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El San Juan vs. Caribe Hilton

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El San Juan vs. Caribe Hilton

El San Juan vs. Caribe Hilton. Any recommendations of one over the other? Pros/Cons? Thanks!

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1. Re: El San Juan vs. Caribe Hilton

El San Juan - more vibe, Casino, Brava, activities, right on the Isla Verde Strip, restaurants available close to hotel, some stores, ask for a room above 6th floor to avoid noise, great pool, nice beach, beautiful lobby with live music durind the evenings.

CH - more "adult" oriented, beautiful view from ocean rooms, kind of isolated, although walkable to Condado Area, only a Subway close to premises, some stores, small beach great for kids, nice pool.

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I have stayed at the Caribe and visited the Casino at the El San Juan several times when I stayed accross the street at the Hampton INN. The El San Juan appears to be the center of nightlife in the area. It has more of an urban atmosphere than the Caribe, but not as much as on Condado. It has a nicer Ocean Beach. It is further from Old San Juan. It has walkable restauant alternatives. As I said in response to your other post beween the Condado and Caribe a lot depends on the relative price and quality of accomodations and I could suffer a week at each.

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3. Re: El San Juan vs. Caribe Hilton

Both are very nice resorts. The only difference (IMO) is the beach. The ESJ has a very nice beach. CH's beach is not so great.

What are your interests? What kind of activities do you enjoy? Age? Any children in your party? Give us some details about yourself and we'll make more personal suggestions.

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Thank you for the informative replies. Yet, I am still debating between the El San Juan and the Caribe Hilton. I'll be overnighting after a cruise, and departing home late the next day. Also, I'll be using a Hilton certificate for a free night's stay. Following is information I've gathered to try to help me decide.

El San Juan vs. Caribe Hilton

•El San Juan more luxurious which I do like and would want, but I am interested in tropical luxury.

•El San Juan Best beach, but I think I’d like the lagoon just as well.

•El San Juan is close to airport, but maybe I’d rather like Old San Juan for sight seeing and restaurants?

Caribe is closer to cruise terminal, but further than El San Juan when going to airport next day.

•Using a cert for free night, so we will probably get moldy room, but I am a Gold HHonors member, so might I get upgraded? But, even at Caribe, I may not get a great room. Which hotel, if any, am I more likely to get an upgrade? (per HHonors website, for Hilton properties, Gold members should get an upgrade, and breakfast?)

•Caribe Hilton has Villas, maybe I should consider there? Are these rooms better?

•Like room photos of Caribe Hilton better, but I read there may be construction noise.

•Caribe does not have a casino, but that may not matter to me.

•El San Juan, being a Waldorf-Astoria property seems like it might be overall better, but from I read with Caribe Hilton they seem just as good too, or am I wrong?

Regarding my preferences, I do want luxury, but tropical luxury. I want lush tropical grounds. Location is also important too. Both hotls seem to have an equal amount of pros and cons from what I read on the Internet.

Any further advice?

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5. Re: El San Juan vs. Caribe Hilton

I would take out of the eqation which is closer to the cruise terminal and which is closer to the airport as they revese themselves the next day. For what is worth we stayed at the Caribe pre and post cruise this past January thru Priceline and both times we were upgraded to the Lagoon rooms which were very nice, I do not recall any construction noise at the Caribe.

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Hi swdke, Based on your last post, I think you will be happier at the Caribe Hilton. First of all that property has been a Hilton for a long time so your gold status may be more useful, Secondly you don't seem interested in any of the stronger points of the El San Juan and you may find the party atmosphere aggravating. Finally, theCaribe is much more convenient to Old San Juan.

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7. Re: El San Juan vs. Caribe Hilton

If you chose CH be careful to pre-select the area of the hotel. This is one of the oldest hotels in PR mated to a relatively new expansion. I stayed in 2005 and got a room in the old part of the building. It was less desireable than you might expect. Of course the grounds and the lobby are beautiful.

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I'm an HHonors Diamond member and the benefits ESJ offered was a free movie,discount at BBQ restaurant or discount at Spa. We waited until the next day for a room upgrade. If you like luxury, especially in your room, the ESJ is not for you. Forget about the Waldorf brand and expectations here.

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"If you like luxury, especially in your room, the ESJ is not for you. Forget about the Waldorf brand and expectations here."

In all fairness, the El San Juan hotel is not a new hotel. It has been around for a long time (as in decades). Not too long ago, it became part of the Waldorf-Astoria family. But it was not a Waldorf when it was built or originally configured as one.

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10. Re: El San Juan vs. Caribe Hilton

Ah Charlotte, The truth comes out. The typical "I am an HHonors Diamond member" These rewards programs are 50% scam and when your overblown expectations aren't met, you really have no recourse or reasonable complaint because you're trying to get something on the cheap and that doesn't pay the bills of the venue.