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El San Juan Hotel to reopen in Feb. ’17, joins Curio brand

The front of the hotel has been completely redone and upgraded, and features a custom sculpture designed by Puerto Rican artist, Luis Torruella.

El San Juan Hotel executives announced Wednesday that the iconic property will open its doors as part of Curio – A Collection by Hilton to travelers and locals on Feb. 5th, 2017.

Following a property-wide $60 million renovation, one of the most extensive completed at the property since its inception in 1958, the highly anticipated reopening will debut the majority of the updates made to the San Juan hotel.

“As one of San Juan’s most historic buildings, El San Juan Hotel is the perfect choice for our collection’s first property in Puerto Rico,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton. “The hotel’s commitment to local experiences, through its art, culinary offerings and programming, is sure to draw the Curio traveler looking for an authentic and distinctive stay.”

The new look designed by Jeffery Beers, one of the top hotel and restaurant designers in the world, will include completely remodeled guest rooms, a new pool, 22 luxury cabanas, a new fitness center and spa facilities, modern meeting spaces, new restaurants, upgraded shops and a modernized rendition of its legendary lobby that weaves its unique features with state-of-the-art design.

Visitors will be able to appreciate the more modern look and luxurious feel of the property as soon as they arrive onto its cobblestone plaza. The front of the hotel has been completely redone and upgraded, and features a custom sculpture designed by Puerto Rican artist, Luis Torruella.

Torruella’s design of the eight-foot sphere, that floats in a pool of water, is inspired by the close relationship that Puerto Rico and the hotel share with music, dance and nature, hotel executives said.

The Feb. 5th opening is the beginning of El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton’s, new era, with more new outlets and experiences to be revealed throughout 2017.

During the course of the year, the hotel will introduce, among other things, new programming, spa and fitness facilities and curated restaurant concepts in newly designed venues.

Longtime favorites of the hotel, including Brava and Meat Market, will remain on the hotel’s tenant list. A new restaurant, Caña, will also be part of the property’s culinary offering.

“We’re elated to see the re-opening of El San Juan Hotel become a reality. The rejuvenated hotel will honor the original elegance, opulence and energy of this Puerto Rican landmark with new, modern elements that will make the property very current and appealing to our target guests that seek authentic luxury lifestyle experiences,” said Andro Nodarse-León of León Mayer & Co., co-owner and asset manager of the hotel.

The property’s last major renovation was in the mid-80s, when some $50 million were pumped into upgrades. But between 2005 and 2015, visitor traffic declined by 48 percent, something the executive squarely attributed to the El San Juan’s neglected physical condition, as this media outlet reported.

As part of the Hilton portfolio, El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton will participate in Hilton HHonors, the guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 13 brands, officials announced.

El San Juan Hotel is a 388-room hotel overlooking two miles of pristine beach in the Isla Verde Beach district of the San Juan metro area in Puerto Rico. The property boasts an 11,000 square foot grand ballroom space, four pools, nine restaurants, 15 bars, the island’s top nightclub, and 12 acres on Isla Verde Beach.

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