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Old Dec 20, 99, 2:48 pm
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Arrow Caribe Hilton {PRI}

I have received a card good for $50 each ($100 room max) in room credit for restaurant, gift shop, tennis, etc. good from Jan 3 to April 23, reservations made by Jan 15. Free to a good home. Or??? I also posted under Coupons but no response.
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Old Jan 7, 00, 5:20 pm
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Caribe Hilton

We stayed at the Caribe Hilton on 1/3 - 1/4. The hotel only re-opened 8 days prior. The staff at the hotel was GREAT! They are friendly, outgoing, and very helpful. However, they still have some issues to resolve -- which some of you who may be staying there would want to know about:

1. No Casino. The Spa will not be ready until 2002.

2. The hotel is still under construction, though I would say 80% of it is done. It would have been nice if the hotel told my travel agent that when she contacted the hotel for my reservations.

3. Dont count on a wake-up call -- we did and it never came. Thank goodness we did not miss our flight.

4. Housekeeping is good when it shows up. We had to call twice in one day to get our room made up. The housekeeper finally showed up at 7pm.

5. If you are staying in a double room, dont ask for a cot -- they "are not provided in those types of rooms"

6. If you use their super cheap rate ($167/night) from the web, dont expect a room upgrade if you are gold or above. I was told that I received an upgraded room -- yeah -- to a higher floor. I know there were tower rooms available (I checked the web) but did not get into it with the hotel since none of us felt like moving rooms.

7. Bring along your own alarm clock -- they do not provide one in the room.

8. Check you bill carefully -- we know there were additional charges on the room bill -- they were corrected once we brought it to their attention.

9. No expidited check-out -- had to stop by the desk.

Just some things to keep in mind....

--Jim
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Old Jan 7, 00, 10:47 pm
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Thanks for the update. It sounds like the Caribe Hilton of old. This was the way it was last year and the year before etc. I cannot imagine the place without a casino though. IMHO I would assume it would be the FIRST thing finished. Brings in a lot of $$$$ and local people.

Somehow I remember clock radios were in the rooms. Hope the big bar downstairs is still functioning with the great piano-guy.
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Old Jan 8, 00, 7:16 am
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Dont worry -- the bar is still there! And we had some fun at it.

They missed out on me inthe casino -- I played at the Condando Hotel and Casino.

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Old Jul 3, 00, 5:15 pm
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Hilton/Caribe

Has anyone stayed at the recently renovated Hilton/Caribe in San Juan? Would you recommend it?
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Old Jul 4, 00, 7:24 am
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Nice hotel - great location and view of Condado... and prices have gone down - now that hype about re-opening is over.
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Old Jul 4, 00, 7:36 am
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a 15-20 minutes walk from Oldt San Juan (or take the bus).

If you go (besides the Casino) for the Beach, than Condado hotels are much better situated, if you go for Old San Juan than I would take accomodation right in Old San Juan (if it has to be a big american hotel take the new Wyndham, I prefer the Old San Juan Inn and stayed there already 5 times).
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Old Jul 4, 00, 9:07 am
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Great suggestions,Rudi...

Also check out the Marriott - get a 360* glimpse at http://marriotthotels.com/SJUPR/.
Great Condado location - nice pool area.

Still perfer Hilton,tho as traffic in OSJ and Condado's Ashford Ave. can be like A1A in FLL during Spring break - after dusk - which is about the time I usually pull in.
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Old Jul 4, 00, 9:10 am
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IS THIS A KID FRIENDLY PROPERTY? I HAVE NOT BEEN BACK SINCE THE RENOVATION AND I AM TAKING THE FAMILY THERE LATER THIS SUMMER. ANY FIRSTHAND STORIES WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

P.S. HAS ANYONE BEEN TO THEIR RESORT IN PONCE? ANY INFO WOULD BE APPRECIATED

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Old Jul 4, 00, 11:19 am
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Originally posted by tvl4free:
Great suggestions,Rudi...

Also check out the Marriott - get a 360* glimpse at http://marriotthotels.com/SJUPR/.
Great Condado location - nice pool area.

Still perfer Hilton,tho as traffic in OSJ and Condado's Ashford Ave. can be like A1A in FLL during Spring break - after dusk - which is about the time I usually pull in.
Check out El Covento Hotel in the heart on Old San Juan...It was an old convent converted to a 4.5 star hotel..very nice and close to everything by foot , ie, El Morro( the old fort,now a national park), and real close to San Sebastian St. Stop at Casa Blanca (Ponce de Leon's house) and just sit in the square at Plaza Colon or better yet take a side trip to el Yugue ( the only rainforest in the U.S. park system) I have been going to San Juan for 20 years and it just gets better

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Old Jul 23, 00, 6:12 pm
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Hilton - San Juan

Can anyone give me feedback on the San Juan Hilton - The Caribe Hilton? We are going on a cruise out of San Juan next January and staying a night before and night after. decided to use some points to stay at the Hilton there. Is it within walking distance of the 'sites' of San Juan? I hear, overall, the service level is below par anywhere in the San Juan area but is the resort decent?
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Old Jul 25, 00, 5:22 pm
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I am acutally sitting in a room on the 6th floor right now at the Caribe Hilton. I will just start listing some of the stuff I have seen here during my stay...which will be 23 days by the time I am done.

