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Puerto Rico Trip Report – Ritz Carlton San Juan

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This post is a review of the Ritz Carlton San Juan. We have visited the Ritz Carlton for years (see prior review) and found it to be a great stopping over point on the way to or from the Caribbean. On this trip we also stayed at the new St Regis Bahia Beach.  One weekend we hopped on a Delta jet and headed to Puerto Rico for a long weekend.

Trip Report

  1. Delta Flight to SJU & Drive to Bahia Beach
  2. St Regis Bahia Beach
  3. St Regis Bahia Beach Continued
  4. El Yunque
  5. Ritz Carlton San Juan

Room

On our last trip to the Ritz San Juan our room had a spectacular view. We didn’t get so lucky this time. If you peaked out the window you looked directly at a parking lot and another building. From the corner of your eye you could barely see the ocean. I mentioned in my last post that I think the rooms are in need of a renovation. After visiting the new St Regis Bahia Beach, I really think the Ritz Carlton needs to reinvest in the rooms at this property.

We booked on an excellent corporate rate over the July 4th weekend. The place was packed. No upgrade was offered or available but we were delivered a bottle of Ritz Carlton Champagne as a gesture to my Platinum status.

Bed

Room

Bath

Bathroom

View

View (Not Quite As Good As The Last Visit)

BLT Restaurant

We enjoy the BLT restaurant and most importantly the wine selection. We generally split portions at this restaurant because the food is so rich. A starter, sharing a large plate  and appetizer works just fine for us here. This restaurant is relatively new, I think within the last 4 years or so. I recall when it was a smaller steak restaurant. I prefer the new atmosphere better.

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BLT Restaurant

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BLT Restaurant

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BLT Restaurant

The best part about the BLT restaurant is they offer 50% off the ENTIRE wine selection before 7 PM. You can even get a reservation on Open Table to reserve your seat.

We just could pull the trigger on an Opus One (and never have), so we went with a nice bottle of Lail Vineyards which is rated 94 points by Robert Parker. It was very tasty and more affordable.

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1/2 Off Wine

Bottom Line

We like the Ritz for a night or two and enjoy their smoke free casino. The St Regis Bahia Beach has definitely un-seated the Ritz Carlton and is our new favorite hotel in Puerto Rico.

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  • NYBanker January 25, 2012, 5:25 pm

    Was the pool clean? Last time I was at this property (the last time that I will visit it) there was a visible line of pool scum all the way around the perimeter at the water line.

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