Holiday Inn Express San Juan Condado: Turrible

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The Holiday Inn Express San Juan Condado Hotel Review is part of the Despacito! TPOL Moves to PR Trip Report.


Getting There: It is annoying that there is no Uber at SJU airport. Cash taxis are the only way to get to town (see Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino).


Hopefully, this is the last hotel review I will have to write in San Juan. Like my International House Hunters Ulaanbaatar episode, my experience with finding a place to live in Puerto Rico leaves much to be desired. Like Mongolia, the prices of ‘Western’ hotels are ridiculous for the amenities provided. Enter Holiday Inn Express, a hotel that was going for an obscene $200+ when I stayed. Fortunately for me, there was a points sale on this property, reducing the cost from a ridiculous 30k points to a reasonable 15k. 

The Location

Condado, Condado, Condado. That’s where everyone says I should live. Condado is where the nice beaches, the 5-Star hotels, and restaurants are. I visited the Marriott Condado to use their pool and access the beach to compare it to other upscale Marriott’s. It’s nice but not jaw-dropping. The Marriott Grand Cayman is much, much better and not dated.

The dated Marriott

The Hotel Itself 

This hotel is well past its prime. It may be worn down because of Hurricane Maria, it may be because it has not been upgraded in decades, or it may be a combination of the two. Either way, there’s no reason why this hotel should cost more than $100 a night. 

The Room 

Isolated and lonely are the words I used to describe the Hyatt House San Juan. Depressing is the word I would use to describe this hotel. The walls are hospital white with no decorations. The fridge and microwave rattled and beeped incessantly. The air conditioner was loud and annoying. 

The Bathroom 

The Pool

The pool was under construction following Maria, but from the looks of it, I wasn’t missing much. 

Overall 

It may be unfair to be so critical of this hotel because of the after effects of the hurricane. However, I suspect that this hotel was marginal at best before the storm. The only reason it commands a high price is because of its location in Condado, the lauded beach town in San Juan.

 

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