I stayed at the Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar, a vacation club property, in February 2012 for some R&R and my Wife's B'Day.
The property is about a half hour drive from San juan Int'l. I had a rental car because a cab ride is allegedly $50 each way. The property is located in Dorado, which is a suburb about 20 minutes from the tourist section of Condado and Old San Juan. Because of that, If your looking for excitement and lots of activity, this isn't the place for you!!!!!
Overall, this is a solid, well-maintained property. The rooms and grounds are clean and the staff is pleasant. However, the resort is dated and in need of an update. I had a 1 bedroom villa with a spacious living area and master suite. Everything was in working order, clean and functional; just not very modern. Since I had a full kitchen, I stocked up on water and a small amount of groceries from a local supermarket. We did half our dining in the room and half at the resort and around the neighborhood. I would definitely recommend El Vacahon, a neighborhood restaurant. Its absolutely fantastic!!! Also, i would recommend Zafra, an upscale restaurant in Plantation Village, a neighboring golf club location.
There is only 1 restaurant on site and it closes early!!! We ate there a few times. It had a typical beach bar and grill menu with a Latin Flair. The food was good, but nothing to go crazy over. The pool area was large and there were plenty of seats available no matter what time of day. The beach was extremely windy and almost chilly!!! I'm not sure if it was the time of year or just rough seas during my time there. At times, people had towels over themselves because the breeze was so strong.
A rental car is a must unless you intend to stay at the resort all day. You can't walk to anything in the area. Getting a Cab can be near impossible at certain times of the day. That is just the way it is in this area. Another couple told us that they were at the Embassy Suites down the road for dinner 1 evening and they couldn't get a cab. It was 8pm when they tried, so it wasn't even late in the evening.
The surrounding area is in transition. A Ritz Carlton Reserve resort and residence is being constructed in the next few years, so the neighborhood is on the rise. Allegedly, If your a guest of this resort, you'll have access to the Ritz's facilities. I'll believe that when I see it.
Overall, this is a resort I would come back to as long as I have a car available.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the beauty and charm of Dorado, Puerto Rico in luxury. Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar, A Hyatt Residence Club invites you to experience paradise and true serenity at this beachfront resort, located just 25 miles from San Juan and situated on the famed Dorado Beach. Your worries and cares will drift out to sea with the warm tropical breezes as you soak up the sun on our private beach or poolside. Play a round of golf at one of the nearby championship golf courses or rejuvenate with a spa treatment at the Spa Del Sol. Plan a day trip to the El Yunque Rainforest or soar through the skies like an eagle hang gliding. Fun in the sun awaits with nearby water sports including windsurfing, jet skiing, snorkeling, kayaking, catamarans, deep-sea fishing and horseback riding. Visit historic Old San Juan founded in 1591, explore the Camuy Caverns–third largest cave system in the western hemisphere–or take a free tour of the Bacardi Rum Distillery. Let our friendly, professional staff take care of arranging your activities both near and far. Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar features spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom beachfront accommodations, some of which include full kitchens and jetted spa tubs. Enjoy on-site amenities like tennis, mini-golf, basketball court, sand volleyball court, game room and a state-of-the-art fitness center featuring LifeFitness equipment, free weights, exercise cycles, and treadmills. Enjoy lunch and your favorite tropical drink at the Blu Bohio Bar and Grill or take it surfside if you wish. At the Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar on Dorado Beach, you'll discover all the fun, sun and excitement that have made Puerto Rico a legendary getaway. Please contact the resort directly to reconfirm your reservations if necessary. This is a non-smoking resort. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to check-in. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar Hotel Dorado
- Hyatt Hotel Dorado
- Hyatt Resort Dorado
- Hyatt Dorado
- Hyatt Cerromar
- Dorado Hyatt