Summary: This is a large, well-run, self-contained, corporate-efficient machine.
- Well designed, well-staffed, efficient.
- Has it's own beach. NOTE: If you want to lay on the beach, go down and get your towels from the towel stand EARLY - 7:30 or 8am - and put them on the lounge chairs you want. Only _then_ go get breakfast, etc. You must stake your ground early, or you won't have a chair. Note the beach is self-contained. You can't walk several miles up and down a long beach; the pictures show a lagoon - and that's what you get.
- Several large pools. However, think large with lots of people in them - including kids. If you're squeamish about water, think carefully.
- "Good enough" food, though nothing really remarkable, IMHO. We only ate breakfasts, and a lunch or two here.
- Family-friendly. They have ways to keep kids of all ages happy and busy. It's very safe. I'd not hesitate a moment to bring children from infants through early-teens, and would let my 8-14 year olds run free. Well-staffed, responsible staff does a good job.
- Free WiFi in the lobby area.
- Fun to learn that the Pina Colada was invented by the bartender here in 1954.
- There isn't anything cheap. A very standard-ish buffet breakfast is $30/person. Drinks are $15 and up.
- LOTS of guests. This hotel can hold a lot of people, and it's evident. Never do you feel like you're in a hotel with any kind of exclusive feel; it's a machine. There's _just_ enough room for all of them when sunbathing, but you won't get your choice of locale (unless you stake it very early), and you'll be chair-to-chair with those next to you.
- Long taxi lines in the evenings. Plan on waiting 15 minutes to get one. And you're likely to share a van-taxi with 3-6 other people. No fare-sharing - all of you will pay full fare. It's $12 to either the Condado area or to Old Town San Juan. Both are walkable - but plan on a 30-45 minute walk.
- Did I say it already? LOTS of guests.
- Internet in the room is $15/day.
- You pretty much must take a taxi either to the Condado or to old San Juan if you don't want to eat on-site. There's nothing nearby. So you tend to go there, and stay there.
- Very standard, cheesy resort-style atriums, and cheesy steel drum music throughout (and live).
We were fine with our stay? Yes. This hotel does what it does, just fine.
But all in all, though my wife and I will probably be back to San Juan, we won't be back to this Hilton; not because isn't a hotel that does _it's_ job badly; but because it's just not our type of hotel. We'd rather have the more boutique hotel with a very neon-lit finish, contemporary lounge music, and a very chi-chi / chic, jet-setter feel, or a villa or condo-hotel room.
I'm going to put "No" on recommend a hotel to friend, because my friends would look for the same kind of boutique hotel I would. But I wouldn't necessarily say NO for all other people. If you're looking for a place to take a family, and like getting somewhere and staying put, this is your place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Caribe Hilton, the ultimate beachfront hotel in San Juan, is set on an exclusive peninsula made up of 17 acres of lush tropical gardens. This Puerto Rico Hilton is ideally situated between historic old San Juan and the exciting Condado area, offering a secluded beach, lavish accommodations and amenities tailored to families, couples and business travelers alike. This San Juan hotel is just a 15-minute drive from Luis Munoz Marin Airport and the closest resort to Old San Juan area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Caribe Hilton San Juan Hotel San Juan
- Hilton Hotel San Juan
- Hilton Hotel Caribe
- Hilton San Juan
- San Juan Caribe Hilton Hotel