I've stayed in many resorts in Puerto Rico, but Rincon of the Seas keeps bringing me back. It is located in the town of Rincon, which is a fairly american friendly town (as in, most people WILL speak english, in most eateries, bars and tourist attractions). Also, being on the east of the island, it is home of some breathtaking sunsets. You can walk to town from the resort (just beware there is no sidewalk walking out the resort entrance) to many eateries. In town we spotted puertorican, Chinese, German, Mexican restaurants and Im sure there are many others (don't forget panaderias). The resort itself is beautifully landscaped, with a large courtyard (the hotel is U shaped) and side gardens with parks for the wee ones. The pool is not very deep (4 feet at its deepest) but it has a poolside bar that serves reasonably priced drinks and has lunch/dinner menus. The pool also has a step around it that serves as seating, perfect for some in-pool sunning/drinking of delicious beverages (coladas were very good, to include the one made with blue curacao, the rum punches were sweet and strong and overall, we never were disappointed with our beverages). During one lunch we ordered cuban sandwiches and I will say, they were among the best Id ever had. Succulent juicy pork, virginia ham, pickles on sweet bread and a plate FULL of fries. The amount was large and VERY reasonably priced for a resort (ten dollars?) The beach is literally 15 steps from the pool and was very tranquil during our stay. If you walk on the beach you will see it connects with other resorts so you can jump over to other bars if you feel like exploring at night. We did see that they close the gates that connect the beach to the resort at ten but I don't know how stringently those rules are followed. The beach was very clean and full of lounge chairs. The rooms were clean and comfortable. They included complimentary hair driers, irons and a safe, however the in room mini fridge is locked and you must pay a nightly fee to use it (forgot the amount, around 15 dollars?). The package I got included breakfast (buffet style and you can order eggs to taste and omelets) which had a great selection of high quality ingredients (their oatmeal is SURPRISINGLY good). Buffet included fruit, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, assortments of breads, breakfast potatoes etc. OF NOTE: The place where breakfast buffets are usually held is being renovated (construction is complete) so currently breakfast is being held in the fancy restaurant. This should be changing soon. Overall a great place to get away. I recommend it and WILL be returning.
Some tips/things you should know:
-Always check their website AND their facebook page for ongoing deals/packages. The one I got was on facebook but not on their website and it was a great deal
-Feel free to leave the resort and go into town to get some good eats
-The resort has implemented a wristband policy (wear band while there). Im guessing this may be due to having non paying customers use the facilities, but be advised...
-There is a restaurant RIGHT in front of the hotel called Rincon tropical, it had good seafood and mofongo (5 minute walk from lobby?)
-Pool towels are provided in the courtyard (no fees) just sign out and return
-If you need to change the thermostat, the digital control is BEHIND the curtains by the sliding door (look high up)
Recommendations to Management:
-The fee for the mini fridge seems a little too much for such a great value resort.
-Look for an alternative way to address keeping track of your paying customers without having
to use the bands, they get annoying after a while...
-Power went out while we were there. Generator kicked in after an hour or so but you should have it set up so that it kicks in immediately afterwards.
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