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Isla Verde is located adjacent to the LMM International Airport along a beautiful stretch of beach. There are several excellent resorts located on this stretch of beach which are renowned for their service to both convention and incentive groups and the individual traveler. Here at Caribbean Trading Company, we have worked with these resorts for many years working with their in-house conventions and partnering with them for promotional products. We have found them all to have a unique style and a friendly staff. All of these resorts are ideally located on the Isla Verde Beach, recently designated a Marine Reserve. (If you would like to support the efforts of the Marine Reserve, you can purchase their coloring book, with the proceeds going to conservation efforts). There is lots of nightlife within walking distance and it is a five minute drive from the historic Old San Juan area and the airport. Here are some of our favorite resorts located in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico:
Ritz Carlton San Juan
This Ritz resort offers 416 newly enhanced guestroom and suites; including The Ritz-Carlton Club Level, a dedicated concierge attends to individual needs in a well-appointed, relaxed lounge environment with culinary offerings throughout the day. There are also five exceptional restaurants including Laurent Tourondel’s BLT Steak and Il Mulino New York. There is 30,000 square-feet of conference and banquet facilities, including an 11,840 square-foot ballroom. There is a world class spa, incorporating indigenous ingredients and a Swimming pool overlooking the beach and a 24-hour casino. All of the class and elegance the Ritz is known for at the center of all there is to do in Puerto Rico.
The Intercontinental, has recently undergone $42 million in renovations, with another $15 million to go and has 392 rooms. Originally opened in 1962, The InterContinental San Juan –then known as “Americana” – was constructed for the Loews Hotel chain, the building itself was designed by famed Russian-born artist Morris Lapidus, known best for the curvy, flamboyant Neo-baroque modern hotels that defined the 1950s. Some of his best known creations include the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels on Miami Beach.
His designs and influence in the states quickly made their way to the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Lapidus is credited with designing Ponce De Leon Hotel in San Juan in 1960; El Conquistador in Fajardo in 1965; El San Juan Hotel in Isla Verde in 1965; and InterContinental Hotel in Isla Verde two years later, although at the time its moniker was “Americana.”
His designs are widely known by their characteristically sweeping curves and lines, which other experts in his field have said creates spatial suspense. Critics who have written about him since his death say he was a master of space and understood a building’s spatial and emotional range. “I hate boxes,” he said once. Instead he favored “ornament and strong colors.” Guests can see influences of Lapidus in the resort’s lagoon-shaped pool and wandering dual grand staircase that opens at its base to greet towering palm trees and lush tropical vegetation lining the poolside area.
El San Juan
El San Juan Resort & Casino offers a piece of island history. This charming hotel in the fashionable Isla Verde district is nestled along the most beautiful beach on the island. Relax on the beach, gamble in the casino or take a culinary journey across the globe at one of the hotel’s seven award-winning restaurants. After dinner, grab a cocktail, listen to live music and enjoy Puerto Rico’s vibrant nightlife.
The resort boasts 386 rooms and suites, a lively lobby ambiance with three sophisticated bars, and Encanto Beach Club – an alluring pool and beachside experience. The hotel features impressive amenities including an extensive selection of dining and entertainment venues, a 16,500-square-foot casino and 35,000 square feet of versatile meeting and event space.
It’s one of the oldest hotels in the area — it was built in 1957, and was renovated when Waldorf Astoria bought it in 2008 (with millions and millions of dollars). It features a pool with a waterfall and swim-up bar, eight restaurants, and twelve bars and lounges, as well as shopping and, as you might guess from the name, a dazzling casino.
Most interesting of all is the lobby of El San Juan, which is redolent of a Roger Moore–era James Bond movie: you half expect to see the dapper 007 lounging around in his tux at the baccarat table. Even if you are not staying here, it is well worth the trip to spend some time in the lobby area with it’s carved mahogany ceilings and beautiful chandeliers.
San Juan Water & Beach Club
This boutique hotel offers a rooftop pool, on-site dining, and rooms overlooking the beach and city. It is a 10-minute drive from San Juan’s old town. Each stylish room at San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel has a flat-screen TV and iPod docking station. They feature hardwood flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows. A fusion of Island-Italian-Spanish cuisine is served at the stylish Mist Lounge, while Zest restaurant offers experimental cuisine. There is no better place to catch the sunset than on the rooftop and best of all, this hotel is pet-friendly!
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