We had a great stay at La Playa hotel for the two nights we were in San Juan before heading off on a cruise. I chose this hotel because, unlike the other beachfront (and not so beachfront) hotels on Isla Verde, this looked to be the best value for location.
The location was excellent. While there was no accessible beach area directly at the hotel, the beach was across a small street- no dodging traffic or anything. The rooms weren't fancy, but who's going to spend time in the room? Our room (a double) was very clean, very quiet, and very comfortable. The bathroom looked like it had been updated and we even had a side view of the ocean.
The hotel bar and restaurant was beautiful- it was an open area that was right on the ocean. And I mean right on top of the ocean. If you were on the deck and the sea was a bit rough, you definitely got at least sprinkled whenever the waves crashed. The food and drinks were a little overpriced, but pretty much in line with any of the other beachfront restaurants in the area. The service was a bit slow, but we were never in a rush, so it didn't bother us. Food and drinks were very good, too.
It was an easy walk to the main street of Isla Verde, where there are lots of restaurants, bars, and shops. We ate at a restaurant one night, but didn't go to any bars or clubs, so can't really offer any views on that.
One note is that the service at La Playa was excellent. It is a small hotel (15 rooms, I think) and has the feel of a family run place. Everyone we interacted with was very helpful and nice. We had to have a package overnighted to the hotel and the front desk was gracious enough to call us at 8:30 in the evening while we were out to dinner to let us know that it had arrived.
This is a place we will definitely stay at again without any hesitations!
- 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