Meetings & Events: What's New
Don’t call it a comeback: more than a year after hurricanes Irma and María, Puerto Rico is open for business (and you might even say better than ever).
The island is making major investments in the hospitality and meetings infrastructure, and 2019 promises to be the most exciting year yet. Here’s a roundup of new properties on the horizon, plus some familiar names that are welcoming meeting and convention guests once again.
Hotel Openings & Expansions
In 2019, Puerto Rico’s hotel capacity will increase by 25 percent, bringing the total number of rooms back to pre-Maria levels — around 15,000 island-wide. With a combination of new developments and reopenings, meeting guests and planners alike will have a more diverse and stylish selection than ever before.
The new ALOFT Hotel at the Convention Center at District San Juan will feature 175 loft-like rooms on more than seven stories, plus a bar, infinity pool, and state-of-the-art fitness center. With competitive rates and a modern vibe, this Marriott property will make an attractive new addition to the Convention Center District.
Other hotly anticipated developments for 2019 include the J.W. Marriott Dorado Beach, located west of San Juan, and The Mall of San Juan Hotel, where diehard shoppers can sleep just steps from the more than 100 retail and dining offerings of the The Mall of San Juan.
Q4 2018/Q1 2019 also brings new rooms and expansions at The Resort at Coco Beach, a Hyatt Affiliated Hotel; El Conquistador, a Waldorf Astoria Resort; and Caribe Hilton.
A New Era of Luxury
Signaling a new chapter in Puerto Rico’s hospitality industry post-recovery, several luxury resort properties are slated to open (or reopen) their doors in 2019 — many of which have been envisioned with large-scale events in mind.
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is once again welcoming guests after the 110-room resort expanded its facilities with a new spa and improved tropical landscaping.
St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Rio Grande has recently reopened its doors following the completion of a $60 million renovation that includes a seaside pool, Iridium Spa, and oceanfront golf course.
The legendary El San Juan Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton property, is back open after a top-to-bottom restoration encompassing everything from its 388 upscale guest rooms and oceanfront villas to the hand-carved mahogany ceiling in its historic lobby.
Also on the horizon for 2019, Four Seasons Cayo Largo will be a five-star addition to Fajardo, with luxurious guest rooms, a golf course, and abundant indoor and outdoor meeting space.
New District on the Block
There’s no clearer sign of Puerto Rico’s investment in its meetings industry than the opening of District San Juan. This five-acre hospitality and entertainment district promises to be the Caribbean’s most dynamic setting for conventions and events of every kind.
Located adjacent to the Puerto Rico Convention Center and set to open in Q4 2019, District San Juan will feature a 6,000-attendee performance venue and a pedestrian mall offering retail, dining, and nightlife options, including a rum micro-distillery.