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Why the San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino Is Your Perfect Puerto Rico Base

Epic Stays
by Matador Creators Mar 20, 2024

If you’ve read Hunter S. Thompson’s “The Rum Diary,” you have an understanding of how life at Puerto Rico’s resorts can meld cocktails, water-based revelry, and pristine natural surroundings into a haze. Travel to the island doesn’t have to be chaotic and frenzied, however, to enjoy the aforementioned amenities. Case in point: The San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino, a vibrant but relaxing hub that puts you right where you want to be – where the city meets the sea.

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First thing’s first – grasping the destination

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San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital city, thrums with an undeniable allure – a captivating blend of history, vibrant culture, and natural splendor. But for the savvy traveler, choosing the right home base is key to unlocking the island’s magic. Here’s where the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino steps in, allowing you to forget the fight for a beach chair. The San Juan Marriott boasts a prime beachfront location, placing you steps away from the turquoise embrace of the Caribbean Sea. You’ll wake up to the symphony of crashing waves and the salty kiss of the ocean breeze – this sounds like a postcard line, but here it’s actually the case, and you don’t have to buy a stamp and send it on.

From the resort, you can snorkel amidst vibrant coral reefs and kayak across the crystal-clear waters. The resort provides a relaxed, crowd-free haven, allowing you to truly unwind and soak up the island vibes. The San Juan Marriott offers two sparkling pools, as well as a rejuvenating massage center at the spa – a haven of tranquility that separates you from both the city around you and the routine of work-life (a little balance at the end of that phrase sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?). A well-equipped gym is also available onsite.

Dining at the San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino

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Food is an experience in Puerto Rico, and the San Juan Marriott doesn’t disappoint. Start your day with a delicious breakfast at Gingambó, where freshly brewed coffee mingles with the scent of local and international specialties. Island pastries are the real deal at La Panaderia, located in the lobby. There’s also the Pool Bar, pizza at Terrazzo, and the option to grab a casual poolside lunch at the Pool Bar. Step it up with locally-sourced seafood creations at Ohan Sushi and Poke Bar. In the evenings, unwind with handcrafted cocktails and live music at the Red Coral Lounge.

Exploring beyond the resort

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Nearby to the resort, explore the bustling Condado district’s trendy shops, art galleries, and vibrant nightlife. Wander the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, within walking distance or a quick Uber ride of the hotel – a charming walled city steeped in history, where colorful Spanish colonial buildings stand sentinel. Delve into the emerald embrace of El Yunque National Forest east of the city (the hotel can arrange transportation and a tour), where cascading waterfalls, hidden trails, and a diverse tapestry of flora and fauna await discovery. For a truly unique experience, kayak through the ethereal glow of Mosquito Bay at night, where bioluminescent wonders illuminate the water. The resort’s location allows you to seamlessly transition from the heart of the city to the breathtaking beauty of the natural world.

The San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino is great for families

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The San Juan Marriott welcomes families. Spacious rooms provide ample space for everyone, while the sparkling pools offer endless entertainment for the little ones. Supervised children’s programs ensure youngsters are constantly engaged, while the safe beachfront location provides a perfect environment for building sandcastles and collecting seashells. Parents can relax by the pool or explore the island, knowing their children play with other kiddos.

Exceptional service is the cornerstone of the San Juan Marriott experience. The friendly and attentive staff goes the extra mile to ensure your stay is stress-free and enjoyable. From offering personalized recommendations for exploring the island to ensuring your room is impeccyably maintained, it’s easy to get comfortable here. Beyond the expected amenities, the resort offers a fair share of surprises – a vibrant casino for those seeking a touch of excitement, on-site car rentals for independent exploration, and a business center for those who need to stay connected. The San Juan Marriott prioritizes guest satisfaction, crafting a stay that goes beyond just a hotel experience.

Step outside the resort and immerse yourself in the electric energy of San Juan’s nightlife. Trendy bars, live music venues, and pulsating nightclubs offer a vibrant scene for those seeking after-dark adventures. For cultural immersion, explore the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, a treasure trove showcasing the island’s rich artistic heritage.

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