Intercontinental San Juan Resort & Casino
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Intercontinental San Juan Resort & Casino Reviews
The best place to stay in Condado (1 mile from airport) Jun 10, 2010
If you really want to stay in the heart of San Juan, it might be crowded but full of culture and events and lots of restaurants. But I really wanted a beach weekend away and that's what I got.
It all starts with the taxi ride from the airport. When you exit the airport, don't look for a sedan, most of the cabs are large white vans and they will tell you it costs more to get to the Isla Verde area (which is a mile and a half away); be prepare to haggle or at least let them know that you know how much it should cost (that means do you research before you arrive).
Once we arrived at the Intercontinental, EVERYONE was pleasant. We booked our flight and hotel together to save some money, but didn't really feel like we got a bad room (as some places do put their third-party booking guests in yucky rooms). We got a room on the 14th floor, in the front (facing the lagoon) in the middle of the hotel (next to the elevator and we heard very minimal traffic).
Check-in and check-out were both smooth and easy. Our bed was comfy and plush and the room was nice, but the bathroom looked a little gross. It was a little small, but there was a vanity area next to it in case you needed a mirror while someone was in the bathroom. I believe the hotel was recently renovated, it just didn't look like they put too money into the bathroom. The ceilings in the room and especially the bathroom are a little lower that one might be used to, but the balcony was nice and there was fridge in the room.
The pool was great, they have a swim-up bar and you walk through the pool area to get to the beach. The sand on the beach is very fine and the water is pretty clear (without seaweed or trash)-even saw a fish about 8" long swimming around; but it was just the one. Beach chairs are free, but umbrellas are $10 if you fear you're gonna burn. What more could you ask for? The have a little restaurant off the beach with drinks and lunch items, but be ware, the pigeon population can be a little crazy. They don't flinch much when you shoo them away, but as long as you don't have food dropping to the floor, you should be OK.
Back to Old San Juan-with 75 cents exact change and 45 minutes to spare (30 minutes if it's not rush hour), you can easily get to Old San Juan taking the A5 bus to the last stop(the bus terminal). Once you arive, don't bother with the trolley, just walk, but get a street map. With a good pair of sneakers and 20-30 minutes, you can walk to the El Morro fort from the bus station.
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Gorgeous pools, on the beach, and a great place for families. Aug 24, 2009
While staying on Isla Verde I walked down the beach and explored this hotel for next time.
First of all, it is a huge place and beautiful. With a full staff constantly grooming the grounds and cleaning the lobby, I suspect that it is a clean place to stay.
The pools are next to the beach and are elaborate complete with a man-made waterfall. Cabanas are available for rent near the ocean-side pool.
With a number of great restaurants inside to choose from, this place had many families staying here and there was a lot of action. I understand that the Ruth Chris Steakhouse is now closed. A staffer said it was closed for renovation while someone from another hotel said that the Ruth Chris chain pulled out altogether.
There were several other restaurants in the hotel (other than Ruth Chris) including a hibachi-style restaurant, Italian, and a Mediterranean.
One restaurant inside where I did eat was Alfredos. It was somewhat formal and delicous. See the review under a separate page.
Fresh flowers and healthy foliage were everywhere here so it truly felt like a tropical paradise.
I understand from others that they were able to get a room by bidding through priceline.com and won the room for about $105 per night and that an extra $20 /night resort fee was collected at check-in. However, it looks like a place that would offer a family many things to do right on site and would be a good choice for a family vacation with plenty of space on the beach for kids to run around and burn off energy. Parasailing, sailing, and jetskis are also rentable right on the beach.
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Jul 08, 2007
This great hotel is located in the area called "Isla Verde", which is part of the San Juan metropolitan area. This area is best known for its many hotels, beaches, and restaurants. The InterContinental San Juan is just one of many exceptional hotels in Isla Verde.
The entrance to the hotel, before the lobby, is filled with palm trees and lush vegetation. After passing through this part, you get to the main entrance of the building. It has a nice waterfall, producing a relaxing sound. Very courteous hotel workers greet visitors and lead them to the reception desk. The lobby is very cozy, with many comfortable chairs and sofas. The service is pretty good at the desk, and you quickly get transferred to your room. To the left part of the lobby is the casino, full of fun, yet addictive slot machines and other similar games.
The hotel is well-known for its excellent restaurants. Two of them include Momoyama, serving Japanese cuisine, and Ruth Chris's Steak House, dishing up amazing steaks. Momoyama is a great Japanese restaurant, complete with a sushi bar, normal tables, and teppanyaki tables. The sushi is pretty good, but the best fare here is in the teppanyaki menu. You can eat scallops, salmon, chicken, and steak (choice of 2), with fried or steamed rice. Apart from that, the price includes a salad, a soup of your choice and an ice cream. This joint is absolutely amazing! Ruth Chris's Steak House serves delicious steaks, with a juicy taste. These are simply fantastic!
The rooms at the InterContinental are very clean, and include the usual bathroom, with a modern toilet and shower. The beds are very comfortable, and the views are of the city or the ocean. These rooms are very nice.
The pool here is very nice, too. It includes a water-volleyball net, imitation rock formations, a jacuzzi, and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. The bar serves up great, refreshing drinks. On the beach, you could surf, para-sail, or just relax and get a sun-tan.
This hotel has so much to offer, it's simply amazing!
Intercontinental San Juan Resort & Casino Overview
The hotel is only about 8 miles from the downtown area of San Juan. Guests of the Intercontinental San Juan Resort & Casino will find that they are able to visit many attractions such as the historic area of Old San Juan, the beaches, El Yunque Rain Forest, and Plaza Las Americas Shopping Mall. The hotel is only 2 miles from the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, just a short drive by car. Guests can find public transportation that can take them from the Intercontinental San Juan Resort & Casino to all of the areas they want to visit.
Rooms at the Intercontinental San Juan Resort & Casino include amenities such as satellite TV, coffeemakers, hairdryers, in room movies, in room safe, irons and ironing boards, phones, and bathrooms.
The hotel has a concierge as well as a beauty salon and currency exchange facility. The hotel has a rental car desk as well. Guests can use the laundry service and the hotel's babysitting service. The Intercontinental San Juan Resort & Casino has a business center for those traveling on business. It also has onsite eating and drinking options, a large casino, and a fitness center.
Intercontinental San Juan Resort & Casino Amenities