Review Junior Suite at Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort in Puerto Rico Using Marriott Suite Night Awards (SNAs)
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The Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort is one of the Isla Verde resorts in Puerto Rico that offers beachfront accommodation. When deciding between Isla Verde beach and Condado beach locations, Isla Verde has a much better white sandy beach and is less crowded. Another deciding factor is Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort hotel requires lesser Marriott Bonvoy points than the La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort at the Condado beach.
Our stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort was pleasant and relaxing. I used Marriott Suite Night Awards (SNAs) to upgrade our room to the Junior Suite Oceanfront Corner Room with a sofa bed and a private balcony, and it was very nice. Here’s the full review.
My Experience Requesting Upgrade Using Marriott Suite Night Awards (SNAs)
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort Junior Suite
I earned five (5) Marriott Suite Night Awards (SNAs) from reaching the Marriott Platinum Elite status. I selected those SNAs as part of the Marriott Annual Gift Choice Benefit.
I decided to apply the Suite Night Awards for our five-night stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort. The suite options at the time were:
1 Bedroom Suite Oceanfront
Junior Suite Oceanfront
Premium rooms with ocean views or oceanfront
I chose the 1 Bedroom Suite and Junior Suite options. Marriott Suite Night Awards would not clear until 5 days before the check-in date. So a week before check-in, I noticed that the 1 Bedroom Suite room types were not available for booking using cash, but the Junior Suites were still available for booking. Within the 5 days window before the check-in date, I received a notification from Marriott via email that my room had been upgraded to the Junior Suite Oceanfront Corner Room with a sofa bed and a private balcony. My online reservation was also updated to reflect the upgrade as well.
Courtyard Isla Verde Junior Suite
When we arrived at check-in, the front desk receptionist asked to see our full vaccination card. It is essential to know that Puerto Rico has a travel declaration form for COVID-9 entry requirements. You can find more information in the article here.
The front desk receptionist assigned us the Junior Suite Corner Room on the 6th floor that is NOT facing the swimming pool, for which we were grateful (more below as to why). There are 12 floors in the building, but our Junior Suite on the 6th floor still offers stunning views of the Isla Verde beach and a non-obstructed ocean view from our long private balcony.
The Junior Suite at the Courtyard Isla Verde is a large corner room with a sofa bed, two windows, and a balcony. The side window just looks out to the other nearby condominium, while the other large window/door takes you out to the private balcony for a complete full oceanfront view.
Junior Suite Corner Room Balcony
Junior Suite Balcony
Overall, the Courtyard Isla Verde Junior Suite was lovely, but I would not categorize it as a luxury by any means. It was pleasant, comfortable, spacious, and most importantly, it offered a beautiful full oceanfront view.
Junior Suite Oceanfront
Junior Suite Balcony Oceanfront
Junior Suite Oceanfront
Courtyard Isla Verde Resort Airplane Noise
It’s worth mentioning that each room at the Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort offers either an ocean view or a partial ocean view. It’s a matter of whether your room is located on the lower or higher floor to really enjoy the views (see the photo below).
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort is very close to the San Juan Internationa Airport, and the runway is literally across from the property. You can hear the airplanes taking off noise from time to time. Personally, the airport or airplane noise did not bother us as much as the wedding party that seemed to go on a lot there.
Fortunately, our Junior Suite Corner Room is far away from all that, and thus we did not hear the plane noise or the wedding music party. I recommend letting the resort know that you want a room NOT facing the swimming pool. Otherwise, you may be bothered by the music party that can go on until midnight. You do not want the room on that side, as shown in the photo, and you want the room on the other side of the building.
Avoid Rooms Facing Swimming Pool
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Airport Shuttle
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort does not offer an airport shuttle. However, the resort is very close to the airport, and it takes approximately 5 minutes to drive from San Juan International Airport (SJU) to reach the property.
Uber is also available at the rideshare pick-up area and costs only about $5-$7. This is an opportunity to use your monthly Amex Uber Credits too.
$20 Food And Beverage Credit
As a Marriott Platinum Elite status member, you will receive a $20 food and beverage credit per day. The way the credit works is that when you dine in the on-site restaurant or lounge bar, you simply charge the bill, including the tips, to your room. The hotel’s system will automatically apply the $20 credit to your portfolio bill. On your final statement after you check-out, you will see it as an “overage” transaction. That simply means that your dining bill has a $20 credit applied.
Welcome Drinks Rum & Pineapple
It is also worth mentioning that, Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort offers each room two welcome drinks vouchers at check-in whether you have elite status with the Marriott Bonvoy program or not. Each drink voucher can be used for any Barcardi rum and a flavor such as rum and coke, rum and pineapple, rum and mango, etc.
Welcome Drinks Vouchers
Sirena at Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Menu
The dining venues inside Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort consist of a coffee shop, Picante Lounge, and Sirena restaurant.
Serena restaurant is a seafood restaurant, so you can expect the menu item to be a bit pricey, but the food just tastes OK to me. You can access the Sirena Courtyard Isla Verde menu here.
If you want to venture out to eat at a nearby restaurant. The closest one is the Platos Restaurant which serves authentic Puerto Rican food, and on the weekend, they have live music entertainment. You can walk from the Courtyard Isla Verde to the restaurant in 10 minutes. More dining options outside the resort can be found 20 minutes away on foot, or you can take an Uber. There you will find more restaurants and shops along with Isla Verde beachfront resorts such as the Fairmont El San Juan Hotel, San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, and Royal Sonesta San Juan, to name a few.
Courtyard Marriott Isla Verde Pool and Swim-Up Bar Hours
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort Swimming Pool
I love that the swimming pool at the Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort opens until midnight every day.
The swim-up bar opens at 11 o’clock in the afternoon.
The swimming pool at the Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort is a pretty good size, and it has a swim-up bar called Papaya Grill which offers some quick bites and, of course, cocktails, beers, and non-alcoholic drinks. Pool services are also available.
We found that the seats at the swim-up bar are a little bit too low. When you sit down, your body is actually in the water, making it uncomfortable to sit there when the temperature cools down. Otherwise, it is a lovely enjoyable swimming pool with a swim-up bar.
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort Swim-Up Bar
Resort Fee at Courtyard Isla Verde Beach Resort
The resort fee at the Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort is $25 per day, and the property charges the resort fee in addition to your room rate.
Complimentary Beach Chairs and Umbrellas
It’s worth noting that you are charged for the resort fee whether you redeem Marriott Bonvoy points or pay for your stay. The resort fee covers the following amenities:
Two daily bottles of water
Two welcome drinks
Complimentary beach chair, umbrella, and towels
Casino match plays
Two hours of bike rent
Internet Wi-Fi access
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort Activities
As far as the Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort activities goes, the resort offers complimentary beach lounge chairs, beach umbrellas, and beach towels. If you want to surf or boogie board, a surf rental is available on the beach, but it is not part of the resort.
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort is a true Isla Verde beachfront resort. Isla Verde Peurto Rico beach is a public beach. You have a long stretch of white sandy beach to walk, run, or jog at your own pleasures.
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Parking
Self-parking and valet parking are available at the Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort:
Self-parking on-site: $4 hourly or $15 daily.
Valet parking: $25 daily.
How to Stay at Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort For Free
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort is part of the Marriott Bonvoy property. This means that you can redeem Marriott Bonvoy points for free night’s stays there.
I redeemed a total of 140,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for a 5-night stay with the Marriott 5th Night Free benefit as part of being a Marriott Bonvoy member.
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