Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel Review: Governors Suite Upgrade
I had an overnight in San Juan on the way back from the Iditarod in March and since my flight didn’t leave Puerto Rico until afternoon I decided to spend the night in the old town rather than at the airport. I’d tried out the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino on a previous stay and wanted to be closer to downtown on this trip, so settled on the Sheraton Old San Juan hotel.
My flight got in late and by the time I caught a cab and made it to the hotel it was after 10. Check in was quick and I found out as a Platinum I’d been upgraded to the Governors Suite!
It was impressive, but also a little tired looking. The double doors opened into a large foyer and mini sitting area.
The bedroom with balcony and bathroom were immediately to the left.
Around the corner to the right was a sizable dining room that seats 8.
Around the corner to the left was the living room with comfortable seating, a desk, and multiple balconies, including a corner looking out on one of the old forts.
I loved it, but if I had paid for the suite rather than upgraded I might have been a little disappointed by the outdated furniture. But as a recognition of status, it was awesome.
On my floor there was a fridge, not turned on, which had bottles of free water. A nice touch!
The in-hotel restaurants had closed by the time I had settled in and I didn’t feel like walking a couple of blocks to the nearest restaurants. Instead I’m afraid I walked one block to the nearby CVS which sells bubbly, beer, and various sandwiches, cheeses, and snacks. A good option if you’re looking for an inexpensive late night snack.
The next morning I got up early for breakfast and to explore the rest of the hotel before heading out to walk Old San Juan. The hotel was crowded due to Spring Break and a cruise ship being in town, which I think impacted my stay accordingly, so set your expectations accordingly.
For instance, the elevators took forever (sometimes 5 minutes), partly because only one was in service half the time and also because there was a stream of college students going to and from the outdoor pool.
Given the elevator traffic I was surprised most of the seats were empty. The pool was small, but wow, what a view.
Decent size, and very empty gym.
The breakfast buffet was a bit of a disappointment. Plenty of cold options, but rather indifferent service and the omelette person apparently was on break most of the time I was there. The hot options seemed to have been sitting in the warming pan for awhile.
With the exception of breakfast, all the staff were great though and couldn’t beat the location in the Old Town. Would definitely stay there again, though I’d suggest choosing points over breakfast.
More from this trip
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BBQ & Fat Birds in Anchorage
Seeing the Northern Lights in Alaska
Experiencing the Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks
Is Anchorage to Fairbanks One of the Most Scenic Flights Ever?
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