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Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Puerto Rico

Old Jun 5, 08, 2:16 pm
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Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Puerto Rico

I am headed down to Puerto Rico for a vaca for 7 nights and was planning on either staying at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino using my pts or staying at the Courtyard San Juan Miramar and paying only $119 a night.

Before I go ahead and blow 130k pts I want to make sure that the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is nice.

Has anyone stayed or been to either of these hotels? If so, what did you think.
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Old Jun 5, 08, 2:30 pm
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The Marriott Stellaris is worth the points if you're like me and don't like to pay anything. It is a beautiful property and worthy of 5 stars. Although, I'm only talking about it if PR is the only option. There are other places I can think of where I'd spend those points, but it all depends on your plans.
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Old Jun 5, 08, 2:58 pm
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Originally Posted by Churnman View Post
The Marriott Stellaris is worth the points if you're like me and don't like to pay anything. It is a beautiful property and worthy of 5 stars. Although, I'm only talking about it if PR is the only option. There are other places I can think of where I'd spend those points, but it all depends on your plans.
Thanks for the input on the property... you have me leaning towards using the pts.

I am always iffy on whether to use my pts or store them for the next BIG trip (still have over 500k pts in the bank). So I always want to make sure the property is worth it before cashing in some.
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Old Jun 9, 08, 9:39 am
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If I were in your shoes I'd use points for PR. The rooms in PR are very expensive, so you get your points worth!! I just sent a couple there with points and they loved it (they are picky about point usage). Just know that taxis are high.
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Old Jun 9, 08, 3:04 pm
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I just returned from the Marriott. Very nice. Even nicer if you have access to the conceirge lounge - excellent breakfast and appetizers with a view of the city, ocean, sunset, and sunrise.
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Old Jun 17, 08, 11:12 pm
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Just got back - stayed at the Renaissance 1 block away - no copay to use points, just refurbished, and has one of the most happening bars around. Much nicer lobby than Marriott, but some construction during the day (never bothered us though). No problems recommending either, great location with plenty of food/shopping options right outside the door

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Old Jun 18, 08, 6:08 am
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Just got back - stayed at the Renaissance 1 block away - no copay to use points, just refurbished, and has one of the most happening bars around.
Correct. La Concha has the most going bar at the moment in SJU for younger upper clientele. Spent two night there last month and I couldn't believe that it was Marriott property because it was very nice and hip.
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Old Jun 18, 08, 10:10 am
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Stellaris is a nice property with a small casino. It has the best beach in that area and is a short taxi ride to the Old City.
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Old Jun 18, 08, 2:51 pm
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Originally Posted by lurcher View Post
Just got back - stayed at the Renaissance 1 block away - no copay to use points, just refurbished, and has one of the most happening bars around. Much nicer lobby than Marriott, but some construction during the day (never bothered us though). No problems recommending either, great location with plenty of food/shopping options right outside the door

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I stayed at the Renaissance LaConcha back in January, and I would stay there in a heartbeat over the Marriott. All the LaConcha rooms are newly renovated and have ocean views, iPod docks, flat screen TVs, etc. Also, I found the LaConcha lobby much more pleasant than the dark, crowded Marriott lobby. Finally, the Concierge at the LaConcha is awesome.

As a side note, go to Kasalta (http://www.kasalta.com/) for breakfast. Fabulous baked goods and awesome cafe con leche. It's about a 15 minute walk or a quick taxi ride from either hotel. They also had an interesting looking lunch and dinner menu, but we didn't make it back for that.
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Old Jun 18, 08, 8:49 pm
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First... DO NOT STAY IN MIRAMAR. It's definitely one of the less desireable areas (not that it's "shady"). There's just NOTHING to do in the immediate area of the hotel.

Having spent a week at the La Concha 3 months ago and I have spent well over 60 weeks (cumulative) at the Marriott Stellaris over the course of the past 10 years (I'll be there for 6 nights next week), I would reommend the Marriott over the Renaissance.

The bar is AWESOME at the La Concha, no doubt about that. The rooms look great (basically the LaConcha is an upscale European hotel in PR, which is very evident once you look at the bathroom showers). There is no executive lounge (breakfast is free for Plats) and you cannot get any free water anywhere! The tile work, grout, hallways, public corridors look like they were sloppily thrown together so fast.

The rooms at the Marriott were just renovated and look great (OK, I might just be biased towards the Marriott as I have always been treated quite well there), the restaurants are quite good in the hotel (you can search any of my other posts for restaurant recommendations in SJ).

You can't go wrong with the La Concha or the Stellaris. Just please don't stay at the CY in Miramar (using points, ever!).

If you need any other recommendations, feel free to ask.
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Old Jun 18, 08, 8:58 pm
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I literally booked a stay for December an hour ago, I chose the NON miramar courtyard, Isla Verde.

I did nto choose the Ren, as there is no lounge.

I was looking at the FS Marriott, but was concerned, I thought I saw some kinda resort fee or something of $40 per day.
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Old Jun 19, 08, 11:39 am
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Originally Posted by etsmyers View Post
I literally booked a stay for December an hour ago, I chose the NON miramar courtyard, Isla Verde.

I did nto choose the Ren, as there is no lounge.

I was looking at the FS Marriott, but was concerned, I thought I saw some kinda resort fee or something of $40 per day.

As far as I can tell, all PR hotels have resort fees. They do differ by percentages. But pretty close to each other.
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Old Jun 27, 08, 10:51 am
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Thanks!

Thanks for all the great info! I decided to go Mattiott with the pts and am definitely going to check out Kasalta and the bar over at the newer hotel. It's good to have a happening place so close to my hotel with a younger crowd.

Also, if anyone else is heading there soon, check out Shannon's.... I know it sounds like an Irish bar, but that is where all the locals go! And of course Bebos for some late night food.
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Old Jun 28, 08, 12:57 pm
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We were going to stay at the CY a couple years ago....walked out after a couple hours in the room....TOO noisy and crowded, not very clean, and the desk staff was shouting my full name through the lobby, (it's the same name as a famous person.....) NOT exactly good security.....plus the staff wasn't the nicest. wound up at the wyndham-now sheraton in OSJ as the marriott was full.

FWIW i wouldn't waste points at the CY...if there is a next time, i'd consider the Ren (as it looks gorgeous) or the FS. [truly though, if i had enough points, i would head back to the Ritz]
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Old Jun 28, 08, 4:50 pm
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We were there a couple of weeks ago. Booked PL stays at the Marroitt Stellaris and at Hilton Caribe (both were around $150 a night). The marroitt was more intimate then the hilton, and generally felt more upscale. The room at the hilton, in a newly renovated section, was larger and really nice - we liked it better then the Marroitt.
BTW I loved the hammocks the Hilton puts up on the beach! every beach resort should have these.
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