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 previously had the opportunity to check out this hotel. The staff is so welcoming from the moment you arrive. Check-in was pretty fast. I had a City View Suite in the Suite Tower. It gave a great view of the city and mountains from your balcony. I spent so much time out at the beach and pool that I didn't need to spend the extra money to have a room with an Ocean view.
The only con would be not having more acknowledgement of the Marriott Reward benefits. But that is the "fine print" that some benefits are not available at resort locations. The free upgrade and breakfast are awesome/cost-saving benefits.
The on-site restaurants were pricey. But my favorites were Serafina and the Solera. The service from the staff at both locations was impeccable. If you want to venture away from the hotel for meals, there are several great options within walking distance. Also, there is a Walgreens about 2 blocks away to buy snacks, beer/wine, and other necessities.
I loved the hotel so much that I will be coming back for a stay in 3 weeks!! I hope Feliz is still there. The guy certainly knows how customer service should work.
To receive great rates, be sure to book several months in advance and check periodically for any promotions.
If you want an urban hotel with access to a beach, please consider LaConcha. You won't be disappointed!!
If you are coming to San Juan La Concha is the place to stay. Great service, amazing food, prime location, nightlife, and super spacious rooms with great ocean view....My fab in San Juan....Puerto Rico is fully recovered and offer so much to discover. Come and visit... We love this island!!!!!!
I travelled to San Juan to attend a concert. Friends who live in the island recommended I stay at La Concha. This hotel has always been a favorite throughput the years. Centrally located in El Condado this hotel is within minutes from the airport and Old San Juan.. Today it is a modern sleek looking hotel. The lobby is spacious with a large bar in the center. The front desk staff was genuinely friendly and helpful. The assigned room was spacious and had all the modern amenities. Weather did not allow for enjoyment of the pool and beach area but it has all the amenities of a high end resort. I really enjoyed my quick getaway.
I live in San Juan and have repeatedly recommended this hotel to colleagues and friends....not one has ever been disappointed. I was in a room on several occasions, last time about a month ago....well appointed and if you can, stay ocean front and you have a sound machine with the waves in front. Probably one of the best hotel lobbies and pool areas in the city. Well located with dozens of restaurant and bar options within a five minute walk. Lobby is hopping on the weekends, wear long pants, and you will fit in with the locals, very few if any of them in short pants at night.
Pros: Prime location in Condado. Nice facilities. Beach is a cove like area that adds to the ambiance of the resort. Lush greenery all over resort. FREE WIFI
Cons: hallways and rooms are dated and in my opinion not worth the pricetag. I know there are newer rooms but I feel for what we paid we should have stayed in one. Between the furniture in the room and lighting in the lobby, La Concha gives off a Miami vibe so if that is your thing go for it.
La Concha vs. Vanderbilt - this is a question I always come across and personally would choose Vanderbilt everytime. It has an authenticity and luxury that you feel from the moment you arrive. Also I have experienced services at the Vanderbilt spa and got one of the best massages ever. I believe La Concha uses the same spa.