With its own beach and large swatches of tropical gardens, the Caribe Hilton is still one of San Juan's finest properties in a city full of them. The infinity pool (plus two other pools), wide variety of restaurants (from Morton’s to Quiznos) and picturesque Caribe Terrace bar and lounge, where the piña colada is said to have been born, are a large part of its appeal. The Caribe does have its challenges, however (and a 2014 renovation program suggests that staff is addressing them). First off there’s a wide gulf between the quality of the rooms in the old and new towers. In the former, you’re likely to experience slow elevators, cranky plumbing and dated décor. In the new, well, everything is newer, spiffier and up to Hilton’s usual standards (so ask to change towers if you’re not pleased with your digs). The Caribe’s other problem is less fixable and that’s its location, a neighborhood that is a nowhere man's land after dark, with very little commerce in the area anytime. Sure you can take a cab back home from Condado or Old San Juan after an evening meal, but all those cab fares do start to add up. Still, the views from the hotel are great, as is that private beach and because there are so many rooms to fill here, the Caribe often discounts deeply (do a thorough web search before booking).
San Juan› Hotel
Calle Los Rosales, San Juan
Our Rating Neighborhood Puerta de Tierra Transportation Bus: 5, 21 Phone 800/445-8667 or 787/721-0303 Prices Winter $249–$299 double, $399–$749 suite; off season $105–$229 double, $412–$2,474 suite. Valet parking $23; self-parking $17 Amenities 5 restaurants, 2 bars, babysitting, children’s activities and playground, health club, room service, smoke-free rooms, rooms for those w/limited mobility, Wi-Fi Units 812 units Web site Caribe Hilton Other Rates don't include taxes or 18 percent resort fee. Children 16 and under stay free in parent’s room (maximum 4 people per room)Book a Room Now
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