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El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Puerto Rico

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4 Nights with Air from $399 Meals not included
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Through the weave of palm trees overhead you take in a few slivers of blue sky. But you are perfectly content with these ... More

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"Very enjoyable stay at the El Conquistador! Excellent staff and service. Many excellent restaurants in the immediate vicinity." – MrsC
418 out of 485 (86%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
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"Very enjoyable stay at the El Conquistador! Excellent staff and service. Many excellent restaurants in the immediate vicinity." – MrsC
418 out of 485 (86%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
View form the 3 rd floor El Con, from boat to Palamino Island Cable car view from El Conquistador towards Palomino Island Pool The Pool Ferry to Palomino Island Returning from Palomino Island to Resort view from our room dirty marina - not beach On Palamino Island island beach (hotel ferry) All the chaise lounges were just waiting for us on the private island! Palamino Island room view Wow View from El Conquistador Palamino Island Beach small island in distance is beach View of the ocean from Palomino Island beach outside of Farjardo horseback ridding at Palomino Island view from my room View from the room Palomino Island - lovely! Some of the pools Balcony view of Las Croabas village and Fajordo Lighthouse a peak of the lazy river at the private waterpark main pools View from top of funicular view of island from hotel lobby this is just one light in one hall! El Conquistador Resort from the ferry Private Island Beach view from ocean view room El Conquistador 5/2011 down by the marina The Main Pool at El Conquistador Resort Our hotel room Sunrise view from our room - Palomino Island in distance Palomino Island Ocean view from room private beach Hello from PR to all in NJ Our rooms view; El Con From marina they take you to the island My bestfriend full filling his Dreams Palomino Island great ocean views pool view view from El Conquistador resort View from our room A island view room Sunrise from the pool area, off to Vieques Island many fun pools Ferry to Palomino Island View from the top portion of the hotel Snorkeling Side of Palamino Island View from our room at dawn Palomino Island view from Palomino Island simple but beautiful room Just a glimpse to how beautiful & expansive the resort was... Palmino Island
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September 28, 2016
Amazing Resort

Great resort, dont recommend eating there, though the food was really good. Just not worth the expense. Good for people with or without kids. Didnt like the ferry to get to the beach, went off the resort to other beaches. Overall very romantic and quiet.


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From: West New York, NJ
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

September 26, 2016
Would never go back

No where on line did I see that the only access to a beach would be via a 20 min ferry ride. I was extremely disappointed.. Being limited by the hours of 9-4:30 was truly a deal breaker for us. There were very few dining options that did not cost at least $20+ a plate. Airport food is better than what we had. The price for this food was astronomical. The isolation was difficult considering the price of taxis. A 10 min cab ride will cost you $40. The hotel grounds and rooms are beautiful. Most of the staff were helpful. We will never go back though. I would give this place a big 0 but the beauty of the landscaping, hotel and views are worth a star. I will always confirm that the beach is directly on the property prior to booking a room. This is just so ridiculous to me.


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From: Annapolis, md
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

September 26, 2016

The resort was gorgeous... the photos don't do it justice! Loved the pools and hot tubs! There were a few bugs floating but nothing major. The food is sub par and not worth the money. However the jerk Wrap at palomino island was the bomb! The room was very nice! Huge bathrooms which worked perfectly for a girls trip. Be careful though... there are ants hiding in some of the furniture and they will come out if there's anything sweet sitting out. The beach on palomino island was pretty, but kind of rocky. Definitely try the horseback riding on the island... it's amazing! The beauty of the island and resort definitely superceeded Any negative feeling I had making the experience amazing!


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From: Washington, DC
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

September 22, 2016
To expensive

This hotel is very expensive. Microwave in the room is $20 dollars a day, parking in the bundas $20 a day and valet parking $25 a day. Dinnin super expensive and drinks. The rooms are kind of old. Rugs worm out and smelly. Needs a touch up. The workers are friendly. The palomino beach is beautiful. Food at the palomino restaurant also pretty expensive. You really need to go out to restaurants outside if you are not rich. It is very beautiful around the hotel. There are other beaches and nice restaurants. Also the credit that was mentioned in my reservation by cheap Caribbean was not valid. Is very tricky and no matter how you put it you won't qualify. I was really looking forward for the credit since that would of helped with meals. I spend $300 in meals with my husband in the hotel and only ate a few times. We went out most of the time. Is really beautiful but rooms need to improve appearance and again very expensive. The ocean view are incredible and makes you forget about the room but for what they charge it should be in better conditions. Everything gets old and maintenance is very important.


