Hyatt Place Hotel Opens in Convention Center District
SAN JUAN – The Hyatt Place, the latest hotel developed in the grounds of the Puerto Rico Convention Center District in San Juan’s Miramar sector, opened its doors Monday.
The project, co-developed by PRISA Group, adds 149 rooms to the Convention Center District’s hospitality offering and, alongside the Sheraton Convention Center and Hyatt House hotels, brings the area’s total to 652 rooms.
Gov. Alejandro García Padilla was on hand at the inauguration. About $29.6 million, $5.9 million of which came from the Puerto Rico government, went into the development. The project also generated 596 direct and indirect jobs in its construction and operational phase, the governor said.
“This new hotel is a prime example of the advances this administration has made in tourism,” García Padilla added, highlighting recent industry milestones such as 8 million air passengers going through the island’s main airport and 1.5 million tourists arriving by cruise ship in 2015, a 30% increase compared with 2014.
“Despite the crisis and the millions of dollars in negative campaigns that bondholders are waging against Puerto Rico, we are witnessing an expansion that has become a part of the great things our people continue to achieve, in spite of what others are trying to project on the international stage,” García Padilla said.