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
I stayed here while on a business trip. Wow, this place looks amazing (like hurricane Maria was never here). The staff was friendly and attentive to my requests, and Nicole is a highly competent and professional manager. They have good business support amenities, and the internet was fast. Great location, in that there are many top notch restaurants close by as well as CVS & Walgreens if you need something. I was also able to pick up some souvenir gifts in the many shops nearby. The bar area is very festive and inviting. Solera is a great poolside restaurant (see my separate review). They have several pools and jacuzzis, and a nice beach access location. The shore is on the rough side, but one of my coworkers had a blast boogie boarding. My room was clean, comfortable, and quiet. I had a kitchenette, which was very nice and would be very handy for a couple or small family. The only downside is that I wish I was here on vacation so I could take advantage of all the amenities! I guess I’ll have to come back.
Wow!! The hotel looks just gorgeous, never would have even imagine the damage from Maria. Congratulations to the Renaissance Hotel group for making this hotel a beauty. The public rooms are truly more than up to par, they are really wonderful. This was the first time we were here in the Christmas season, The Christmas décor was really lovely.
We opted for an ocean tower room that has not been updated, it was a bit tired, drape soiled, bath not new , but it was our choice not to have a city view room that had been updated, Too long a wait For the amount of time we spend in the room our choice was more than adequate, and the view was just breath taking. Be mindful of where the room is located as this is a really young, hopping hotel, with music many nights, you want to be away from the lobby if it bothers you.
We must give kudos to the Solera staff, the service was superb. Special thanks to
Carlos, Ruby, Javier and Christian went above and beyond when it comes to service. They all were so personable, as well as knowledgeable it was a true pleasure to see them every day.
The hotel offers aquatics a couple of times a week and Virna Flores is really terrific. She did movements with Pilates equipment that was new to me and really so beneficial. It was truly wonderful.
This was as I mentioned our third trip staying at La Concha and we will return again next fall. It really feels like home away from home. Good job!!
We were able to spend a few nights at this property after spending a few nights at El Convento (stayed there 4 times previously). We really enjoyed La Concha, our suite had a full size refrigerator and plenty of space for just the two of us. The staff was great, especially Juan and Fernando at the beach bar, the only drawback was they allowed smoking on the beach premise which does not mix well with asthma sufferers. We also booked a table @ Perla for dinner on Thanksgiving as we had dined here previously on Thanksgiving a few years ago and found it just as good as before. We really enjoyed our stay and staff and hope to come back again soon. Please do something about allowing smoking on property and it would be perfect.
A beautiful setting in a beautifully restored classic late 1950s Hotel. Started our mornings with coffee and then a soak in the infinity pool watching whales and dolphins play in the ocean. Wonderful service. Poolside garden restaurants and bars in a beautiful Lobby with a small Casino adjacent. In the heart of Condado Within walking distance to everything and a short cab ride to Old San Juan. We can't wait to go back!
Great stay! Beautiful hotel - friendly staff! Rudy at hotel bar was awesome .. really knew how to host guest to Puerto Rico. He recommended wonderful places to visit with limited time here! Awesome hotel