra and get an Ocean View room, it's well worth it for the views alone. The rooms are very modern, clean, and comfortable as well. The bathroom is nice and spacious too, although the doors to the bathroom are sliding doors which do not lock. This was no problem for us but it may bother others who are used to more privacy. The only issue I had with our room was that the closets and dressers were part of the bathroom, which was weird. I don't know if this is with just Ocean View rooms, but we decided to keep our clothes in our luggage bags and not risk ruining them from the moisture. The pools and beach at the hotel were just OK. One pool does have a water slide and the pools never got crowded. I liked the fact that there were plenty of chairs though, and I did not have to wake up early just to get a good spot in the sun. The beach is not too big but it's adequate. The beach sand is a little rocky at the entrance with some broken seashells but once you get in it's much better. The food at the restaurants was pretty good, however it was very expensive. Overpriced on just about everything. The drinks in the bar at the lobby were good, however I was disappointed whenever I ordered from the pool bar, Also, don't expect great service. You really need to go looking for someone and get their attention just to place an order or you will be waiting forever. Same goes for if you need anything while you're eating. You will find some good options around the Condado area for food. I recommend walking to Cafe Ropa Vieja (5min) or even if you want to take a short bus ride to Old San Juan (20min). Just don't expect the service to be much better anywhere else either. One thing that I did not like about the Conrad was that there were never any activities going on at the resort. Nobody ever played pool volleyball in the 5 nights I was there, and I showed up at one of the "scheduled" activities and no staff was even there. That was really disappointing. A few activities I would recommend doing while staying in Puerto Rico. Kayaking in the bioluminescent bay at night is a MUST!. El Yunque rain forest is nice too, and be sure to visit El Morro while in Old San Juan. If you are looking for a nicer beach than the one at the resort, the best beach on the island is Luquillo Beach. In all, this was an enjoyable vacation and the Conrad is great value for the money.
OK I have mixed feelings about my stay at the Conrad Hotel. Here are the Pros and the Cons and you can decide which of these is most important to you… Pros: The ocean front view was splendid. VERY friendly staff, clean rooms, clean pools, convenient location to the bus stop (if you choose to save a ton of money to get to Old San Juan, it’s only .75 cents each way). The hotel is close to the airport and there are a few restaurants down the street a few blocks that are excellent, Waikiki restaurant has AWESOME Mofongo, a must try when in PR and right next to it is Hacienda Don Jose (both offer ocean front dining and they were never really crowded, but that is not a reflection on the quality of their food! We found all of the restaurants to be pricey, but resort areas usually are. The Conrad has their own private little beach that is a lagoon area with little fishes and I found it to be relaxing. Every single person we met was very nice and polite. I love the native Puerto Ricans! Cons: The hotel food and drinks are very expensive and the food is nothing special. The concierge is horrible! Every time I attempted to go to the desk it was busy. They do not have it well staffed, especially during busy times. When I finally was able to sit with someone, they weren’t very helpful in giving us ideas about what to see outside of the sightseeing tours that are really expensive. But if you do opt to do a tour, book it through them, because booking through Cheap Caribbean prior to arriving is more expensive for the exact same tours. Better yet, you can call the hotel before you arrive to be sure you get a spot. I got more information and help from the hotel staff, honestly. They gave us ideas about restaurants and sights to see. Just fair warning about taxis….There are “flat rates” for going to certain sections around the entire island and I wasn’t thrilled about paying $15.00 for a cab ride from the airport and $1.00 extra for each bag for a 10 minute cab ride, but what dropped my jaw, was they charge the same flat rate for a 3 mile ride to Old San Juan (Take the bus for .75 cents, you’ll probably have to wait a while for it, but it beats being ripped off!) The hotel is in the flight path of a local airport. Though this is not a big concern to me, I thought it worth mentioning in case that sort of thing bothers you or your children. Now this is REALLY important, read your restrictions about the free breakfast and $25 gambling credit. We were given a “City visa” room so we didn’t qualify for the latter. You can get an ocean front room that is NOT “city vista” and then you will qualify. If I had been told this I would have requested it at check in. You must realize this about San Juan Puerto Rico, it is a vacation spot for the locals too. Just like Atlantic City is to folks in and around NJ or Virginia Beach is for those close to Virginia, or like Daytona Beach, Nags Head, Myrtle Beach, etc.. This being said, there are A LOT of families at the Conrad on the weekends. So if you want peace and quiet, I suggest arriving on Monday and departing on Friday when the crowds descend upon the resort for the weekends when it gets VERY noisy and is swarming with unsupervised children screaming and running around. We flew in on a Wednesday and departed on a Sunday. The Conrad is not in the nicest area of San Juan either. The restaurants I suggested, well I suggest that you visit them during the day or no later than around 9pm. There are dilapidated vacant hotels with graffiti on them up and down the entire street. We were approached by a man the first night who sang us a sad story and he got angry when we started to back off & then he ask us for money. Just keep your guard up at all times. Puerto Rico is OK to visit, but I honestly will not go back. San Juan is really run down and if may be a sign of the times, I’m not sure, but It just wasn’t as special as I thought it would be. Next time I will opt for an all-inclusive resort.
