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Nice hotel on the beach - Isla Verde or Condado?

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Nice hotel on the beach - Isla Verde or Condado?

Thanks to the great information we got from TripAdvisor (Many thanks to everyone!), we deciided to stay in a hotel on the beach and take a taxi to Old San Juan.

The question is: Which area is nicer for walking, availability of restaurants, etc? We are senior citizens. We don't need a bar or water sports. We need a nice hotel, good service, a pool, paces to walk to (not a secluded place).

Please help again with recommendation of area to stay and good hotels in that area, right on the beach.

We are also looking for a good tour to the rain forest and Ponce.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Nice hotel on the beach - Isla Verde or Condado?

The Marriott Stelaris Hotel in Condado. The hotel is right on the beach and generally gets good reviews. There are plenty of restaurants on Ashford Avenue.

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2. Re: Nice hotel on the beach - Isla Verde or Condado?

Marriott Stellaris or La concha. Condado Plaza is also a good option but is on one end of Ashford Avenue. Although there are restaurants close by, most of the restaurants and other hotels are a 15min walk.

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3. Re: Nice hotel on the beach - Isla Verde or Condado?

I have been going to the Condado Plaza for about 25 years now...with my children, and soon to take my grandchildren. My husband and I are retired seniors and I am in a wheelchair. Condado Plaza is directly on the beach and has beautiful pools, a great casino, and shopping nearby...you can also catch a taxi which is reasonably priced. Ashford Avenue is a nice place to walk down at your leisure...and there are also city buses that will take you almost anywhere you would like to go. We took a great rainforest tour that we signed up for at the activities desk at the Condado...very nice driver and interesting tour. Hope you enjoy your stay there.

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4. Re: Nice hotel on the beach - Isla Verde or Condado?

Condado is more friendly for walking as it is a longer boulevard. Isla Verde has a far nicer beach. If you are a beach person, I would stay in Isla Verde. If you are more into long walks along the boulevard, I would choose Condado. They are only about 10 minute drive from each other so you can always stay in one place and visit the other. Good Hotels are the Intercontinental in Isla Verde and La Concha in Condado.

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5. Re: Nice hotel on the beach - Isla Verde or Condado?

Many many thanks!

What do you mean by a "nicer beach"? We are not into water sports. We want to go into the water, swim a bit, play with the waves and sit on a chair under an umbrella on the beach and read a book...

Thanks again!

Nira

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6. Re: Nice hotel on the beach - Isla Verde or Condado?

The beach in Condado can have some undercurrents. Isla Verde is calmer. But if you don't plan to be in the water very long, then either is finr.

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7. Re: Nice hotel on the beach - Isla Verde or Condado?

Any experience with the Marriott Stellaris on Isla Verde?

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8. Re: Nice hotel on the beach - Isla Verde or Condado?

Marriott stellaris is in Condado. There is a Courtyard Marriott in Isla Verde but is a 15-20min walk from the main area in Isla Verde.

Condado is more walking friendly than Isla Verde. Many more restaurants to choose from as well.

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9. Re: Nice hotel on the beach - Isla Verde or Condado?

Isla Verde has a better beach, the Courtyard Isla Verde has a beautiful and calm beach if you want to sit in a beach chair, relax, read a book, etc. But Condado is a better place for walking, if you stay in Condado I would recommend La Concha. It depends on which you prefer beach versus walking to restaurants.

Hope this helps!

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