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La Concha, a Renaissance Resort, San Juan

Editor's Pick
Puerto Rico, Caribbean: suite tower rooms at La Concha in Condado have retro-urban furnishings and fully equipped kitchenettes.
1077 Avenida Ashford
San Juan
Puerto Rico
Tel: 877 524 7778 (toll-free)
Tel: 787 721 8500
Fax: 787 724 1949's insider take:

This midcentury modern masterpiece presided over Condado's rise to tourism fame in the 1950s, and it's been the star of this beach strip ever since. Retro elements like the diamond-patterned facade and a restaurant inside a curving cement seashell feel at home among of-the-moment features like a multilevel pool, which transforms into an indoor-outdoor party platform when night falls. In the 483 guest rooms, low-slung furnishings pay homage to the past while feeling completely current, with the assistance of tech toys like iPod docks. Consider spending an extra $60 or so per night to upgrade to the suite tower (completed in 2010), where curvy blond-wood furniture is accented with pops of sea blue and you get a fully equipped kitchenette, ideal for hosting an after-party with new friends from La Concha's rowdy weekend scene. The crowd skews toward party people, but the great pool setup and kid-friendly restaurant also attract hip young families.—Updated by Colleen Clark

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