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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.
The biggest change is the newly instituted daily resort fee. The fee is 14 percent of the room rate. That means if you get a $159 garden double room, the resort fee is $22.26; a $219 city-vista room carries a $30.66 fee. But you don't get much for it. The fee covers daily live entertainment, fitness center access and poolside activities.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, the mancation has returned!
Summer’s officially over this weekend. But you know who’s not all torn up about it? NFL fans. Fall means football—and all the eating, drinking, and male bonding that comes with it.
The folks at the El San Juan Hotel & Casino in Puerto Rico know this. That’s why, with the season kicking off next Thursday, they’re promoting their cabanas to football fans.
They claim spending a game day inside one of their poolside cabanas is the “ultimate mancation,” which, frankly, hurts our feelings. We too are football fans, even if we’re female. (Maybe they could have gone with “fancation”? Or, better yet, just done away with this tiresome -cation trend altogether.)
This is the view from Wet, the San Juan Water & Beach Club's rooftop bar and lounge. Touted as San Juan's "only luxury boutique hotel on the beach," it has a swanky rooftop hotspot that serves up kickass views -- and also a delicious drink we want in our hot little fingers right now: the "COCO Nuts Martini." It's 4 oz COCO Vodka, 2 oz Flavored Coconut Rum, and 1 oz Coco Cream. Yes, please.
Calling all sweet bros! El San Juan Resort and Casino down in Puerto Rico has announced the launch of the very first Brother Jimmy's BBQ outside of NYC. Translation: legend...wait for it...dary.
The South Carolina barbecue joint (slash fratty, fratty bar-like hangout) opened its doors to the sweet bros of the non-NYC world on September 6th to position itself as the ideal place for eager San Juan-er's to kick off the football season. The 220-seat rooftop hotspot boasts a Backyard Movie House, "Swamp Water" Cocktail Bar, a mechanical bull and 22 HD flatscreens.
No, did you read that? A mechanical bull. Did someone say brodeo?
Everyone's already on the lookout for their winter getaway and winter isn't even here yet. That's how much we either hate winter or just love going to warm-weather locales.
At Men.Style.com, aka GQ's website, they suggest the El San Juan Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico if you want to feel like you're in Havana circa 1959 (hasn't everyone always wanted to feel like that?):
Havana 1959: El San Juan Hotel, San Juan. Channel your inner Latin playboy at this grand old modernist masterpiece, which has recently received a pricey makeover that its new owners flag as fifties Cuba-meets-nineties South Beach.
Sounds like a hotspot of cocaine and cigars if you ask us but in truth, staying here does guarantee warm weather, beautiful beaches, a spa and casino.
Rooms are high quality and include luxury linens and WiFi. But forget not, we wrote this place up back in February to alert you to their sneaky surcharges. Two bucks will be added to your bill a day for maid gratuity here. Maybe that's just how it was done in 1950s Cuba?
· Sneaky Hotel Charges [HotelChatter]
· MEN.STYLE.COM Finds the Hottest Getways When the Weather Gets Cool
· El San Juan Hotel Reviews [TripAdvisor]
The Ritz Carlton San Juan has pretty much everything you could want from a luxury resort. Prime beachfront location, a spa, casino and a Chinese restaurant.
And they are apparently not judging you or your outfits.
Service at the front desk, lobby lounge, restaurant, poolside, etc. were excellent. My husband and I have stayed at similar 5* hotels and at some, we felt looked down upon because we don't "look" wealthy...we're not flashy at all...just grounded wall street bankers in our mid-20s that happen to like nice hotels. At the RCSJ, though, we were always made to feel welcomed and didn't get a pretentious look from anyone....
The only thing that we would have liked to see was more dining variety. RCSJ has a steakhouse, a Chinese restaurant that didn't look that good, and an American/seafood restaurant. It would have been nice to have maybe a Latin/PR restaurant.
Awww...that's really nice to know that the Ritz doesn't mind if you're just a lowly Wall Street banker in your 20s. This and opening a hotel in White Plains must mean the Ritz is trying to reach more "average" people.
· Ritz Carlton San Juan reviews [TripAdvisor]