esides, El San Juan Hotel & Casino will join the Waldorf Astoria Collection on February April 7, 2009, while Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino will be welcomed by Conrad Hotels & Resorts next March 12. These newest additions mark each brand’s debut in the Caribbean and demonstrate Hilton’s commitment to the expansion of its luxury and lifestyle brands into key markets worldwide.
El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa is spread over 200 hectares of lush tropical landscape in the quaint fishing village of Los Croabas, the lavish resort, and comprises a grand hotel of unique villages designed to combine tranquility with ultimate luxury. The resort overlooks the converging waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and is 31 miles east of San Juan, Puerto Rico and the international airport.
Upon completion of a us$ 120 million property-wide renovation in 2008, El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa, The Waldorf Astoria Collection boasts a complete redesign to all 750 guestrooms and suites, the recently opened Coqui Water Park, an outpost of famed NYC steakhouse Strip House and the addition of the 1,959 sqm Grand Atlantic Ballroom, bringing the resort’s total meeting and event space to over 9,290 sqm. It is complemented by Las Casitas Village, an intimate resort within a resort, with luxury villas, a secluded infinity pool, tropical spa services and personalized 24-hour butler service.
The beachfront El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa, The Waldorf Astoria Collection features an array of recreation activities including an Arthur Hills 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course, Golden Door Spa – the Caribbean’s largest spa with 25 treatment rooms, seven freshwater swimming pools and private Palomino Island for sunbathing, water sports, horseback riding and more.
A 822 sqm circular world-class casino, seven tennis courts, fitness center, retail shops and a 25-slip private marina offering deep-sea fishing charters, sailboats, catamarans, and yachts are also available, while dining options seem limitless with nearly 20 onsite restaurants and cafes.
Dramatically set on one of Puerto Rico’s most picturesque beaches in the fashionable Isla Verde district, just five minutes from the international airport, the El San Juan Hotel & Casino has long been considered one of the Caribbean’s leading hotel and casino properties. On April 7, it will join the Waldorf Astoria Collection following a us$ 52 million renovation completed in 2007. With 382 guest rooms and meeting spaces designed by Robert Barry of Barry Design and an alluring pool and beachside experience - Encanto Beach Club, by acclaimed architect Stephane Dupoux – the El San Juan Hotel & Casino offers an exciting and vibrant escape.
Outdoors, the hotel invites guests to a seductive poolside experience at the Encanto Beach Club, a social setting featuring 24 canopied, double-sided daybeds along the shoreline, three private cabanas, 25 versatile lounging pods, hammocks, swings, a swim-up bar, and more. An elegant Edouard de Paris Day Spa is a full-service peaceful oasis with five treatment rooms. A 1,532 sqm casino delivers a warm, friendly atmosphere with elegant opulence, while eight award-winning restaurants present a delicious array of culinary delights. It also has several bars, lounges or nightclubs, including the Lobby Bar consisting of The Gold Bar, The Silver Bar and The Blue Bar, each with its own attitude.
Additional amenities include 3,251 sqm of versatile event space, including 14 rooms and unique outdoor spaces, business center with Internet access, complimentary children’s activities, rooftop fitness center, and La Galeria, an air-conditioned shopping arcade.
Ideally located on San Juan’s upmarket Condado strip, the renovated Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino is a welcome addition to the Conrad line of hotels and resorts. The Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza will debut on March 12, 2009 showing off a us$ 70 million redesign completed in 2008 which included an intensive refurbishment of all rooms, public areas, an impressive new lobby, and 3,716 sqm of meeting space. Just 15 minutes from the international airport, this sleek and contemporary urban oceanfront hotel has the distinction of being the only hotel to overlook both the Atlantic Ocean and the tranquil Condado Lagoon.
All 570 guest rooms, designed by Leo Daly have undergone dramatic transformations, merging plush comforts with seamless technology. Each room offers a private balcony with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean or Condado Lagoon, and the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza’s Laguna and Ocean Wing accommodations offer large, luxurious suites. For lovers of fine cuisine, the resort includes a wide array of internationally flavored restaurants, including Gusto de Italia, Eight Noodle Bar, and Varita. The Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza also offers an abundance of upscale amenities and services, including a recently redesigned fitness center, poolside massages, two clay tennis courts, a secluded beach, three outdoor swimming pools, and an electrifying 24-hour casino, the largest in Puerto Rico.
Ross Klein, Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Hotels Corporation commented: “Puerto Rico is a classic luxury destination for those seeking adventure and relaxation, and we’re delighted to be expanding our key luxury brands into this rapidly booming market. Conrad Hotels & Resorts represent a growing global worldwide network, while the Waldorf Astoria Collection blends signature elements from each indigenous location with authentic luxury experiences – each brand offers something unique to this beautiful natural destination, and we look forward to extending our signature guest experiences to Puerto Rico.”