Fodor's Expert Review El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort & Spa

1000 Av. El Conquistador, Fajardo, 00738, Puerto Rico

Despite extensive, post–Hurricane María renovations, this sprawling complex remains one of the island's most popular resorts—a place where pastel-painted "villages" of ultramodern accommodations are arranged on an oceanside bluff and a shuttle whisks guests to a beach on Palomina Island. Furnishings here are low to the ground, ensuring that nothing obscures the ocean view. There are seven different pools on-site, as well as a water park for kids (and kids at heart). For grown-ups, the Waldorf Astoria Spa is widely considered among the Caribbean's best. The resort has a cluster of top-drawer restaurants specializing in everything from steak and seafood to diner-style burgers, and a handful of boutiques offer retail therapy. Unfortunately, the expensive self-parking lot is far from the entrance.

PROS

  • bright
  • spacious rooms
  • unbeatable views of nearby islands
  • good dining options
  • bright, spacious rooms
  • unbeatable views of nearby islands
  • good dining options

CONS

  • must take boat to reach beach
  • long waits at funicular running between levels
  • self-parking far from hotel entrance
  • hidden fees like parking ($16/day) and kids club ($70/day)
  • large-scale, post-hurricane renovation in progress
  • hidden fees including parking and kids club (and you need a car)

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Views
Casual
Near the beach
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 787-863–1000 | 888-543–1282

HOTEL DETAILS

230 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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