La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
What We Love
- The stylish open-air lobby for lounging and people watching
- The eclectic Perla restaurant, set in a giant white clamshell
- The gym comes with ocean views
What To Know
- Join the party and dance the night away when the lobby and pool area become a nightclub each evening
- The airport and Old San Juan is only a 10-minute cab ride away
- Some of the rooms in the Suite Tower overlook a parking lot, so make sure to request one with a desirable view
- A 18 percent (plus tax) resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A paragon of midcentury tropicalia, this twin-tower urban resort got a full update in the aughts courtesy of architect José R. Marchand and designer Jorge Rosselló. The centerpiece is the buzzy open-air lobby, a soothing sea of marble, low-slung white sofas, an undulating ceiling and whimsical art.
Bed and Bath
The 483 rooms in the original hotel tower offer floor-to-ceiling views with minimalist interiors (think blond wood dressers, crisp white linens) while the newer tower (opened in 2010) houses 235 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites with kitchenettes, terraces and separate living areas. All rooms have bathrooms with spa-like showers.
By day the lobby serves as a breezy welcome and coffee spot. By night it morphs into a pulsing nightspot with strong cocktails and an intimate sushi bar. The glass walls open onto the pools, which spill down into one another by a waterfall. Guests laze here on daybeds sampling delicious tapas and fruity cocktails. There’s also an adults-only infinity pool overlooking the ocean, as well as a small beach area with oversize beds. Guests can dine at Perla, Mario Salvatori’s famous restaurant, which is housed in a giant white clamshell that appears to float on the water at the back of the hotel.
In the Area
It would be easy to spend an entire vacation at the hotel, between its 24/7 Casino del Mar, three pools, the buzzy lobby bar and the haute Perla seafood restaurant. Still, you should make time to explore the shops lining Ashford Avenue near the hotel. Set aside an afternoon to revel in the picturesque rainbow-hued streets of Old San Juan, a 10-minute cab ride away. Be sure to tour El Castillo San Felipe del Morro, the 1539 fortress of tunnels, barracks and prison cells perched beside the sea. If all that fun exhausts you, bliss out with a full body massage booked back at the resort’s spa.
How to Get There
We had an early check-in; We knew we weren't going to get in as soon as we arrived, but we checked in and they told us that the first room of our class to get prepared would be ours. We checked our bags and had breakfast. We had some drinks. We sat around the pool and dozed. We went to the main desk. "Yes, you are the very next room of your class to be checked in"....4 hours after we arrived at the hotel, they were finally checking us in. The property is older (from what I can determine, originally built in 1958) and it has some maintenance issues, which they try to keep out of the public eye. But, when you pay as much as we were paying for a room, you expect the $15 coffee pot to work. You expect the internet service to not have to be reset every 15 minutes...Now, I understand that connectivity (phone and internet) is not GREAT on the island, but still...Housekeeping is hit and miss...One day, you get all of your amenities replaced, the next day, you get none replaced. We were here for 3 nights with no turn down service; The 4th night, we get turn down service. The beach location and the staff attitudes (smiles all around) make up for a lot, but not for everything. We could have stayed somewhere else and had the same level of service without the cost.
Thank you Jose L. Cruz from Delicias for an excellent service! We are really satisfied and we will definitely be visiting soon! The food was great and restaurant was in great condition! We are happy to be staying at La Concha!
We visited mid-July. The place had a nice mix of families and couples- there's plenty of room there so it never feels like you're overcrowded. Super close to the beach and easy to catch taxis from the front lobby. Gorgeous remodeling and beautiful ocean view from the room.
The pools, beach, people, restaurants, exercise room, kidding pool, adult pool, beach chair rentals, location, location and location. the casino not to bad. Easy walk to local restaurants. Fast and Easy ride to old San Juan. I will revisit!
My wife and I were here to attend a destination wedding for friends. Our hotel experience was so great I had to say something about it. We had a beach front view room on 7th floor. The view was so glorious... saw the sunrise from the hotel room every morning. Beach area was clean and well kept. Many pools everywhere and the attendants were always helpful. Wedding was at the Salon MIrador and Terrace on the 12th floor. The view from simply gorgeous. Beautiful wedding.