because I had a wonderful time...but I really did NOT like my room!
Hubby and I were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary...but had no money. YOu see our oldest is headed to Medical School next month and our youngerst headed to undergrad at UB in August. So I mean we had NO MONEY. I searched for the best bang for our bucj and found San Juan, Puerto Rico fit the puzzle perfectly. Some online searching led me to Acacia by the Sea.
Upon arrival by taxi from Luis Munoz Marin airport we could not get in to the hotel. I had forgeotten that you must be "buzzed" in. The lobby was a welcoming, cool stroll to the front desk. We checked in and were given a short tour of the hotel so that we knew where all amenities were. So far, so good! This was a tropical sunny delight!
We went back to the front desk to get our bags and be shown to our room. I expected to bring my bag up the steps...nope...our room was "this way." We were led through the glass doors but instead of up the steps we went past "Niche" and housekeeping to what seemed like a little cave - adjacent to housekeeping. When the door was opened for us we were in what seemed to me again like a cave: a dark, cool room all to itself - no windows to the outside - merely to the small courtyard. I was so disappointed but didn't want to show it. So we checked out the room and started to unpack - with me still hiding my disappointment.
We changed and headed for the beach. Acacia supplies guests with unlimited beach towels and beach chairs were also provided - we took some of each. A few steps from the rear entrance and we were on the beach! The beach was everything I hoped for: calm, blue, warm Caribbean water and soft sand!
After many hours on the beach (and pleanty of 70 SPF sunscreen) we returned to our room and got ready for dinner. A short cab ride later we were in Old San Juan.
Back at Acacia we were tired from the flight and day. We had a king sized bed which was very comfortable and the air conditioning had the room at the perfect temperature so we drifted off to sleep. I was awakened about an hour and a half later by some Niche resturant patrons laughing and talking. Niche was mere steps from our room and the noise traveled down our little hallway. I drifted back to sleep only to be awakended again by some sort of nocturnal bird (I later learned that this was actually coqui). Again, the sound had nowhere to go! The bed itself was comfortable and I again drifted back to sleep - wishing that there was a fluffy pillow or two to help me. The pillows were flat - albeit plentiful.
At about 7:00 AM I was awakened by what I am guessing to be the housekeeping staff starting the laundry for the day...
When my husband awoke I mentioned that I was going to ask to change rooms. He did not want to change and said that he was "very comfortable" in our room. I voiced my complaints and he said that he did not notice any of them. I took into consideration that I usually plan all of our trips and he goes along with whatever I say, so I did not ask to change rooms. Now for the advantages of this room and why hubby liked it: the room is HUGE, the bathroom is HUGE - specifically the shower area (wink, wink). The room is very private (just like my hubby) and conducive to romance: the bed was larger than a King (if that's possible) - and I know I mentioned this before: like a cave - I guess a man cave! We had a nice size refrigerator to keep the Heineken and restaurant leftovers cold. We had plenty of space for our clothing as well.
The bathroom is responsible for the 5 star review: there is a large mirror nearly the size of the wall with a shelf for toiletries below. Here's the attention to detail: they have a telescoping, magnifying mirror mounted just to the right of the jalosy window! I could apply my make-up with ease! THANK YOU! A blow drier is mounted right on the wall behind you - also easy to use!
There is a large screen TV opposite the bed - with an easy to use remote (another man feature ☺). The air conditioning was also via remote.
All said, this is a MAN'S room, so ladies if you cannot put up with what I've mentioned be sure to request NOT room 105! If you can let your man have this, you will likely not regret it (again - wink, wink).
The staff is superb - they cannot do enough for you. Housekeeping kept our room immaculate.
Would I go back?? In a minute! But, I'd like to try one of the sunny rooms!
Oh as for the surrounding area...left on Loiza Street gets dicey - but I'm sorry we didn't venture there for at least a meal! Right on Loiza for a few blocks takes you to SuperMax de Diego. This is a grocery store that sells everything - including liquor. Might as well stock up, you've got a refrigerator. We bought a soft-sided cooler with a shoulder strap to carry to the beach. There is an ice machine where the beach chairs are: cold beer and rum on the beach are good things!
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