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Old Aug 22, 03, 5:35 pm
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I will be there for a week as well starting on the 7th. Erir thing was, the head person at my work there asked if I had picked a good "hurricane" hotel. Anyone know if this one is? Also, she said they are doing construction on "the bridge" and that traffic is horrid on the way to work. Any one with current info, or how bad it would be if "the bridge" was 1 lane?
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Old Aug 22, 03, 7:19 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2"> Also, she said they are doing construction on "the bridge" and that traffic is horrid on the way to work. Any one with current info, or how bad it would be if "the bridge" was 1 lane?[/B]</font>
The bridge under construction refers to an intersection that joins the Condado area, Old San Juan and the Caribe. The Caribe is a little closer to the Condado but is the tweener area for Old San Juan and Condado. If you are heading West or East from the Caribe, I have never encountered terrible traffic. When I stayed at the ES in Dorado, coming East towards San Juan would take over an hour to go 20 some miles. Remember that the Condado is comprised of a lot of tourist type places. Morning traffic is minimal. If you heading into Old San Juan for business, you might want to bike or jog, as traffic backs up pretty bad . All in all you should be going against traffic unless you are heading into Old San Juan but you are past the bridge construction already.

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Old Aug 22, 03, 7:53 pm
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We stayed there on a paid stay in February and got great treatment as a Gold. Nice little restaurant within a block walk and we walked to the old town area on Saturday morning and took a cab back. Beach is nothing special.

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Old Aug 26, 03, 2:07 pm
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Hilton Caribe 'Other' charges?

Looking over some previous threads about the Hilton Caribe in San Juan, a couple of people mentioned a $10 resort fee being added to the bill. My current reservation confirmation doesn't mention a resort fee, only a 6% 'primary service charge' and 9% tax.

Does the service charge take the place of a resort fee, or will there be a slightly nasty surprise awaiting me at checkout??

Another question - the room desription includes the term "High Speed Internet access." Am I correct in assuming that there's a daily charge for this? The hotel's not in the "Free High Speed Internet" thread... I could be coerced into taking the laptop along for what should be a weekend of relaxation if the Internet access is included in the price (which could be good or bad...).
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Old Aug 26, 03, 9:21 pm
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I have never paid a resort fee unless it was announced to me (and agreed to by me) at the time of the reservation.......and in writing on the confirmation email or fax. At times upon check-in I will get a surprise form stating I agree to the following charges..... or whatever. If forced I sign but note "NOT DISCLOSED TO OR AGREED TO WHEN RESERVED" on the form. If the hotel does not remove the charges at check-out, I notify the hotel I will sign no further forms with them, and I will dispute the charges with with my credit card issurer.

BOTTOM LINE: To date, I have NEVER had to pay one of these devious rediculous non-disclosed "resort" fees. They were removed either on the spot by the hotel or negotated later by my cc company. Oh yes, I would never stay at that rip-off hotel again (ie "resort" or recommend it to anyone). Itsa total rip-off.

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Old Sep 16, 03, 2:26 pm
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Just a followup - The only taxes/fees were the 9% tax and the 6% service charge.

There was also a $1 per day "we dare you to make us take this off" chartiable contribution itemized in the bill. Below the noise level assuming it does go to charity - but I'd like to see an accounting of who gets my $4...

The high speed internet access was available for $15 a day. I wanted to use it for a day or so but it coudn't get it to work - the symptoms suggest that the signal to the modem was too weak.
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Old Sep 16, 03, 10:25 pm
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I just came back on monday. I didn't get charged a resort fee, but nothing went right at all. $10 a day to park, the remote didn't work in my room, even after replacing it twice. The phone wouldn't ring, just buzz once. On a positive note for those who care, I did get free adult channels. without the remote working, I had to flip chanels manually on the tv and it went to those channels, but never prompted for me to ok them on the remote. Overall, I wasn't very satisified. But the 2 birds out front were sooooo cute and the lobby was awesome. I think I will stay away next time though.
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Old Sep 17, 03, 2:00 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by vitali
I just came back on monday
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vitali, which one were you? Did you run into the President of Uruguay during your stay? We got up Sunday morning to Secret Service-looking guys and a bomb-sniffing dog in the elevator lobby on floor 10. At first I thought it was a drug bust( ) but changed my mind after they didn't go away.

Other than the logjam Monday morning when the guards held one of the elevators for the President, my main problems was the alarm clock going off daily at 5AM in the empty room next door (the layout of the room put the beeping clock just on the other side of the connecting door from our bed). The front desk sent someone up to turn it off, but they only managed to reset the alarm so it would go off at 5AM the next day. I left a short note on the satisfaction survey about that.

The weekend got me up to 59 nights for the year, so it was worth it for that.

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Old Sep 17, 03, 2:15 pm
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Plan to stay there is a few weeks. I hear it is far more central than the Westin there?

Did you guys stay at Ponce Hilton by any chance? Have a few nights there too.

Is there Internet access in their business centre did you inquire? (Or nearby.) I have no laptop.
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Old Sep 17, 03, 3:31 pm
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I left on sunday night, so I didn't see anyone like that. I was in 805, and they installed high speed internet in my room during the week. We were in the main building.
We were working near the bacardi plant so I can't really tell you how central it was. I can tell you however that the traffic was HORRID because the bridge to get across into anything other than old san juan is down to 1 lane. The westin is on the other side of the bridge, so traffic might be a little eaiser. You can see the hotels from each other though, so not mush distance between them.
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Old Sep 17, 03, 6:16 pm
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Just FYI, there was an article in the San Juan paper over the weekend that the Dos Hermanos bridge (the one over to the Westin) is badly deteriorated and must be torn down and rebuilt after only 22 years. This is not the one that's currently being rebuilt.

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Old Nov 13, 03, 7:27 pm
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Nice December Deal At The Caribe Hilton

Searching for a deal, I found you can book the Caribe Hilton in San Juan for $120/room almost anytime between Dec 14-23. For $15-20/night more you can book the nice exciting Exec Level with all the free booze and food goodies (Diamonds are u/g to the exec lounge automatically). And if you do it through the AMEX 4 night minimum special you get $75 food and booze credit plus an extra 1000 HH miles per night. The exec level is 5 Star!!!

I have never seen such nice prices in Dec.

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Old Nov 13, 03, 8:28 pm
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Nice Price, Mr. Nice! We just returned from spending 3 nights at the Caribe Hilton on points. What a nice hotel! We had a lovely room (840) with a view of the ocean and the pools, and access to the exec. lounge, which is very nice. Good food, and a self-serve bar.
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Old Nov 16, 03, 6:22 am
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That is a good deal.

It's been coming up for $65 on Priceline alot lately (Resort, San Juan zone). But for a bit more you can probably wind up with a nicer room, etc...
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Old Dec 28, 03, 1:35 pm
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Question on Caribe Hilton/San Juan - casino?

Is there a casino at this property? If not, does anyone know what the closest one is to the hotel? Thanks.
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