The staff really made every effort to make our stay perfect. The room had a fantastic view and very cozy. definantely a must do vacation.
We were in Puerto Rico last week for 5 nights staying at the Conrad.Check-in was a breeze. We arrived at the hotel at 11 am and were expecting to be told check-in was not until 4pm. Our first surprise,they not only let us check-in but gave us an upgrade to a lagoon veiw. The room was clean and modern,the veiw was ok,but we dont go on vacation to sit in our room anyway. Our next surprise was the pools and little nooks set up with lounge chairs, we found a secluded spot and sat ther almost every day. The beach was small but clean. Its a public beach but if you are staying at the Conrad they still provide chairs and towels. Since the beach is situated just inside the lagoon you get the crystal clear water without the really strong surf. All the staff were prompt and professional inside the hotel and out. On our last day we tried to get a late check-out since our flight was not until 5 pm. There were none available, but they do have a really nice, clean locker room by the pool bathrooms. The showers have dispensers with gel, shampoo, and conditioner. This allowed to have almost another whole day at the beach. We only ate at the Cafe for breakfast. Prices were reasonable. We only had a propblem ther one day. It took a really long time to get our food. The manager comped our food that morning. We did not eat in the other restaurants they seemed a little pricey. There were also really good restaurants in walking distance to the hotel. All price ranges. There was also a bus stop right next to the hotel. Its only 75 cents to take you into Old San Jaun vs 15 dollars in a cab. Make sure you have 3 quaters, they don't make change. Beware of prepaid excursions. They are overpriced. Cab rides from the airport are only $15. The Bacardi Factory tour is free, To get there from hotel was only $4.25 for ferry and cab. You can do your on walking tour around OSJ.The forts are $3, with plaques telling about everything. Great restaurants and cafes all around OSj. We cant wait to go back!
My husband and I went to PR for his 40th birthday. Upon checking in to a "Lagoon" view room, much to our disappointment, we were put on the 3rd floor, so our "Lagoon View" was of the top of the gazebo leading to the lagoon pool area. NO VIEW! Went to front desk and she said there wasn't much she could do and that was that. I asked again the next day, but we never got moved. So if you are paying for a view, I would request from the 6th floor and up, or actually go ahead and pay for the ocean view, which I did ask for an upgrade that I would have gladly paid for. Room was fine, we didn't spend much time in there. Bathrooms are small, but again, not a huge issue. The pools are great! There are three of them. The pool bar is great, Angel and most of the servers at pool bar are great. Expensive, yes, but the convenience was worth it and it is expensive to drink anywhere in PR, so why not just sit at the pool and be served there. The hotel has a great location, close to San Juan, but take the bus, not taxi. Taxi is a rip off! Restaurants are close to walk to and I suggest Cosa Lola! Booking with CheapCaribbean was great and easy! Just remember, when it ask if you have any requests: SAY ABOVE THE 5th floor!!
