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Intercontinental or Hilton Caribe

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Intercontinental or Hilton Caribe

We are traveling to San Juan with our 3 year old and were wondering which you would recommend. We are currently booked at the Intercontinental but I wasn't sure if it is kid-friendly but then again it seems like the Caribe doesn't have as much going on at night since there is no casino. Quality of rooms is a big factor for us....we like to come "home" to a nice, updated room.

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I have stayed at the Caribe Hilton twice and visited the Intercontinental. As for quality of rooms I am sure some at the Caribe Hilton are nicer and vice versa. The Caribe Hilton is more isolated. It has a large lagoon type beach which would be ideal for a toddler. If you want to get out and eat and walk to other than hotel restaurants you can do so at the Intercontinental, but not at the Caribe.And of course the Intercontinental has a Casino.

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2. Re: Intercontinental or Hilton Caribe

Intercontinental has a better beach, Caribe Hilton is more isolated and more private.

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I also like the Intercontinental Hotel more. The Caribe Hilton is a beautiful hotel, but the beach is far superior at the Intercontinental. The Intercontinental pool has nice water cascades and there is a nice beachfront bar that serves lunch and drinks with fabulous views. I also like the Intercontinental better as there are numerous restaurants that you can walk to. In terms of night life, IMO, Isla Verde has the best night life of the island. As for the rooms, both hotels should have comprarable rooms.

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How would you compare the Intercontinental to La Concha or to Marriott San Juan Resort?

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"How would you compare the Intercontinental to La Concha or to Marriott San Juan Resort?"

In terms of what? Room quality, ammenities, location, and/or beach?

Basically, this is the difference between the 2 locations: hotels in Condado (except Caribe Hilton) have an ok beach but many restaurants within walking distance. Hotels in Isla Verde do not have as many restaurants within walking distance but have a very nice beach.

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would you know which of these hotels has water sports - such as snorkling, jet skis, kayaks, etc at the hotel itself without having to go anywhere else?

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The El San Juan has the concession on Isla Verde Beach. It is next door to the Intercontinental.

I like the beach at the Intercontinental more that the Caribe hilton. Isla Verde is a mile long cresent that is fab for a morning walk. But their balcony area is very small, Can't sit out on it. If you stay in the club area which is a seperate 2 story wing, you can get a full blown pation on the first floor. My personal preference. Now the Hilton has some of the largest patios available in the main building. Large enough to put a bed out there and sleep.

Take a look at the ESJ towers, It is on the other side of the El San Juan and is a Condo hotel. Which gives you multiple bedrooms, free parking and a kitchen.

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