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Puerto Rico’s Caribe Hilton to reopen May 15 after $150 million restoration

By on March 18, 2019

The Caribe Hilton in San Juan (Courtesy)

Property celebrates its 70th year of operation

SAN JUAN –Puerto Rico’s Caribe Hilton is taking reservations for stays beginning May 15 after a more than $150 million restoration that ensued after Hurricane Maria struck the island.

The iconic beachfront property was the first operated by Hilton outside of the continental United States 70 years ago by the brand, which marks its 100th anniversary. It now has 14 brands–including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and DoubleTree by Hilton, which operate in Puerto Rico–comprising more than 5,400 properties with nearly 880,000 rooms around the world.

The resort has been undergoing a complete makeover that includes its guest rooms and suites, eight food and beverage outlets, fitness center, spa, tennis center and landscaping, as well as its 65,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.

“The opening of Caribe Hilton in 1949 was a genesis of tourism that introduced travelers to the island of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean,” said Danny Hughes, executive vice president and president for the Americas, Hilton. “The revitalization of this emblematic property is a continuation of that genesis, inspiring much anticipation and pride among the Hilton family, locals, guests and all who have an enduring affinity for this cherished San Juan hotel.”

Park Hotels & Resorts Inc., which owns Caribe Hilton and more than 50 other premium-branded hotels and resorts, enlisted P3 Design Collective, a Virginia-based firm, to redesign the resort.

“We are thrilled to re-introduce the iconic Caribe Hilton to guests and locals alike,” said Thomas J. Baltimore Jr., chairman and CEO of Park Hotels & Resorts. “We have worked tirelessly to restore, reimagine and enhance the hotel, and we are confident that the finished product is worthy of the hotel’s legendary history.”

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