We spent a week at the Conrad with an overnight side trip to Ponce. We had a free upgrade to an oceanview room with balcony which was very nice. The housekeeping staff was great....every day, no matter what time we left the room or what time we got back, even if we were only gone for an hour, the room had been completely made up. I don't know how they did it!! We did not make use of the casino or any of the on site restuarants. Walk out the front door and take a left and within 1 mile there has to be over 100 restaurants. A few of our favorites were almost right next door...Don Jose which serves a nice breakfast and has a pretty extensive, inexpensive Mexican/Puerto Rican dinner menu. Also Ropes Vieja which was very good for dinner. The Conrad has a nice little fitness center, 3 pools, Swim up pool bar, awesome water slide and tennis courts. Service was good but can become pretty chaotic at the pool bar. The bus stop is 1/2 block from the hotel and for 75 cents you can go to Old San Juan. I would suggest taking a taxi back, especially at night as the bus does not stop at every bus stop. You need to signal your driver if you want to get off and if you aren't famiiliar with the area, you may end up back in Old San Juan. The car rental is right next door and since the doormen at the Conrad have keys to the lot, you can drop your rental car off at anytime. All together a great place to stay and one that we will return to.
We had a wonderful stay...ocean view room 10th floor unreal views. Pikaya restaurant was 5 star ...ate there 2 nights . The pool area needs to be freshened up and painted.The check in girls were great. the bartenders and waiters were also great..Love the Lobby. Overall the stay was fantastic.. Would definitley stay there again. Frank N Philadephia
We chose Puerto Rico as our vacation destination based mainly on the whim of an 11 year old. It was a good call! The agent with Cheap Caribbean suggested the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza and was very helpful with the reservation process. He explained in detail how to get the most from the services that Cheap Caribbean offers and we took advantage of this information. Before making the reservations, we checked out the reviews of the hotel and surrounding area. Despite finding several unsavory reviews, we chose the Conrad. We arrived several hours after a major thunderstorm and the area was still in a state of pandemonium. Several of the runways were flooded and many of the streets in the immediate vicinity of the airport were flooded as well. Thankfully, we had arranged for roundtrip transportation thru Cheap Caribbean with Elegant Steering. Our driver, Carlos circumvented the flooded streets and gridlocked highway. He was friendly, courteous, knowledgeable and very professional. The hotel lobby was immaculate and though bustling with activity was organized and efficient. Every member of the staff we had the pleasure of meeting was accommodating and engaging. Despite having a “City View” room, we could see much of the area and the lagoon from our balcony. Each floor of the Conrad has a balcony which offers very impressive views of the property and surrounding area. We dined in one of the several restaurants located in the Conrad. While the menu was far from being exotic or extensive, we felt the selection was adequate and the food was great. The service was beyond reproach. The weather is certainly unpredictable which is indicative of that region. Yet, while much of the United States was suffering thru a heat wave during the same week, we enjoyed 85 degree temperatures in San Juan. The breeze seems to keep the humidity and bugs at bay. There is a Denny’s, Starbucks and an Enterprise just steps from the lobby of the Conrad. Be advised; however, the traffic in San Juan is much like that of many large cities in the United States. The congestion caused us to ponder the wisdom of renting a car for a day but what we lost in traffic jams we gained in experience.
This hotel is absolutely GOREGEOUS!!! I stayed here for my birthday last year and have made it a point to go back every year. I was in a jaw dropping 8th floor corner Suite that was equivalent to a fantasy. Equipped with a in-room safe, microwave, refrigerator, luxury linens and high quality toiletry products for your personal use. The living room area had contemporary layout with a posh work station and a view of the lagoon. The bedroom had a sitting area as well as a balcony which overlooked Ashford Ave. and the Atlantic Ocean. The décor of The Conrad is very ultra modern, trendy, chic and sexy. To elaborate on how GRAND this place is, there were 3 magazine photo shoots and a video filmed during the week I stayed there. The staff was wonderful, friendly and very attentive. This hotel is really immaculate and well kept. The food was absolutely awesome! I spent time at all 3 pools, the jacuzzi, the beach and even the whirlpool inside the gym…which is pretty nice gym I may add. There was always something for me to do at this hotel that I really did not have to go anywhere else, although I did…I had the urge to explore San Juan little bit…and I diiiiiid. I am IN LOVE with this place!!! The Conrad is only 15min. taxi ride from the airport. This hotel resides in 2 buildings with a connecting sky-walk over Ashford Ave. Just a few blocks down the road, you can get your “high end” shop on at Gucci, Cartier and LV. Also along A Ave., there are other bars/restaurants and casinos. The nightlife in the area was jumping on Friday and Saturday. The location is great by it being on a main strip where you can easily catch a bus or taxi if your “feeling too good” to walk. I have been and still will refer The Conrad to anyone I know. I had the time of my life! I’ll be back there in November 2010, maybe I’ll see you soon… Dorsey1104