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From: New York , NY
Age: 45-54
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

Room Information

El Conquistador's 918 tropically decorated rooms are located at the top, side, or base of the cliff, with views of the ocean or the golf course and mountains. Each guestroom also includes a fully stocked mini bar, make-up mirror, ceiling fan, coffee maker, hair dryer, in-room safe and iron with ironing board. Room service is available for an additional charge.

Room Details

Garden View
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Partial Ocean View
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Ocean View
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La Marina Ocean View
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Las Brisas Ocean View
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- Garden View (DOF)
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What's to Love

The Las Brisas Ocean View Rooms with a balcony and a soul-stirring view, where the glistening shore is a mere whisper away.

Bright, happy hues - you know, lots of pinks, greens, yellows that scream Caribbean, illuminating Las Casita Village, which produces the perfect mingling of elation and calm.

Dig in with a therapeutic, fusion massage at the Waldorf Astoria spa. (Yes, it's the same famous, swank hotel as in NYC, but without the pigeon poop and incessant honking cabs).

Bahia Azul infinity pool (that employs Pool Ambassadors for your every bidding) along with dozens of waterslides for your kids (bonus!), allows you to relax un-splashed - no one wants pool water in their cocktail.

Palomino Island, a 100-acre private escape, where you can sunbathe au naturel, but be sure to bring your suit, you know, the one you got on your birthday.

An 18-hole Arthur Hills Golf Course where you can ride around getting sauced and trash talking about other players.

When you're in The Grand Hotel, you can take glass elevators down to an oceanfront shopping promenade, where you can use self-serve funiculars to reach Las Olas Village and La Marina Village.

If you repeat the word "funicular" three times, and tap your heels, you'll end up on the naked beach.

 

What We'd Change

Since the resort is on a 300-ft. cliff, getting around can be a bit of an adventure. Thankfully the mountainside cable cars do the walking for you!

 

Why You Should Go

It's 37 miles from Luis Monoz Marin International Airport (SJU), about an hour of driving time, during which you can curate your drink menu for the first day.

Lots of kewl excursions: fawn over the beautiful flora in the El Yunque Rainforest to. Be ahh-mazed at vibrant coral in Bioluminscent Biobay. Or sail the dreamy Atlantic on a deep sea adventure.

Take a high-speed catamaran to (and from) Palomino Island for horseback riding and snorkeling, but you can't do them together. That would be hard.

Head to the marina and take a spin on a high-powered jet ski. If that's too much, descend into the clear blue on a scuba diving adventure.

Getting around is all about funiculars: there are two self-serve funiculars (they're like elevators) that connect La Marina Village, which is at the cliff's bottom next to the marina, to The Grand Hotel. There you'll can catch the ferry boat that will shuttle you to Palomino Island (au naturel beach, half-nekked people) and the other beaches at the resort.

Las Olas Village is accessible by one of the funiculars and is terraced into the cliff side, 100 feet above La Marina Village. Las Casitas Village is on the hillside below The Grand Hotel and inland from the ocean.

Available Amenities

  • Tour Assistance
  • Car Rental Available
  • Beach
  • Business Center ($)
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Activities
  • Children's Pool
  • Concierge Services
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Dive Shop
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Golf Course ($)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Club
  • Laundry Services ($)
  • Lounge Chairs/Umbrellas
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Room Service ($)
  • Scuba Certification ($)
  • Snorkeling
  • Swim-Up Bar(s)
  • Internet Access ($)
  • Swimming Pool(s)
  • Scuba Diving ($)
  • Sailing
  • Aerobics
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Poolside Bar
  • Dry Cleaning Services
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Jet Skis ($)
  • Shopping
  • Snack Bar
  • Hiking/Biking Trails
  • Audio-Visual Equipment ($)
  • Fax Machine ($)
  • Photocopy Machine ($)
  • Health Club
  • Express Check-Out
  • Spa ($)
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Secretarial Services
  • Beach Towels
  • Parking ($)
  • Handicap Room Available
  • 13 Restaurants
  • Honeymoon Packages ($)
  • Wireless Internet Access ($)
  • Roll-Away Bed (on request) ($)
  • Cribs Available on Request ($)
  • Tennis Court(s) ($)


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Bars and Nightlife
  • Beach
  • Horseback Riding
  • Medical Facilities
  • Motor Boat Rentals
  • Nature Park(s)
  • Parasailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Tennis Courts
  • Water-Skiing
  • Windsurfing

Map of Local Area

An island with endless amounts of activities, Puerto Rico is as diverse as any island in the Caribbean. From exciting, bustling urban areas to more rural, quiet seaside towns, this island has it all.

