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Ground-breaking ceremony celebrated for the new AC Hotel San Juan, Puerto Rico

Marriott International celebrated the ground-breaking ceremony of its first AC Hotel by Marriott in Puerto Rico last week. Located on the site of the former Radisson Ambassador Plaza and Casino in the popular Condado area in the capital San Juan, the new hotel will have 233 guest rooms and suites, a rooftop swimming pool and bar, a restaurant, a fitness centre and the brand's signature AC Lounge.

Ground-breaking ceremony celebrated for the new AC Hotel San Juan, Puerto Rico

Marriott International is to introduce its AC Hotel by Marriott brand in Puerto Rico, following the ground-breaking ceremony of the hotel last week. The new hotel will be located at the former Radisson Ambassador Plaza and Casino in the Condado area of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

AC Hotel San Juan will be developed by Interlink Construction, and a $45 million investment has been injected by Banco Popular de Puerto Rico and the Hotel Development Corporation. The renovation will transform the property into the sophisticated contemporary AC Hotel by Marriott brand, which was established in 1998 by Antonio Catalan.

Officials celebrate ground-breaking ceremony. It was attended by the Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro Garcia Padilla; Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Ingrid Rivera; Andrew Houghton, the Area Vice President, Caribbean and Latin America for Marriott International Inc.; and the President & CEO of Interlink, Federico Sánchez-Ortiz. During the ceremony, the brand's cornerstone ritual took place, which involved a handful of coins being placed into the foundation plot, along with the hotel's name and its opening date.

Each of the 233 guest rooms at AC Hotel San Juan, including the 48 suites, will have private balconies, contemporary decor, and modern amenities. Facilities at the hotel will include a rooftop swimming pool and bar lounge, a restaurant, a fitness centre, meeting rooms and the signature AC Lounge.

Andrew Houghton, the Area Vice President for the Caribbean and Latin America for Marriott International, stated:

"We are thrilled to announce the first AC Hotel for Puerto Rico, where there is a growing population of next-generation travellers who prioritise design and value when choosing a hotel. This new hotel reaffirms the company's commitment to Puerto Rico."

Marriott International Inc. has signed a long-term franchise agreement for the hotel, as well as a management operation agreement with Highgate Hotels. AC Hotel San Juan is scheduled to open to guests in 2017, and it will join 87 other AC Hotels across the world that cater for creative travellers who enjoy style, contemporary design and connection during their stay.

Puerto Rico currently has a number of hotels currently under development, including the new El Molino boutique hotel in Sabana Grande which broke ground recently. Located on a farm next to the Flores River in western Puerto Rico, the property will have 12 cabins, a swimming pool, and a bar. The hotel has received $750,000 investment from the nation’s Infrastructure Financing Authority, as well as $250,000 in municipal funding.

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