It hotel is OK, but it is not really close to anything.

It is 10 minutes ($20) taxi ride down to Isla Verde where the good clubs and some restaturants are.

It is 10 minutes ($20) taxi ride in the other direction to head to 'Old San Juan'.

Private beach is a little small, however the overall pool is very nice and there is plenty of seating around the pool.

Recently had a lot of elevator problems....to the point where both elevators where out of service for two days. We we directed to using the service elevators. Then, the service elevators did not stop of the 5th, 6th or 6th floor.

Service is a little slow at the regular check in. But, since you are using points, you are most likely with some sort of status with Hilton. Use the Executive Check In. When you are gettgin out of your car at the front entrance, look to the far right in the back close to the stairs. There are a set of blue double doors. The service in there is much nicer and more efficient than the front desk.

The restaturant is a little cold...unless they seat you down by the windows where it is noticeably warmer. If you have any problems with the service (I did one night) ask for Roberto.

Rooms are standard...nothing special to note.

I think that is about it....
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Old Jul 25, 00, 7:00 pm
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A couple of nice things to remember......and the elevator problems are definately part of the native culture. I have had elevator problems at every PR Hotel (over 6) I have stayed in including my condo. The worst was the Condado Plaza where all except one were broken for 2 weeks. Again, it is part of the native culture.

The public busses run quite often, and the last time I used them it was 25 cents (exact change) to the airport, Isla Verde or Old San Juan. They run on the main E-W street and although a schedule exists, it is not followed after the first bus in the morning. You can get an west-going bus (to Old San Juan) about a block or two from the Hilton and an east-going bus 2-3 blocks away (I forget the main E & W street name near the Hilton). A route map is at most bus stops, or the hotel concierge can usually provide one.

Taxis will rip-you-off about 95% of the time. Easiest con is to hit the "night fare button" for day-time trips. Or they insert their own faster "special" gears. You can "negotiate" fares to almost anywhere.....do it upon entering the taxi and agree in advance on the price. Pay on arrival and tip some too. Again, it is part of the native culture.

Rental cars are pricey, and the local drivers are really wild and crazy guys, the streets twist-n-turn and the locals start boozing VERY early in the PM so they are juiced from 400 PM on AND until breakfast. It is best to use rental cars for out of town trips only. Again, it is part of the native culture.

Minimise walks after sunset in all but the well-lighted main streets. Petty crime is present as in most cities, but the huge drug trade that abounds in PR has led to increasingly more violent crimes over the years. A couple of things to remember......and the elevator problems are definately part of the native culture. I have had elevator problems at every PR Hotel (over 6) I have stayed in including my condo of a few years back. The worst was the Condado Plaza where all except one were broken for 2 weeks. Again, it is part of the native culture.

The public busses run quite often, and the last time I used them it was 25 cents (exact change) to the airport, Isla Verde or Old San Juan. They run on the main E-W street and although a schedule exists, it is not followed after the first bus in the morning. You can get an west-going bus (to Old San Juan) about a block or two from the Hilton and an east-going bus 2-3 blocks away (I forget the main E & W street name near the Hilton). A route map is at most bus stops, or the hotel concierge can usually provide one.

Taxis will rip-you-off about 95% of the time. Easiest con is to hit the "night fare button" for day-time trips. Or they insert their own faster "special" gears. You can "negotiate" fares to almost anywhere.....do it upon entering the taxi and agree in advance on the price. Pay on arrival and tip a little too. Again, it is part of the native culture.

Rental cars are pricey, minor dings common and EXPENSIVE to repair, the local drivers are really wild and crazy guys, the streets twist-n-turn and the locals start boozing VERY early in the PM so they are juiced from 400 PM on AND until breakfast. Highway signs are in KM or KM/hr. Gas is pricey and in $/liter. IMHO it is best to use rental cars for out-of-town trips only. Again, it is part of the native culture.


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Old Jan 14, 01, 10:24 pm
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Caribe Hilton, San Juan

Any comments on this hotel. Thinking of Using a 2 night cert in Feb. Also I am a HHONORS Gold, does that mean anything there as far as Upgraded Accomidations. Also looking for activities offered, Quality of Ammenities (pool, etc) and quality size of rooms. Thanks in advance!

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Old Jan 15, 01, 10:58 am
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I stayed there very nice hotel. I was there in November
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