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Best place to stay in San Juan for a Bachelor Party

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Best place to stay in San Juan for a Bachelor Party

I'm trying to book a trip to San Juan for my bachelor party! The dates that we are thinking are 5/21 to 5/25/09. We are looking for a nice trendy/modern hotel that is close to all the entertainment/night life/restaurants. The hotel that we like so far are El San Juan Hotel and Casino and The Condado Plaza Hotel and Casino. The only thing is i'm not sure if these hotels are located in the best locations for what we want, we need some help ASAP!!!!

Thanks!

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1. Re: Best place to stay in San Juan for a Bachelor Party

Hi Webby, For your purposes its best to stay in the Condado, so the Condado Plaza is a good choice. However, you should definitely consider La Concha which has a more central location ( directly across from Diva's strip club. Another possibility is the Marriot Stellaris both of these hotels are on the beach and have great action in their lobby clubs. Far more fun than anything in Beantown. Plan to dress up a little at night collared shirts etc. Also get some sleep in the PM since the partying goes on til 5AM. It will be off season so you should get good rates, but there will still be plenty of action

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Thanks prvisitor! So Condado Plaza and La Concha are the places to stay. Is this location also good for restaurants? I keep hearing that i need to be close to Old San Juan, is that true and if so how far are these hotels from Old San Juan. Also can you recommend any cool excursion for site seeing, like cave or something?

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Ok Webby, The Condado is great because in addition to being the scene of lots of activity its also a central location between Old San Juan and Isla Verde where the El San Juan and Water club (both nightspots that you will want to check out) are located. Its about 10 minutes by taxi to OSJ, 15 or less to IV. San Juan like Boston is not spread out geographically. The distance from the airport ( Isla Verde) to Old San Juan is about the same as Logan to Newton Center. There are plenty of excellent restaurants in the Condado some of which are in the hotels. OSJ has a flock of cool places to eat as well. In 4 days 3 nights you probably only be able to schedule 1 excursion.Nightlife goes very late and the pool/beach during the day is very tempting. Plus you should spent 1 day checking out OSJ and another day rambling around the Condado. Some type of boat excursion, fishing/snorkeling is probably your best bet.

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I agree that Condado area may be your best choice and the hotels mentioned by prvisitor are the ones I would check out also( Marriott Stellaris is also good but may have more families with small children). You will find tons of restaurants of various cuisines and price ranges within walking distance in El Condado. You must check out Old San Juan, which also has superb restaurants and vibrant nightlife. Isla Verde has the El San Juan hotel with a lively lobby and nightclub scene( Brava). You should not miss going there on a Friday or Saturday night.

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I disagree. I think that El San Juan Hotel is the best choice for you. It's a great hotel, right on the beach, and with a fantastic nightlife. In fact, it does have the best night life in the area and it's not far from the Condado area at all (only a 5 minute ride). It's also close to the Old San Juan (10-15 minute ride).

El Condado Plaza is also a nice hotel but it's not on the beach. The "beach" next to it is not a natural beach, it is very small and more of a man-made lagoon.

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6. Re: Best place to stay in San Juan for a Bachelor Party

Both hotels are located where all the restaurants are.

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7. Re: Best place to stay in San Juan for a Bachelor Party

Well Paris, I almost always stay at the El San Juan, and I may be its biggest fan. However, in my opinion, its not the best venue for a bunch of young guys from Boston in town for a bachelor party. Isla Verde does not compare to the Condado for walking around or club hopping. I agree they should spend at least one night there, but a Condado hotel will give them more bang for their buck.

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I agree with prvisitor. I also love El San Juan for its nightlife. And they have Koko one of the coolest( but expensive ) restaurants in the island. The Isla Verde beach around El San Juan is also superior to Condado's for swimming. . However, in terms of walking around and finding cool restaurants and the like, the Condado area has got Isla Verde beat. What they want is available between Isla Verde, Old San Juan and Condado. If they just stay inside El San Juan and surrounding hotels, they will miss out on a lot in my opinion.

In any case, as long as they are willing to spend a little money on cab fare and explore, it won't matter whether they stay at El San Juan or in Condado.

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9. Re: Best place to stay in San Juan for a Bachelor Party

so 4 years ago i had to choose whether to buy an apartment in isla verde or condado. after seeing both areas, i immediately chose condado.

tons more restaurants/clubs/things to do.

i agree that the el san juan hotel is nice but it is pretty much the only thing there in isla verde...also be aware that walking around in isla verde at night is not very safe and it looks pretty sketchy...but in condado you can walk up the strip at night feeling safe and amazed at how nice it looks...

isla verde is more for like relaxing and not leaving the hotel. vs condado which is exploring the area and going to different restaurants and activities everyday

and la concha is a brand new hotel and is AMAZING- definitely stay there if you can afford it.

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10. Re: Best place to stay in San Juan for a Bachelor Party

For excursion consider going to El Yunque, the rainforest. Could also try one of the biobays or a trip to one of the neighboring islands like Culebra or Vieques.