Eye on the World: Puerto Rico

written by | Posted on April 30th, 2014

Recommend’s Associate Editor spent six days traveling through Puerto Rico last week experiencing Hilton Hotel properties including the Condado Plaza; the Caribe HiltonEl San Juan Resort & Casino; and El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. While trekking from hotel to hotel, we also induldged in the local culture with tours, culinary classes, and strolls through Old San Juan. Travel through Puerto Rico with us in this edition of Eye on the World.

 

The Condado Plaza Hilton Ocean View room.

The Condado Plaza Hilton Ocean View room.

Vibrant-red hues in the Ocean View rooms at The Condado Plaza.

Vibrant-red hues in the Ocean View rooms at The Condado Plaza.

Views from the balcony of the Ocean View room at The Condado Plaza Hilton.

Views from the balcony of the Ocean View room at The Condado Plaza Hilton.

Glass-encased shower is in the center of the bathroom at The Condado Plaza Hilton's Ocean View room.

Glass-encased shower is in the center of the bathroom at The Condado Plaza Hilton's Ocean View room.

View of Caribe Hilton Hotel from the balcony of The Condado Plaza Hilton's Ocean View room.

View of Caribe Hilton Hotel from the balcony of The Condado Plaza Hilton's Ocean View room.

A walking trail at The Condado Plaza Hilton.

A walking trail at The Condado Plaza Hilton.

Old San Juan from Casa Lila, where travelers can participate in a cheese-making class.

Old San Juan from Casa Lila, where travelers can participate in a cheese-making class.

Views of Old San Juan from Casa Lila, where travelers can participate in a cheese-making class.

Views of the ocean from Caribe Hilton Hotel's main building guestroom.

Views of the ocean from Caribe Hilton Hotel's main building guestroom.

 El San Juan Resort & Casino's Main Tower Deluxe Rooms at El San Juan Resort & Casino.

El San Juan Resort & Casino's Main Tower Deluxe Rooms at El San Juan Resort & Casino.

Simple and modern decor at El San Juan Resort & Casino's Main Tower Deluxe Rooms.

Simple and modern decor at El San Juan Resort & Casino's Main Tower Deluxe Rooms.

Pool and ocean views from the room at El San Juan Resort & Casio Main Tower Deluxe Rooms.

Pool and ocean views from the room at El San Juan Resort & Casio Main Tower Deluxe Rooms.

Las Brisas Ocean View room at El Conquistador Resort.

Las Brisas Ocean View room at El Conquistador Resort.

Accommodations at El San Juan Resort & Casino Main Tower Deluxe Rooms.

Accommodations at El San Juan Resort & Casino Main Tower Deluxe Rooms.

Swim-up bar at the pool at Caribe Hilton Hotel.

Swim-up bar at the pool at Caribe Hilton Hotel.

Views of the Yucan Rainforest from the terrace of one of the ballrooms at El Conquistador Resort.

Views of the Yucan Rainforest from the terrace of one of the ballrooms at El Conquistador Resort.

Palomino Island, El Conquistador Resort's private island, offers plenty of watersports including kayaks, paddleboarding, jet skis and more.

Palomino Island, El Conquistador Resort's private island, offers plenty of watersports including kayaks, paddleboarding, jet skis and more.

Palomino Island, El Conquistador Resort's private island, has a horse stable where they rescue horses from Puerto Rico. Horses can take guests on a beachside trot or up the hills on the island.

Palomino Island, El Conquistador Resort's private island, has a horse stable where they rescue horses from Puerto Rico. Horses can take guests on a beachside trot or up the hills on the island.

The water park at El Conquistador Resort has three adult slides, one kiddie pool with slide and lazy river.

The water park at El Conquistador Resort has three adult slides, one kiddie pool with slide and lazy river.

Views from the infinity pool at Las Casitas Village at El Conquistador Resort.

Views from the infinity pool at Las Casitas Village at El Conquistador Resort.

The beach at The Condado Plaza Hilton.

The beach at The Condado Plaza Hilton.

Poolside beds surround the pool area at Caribe Hilton.

Poolside beds surround the pool area at Caribe Hilton.

The entrance to the on-property shopping area at El San Juan Resort & Casino, A Hilton Hotel.

The entrance to the on-property shopping area at El San Juan Resort & Casino, A Hilton Hotel.

Views from the pool at Caribe Hilton.

Views from the pool at Caribe Hilton.

The first beachside Starbucks in the world—complete with hammocks all around at Caribe Hilton.

The first beachside Starbucks in the world—complete with hammocks all around at Caribe Hilton.

The lively pool, complete with swim up bar, at El San Juan Resort & Casino.

The lively pool, complete with swim up bar, at El San Juan Resort & Casino.

This is the result of our mofongo-making class at La Vaca Brava restaurant in Old San Juan.

This is the result of our mofongo-making class at La Vaca Brava restaurant in Old San Juan.

The beach of El San Juan Resort & Casino.

The beach of El San Juan Resort & Casino.

Games surround the pool and beach area of Caribe Hilton Hotel for all to enjoy.

Games surround the pool and beach area of Caribe Hilton Hotel for all to enjoy.

View of El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort from the ferry coming back from Palomino Island, the resort's private island.

View of El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort from the ferry coming back from Palomino Island, the resort's private island.

View from Las Brisas Ocean View room at El Conquistador Resort.

View from Las Brisas Ocean View room at El Conquistador Resort.

