by Alex Palmer | October 24, 2018
One of Puerto Rico's grand properties will be celebrating its grand reopening before the end of this year. El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria last year after having just completed a major renovation, has announced that it will be opening its doors again on Dec. 14, 2018. 

The 388-room property, originally opened in 1958 and over the decades served as a luxury destination for all manner of VIPs visiting the island, with stars including Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Liza Minelli performing on its stage. Following a $65 million redesign of the property's rooms, pool area, restaurants and entertainment areas, it reopened last year to great fanfare, only to be severely damaged by Hurricane Maria several months later.

Now, following restoration efforts throughout the property, it will be ready to reopen its doors and welcome back individuals and meetings groups in time for the winter. 

"We're thrilled to be a part of this milestone moment in Puerto Rico's recovery, and for the destination's hospitality industry, as El San Juan Hotel marks a premier luxury destination within the Caribbean," said Martin Smith, managing director of El San Juan Hotel. "Both rich in history and contemporary in style, the hotel has served as the beating heart of Puerto Rico since it debuted in 1958. We are experience-ready with a rejuvenated look, incomparable amenities and authentic island hospitality."

Visitors will be able to take advantage of the property's refurbished guest rooms, poolside and oceanfront villas, public spaces, pools, cabanas and fitness areas -- as well as its two miles of pristine sand on Isla Verde Beach (voted Best Urban Beach in the U.S. by USA Today). It also will offer more than 40,000 square feet of meeting space, in addition to numerous restaurants and the nightclub BRAVA.

While the property is refreshed throughout, historic elements of the El San Juan Hotel have been maintained or refurbished. This includes the massive chandelier in the center of the lobby as well as the hand-carved Mahogany on the ceiling, columns and vaulted arches throughout the lobby and the registration area. Visitors who come to the hotel will find a blend of historic and modern. Another historic element: The 300-year-old banyan tree adjacent to the property's Caña patio and Wellness Pool, which has withstood many hurricanes in its lifetime.

El San Juan will be one of four historic Puerto Rican properties reopening this winter, following significant refurbishments in response to hurricane damage. The other properties include the Caribe HiltonSt. Regis Bahia Beach Resort and Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

"The reopening of El San Juan Hotel comes at a perfect time during Puerto Rico's holiday season -- which happens to be one of the longest in the world," said Leah Chandler, chief marketing officer of Discover Puerto Rico. "Luxury offerings like El San Juan appeal strongly to leisure and business travelers who seek impeccable service, rich amenities and reimagined accommodations. Discover Puerto Rico is thrilled to welcome this property back to the market for travelers to book, experience and enjoy."