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InterContinental San Juan or Sheraton Hotel & Casino?

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InterContinental San Juan or Sheraton Hotel & Casino?

Hi everyone! I'll be traveling to Puerto Rico with my boyfriend for a pre-cruise vacation in San Juan and need a hotel to stay in for two nights. I've been having a real struggle deciding between the InterContinental and the Sheraton.

Sheraton-

pros- cheaper ($422 total), cool infinity pool, a restaurant in the hotel that we're really interested in (Texas de Brazil)

cons- It isn't within walking distance of a beach

InterContinental-

pros- right next to the beach, awesome looking pool, overall nicer looking atmosphere (in my opinion)

cons- more expensive ($557 total), and I also heard there is annoying construction currently, but I emailed the hotel and they assured me it will be done in December which is a good thing since everything will be nice and renovated.

What do you guys think? Is InterContinental worth an extra 135 dollars?

Also one last question- is the bus a feasible way to get around at either hotel? I'd much rather travel that way since taxi fares are a bit pricey.

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1. Re: InterContinental San Juan or Sheraton Hotel & Casino?

The Sheraton Convention Hotel is out of the way. There is a Bus, but it could take 30 to 45 min. to wait . I think Vacation time is too precious to waste waiting for a crowded bus.The beach at Intercontinental is very nice. You also have Watersports, such as Jetski, Parasailing and much more.Lot's of Restaurants within walking.

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2. Re: InterContinental San Juan or Sheraton Hotel & Casino?

Definitely Intercontinental. Hands down. Way better location, and right on the beach.

Have you looked at Hotwire.com's and Priceline.com's rates? I got Intercon for $79 per night on Priceline; on a weekend, and during the high season.

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3. Re: InterContinental San Juan or Sheraton Hotel & Casino?

Wow! I've never used Priceline before and when I tried looking it looked slightly intimidating, I'm a little unsure of how it works... From what I see isn't it kind of a gamble? I thought it was like you pay the discounted price and then they put you in any hotel of that star rating, not giving you a right to choose which you want. Any tips on how to get that amazing price?

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4. Re: InterContinental San Juan or Sheraton Hotel & Casino?

You have options on Priceline: you can see the rates for the available hotels, or you can bid for the star rating you prefer in the area you prefer. The first option allows you to see the hotel's name so you know exactly what you'll be getting. On the second option, you won't know the name of the hotel until your bid is accepted.

What I did and still do is bid for a 4-stars or resort in the San Juan area. But that can get you a hotel in either Condado or Isla Verde. All 4-stars hotels in San Juan are very good, so unless you have a location preference, you can't go wrong with any of them.

I usually start my bidding at around $65, months in advance. You can bid up to 3 times every 24 hours. Depending on how much time you have, you can decide how much you want to offer on your first bid. But even if you had only a few days, a $100 starting bid is a solid bid.

As far as Texas de Brazil, if you go to the restaurant's website and give your email address, they'll send you a 10% off coupon.

Edited: 31 October 2013, 18:18
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5. Re: InterContinental San Juan or Sheraton Hotel & Casino?

Thanks so much for the information! Especially about Texas de Brazil, that is one hell of a pricey restaurant lol but we really love Brazilian steakhouses so it's worth it. :)

I've checked a lot of travel websites and have seen discounts for Sheraton and stuff like that but it seems InterContinental is a solid rate, I've never been able to find a cheaper one (except if I bid). I do think however that the price is going down as it gets closer possibly. When I was looking about a month ago it I'm fairly certain it was 227 and now its 216.

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6. Re: InterContinental San Juan or Sheraton Hotel & Casino?

The extra cost is worth being beachfront if you are going to spend a lot of time at the hotel relaxing . Location, location, location.

Edited: 31 October 2013, 18:55
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7. Re: InterContinental San Juan or Sheraton Hotel & Casino?

Do try Priceline. There are sites that teach you how to bid. I have also found great deals in Hotwire with their mystery hotels (not in PR, but in europe).

There are other hotels in your price range (and cheaper) in Condado and Isla Verde. Any particular reason you are interested in those 2?

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8. Re: InterContinental San Juan or Sheraton Hotel & Casino?

We are here at Intercontinental now, right on the beach, beautiful pool, construction is at its end, just minor painting going on now, nothing disruptive, if the rain would just stop.

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9. Re: InterContinental San Juan or Sheraton Hotel & Casino?

I really like the Intercontinental. Good places to eat, (I like the sushi bar), Alfredo's,etc. nice beach. Always get it on Hotwire at a good deal, then pay for an upgrade atcheckin to beachfront if you have an extra 50 a night or so.

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10. Re: InterContinental San Juan or Sheraton Hotel & Casino?

We have used Priceline 4 times pre and or post cruise. Bid for a resort hotel in the San Juan Carolina area. We have got the Caribe Hilton twice and Marriott Stellaris on Condado twice, Others have gotten the Conrad and Intercontinental.

If choosing beteen the 2 go with the Intercontinental. Pleanty of nearby restaurants to walk to at the Intercontinental.

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