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5 Reasons To Still Book The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan

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December 6, 2012 at 4:47 PM | by | ()

Now that the Ritz Carlton Reserve Dorado Beach is opening on December 12th, travelers are booking as fast as we type this--and why not? The resort is impressive (and expensive).

We've talked at length about the Dorado's high points, from the Jose Andres restaurant to the five-acre spa with treehouse massage platforms. And didn't you hear? Guests will also receive gold bars at turndown. We lie about the latter, but it's not unlikely.

So, what's the fate of the original Ritz-Carlton, San Juan? It probably will no longer reign as mother hen to Puerto Rico's jetset—but it's still a top property that shouldn't be forgotten.

In fact, here are 5 reasons we encourage you to still stay there, especially if the Dorado's four-figure price tag is tripping you out.

It's Only An 8-min Drive From SJU
Seriously, you could ride a bike to-and-fro. I mean, you'd have to get on a highway tugging all your luggage on a rope and we don't recommend it. But it's one of the closest five-star, non-airport hotels we've heard of that's not officially at an airport. Dorado is about an hour away.

It's Half The Price Of The RC Reserve Dorado Beach
At an ambitious $900 per night, RCSJ is still not cheap, but it's about $700 less than what you'd be paying for a night at Ritz Carlton Dorado Beach.

There's an Il Mulino and BLT Steak
Sure, there's no Jose Andres, but with Il Mulino (New York) and BLT Steak (Miami), you're still getting top-notch dining options without having to venture outside the property. In fact, there are five restaurants here, including the Oceanside Bar and Grill.

The Brand-Spanking New Spa Delivers
The hotel unveiled a completely brand-new, 12,000-square-foot spa decked out with chandeliers, steam, sauna, whirlpool and brand-new fitness center. Bliss always wins.

There's Free Booze. Sorta.
RCSJ is only a short 10-minute cab ride from the downtown center's bustling nightlife, outdoor cafes and true San Juan culture. However, the resort has its own casino. You know what this means: gamble and get free booze, ya'll!

We think these are great reasons to keep this hotel on your radar, even if there is a new kid on the block.

[Photos: Ritz-Carlton Hotels]

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