We stayed at Hotel La Playa for a week. The location is great. Just steps from the beach and within walking distance to nearby hotels, casinos, and restaurants.
I really wanted to love this property, but it fell short of my expectations. The room was very basic and furnishings were worn. The room was very clean. The staff wasn't really exceptionally friendly in my experience--not unfriendly either, but reading the other reviews, I expected a little more.
We upgraded to an oceanview room -- the view was somewhat blocked by the roof over the restaurant and there were no screens in the windows which made it not ideal for keeping open for the ocean breeze at night.
It was nice to have a restaurant and bar on premises, but it was fairly expensive. Four drinks cost us $40! Food was just ok. For the most part, the servers in the restaurant were friendly and efficient. There is entertainment on the weekends which got loud, though that didn't bother us specifically, though I could see how it might bother other people.
The biggest issue for us is that we heard sounds in the ceiling/attic space above our room that sounded like some sort of animal. I believe it was bats. There was a squeaking and scratching sound throughout our stay there and it was unsettling. We never saw any signs of any animal in our room, but it was still not the best feeling to hear.
The price is definitely much cheaper than the other higher end hotels in the area, but I'd probably not stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly renovated 15-room motel-style hotel, restaurant and bar in Isla Verde - only 5 minutes from San Juan's airport. Only 10 steps to the best beach in San Juan from our front door. La Playita restaurant and bar on ocean-front deck for fantastic views. New 'Miami-style' design and decor feature new beds, flat-panel cable TV, air conditioning, new bathrooms and complementary continental breakfast every morning. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Playa Hotel
- La Playa Carolina
- La Playita Puerto Rico/Isla Verde