The Blue bar is one of three bars at El San Juan Resort & Casino's lobby.

The Blue bar is one of three bars at El San Juan Resort & Casino's lobby.

The elegant grand staircase that leads guests to a ballroom at El San Juan Resort & Casino.

The elegant grand staircase that leads guests to a ballroom at El San Juan Resort & Casino.

The cable car that takes guests down the side of the mountain to the marina, water park and restaurants at El Conquistador Resort.

The cable car that takes guests down the side of the mountain to the marina, water park and restaurants at El Conquistador Resort.

Lunch setting on the terrace of El San Juan Resort & Casino overlooking the ocean.

Lunch setting on the terrace of El San Juan Resort & Casino overlooking the ocean.

Part of San Juan's 3-mile-long city wall, which was built around 1780 at Historical Fort Brookes.

Part of San Juan's 3-mile-long city wall, which was built around 1780 at Historical Fort Brookes.

The open-air lobby at Caribe Hilton Hotel.

The open-air lobby at Caribe Hilton Hotel.

A playground for kids near the pool with a basketball court next to it at the Caribe Hilton Hotel.

A playground for kids near the pool with a basketball court next to it at the Caribe Hilton Hotel.

Setting for dinner on the deck of Caribe Hilton Hotel.

Setting for dinner on the deck of Caribe Hilton Hotel.

View of the deck, and our setting for dinner, at Caribe Hilton Hotel from the main building's guestroom.

View of the deck, and our setting for dinner, at Caribe Hilton Hotel from the main building's guestroom.

Hammocks by the pool with views of the bay at The Condado Plaza Hilton Hotel.

Hammocks by the pool with views of the bay at The Condado Plaza Hilton Hotel.

The lobby bar of The Condado Plaza  Hilton Hotel. The entire lobby lights up at dusk.

The lobby bar of The Condado Plaza Hilton Hotel. The entire lobby lights up at dusk.

The reception area in the lobby of The Condado Plaza Hilton Hotel.

The reception area in the lobby of The Condado Plaza Hilton Hotel.

The Condado Plaza Hilton Ocean View room.Vibrant-red hues in the Ocean View rooms at The Condado Plaza.Views from the balcony of the Ocean View room at The Condado Plaza Hilton.Glass-encased shower is in the center of the bathroom at The Condado Plaza Hilton's Ocean View room.View of Caribe Hilton Hotel from the balcony of The Condado Plaza Hilton's Ocean View room.A walking trail at The Condado Plaza Hilton.Views of Old San Juan from Casa Lila, where travelers can participate in a cheese-making class.Views of the ocean from Caribe Hilton Hotel's main building guestroom.El San Juan Resort & Casino's Main Tower Deluxe Rooms at El San Juan Resort & Casino.Simple and modern decor at El San Juan Resort & Casino's Main Tower Deluxe Rooms.Pool and ocean views from the room at El San Juan Resort & Casio Main Tower Deluxe Rooms.Las Brisas Ocean View room at El Conquistador Resort.Accommodations at El San Juan Resort & Casino Main Tower Deluxe Rooms.Swim-up bar at the pool at Caribe Hilton Hotel.Views of the Yucan Rainforest from the terrace of one of the ballrooms at El Conquistador Resort.Palomino Island, El Conquistador Resort's private island, offers plenty of watersports including kayaks, paddleboarding, jet skis and more.Palomino Island, El Conquistador Resort's private island, has a horse stable where they rescue horses from Puerto Rico. Horses can take guests on a beachside trot or up the hills on the island.The water park at El Conquistador Resort has three adult slides, one kiddie pool with slide and lazy river.Views from the infinity pool at Las Casitas Village at El Conquistador Resort.The beach at The Condado Plaza Hilton.Poolside beds surround the pool area at Caribe Hilton.The entrance to the on-property shopping area at El San Juan Resort & Casino, A Hilton Hotel.Views from the pool at Caribe Hilton.The first beachside Starbucks in the world—complete with hammocks all around at Caribe Hilton.The lively pool, complete with swim up bar, at El San Juan Resort & Casino.This is the result of our mofongo-making class at La Vaca Brava restaurant in Old San Juan.The beach of El San Juan Resort & Casino.Games surround the pool and beach area of Caribe Hilton Hotel for all to enjoy.View of El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort from the ferry coming back from Palomino Island, the resort's private island.View from Las Brisas Ocean View room at El Conquistador Resort.The Blue bar is one of three bars at El San Juan Resort & Casino's lobby.The elegant grand staircase that leads guests to a ballroom at El San Juan Resort & Casino.The cable car that takes guests down the side of the mountain to the marina, water park and restaurants at El Conquistador Resort.Lunch setting on the terrace of El San Juan Resort & Casino overlooking the ocean.Part of San Juan's 3-mile-long city wall, which was built around 1780 at Historical Fort Brookes.The open-air lobby at Caribe Hilton Hotel.A playground for kids near the pool with a basketball court next to it at the Caribe Hilton Hotel.Setting for dinner on the deck of Caribe Hilton Hotel.View of the deck, and our setting for dinner, at Caribe Hilton Hotel from the main building's guestroom.Hammocks by the pool with views of the bay at The Condado Plaza Hilton Hotel.The lobby bar of The Condado Plaza  Hilton Hotel. The entire lobby lights up at dusk.The reception area in the lobby of The Condado Plaza Hilton Hotel.