I stayed at the Doubletree by Hilton San Juan for three nights in February 2014, and it was perfect for my needs. It is a hotel that caters mostly to business people, which I didn't know going in, but which turned out to be great. This meant that the pool area was basically empty and very quiet during most of the day--I would say about 6-8 people were usually there. The pool is relatively small and I imagine lots of people walk down to the beach, so it's perfect if you're like me and enjoy reading a book by the pool and going for a quick swim to cool off once in awhile.
The pool area also has different places to sit--lounge chairs in the sun, tables with umbrellas and chairs in the shade--also great if you don't want to spend all your time soaking up rays. The best rooms are the ones on the first floor that open out onto the pool area. They have small private decks with overhangs (perfect for days when there are morning showers--you can have your coffee outside and enjoy the warm rain while staying dry). I stayed on the fourth floor overlooking the pool--I had been concerned that there might be noise coming from the pool, which is open 24 hours. There was not! No noise! Wonderful! I would not hesitate to get a ground floor room next time.
The fact that this is primarily a business hotel also means that you will probably not be disturbed by people coming back to their rooms at 3am, drunk and rowdy. If you want quiet and privacy, this is a great place. On the other hand, if you're looking for a place to party and socialize with other guests, this is not the place for you.
My room was small but perfect, with wonderful a/c/fan that was easily regulated. The bathroom was spotless and the shower hot with excellent water pressure. There is more than enough room in the closets and drawers for your stuff, with a desk for your laptop and a small chair and table by the window for lounging. The flatscreen tv gets all the usual American basic cable channels.
The staff is wonderful and helpful--I lost my room key card and was given another one without any charge or hassle or even disapproving look!
If you stay here, I urge you to explore Condado by walking along Ashford Avenue and also Diego Avenue. I went to Hacienda every morning for coffee--their cafe con leche is amazing! There are lots of restaurants in the area, and a 24 hour supermarket is located right across the street. My room had a small fridge, ice bucket, and coffee maker, so it was easy to have snacks available if I wanted them. The restaurant Under the Trees is located right across the courtyard--there's also a Starbucks there--and they have very good if pricey food that you can eat at an outside table if you wish. The hotel's own restaurant looked good, but I didn't eat there because of all the other choices.
Overall, highly recommended! I hope to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Juan is located in the popular Condado area of Puerto Rico's capital city. This modern, full-service hotel offers a wonderful balance of relaxed comfort and warm hospitality conveyed by a signature warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie on arrival. Stay within walking distance of sandy Puerto Rico beaches, museums and casinos. Our location is ideal, just three miles from the historic district of Old San Juan and only five miles from San Juan's Luis Munoz Martin International Airport. Contemporary guest rooms and executive accommodations include in-room conveniences like a 32-inch flat-screen TV, MP3 clock radio, WiFi access, microwave, mini-fridge, and plush beds for a comfortable night's sleep. Enjoy a choice of dining options showcasing Asian, Caribbean and international cuisines. Relax in tropical surrounds in the private courtyard with a sparkling outdoor pool with whirlpool. Unwind with a spa treatment or work out in the 24-hour fitness center, featuring cardio equipment and free weights. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree By Hilton San Juan Hotel San Juan
- Doubletree San Juan
- San Juan Doubletree
- Best Western San Juan
- San Juan Best Western
- Hotel Pierre Puerto Rico