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What You Need to Know about the San Juan Marriott Hotel & Casino

March 4, 2010 By: Meagan Drillinger

Travel Agent attended a luncheon in New York today hosted by the San Juan Marriott Hotel & Casino. Here is a rundown of what we learned.

In keeping with the times, the hotel has installed a brand new "YouTube concierge," as part of its "Wish You Were Here" campaign. Guests will have the opportunity to professionally film a 30-second clip of their stay and have it posted live on the property's YouTube channel. Much better than a postcard.

The active traveler will want to take advantage of the hotel's bike tours or kayaking trips. Bike tours are a more engaging way to tour the surrounding area, as opposed to a bus tour. Bike trips last roughly two hours and cost $39 per person.

For a truly unique experience, we learned that guests of the hotel can arrange a kayak trip through Puerto Rico's bioluminescent bays.

San Juan is definitely a hot spot for nightlife, and the hotel brings a little bit of that right to the property. Thursday through Sunday nights the Lobby Lounge serves cocktails against a backdrop of live music for a lively dance scene.

Looking to tie the knot? The property has a professional staff on hand to plan a destination wedding. A perk? Your guests won't need to worry about a passport.

General Manager's tip: We spoke with the property's general manager, Hans Georg Rohrbein, who suggested a great local hangout for your clients looking for a taste of Old San Juan. While breakfast at the hotel is certainly not to miss, for a true local breakfast experience, head to Old San Juan's Mallorca for local coffee, great atmosphere and a traditional Puerto Rican breakfast.

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