Puerto Rico's El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, will finally reopen again on Oct. 1, 2018, more than a year after impacts from Hurricane Maria forced it to close, the hotel announced yesterday.
Originally opened in 1958, El San Juan Hotel has been a popular Caribbean meeting destination for nearly 60 years. Just prior to Maria in September 2017, it had completed a $65 million renovation encompassing its 388 guest rooms, three pools, nine restaurants, and 15 bars, as well as a new spa and gym. Partially re-opened in December to accommodate relief workers, it's currently engaged in a full-scale restoration prior to its full return this fall.
Among the aspects of the property that are being restored are the ornamental hand-carved mahogany that covers the lobby ceilings, property columns, and the vaulted arch over the registration area, as well as all guest rooms.
"Rooted in timeless elegance, El San Juan Hotel will once again stand as the premier luxury destination in Puerto Rico," said Craig Waterman, vice president of openings and transitions at Two Roads Hospitality, which manages the property under Hilton's Curio Collection brand. "Both rich in history and effortlessly stylish, the hotel has served as the beating heart of the island since it debuted in 1958 and we're thrilled to reopen with a rejuvenated look, incomparable amenities, and authentic, Puerto Rican hospitality. We cannot wait to welcome back a new generation of guests along with those who have made the hotel a tradition over the last 50 years."