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Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa 4.0

Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

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Pros

  • Direct access to a beautiful beach, near El Yunque National Park 
  • Classy rooms with narrow balconies, some with beach views
  • Two attractive outdoor pools with hot tubs, including one adults-only pool
  • Nine on-site restaurants offer cuisines ranging from Japanese to Italian
  • Some suites include separate living areas and multiple bathrooms
  • Two championship golf courses, clubhouse, putting green, and driving range
  • Largest tennis center in the Caribbean, with 13 courts
  • Lovely on-site spa and a no-frills fitness center
  • Flexible meeting and event space for up to 2200 guests
  • On-site casino features slot machines and table games
  • Regular activity programs for both adults and kids
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Limited dining options within walking distance
  • On-site restaurants are expensive
  • Many facilities (fitness center, pool) close early in the evening
  • Fee for self or valet parking 

Bottom Line

This property was impacted by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. The hotel is currently not accepting reservations through the end of 2017, and we will update our review as soon as we know more. The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa is a four-pearl hotel, a 20-minute drive from downtown Rio Grande. The hotel’s 600 guest rooms are large and stylish, with some offering wrap-around balconies and separate living areas with sofa beds. The Rio Mar includes the diverse dining choices and activity options that most guests would expect from a big resort, yet its atmosphere remains pleasantly low-key. The hotel features direct access to a stunning stretch of beach, but attractions and dining options within walking distance are otherwise limited. Travelers who prefer a more central location might consider the Doubletree by Hilton San Juan instead.

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Scene

Laid-back resort popular with active travelers and families

This popular resort, adjacent to El Yunque National Park, has a laid-back vibe that's popular with families, who congregate at the kid-friendly Activity Pool

The Rio Mar’s garden-filled grounds are a perfect match for the wonderful natural scenery that surrounds it, with the ocean and El Yunque National Park both visible from the property. The resort offers a huge array of on-site entertainment, a particularly important feature considering that there’s little to see and do in the surrounding area. Even still, the Rio Mar is a better fit for guests with their own transportation because those without will need to rely on taxis or find themselves stranded at the resort.

The hotel’s casino and numerous bars seem to set the stage for partying, yet, for the most part, the Rio Mar doesn’t attract partiers. Guests here seem more interested in dozing by the pool, strolling down the long coastline, or taking trips to nearby El Yunque National Park. This subdued atmosphere, combined with a kids’ pool, a great line-up of kid-friendly activities, and large guest rooms, make the hotel a popular choice for families. The proximity to El Yunque coupled with plenty of on-site activities also make this resort a good fit for active travelers.

Location

On the northeastern coast of Puerto Rico, a 10-minute drive from El Yunque National Park

Map of Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa

Rio Mar is set in a picturesque location, with a long stretch of coast on one side and the lush greenery of El Yunque National Park defining the horizon on the other. Although the setting is big on natural beauty, it’s lacking when it comes to dining and attractions. There’s virtually nothing of interest within walking distance, making a car essential for guests who want to explore the island or dine outside of the resort. El Yunque is a 13-minute drive away, and it’s just under a 20-minute drive to the nearest metro area, downtown Rio Grande. Luis Munoz Marin International Airport can be reached in 25 minutes by car, and Old San Juan is an hour away. 

Rooms

Elegant guest rooms with furnished balconies and large bathrooms

The elegant Ocean View Room includes contemporary design elements, such as headboards that look like tatami mats and prints of dominos

Guest rooms at Rio Mar Beach Resort are bright and contemporary, featuring neutral color schemes with pops of orange or blue fabrics. Most beds have tall headboards reminiscent of tatami mats and artwork ranging from prints of dominos to colorful abstracts. All rooms include narrow balconies with views of the leafy resort grounds, the coast, or El Yunque Rainforest. Rooms also have coffee- and tea-making facilities and flat-screen TVs. Some suites offer separate living areas with sofa beds, in addition to dining rooms, wrap-around balconies, and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Bathrooms are big and come with toiletries, and while the fixtures in the shower/tub combos look a bit dated, the square sinks are sleek and modern. 

Features

Separate adults-only and activity pools, nine restaurants, and direct access to gorgeous beach

Dining options include Marbella restaurant, which serves mediocre buffet options in a space overlooking the garden and ocean

The hotel offers two large, lagoon-shaped pools: an adults-only pool with a waterfall feature and an activity pool. The activity pool offers a waterslide, kids’ wading pool, and a volleyball net. The pools are surrounded by comfy blue lounge chairs and beach umbrellas, and each includes an adjacent, in-ground hot tub. The concrete deck area is softened by palm trees and other tropical greenery and has a few square cabanas. The pool area opens up onto a wide stretch of serene golden-sand beach with loungers.

The Mandarin Spa offers a range of therapeutic treatments and beauty services, including massages, scrubs, facials, and nail and hair care. The spa’s pleasant relaxation and meditation area features floor-to-ceiling windows that face toward the ocean. There's also a plain but practical fitness center with cardio and strength-training equipment.

There are nine dining venues on-site, in addition to two bars. Food is pricey overall and most guests report that the quality is average. The lower-level Marbella restaurant features pillars that stretch dramatically upward toward the lobby, as well as huge windows with garden and ocean views. Seabreeze and Tiki Hut Bar & Grill offer breezy, poolside dining. 

Recreation activities abound at the resort, and there's even a casino with table games, video poker, and slot machines. Staff organize regular activities for guests, ranging from beach volleyball to nature walks. Special activities are available for kids, including iguana feeding, cooking classes, and face painting, among others. The resort encompasses two championship golf courses, the River Course and the Ocean Course. There's also an enormous tennis center featuring 13 courts, including four illuminated for nighttime matches. 

The hotel has a huge amount of indoor and outdoor event space, including 24 meeting rooms. Wedding planning services are available. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout, and both self-parking and valet parking are available for additional fees. 

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Things You Should Know About Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa

Address

6000 Rio Mar Boulevard, Rio Grande 00745-4661, Caribbean

Phone

(787) 888-6000

Also Known As

  • Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa, a Wyndham Grand Resort

Room Types

  • Atlantic One Bedroom Suite
  • Caribbean One Bedroom Suite
  • Clear Air, Allergen Free Guest Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Mountain View Guest Room
  • Oceanfront Guest Room
  • Partial Ocean View Guest Room
  • Partial Ocean View Junior Suite
  • Resort View Guest Room

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