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Ritz Carlton San Juan Review

Also in this post, I’ll share a review of the Ritz Carlton San Juan hotel. After four nights at the Westin St John we checked out early and headed over to the Ritz Carlton San Juan. This has been our go to hotel in Puerto Rico for several years. Since we left the Westin St John a few days early, I called Marriott Rewards and modified a 2 night club level award reservation into a 3 night standard room reservation. Both reservations required a total of 150,000 Marriott Reward points. I was a Marriott Platinum member at the time of this reservation.

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Now To The Ritz Carlton San Juan Trip Report

  1. Trip From St Thomas To Westin St John Resort & Villas
  2. Favorite St John Beaches
  3. Ritz Carlton San Juan Puerto Rico


The Ritz Carlton San Juan is located in Isla Verde and is a very quick 5 minute driver from the SJU airport. A taxi is very easy to catch from the airport and the hotel offers car service for around $50 USD.

When we arrived at the hotel we checked our bags with the bellman and headed to the check in desk. The process was quick and I believe we were given an upgraded room.

We spent most of our time here at the pool, in town seeing the sites, or in the hotel Casino. If you go to the Casino and are playing games, be sure to ask for a Ham and Cheese sandwich, they will deliver it right to your table.



We went to BLT Steak one night and noticed they offer 50% off the wine selection before 7 PM. So we booked a reservation on Open Table and ordered a nice bottle of wine at a decent price.

Wine Discount

Old San Juan Fort San Cristobal



We were given a room on the second to top floor (8th floor?) directly in the middle of the hotel. The room was a decent Ritz Carlton room but could use a renovation, especially now that the St Regis Bahia Beach has arrived in Puerto Rico. The view was great from this room.






The hotel has a nice pool area and beach. The beach on Isla Verde has dark sand and the water is murky. I think the Ritz Carlton used to “rake” the beach but didn’t notice it on this trip.

Relaxing In A Hammock


View From Lunch Restaurant

Beach 1

Beach 2

Bottom Line

The Ritz Carlton San Juan Puerto Rico was a welcomed site after our stay at the Westin St John. This hotel is in decent shape for a Ritz Carlton but could use a room refresh to compete with the new higher end hotels on Puerto Rico. It is hard to beat the hotel’s convenience to town and it does have a great little Casino.

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  1. Details/techniques on how the hotel or ticket was booked make trip reports/hotel reviews great too!

  2. A good hotel review should emphasize its specialty compared to its own home brand and other competitors. My girlfriend and I love hotels which offer great spa and beds that could provide us an erotic escape from our apparentment in new York.

  3. I like to see pics of the immediate surrounding area. Hotels usually do a good job of showing the interior of the hotel but they rarely show how the hotel fits in with the surrounding area.

  4. Pictures along with description of quality of service received and location. Gives a better idea of whether the points are worth it.

  5. For me, a good hotel review should include the rate, how to reach the hotel from the airport and picture of the room.

  6. The booking process: how you found the fares/rates or award availability, for example, use of third-party websites, etc.

  7. Ways the hotel or airlines differentiate themselves from others at the same level or price point.

  8. This property is, without question, the worst Ritz in the system. I’ve only been to the property twice…both during the holidays…and found the pool area to be dirty (with a visible line of muck at the waterline on the pool wall), rafts that had been chewed—seemingly by both people and animals—the pool attendants running out of towels (saying “too many people came to the pool”), understaffed front and concierge desks and grossly disappointing dining. Anyone considering a stay at this property should consider themselves warned.

  9. definitely like to know the location and if it provides easy access to tourist sites and other items of interest

  10. The details of how the room was booked and or upgraded is a plus. Details of the food offered/ordered at the recommended resturants would appeal to foodies. Historic sites around the area, things to do, and transportation options from the airport are also nice to know.

  11. The best trip reports include ways to secure flights, hotels ground transport economically and put the reader in your shoes; an example- flying lax-lhr for 40k AA miles RT, using coupon for half off Heathrow Express (15 min into London instead of 60 on the tube), checking into Hotel Indigo using 25000 Priority Club points ($150ai) for a $400 a night room plus tax! And then listing your trip activities, did you use concierge services? Etc.

    I mentioned the “cheap” way to do it, but also giving the reader the option of doing it higher end is valuable too.

  12. Best trip report in my view has a concise review of major points that a vacationer would be interested, i.e. way to get to the hotel, front desk interaction, room review, features of the hotel offered/explored, helpful tips for sightseeing and hotel use. If it is a chain hotel, also overview of the benefits received/earned during the stay in this hotel’s program.

  13. good pictures are key, because it’s a lot easier to make judgements on pictures versus a person’s individual experience

  14. Breaking down the items reviewed such as FD, room, lounge, food, etc. Of course photos are very helpful to convey the feel of the stay … and as they say a picture is worth a thousand words 🙂

  15. I appreciate the way you booked your flights and hotels so I can learn new ways to get to these great locations!

    Thanks and keep them up!

  16. I agree about including pix. I would also like to see the equivalent of “If I stayed here again I would make sure to…” or “I wish I would have known …”

  17. Little details… things that people would miss on a flyer or guidebook, but you noticed on your stay.

  18. A sense of honesty, pictures, description of the surroundings and most importantly whatever it is that makes the reviewed hotel unique from others in the brand or location.

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  20. Something interesting or unique. We’ve all seen enough pictures of fundamentally the same food offerings. Bring something that isn’t in any other trip report.

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