El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

1000 Conquistador Ave

787-863-1000

Hotel Description

El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort: Escape To A Private Island Retreat

Through the weave of palm trees overhead you take in a few slivers of blue sky. But you are perfectly content with these small morsels. You know that not far from you is a thriving, bustling tropical wonderland spanning five villages with everything (and more) you need: an exotic, critter-filled rainforest for hiking and a Bioluminscent Biobay for coral gazing, for starters. And then there are the creature comforts out the wazoo: a serene infinity pool, gourmet nosh spots, a stress-crushing spa and killer golf course. And this just the tippy top of the long list of Awesome that's here. But no matter, all you want to do right now is descend back into your chill zone until you're ready to open your eyes again, where a few of the many niceties you'll enjoy include:

A resort fee (included in the listed price) guarantees you access to the following services and amenities:

  • Unlimited local and toll-free phone calls
  • Fitness center access (Promenade Level)
  • Weekly resort activities including Scout About
  • Wi-Fi access in public areas and guest rooms
  • In-room electronic safes

Note: This resort is NOT all-inclusive. Food and beverages must be purchased separately, but know that they're totally delish. So here's a good way to think about this: unless otherwise specified, all services are available for an additional charge.



DINING

A vortex of YUM in the sand. Some flavors of the epic grub spots include Asian, Italian, Caribbean, a bar/grill, a steakhouse, lots of casual places, David's cookies (snacks), and the ahh-some, yet ubiquitous haunt, Starbucks (not sure what we'd do without them).

Ballyhoo Bar and Grill
Type: Casual
Hours: Daily, 11am-11pm
Description: Featuring shrimp, conch fritters, quesadillas and burgers. Ocean and Palomino Island views.

Blossoms
Type: Asian
Hours: Daily, 6pm-10:30pm
Description: 3 culinary styles that include a sushi bar, Teppanyaki tables and innovative Hunan and Szechwan specialties. Reservations recommended.

Cafe Bella Visa
Type: Casual
Hours: Daily, 11am-11pm
Description: Pizza, sandwiches and salads. Casual, open-air spot.

Cafe Caribe
Type: Casual
Hours: Daily, 11am-5pm
Description: Offering sandwiches, traditional American dishes and Caribbean specialties.

Casitas Cafe
Type: Casual
Hours: Daily, 7am-11:30am
Description: A la carte breakfast.

Cozy's Gourmet Market
Type: Casual
Hours: Daily, 6am-midnight
Description: Located in the lobby, serving sandwiches, fruit and cheeses, as well as a variety of beverages and pastries.

David's Cookies
Type: Snacks
Hours: Daily, 7am-7pm
Description: Providing pastries, desserts and sandwiches.

Iguana's
Type: Casual
Hours: Daily, 11pm-5pm
Description: Featuring burgers, chicken, seafood, snacks and tropical drinks in open-air seating.

La Piccola Fontana
Type: Italian
Hours: Daily, 6pm-10:30pm
Description: Northern Italian creations in a luxurious and romantic environment.

Las Brisas
Type: Casual
Hours: Daily, 7am-11:30am
Description: Buffet and a la carte breakfast.

Oasis Bar and Grill
Type: Grill
Hours: Daily, 11am-5pm
Description: Serving casual fare and drinks in the Coqui Water Park.

Starbucks
Type: Coffee
Hours: Daily, 6am-10pm
Description: Serving fresh brewed coffee and light fare.

Stingray Cafe
Type: Caribbean
Hours: Daily, 6pm-10:30pm
Description: Caribbean-infused, seafood cuisine.

Chops Steakhouse
Type: Steakhouse
Hours: Daily, 6pm-10:30pm
Description: Private dining rooms available for a more exclusive dining experience at this steakhouse.

The Golf Grill
Type: Grill
Hours: Daily, 11am-5pm
Description: Lunch and cocktails overlooking the 18th hole and views of El Yunque Rainforest.

