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Old 05-10-2008, 07:41 AM
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This is one for Casanova Frankenstein and any one who has stayed overnight in San Juan before or after their cruise. We are doing both and need to find a resonably priced hotel within walking distance (preferably) to Old San Juan. Any advice,positive or negative will be much appreciated.
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Old 05-10-2008, 09:45 AM
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My sister went in several days before her last cruise and stayed at one of the hotels you'd trust just about anywhere. I can't remember if it was the Hilton or Hyatt but she was very disappointed with it. Said it wasn't up to the standards of even a lesser hotel. Be sure to get first hand feedback before choosing where to stay. It's not the only report I've had on disappointing experiences with hotels there. Hopefully Cas will have his usual good advice on San Juan.

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Old 05-10-2008, 10:59 AM
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ok here the deal,
Trvlpro
It could have been the Hilton because at the moment there is an issue with constructions, political problems etc. I wouldn't recommend it at the moment.
Bub here is your info,
Remember to book early, most of our hotel get to full capacity very fast since most cruisers wants to stay the day before their cruise.
There are a few hotels near port but will depend on which price range your looking and which cruise you are taking.
here a few options

Hotels: on a few you will have to take a taxi but the price is like $20 to get from it to port,
1. Marriot San Juan hotel ($300).
2. Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino, thisa good option is near the carnival destiny embarkation port you just literaly walking distance ($317).
3.Radisson Ambassador Plaza Hotel & Casino San Juan ($180)

Some Inns not as good as hotels but they are way cheaper pero night:

1.El Canario by the Sea ($106).
2.Aleli By the Sea, in the condado San Juan ($67)

if you need any info let me know...
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Old 05-11-2008, 07:19 AM
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Thanks so much trvlPro and Casanova.We are checking out the Marriott. Now I have more questions - we have only sailed from Florida ports departing at 4:00 so this 10:00 departure is new,what time can you board the ship? Also, what do you do with your luggage when you have to be out of your hotel but before you can get on the ship? One more question,Casanova we are doing the same cruise as you(southern 7 ports) only we are on Carnival Victory,do you know what pier it leaves from? I will probably have many more questions so thanks so much for all your help.
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Old 05-11-2008, 12:08 PM
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Well you will be using the Carnival Destiny port the nearest hotel is Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino, this a good option is just literaly walking distance you cross the street and is in front of you.
I am always at the pier at 11:30 am no lines and the bording process is fast you will have to wait until 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm to board ship depending on the cleaning, after that you just go to the buffet and wait until almost 2:00 to enter your cabin
On my last cruise I was able to enter my cabin at 1:40 pm and also it gave me the oportunity to make the necesary arrangement to my dinner time and table number without problems, since there was no one on ship, the table asignment is easier.

As for your hotel I think you check out at 12:00 pm so just ask the hotel manager in most cases the will be happy to help you even sometimes the can let you leave your luggage with them a little bit after checking out.

in port you will leave your luggage almost as soon as you pass carnivals officers on the front of the port so you can leave it before making the boarding process.
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Old 05-13-2008, 01:18 PM
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Thanks again Casanova! What are your thoughts on the "Courtyard by Marriott San Juan Miramar" hotel? Is it far from Old San Juan? We don't care if we have to take a cab to the pier. Do some hotels have shuttles to the piers? What is the latest we can board the ship since we want to spend as much time in SJ as possible? Appreciate all your help!
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:19 AM
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Well here is what I can tell you about it:

Is not walking distance from the pier or near airport, so you will have to take a taxi in order to get there. There are a few trolleys that can take you to old San Juan or you can take a taxi from the hotel no problem. As for the food, I believe, you will be near to one of our typical food restaurant "ajili mojili" a great place to eat so if that the case visit them and ask for something typical you will enjoy it...
Also my best guess the price is cheaper than others and itís a good pre-cruise hotel, If it was my case Iíll go for the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel since I know is near the pier and also you will not need to pay in order to see the old san Juan since is almost on the old San Juan but if you go for the mariot

As for the time of boarding
My recommendation is to board ship the early as you can, remember that you will be the day before on Puerto Rico and after you board ship you can still go out and see old San Juan, please guys if I am wrong let me know, but since PR is one of your visiting port you just check in and after getting all ready the dining room table, the seating and your luggage on the cabin you can still go out and visit the old San Juan. There are taxi in from of the pier if you donít want to walk or there are a few trolleys that can take you there.
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There are problems with the Caribe Hilton? I'm supposed to stay there on the 24th. Would you recommend changing reservations?
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Old 05-15-2008, 11:33 AM
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Not that I know
Caribe Hilton is a great hotel and a good price I have been there a couples of time on business reunions, its mostly that there is a place near it "Paseo Caribe", its a new hotel under construction plus there is a new renovation on the strets near it, as I remember, and its a little confusing for me, but you should not have any issues conserning this but its election time on Puerto Rico and the politics here make this renovations during election time to get more votes but you should be fine...
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ok here the deal,
Trvlpro
It could have been the Hilton because at the moment there is an issue with constructions, political problems etc. I wouldn't recommend it at the moment.
Bub here is your info,
Remember to book early, most of our hotel get to full capacity very fast since most cruisers wants to stay the day before their cruise.
There are a few hotels near port but will depend on which price range your looking and which cruise you are taking.
here a few options

Hotels: on a few you will have to take a taxi but the price is like $20 to get from it to port,
1. Marriot San Juan hotel ($300).
2. Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino, thisa good option is near the carnival destiny embarkation port you just literaly walking distance ($317).
3.Radisson Ambassador Plaza Hotel & Casino San Juan ($180)

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My wife and I stayed at the Radisson Ambassador last Feb and found it very nice. Priced better than some and didn't require a two night stay. We booked through AAA and got a better rate than what we saw on the web. It is taxi distance from Old San Jaun but taxis were readily available. If you take this option also try a small cafe down the street to the right for breakfast. We thought it was very good. Our friends stayed at the Best Western at the Airport and thought that was good also. I don't know what they paid
 
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