Hello everyone! I hope that you all had a nice holiday. I sure did. I just returned from my 3-weeks holiday vacation in PR, having spent 2 weeks with my family in the south, and 1 week in San Juan with my boyfriend. While on the island, I found a few new cool things, some consistently good things, as well as some other things I'd like to share.
1. The Water Beach Club hotel is officially adults-only. Guests must be 21 years of age to check-in, and children are not allowed. It's a great boutique hotel for those looking for some peace and quiet. The hotel is chic and modern, has a beach front, and it's located in a cul-de-sac area, away from the busy main street (but only steps from it, and the other hotels and restaurants). My boyfriend and I really enjoyed out stay, and will definitely use this hotel again. I think that it's great to have an adults-only hotel at a very family-oriented destination because not all of us have kids, understand kids, or simply prefer to be around adults.
2. Bebo's near Condado no longer exists. It's now Basilia's, which is very different. The restaurant is half the size Bebo's used to be, while the service was good, the employees sit the tables where the patrons sit, chat and drink beer while at work, and the food is not as good as it used to be.
3. Lupi's (Mexican fusion) restaurant is very, VERY good. So is Piu Bello (gelato), and the restaurant across the street from the beach, at the corner from WBC hotel. These 3 places are fun, and certainly deserve a visit.
4. Kintaro sushi in Isla Verde is excellent. Great sushi, good prices. I highly recommend it.
5. It's Yoga PR (aka Ashtung Yoga) is GREAT. (Thank you, Beach_Orquid for recommending it.) My boyfriend loves hot yoga, and he absolutely loved this place. Our instructor, David is amazing: very kind and patient (and has the flexibility of a rubber-band). Those who are into yoga, should definitely check out this place. The classes do fill up, so sign in online ahead of time, and show up early if you want to secure a spot. Here's the website: http://www.itsyogapuertorico.com/
6. Metropol is great as usual. The food is always great, and the service is excellent. My party of 4 went there for lunch, but while the restaurant was packed, we were seated right away. The seafood (and everything else) is great at Metropol. There's a reason this restaurant is always highly recommended.
7. Drinking at hotels... Oh boy... $16 for a rum and coke... Not good. Get your booze at Walgreens or the supermarkets. It'll save you a boatload of money.
8. There's a small convenience store/cafeteria across the street from Intercontinental. Very convenient to say the least. It sells all kinds of things: from food, to personal items to wine. You can also sit down and eat there.
9. Guavate: my family and I attempted to find El Rancho Original. Forget it. The road is so twisty it made me dizzy. Los Amigos at the bottom of the highway ramp is still my number one choice. We ended up eating there, and the food was amazing as always. And get this: it has a parking lot (not big, but way better than not having one at all like the other lechoneras). I really don't see the need to go up the hill, get stuck in traffic, take forever to get there, and an eternity to find parking. Los Amigos is much easier to get to, and hassle-free. Here's the website: http://www.lechoneralosamigos.com/
That's it. I hope this is helpful to all. :)