El Conquistador Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel

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1000 Conquistador Avenue, Fajardo
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Perched atop a 300-foot cliff on Puerto Rico's northeast coast, this resort—overlooking a convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea—has a private island an 8-minute boat ride away. read more
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The resort was beautiful and not busy (stayed Oct/Nov 2010). It is about one hour from the airport but worth the drive (via taxi approx. thirty-five pp one way). Palomino Island is a part of the resort. You get there via the resorts free water taxi-its beautiful with many loungers, umbrellas, huge beach, food & drinks, & watersport rentals. Loved it!! There is no beach access right at the resort, but I didn't miss it. It is not a "party" resort but a peaceful resort (at least during my stay) with all the amenities. As everyone has said the food onsite is expensive, but if you rent a car, there are many local restaurants nearby...try the red snapper!! The resort is large, so as an FYI, depending on where your room is, it may be quite a walk to the main lobby area (restaurants, shops, bars, casino). We had a large ocean view room with a large balcony, the decor and furniture was not brand new yet the room was very clean & so large that I loved it! There was a small refrigerator in the room so you can stop at a store on your way to the resort and stock up on a few things to cut meal expenses. Staff were always friendly & attentive. I recommend this hotel if you want a relaxing vacation lounging by the beach, enjoying the watersports, swimming pools, golf, and perhaps a day trip to the rain forest-which is close by. We used the hotel's shuttle service back to the airport. If I have the opportunity to return to San Juan this is where I will stay!!
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Nov 19th, 2006
Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

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1000 El Conquistador Avenue, Fajardo
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Perched 300 feet above the ocean on a northeast cliff, Las Casitas Village features the renowned Golden Door Spa. The village is part of a spectacular larger resort. read more
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Good: -Spend the extra money and stay at this Las Casitas Village resort versus the El Conquistador (they are both on the same premises). The resort is beautiful, very clean and the grounds are absolutely amazing including an infinity pool perched on top of a cliff with spectacular views of the ocean. -Laid back, relaxing atmosphere -Enjoyed eating breakfast on the outdoor terrace every morning -Very friendly and helpful staff -A Very Nice Private island. Enjoyable ferry ride that runs every ½ hour - (They are no beaches onsite) -Water Park was fun for adults and the kids -Nice golf course with magnificent views -Great authentic restaurants close to the resort -Close to Bio Bay and Rain Forest Bad: -The Funicular is the only means of transportation to the lower level of the El Conquistador resort that provides access to restaurants, Water Park, and ferry. There are 2 with a capacity of 30. Depending on time of day, we waited upwards in 2+ hours for a ride. This is absolutely ridiculous. -Average to poor overpriced food and drink on premises, Go offsite! -Over 1 hour ride from airport, not the best of locations off the resort -Everything is expensive, Water Park, restaurants, spa, golf, (be prepared) -The grounds of the resort are massive, be prepared to walk a good deal or call the butler service for a golf cart ride. I didn’t mind it. -The gym has outdated equipment.
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Jul 31st, 2007