San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
By Ronda M. Parag
Enjoy the beautiful island of Puerto Rico with a quick, easy flight from Tampa to San Juan in under three hours. Located in the heart of nightlife, shopping and fine dining in the Condado neighborhood, the San Juan Marriott & Stellaris Casino is the ideal hotel for either business or leisure travel.
Recently, the 4-diamond resort spent $8 million to enhance and update all 525 guest rooms and suites. The high-rise hotel has 21 floors and offers terraces with Atlantic Ocean views. In addition to the rooms, the lobby has been renovated as well. The Red Coral Lounge offers a signature drink of the famous, Dragon Berry Mojito and offers light lunch or dinner, and entertainment and DJs in the evening.
While in the heart of the city, the resort sits directly on the water, where guests can relax, recharge and soak up the sun in a lounge chair facing the spectacular, blue waters of Condado Beach. The pool area offers fun for the kids with water slide, or sooth tired muscles with a dip in the hot tub. A swim up bar will provide a favorite rum cocktail.
For breakfast or lunch, the newly renovated, La Vista Latin Grill & Bar, offers casual a la carte and buffet style menus with stunning ocean views. Be sure to test lady luck at the 24-hour Stellaris Casino offering Caribbean stud poker, blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat and over 400 slot machines.
There is plenty of opportunity to experience outdoor activities within 30 minutes of the San Juan Marriot Resort. For the adventurous, try ziplining at Campo Rico – 2,200 acres of lush valleys, mangroves, lagoons and limestone mountains. Another fun excursion includes riding ATVs through the countryside.
About a 10 minute ride from the hotel is Old San Juan, a 475 year old neighborhood that is home today to most of Puerto Rico’s government buildings. Be sure to spend time walking the cobblestone streets and soak in the historic city filled with boutiques, churches, museums and restaurants. Enjoy the spectacular views and discover part of Puerto Rico’s history at the El Morro or San Cristobal Forts. M
For more information or to check rates and availability, visit www.marriottsanjuan.com.