Tourism/Transportation

Construction starts on $2M San Lorenzo hotel

Tourism Company Executive Director Luis Rivera-Marín speaks during Thursday’s groundbreaking for the Hacienda Muñoz Inn.

The East-Central town of San Lorenzo is getting its first hotel in August 2013, with the completion of the Hacienda Muñoz Inn unveiled Thursday.

The $2 million project will be an addition to a lush property that currently boasts an activity hall and two restaurants, Yiya’s Restaurant and Amanda’s Woods.

The project will have a total of 58 rooms, a swimming pool and a hydroponic garden for the inn’s consumption, as well as to show guests the process of planting produce like plantains, bananas and others, said property owner Héctor Muñoz, during an official groundbreaking ceremony that drew participation by Tourism Company Executive Director Luis Rivera-Marín.

“We’re very proud to establish the central-eastern region’s first inn, which translates into a new economic injection for this area and Puerto Rico,” said Muñoz, noting the project will create 35 new direct jobs and 60 indirect positions.

The new hotel facility will target stateside tourists, as well as Puerto Ricans residing abroad who come looking to stay and enjoy a natural setting. The hacienda will offer packages for tours, entertainment and trips in the region. Rooms will go for about $100 a night, company executives said.

The first 19 rooms will be ready in August 2013, with more to be added during a subsequent phase.

“It fills the Tourism Company with satisfaction to see that Puerto Rican entrepreneurs are investing in the development of new tourism products in regions previously lacking these facilities, which will contribute to this industry’s growth and to the economic development of San Lorenzo and the East-Central region,” said Rivera-Marín.

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