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novicecruzer October 17th, 2001 07:45 PM

San Juan hotel
 
Help-Am booked to arrive in San Juan 1/11, the day before our Infinity cruise departs. Any suggestions for a good, conveniently located hotel-under $250 per night? Hopefully not too far from airport and pier. Will airport have a minivan available to get us to the ship? Thanks!

Donna October 17th, 2001 08:13 PM

Re: San Juan hotel
 
Hi novicecruzer,
We once did a pre-day at the Wyndham in Old San Juan, right across the street from the pier and (I think) in that price range. Very nicely located and you can walk around Old San Juan right from there. They do not however have a shuttle service, but you can catch a cab at the airport for around $20.

Happy Cruising!

Donna
Tuesday Chat Host

novicecruzer October 18th, 2001 08:18 AM

Re: San Juan hotel
 
Thanks for the quick reply Donna. One other question, is it safe to walk around Old San Juan. I will be with my 18 yr old daughter,just the 2 of us.

Donna October 18th, 2001 03:55 PM

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Hi Novicecruizer,
Yes, its safe in Old San Juan, but at night I'd keep to the pier area and not go wondering around, you just never know. We've always walked around during the day and never had a problem, lots of interesting shops to check out and you can also walk to El Morro, which you will also see as you leave.

Here is a pic of El Morro on a kite flying day :-)

Donna
Tuesday Chat HOst

http://12.129.101.60/forum/attachmen...bbean/1692.jpg

novicecruzer October 18th, 2001 06:14 PM

Re: San Juan hotel
 
Great shot Donna! Thanks for your input--looks like Wyndham Old San Juan will be the one. Nice to be able to check that item off my worry list!

David October 19th, 2001 09:03 AM

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We are staying at the ESJ Tower in December. It is only 5 minutes from the airport and on the beach. I have seen rates on the internet ranging from $185 to $225. I got an email quote for $160 from them, but when I called to make the reservation it was only $130. Check out their website:

http://www.esjtowers.com/

Bill October 21st, 2001 02:50 AM

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We are on RCI's Adventure of the Seas on 1/20. I have boooked the Ritz Carlton for $248.00 the night before. Considering the Caribe Hilton is $315, I would much rather stay at the Ritz!!!!! Good luck.

Nanatravel October 22nd, 2001 01:47 PM

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Two other very historic and quaint hotels right in Old San Juan are the El Convento Hotel and the Hotel Milano. Both only have a small amount of rooms. Go to PRtourism.com and find a list of hotels. There you will read about each one and it gives their direct telephone number. When you call make sure you ask for their very lowest rate and use any discounts (AAA, credit cards, coupons or sales from Sunday paper, etc) that you can think of. Even try orbitz.com to see what price they may be able to get for you. Remember the travel industry is hurting right now and you may be lucky to find a sail. The price for the Ritz was not very reasonable and that hotel is getting run down not up to Ritz quality. Wyndham El San Juan is a much better property if you want to be on the beach.
Bon Voyage.

LINDA NAILON October 22nd, 2001 10:25 PM

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The El convento is a very nice and reasonably priced. The people who run it are fantastiv.

pamda October 23rd, 2001 10:18 AM

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I'm with nanatravel on the Hotel Milano if you're looking for good value. I've never stayed there myself but just sort of tripped over it and began recommending it to people. So far, no complaints and good comments.

I am particularly fond of the El Convento, which is pricier but includes a large continental breakfast and wine and cheese every evening. It's a nice place to meet nice people.

Old San Juan is a very safe city these days (wasn't always)

You might want to cruise over to the archived feature articles. There's one called Bienvenidos a San Juan that should give you and your daughter a lot of options.

A cab from the airport to downtown was $18 the last time we were there which wasn't all that long ago.

Ten un buen viaje !!! (Have a good trip, that's an order !!!)

pamda -- CM First-Time Cruisers Editor and sometimes Puerto Rican

novicecruzer October 25th, 2001 08:59 AM

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Many thanks to all for your advice--I am leaning toward the El San Juan now since we would be on the beach and from what I have seen in my research it looks like a very special place. Your input has been invaluable!

Lillian October 26th, 2001 10:37 PM

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I live in Puerto Rico and you can find good hotels in Old San Juan near to the Pier. One of them is the Milano Hotel. Also if you stay in Old San Juan you can enjoy the beauty of Old San Juan. Hope enjoy your trip.

Lillian

Carole October 30th, 2001 10:24 AM

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If you are looking for a pre-cruise hotel on the beach you cannot go wrong with the Wyndham El San Juan Hotel located right on beautiful Isla Verde beach. The hotel is located right near the airport with stores, restaurants, fast food places all conveniently located within walking distance of the hotel. We just came back from a precruise stay at the Intercontinental hotel in Isla Verde which is right next door to the Wyndham El San Juan. This was also a very nice hotel. If the prices are too high at the El San Juan you may want to check out the Intercontinental. It is located right on Isla Verde beach with a nice freeform pool & hot tub. I don't think you could go wrong with either hotel.
Carole =^..^=

Mark November 28th, 2001 09:45 PM

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THE WYNDHAM OLD SAN JUAN IS OK-BUT A BETTER DEAL IS EMBASSY SUITES-THEY WILL PICK YOU UP FROM THE AIRPORT,TAKE YOU TO THE SHIP,GIVE YOU FREE BREAKFAST,GIVE YOU A SUITE AND HAVE FREE DRINKS AT CERTAIN TIMES.I'VE STAYED AT BOTH-I'M STAYING AT EMBASSY SUITES ON FRIDAY EVE.(205.00US)


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