San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

In keeping with that leisure focus, the resort offers a range of innovative and fun packages for families, girls’ getaways and romance. Starting nightly rates for packages range from $229 to $531, depending on inclusions which can be in-room movies and ice cream and free soda refills for kids 12 and under on the family deal, to candlelit dinners and massages for romance seekers. Valid through Dec. 31.

Bookings made through Nov. 15 qualify for San Juan Marriott’s The Big Dig travel agent incentive program, where the top five agents producing the most room nights are invited to an all-inclusive stay for two, including air and tours. The five winners will also embark on a real treasure hunt for cash prizes totaling $10,000 hidden within five treasure chests buried in Condado Beach’s sand. Log bookings at to qualify.

recent renovations The lobby renovation is the fourth major project for the 511-room beachfront property. In 2006, the 12,700-sq.-ft. Stellaris Casino was renovated and now boasts 470 slot machines, 26 game tables and casino bar. It’s also smoke-free, making it a comfortable place for non-smokers to enjoy gaming, while the Wan Chai Noodle Bar is the place to go for dinner or late-night munchies while at the tables or slots.

Some $35 million was spent on guestrooms in 2007 and another $2 million was recently spent on renovations to the La Vista Latin Grill and the La Isla Grill and Pool Bar. Upgrades to guestrooms are all about improving the sleep experience by adding the latest technology. Rooms boast Marriott Revive bedding with 300-thread count sheets and wireless Internet access, while muted colors create a relaxing temporary home and all rooms feature a balcony with ocean views.

The new La Vista Latin Grill looks out onto the pool and ocean and features Puerto Rican dishes and “Nuevo Latino” cuisine. La Vista Latin Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Another option? Ristorante Tuscany’s Northern Italian cuisine incorporates the slow-cooking techniques of Puerto Rico with delicacies include cannelloni stuffed with lobster ragout and ossobuco paired with saffron pappardelle.

Other dining choices include the Coffee Merchant & Bake Shop for fresh brew, sandwiches and homemade pastries for breakfast, lunch and dinner. La Isla Grill and Pool Bar is a good choice for a burgers, grilled chicken and light fare for lunch and dinner, as well as tropical drinks, beer and cocktails. Room service is also available.

“Product enhancements are extremely important,” says general manager Hans-Georg Roehrbein. “We constantly strive to be the property of choice for visitors to San Juan and Puerto Rico, so we continuously look at ways to provide superior and consistent service in an environment that is a reflection of that. As our guests’ expectations change, then we change and adapt to meet them.”