Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel & Casino Review
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Spa & Casino in San Juan is owned by hospitality company, Marriott International. Their high standard of service is world-renowned and there are multiple Marriott-owned hotels on the island of Puerto Rico.
San Juan itself is the capital of Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States. The nearest airport, Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, is only a 15-minute drive away and can be reached by renting a car or by taking a taxi.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Casino does not require visitors to dress in any particular way but requests that you consider your fellow guests. Shirt and shoes are required in both the casino and indoor restaurants. If you want to gamble in the casino, you will need to be 18 years or older, and you will most likely be asked to produce identification. Also, it’s worth noting that the currency used at the hotel is the US Dollar.
Casino at Ritz-Carlton San Juan
The Ritz-Carlton San Juan Casino is one of the biggest casinos on the island at a staggering 38,000 square feet. This casino is a tourist attraction in its own right on the island, and people from all over the world come to enjoy the atmosphere and the variety of games on offer. The casino caters mostly to US tourists, and is a great place for those that want to bet low stakes while on vacation because there are no high limit tables.
Apart from the many table games and electronic games like slots and video poker, there is a bar with live music on weekends. There host the occasional poker tournament and their website or reception staff will be able to fill you in on any important dates.
The casino is open 365 days a year, but the table games are closed for a few hours in the morning (from 4am until they open again at midday).
Table Games at Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel & Casino
The Ritz-Carlton San Juan Casino features 22 table games which are more than most of the other casinos in Puerto Rico. They offer multiple games including roulette, craps, blackjack, poker, and baccarat.
There are 2 roulette tables that are very popular. Both tables use American Roulette rules, which has the zero and double-zero on the wheel.
Craps seems to generate a lot of attention at the Ritz-Carlton and is normally full on most nights. Getting to the casino early is important if you want to get a seat without waiting too long.
Card games, however, are the most popular table games at Ritz-Carlton casino with over 8 different tables on offer. Blackjack is only available with standard American rules.
Poker has a few variations on offer including Let It Ride, Ultimate Texas Hold‘em and Three Card Poker. The most popular one at the casino is Ultimate Texas Hold‘em. During peak hours the tables can get rather busy, so you might have to queue before you can play
Slots and Video Poker at Ritz-Carlton San Juan
With 329 gaming machines, the Ritz-Carlton has one of the most impressive collections of electronic games on the island. There are various machines that offer low-stakes, starting at $0.01, and larger bets, going up to $5+. There are also slots that offer multi-denominational betting to vary the bets between spins.
Video reel and standard reel machines are available and high rollers will be able to try their luck at the progressive jackpots and the big payouts on offer.
The Ritz-Carlton also has an impressive collection of electronic card games with numerous virtual blackjack and video poker machines available.
Hotel and Accommodations at Ritz-Carlton San Juan
Ritz-Carlton San Juan is very popular and has over 300 guest rooms available with 10 more extravagant room options available. Most guests report having a comfortable stay at the Ritz-Carlton and the staff goes out of their way to meet all your holiday needs. All rooms have complimentary internet access, elegant bathrooms, and comfortable bedding.
As for hotel amenities, there are many available here. There is a pool, fitness center, spa, beach access, gift shops, and various restaurants and bars. There is even a hotel photographer that roams the resort taking photos, but will also take photos for you on request. If you want to buy any of the photos it can be done at reception.
Restaurants at Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel & Casino
Ritz-Carlton San Juan has an array of dining options available to guests. They vary from bars that offer drinks and an afternoon snack, to fancy evening dining experiences.
BLT Steak is a French-styled restaurant what has everything you need for an evening meal. They are only open for dinner and they take reservations, so be sure to book before being disappointed. They have an extensive wine list and offer daily specials which range from seafood to steaks.
Il Mulino New York brings Ritz-Carlton guests a taste of the Ambruzzi region of Italy. Only open for dinners, this restaurant is very popular and is often full of hotel guests and locals alike.
Mares Restaurant is a far more relaxed environment is on offer at this restaurant which closes after lunch at 2pm. Outdoors or undercover, this restaurant offers a place enjoy a morning meal.
Ocean Bar and Grill offers offer cocktails and different light meals and is open most of the day from 11:30am to 9pm.
The Lobby Lounge is another laid back, yet sophisticated, option available at the Ritz-Carlton. A place to go for a morning or afternoon meal or simply to enjoy a coffee, the Lobby Lounge is always buzzing with energy.