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Historic Caribe Hilton Hotel in Puerto Rico to reopen in December 2018 following hurricane damage

The Caribe Hilton hotel in San Juan in Puerto Rico is scheduled to reopen in December 2018, after it was damaged by the hurricanes in 2017. The historic property has 652 guest rooms and suites and sits on a 17-acre peninsula with a private beach within the historic Old San Juan district. The hotel has undergone a $100 million renovation programme over the last year, which included all accommodation, the lobby, the spa and its restaurants.

Historic Caribe Hilton Hotel in Puerto Rico to reopen in December 2018 following hurricane damage

The historic Caribe Hilton Hotel in Puerto Rico will reopen to guests in December. The luxury property in San Juan was damaged by the hurricanes last year, and it has undergone a $100 million transformation project.

Located in the historic Old San Juan area and Condado district of the capital city in Puerto Rico, the hotel sits on a 17-acre peninsula and has a secluded beach and tropical gardens. The hotel first opened in 1949, and it was Hilton’s first property to operate outside the United States.

Pablo Torres, the General Manager of the Caribe Hilton stated:

"This is a positive story not only for our hotel but also for the community and the tourism industry," "We are all emerging stronger than ever. Our target date for reopening is Dec. 21.

"We are taking reservations from that date onward, and we will be celebrating our 70th anniversary in 2019. We have some movement already from our loyal guests who want to come back and support Puerto Rico.”

The luxury hotel has 652 guest rooms and suites, and as part of the refurbishment programme, all accommodation has been upgraded. The lobby and check-in areas have been renovated, as well as the spa, five restaurants and two bars, and the 55,000-square-feet meetings and conference space. There are new tennis courts, landscaped gardens and new lighting.

The hotel was severely damaged by a series of hurricanes that hit the Caribbean and Puerto Rico last September and October. The hotel’s beach lost its sand during the hurricanes but it regained it during a high-tide storm months later. Several of the hotel’s 500 employees were given work at Hilton hotels in the United States during the renovation, and some were hired to help reconstruct the hotel.

 Torres concluded:

“I am optimistic and excited regarding the future. We have navigated a long year but now have a better product that will benefit our guests and our team members."

Hilton Worldwide operated five hotels in Puerto Rico that are currently open to guests. These include the DoubleTree by Hilton San Juan, Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort, Hampton Inn & Suites San Juan, Embassy Suites by Hilton Dorado del Mar Beach Resort and the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Juan Hotel & Casino. The El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton is offering limited services, amenities and dining options until repairs are completed.

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