Ventana Del Caribe
Type: Casual
Hours: Daily, 11am-5pm
Description: Lunch menu.

All hours are subject to change.



BARS AND NIGHTLIFE

Nine hip bars/night spots - these hoppin' locales run the gamut: everything from Drake's Martini Bar (dress code required, no Speedos) and one in the Coqui Water Park to Casa Blanca (night club with DJ) and the Waldorf Astoria Spa T-Bar (includes fancy teas by Dilmah).

Iguana's
Daily, 11am-5pm.

Ballyhoo Bar and Grill
Daily, 11am-5pm.

Drake's Martini Bar
Dress code requires dress-short pants. Daily, 6pm-midnight.

Oasis Bar and Grill
Located in the Coqui Water Park. Daily, 11am-5pm.

Splash Bar
Serving the main pool area. Daily, 11am-7pm.

The Golf Grill
Offers drinks and snacks at the golf course. Daily, 11am-5pm.

Twenty-One
A sports bar featuring a pool table and large screen TVs. Mon-Thu 4pm-midnight; Fri-Sat 4pm-2am.

Casa Blanca
Night club featuring DJ music and dancing. Open Thu-Sat 9pm-2am

Waldorf Astoria Spa T-Bar
Teas by Dilmah, including iced and alcoholic options.



BEACHES AND POOLS

Two words: Pool Perfect, and here's the rundown: there are four rockin' regular pools, Coqui Water Park plus a sublime infinity pool, lollin' lazy river, children's pool (thank goodness) and water slides. And Palomino Island, a private retreat (reachable by catamaran) with palm trees, white sand and eager waiters ready to take your order. Note to the shameless: the "au naturel" section is just over the hill.

SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water
Available for an additional charge:

  • Coqui Water Park

Land

Available for an additional charge:

  • Tennis
  • Fitness center
  • Horseback riding

Golf
The Arthur Hills Golf Course at the El Conquistador Resort is a 18-hole, par-72 course with breathtaking views of the Atlantic and El Yunque Rain Forest and features a dramatic 18th-hole, splashing fountain leading to a waterfall.



INTERNET

El Conquistador offers Wi-Fi-Internet access in all of the guestrooms, public areas, pools, meeting rooms, and on Palomino Island. Wi-Fi Internet access is available for a daily fee.

SPA SERVICES

Waldorf Astoria Spa at the El Conquistador Resort is a full service spa.
  • Massages
  • Body treatments
  • Facials
  • Beauty salon
  • The minimum age for all spa guests is 18.


WEDDING/HONEYMOON

The professional staff at the El Conquistador Resort provides wedding coordination services and arrangements to make your day unforgettable. Packages are customizable and prices may vary.

CHILD CARE

For children ages 4-12, Camp Coqui provides recreational activities, crafts and games. Daily, 9am-4pm. Reservations are required.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
Located on the northeastern tip of Puerto Rico, near El Yunque Rain Forest, 37 mi from Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU). Approximate driving time is one hour.
Because El Conquistador is not in a zoned area for the taxi system, there are no set taxi fares. Round-trip airport/hotel transfers are offered by the resort and available as an option on the Reservations Upgrade page.

Check-In/Check-Out
Check-in: 4pm. Check-out: 11am.
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your hotel reservation.

Minimum Stay
A 2-night minimum stay is required at this resort with the following exception:
A 5-night minimum stay is required for travel Dec 24-31, 2016 and Dec 22, 2017-Jan 6, 2018.

Smoking Policy
Puerto Rico is generally a non-smoking jurisdiction, and many hotels impose strict controls on smoking in guest rooms, public areas, restaurants and by the pools. If you are a smoker, you should contact the hotel directly to get their individual policies.

Getting Around
La Marina Village, connected to The Grand Hotel by two self-serve funiculars that operate like elevators, lies at the cliff's bottom next to a marina, with ready access to the ferry boat that shuttles guests to Palomino Island and the resort's beaches. Las Olas Village, accessible by one of the funiculars, is terraced into the cliff side, 100 ft. above La Marina Village. Las Casitas Village is arrayed on the hillside below The Grand Hotel and inland from the ocean. Glass elevators take guests from The Grand Hotel down to an oceanfront shopping promenade, where they use self-serve funiculars to reach Las Olas Village and La Marina Village.


All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.

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