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Old August 30th, 2001, 10:20 PM
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Default Intercontinental San Juan

Can anyone give me some information about the Intercontinental in San Juan. It is located in Isla Verde. I am especially interested in hearing about the pool and beach. We are planning on staying here one night before our cruise. Any restaurants or stores in the immediate area?
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Old August 31st, 2001, 10:55 AM
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I am staying there Nov.30. I don't know if you will be cruising after that. There are several restaurants in the hotel if you check their website. http://www.inter-continental.com A recent cruiser told me it was very nice, with a lovely beach and pool area. Also a Ruth Chris steakhouse inside. The prices are great for the time were cruising!
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Old August 31st, 2001, 12:49 PM
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Suggest u write to pkane@cruisemates.com. Pamda is our SanJuan expert, having lived there. She knows every bar on the island, so should know the hotels they were in, if she remembers..

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please send me hotel rates for Oct. 26 for one night, before cruise...Thank you.
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My husband and I just got back from a fabulous cruise on Celebrity Infinity.
We spent one night pre-cruise at the Intercontinental hotel in Isla Verde which is located right near the airport. The hotel was beautiful and within walking distance of stores, restaurants and fast food places to eat. The Intercontinental is located right next door to the Wyndham El San Juan Hotel which is gorgeous! Lots of rich dark woods throughout. The lobby of this hotel is incredible. It is definately worth going over to for a visit if you don't stay here. This hotel was pretty busy.
Upon check in at the Intercontinental at 12noon we were told that we had been upgraded to their Club level and would be able to check in right away. Check in is normally 4pm. We had booked a run of the house room at $149.00 a night plus tax. We were escorted to a private Club room just off the lobby which you needed a pass to enter. We sat down to check in and were offered a drink. This was a real pleasant surprise. We were upgraded to a large poolside room on the ground floor. The room had a nice sized bathroom, king size bed, large closet with safe, sitting area with sofa and glass sliding doors to a patio with 2 chaise lounges which was very convenient to the pool. The hotel is undergoing renovations and a lot of the rooms in the tower are not available so that and the fact that the hotel was not that busy probably contributed to us getting this wonderful upgrade. Our Club card also gave us access to a free continental breakfast and free happy hour cocktails Friday night in the Club Room.
The hotel has a casino, lobby bar with entertainment, several restaurants on the property including a Japanese restaurant & Ruth Chris steak house, cafeteria/deli style restaurant and a beach side restaurant which made excellent Miami Vice drinks : ) This beach side restaurant had a great view of the water.
The freestyle pool was large with waterfalls and a swim up bar that unfortunately was closed. There was also a large hot tub. The Isla Verde beach was beautiful and chaise lounge chairs were provided. The water was beautiful too with small waves. It was nice to walk up the beach too. There is a security guard at the hotels beach entrance to prevent non-guests from accessing the hotels pool. They give you wrist bands to wear to identify you as a hotel guest. I believe most of the hotels do this. You can hear some jet noise from the airport, but it really wasn't too bad and didn't detract from our stay here.
We ate dinner at Metropol on Friday night which is a local place serving Cuban & American food. Very reasonable prices and the food was good. After dinner we took a walk over to the Ritz Carlton which was also beautiful. The casino here was busy. We stopped at a bar called Lupi's which was a lot of fun. You can sit inside or outside and they have a band.
On Saturday we asked if we could have a late check out of 1pm instead of 12noon and it was not a problem at all. To tell you the truth I almost didn't want to leave. The staff is very friendly here and eager to please. I lost my watch poolside and it was returned to me by security promptly.
We enjoyed our stay at the Intercontinental and would return here again. Our upgrade to the Club level spoiled us too : )
The Wyndham El San Juan and the Ritz Carlton would also be nice choices too. They were both a little fancier, but the Intercontinental is a great choice as well.
Carole =^..^=
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