El San Juan Hotel, Curio - A Collection by Hilton officially reopens in Puerto Rico
El San Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico has officially joined Curio – A Collection by Hilton. This is the hotel brand’s first property in Puerto Rico, and is reopened to guests last week following renovations. The oceanfront property has 388 guest rooms, and is one of the island’s most iconic hotels after becoming a favourite for celebrities since its opening in 1958.
Curio – A Collection by Hilton has officially added its first hotel in Puerto Rico to its global collection. The El San Juan Hotel was reopened by the Hilton hotel brand earlier this month following extensive remodelling and renovations.
The landmark hotel in the Isla Verde district of San Juan in Puerto Rico has been a favourite for celebrities since it first opened in1958. Over the decades, it has attracted famous faces such as Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jr, and was originally designed by Morris Lapidus and Max Borges.
Mark Nogal, the Global Head of Curio – A Collection by Hilton, commented:
“With the reopening today of El San Juan Hotel, we are proud to continue our growth throughout the Caribbean by welcoming it as the first Curio Collection property in this spectacular destination.
“As a hotel that honours its proud past while offering the modern features that today’s curious traveller has come to expect, the fully remodelled and upgraded property will provide guests visiting San Juan truly authentic and remarkable experiences.”
The hotel underwent a $60 million refurbishment programme, and its redesign was led by one of the world’s leading hotel and restaurant designers, Jeffery Beers International. The hotel’s front has been transformed and now features a custom sculpture created by Luis Torruella, a local artist. The eight-foot sphere floats in a pool and represents the hotel’s relationship with music, nature and dance. The lobby of the hotel has a beautiful hand-carved mahogany ceiling and large chandelier, and the guest rooms and suites feature warm tones of stone to create a tranquil ambience.
Facilities at the El San Juan Hotel four swimming pools, six bars and lounges, the El Juan Beach Club, and an 11,000-square-foot grand ballroom for special events, exhibitions and conferences. A state-of-the-art spa and fitness centre will be introduced in the near future. Dining venues are plentiful and include five restaurants that are led by Executive Chef Gonzalo Rivera. The hotels works with local fishermen, farmers and small companies to ensure produce is sourced locally.
El San Juan Hotel is located on two miles of white sand crescent-shaped beach in the vibrant Isla Verde district, which is home to live music in bars and clubs, stylish boutiques, gourmet restaurants and historical sites. The beach was recently voted as the top Urban Beach in the U.S. by 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards of USA Today.
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