Piña coladas are flowing again at the Caribe Hilton, one of Puerto Rico’s most storied properties.
Heavily damaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017, the 652-key hotel has undergone a $150 million restoration in the 15 months it has been closed.
“Caribe Hilton was our first hotel to open outside the continental U.S. and the birthplace of the piña colada, and for that reason, has always been an incredibly important hotel for Hilton. It is with great pride that we say ‘welcome back’ or ‘bienvenidos’ to this emblematic property,” said Danny Hughes, executive vice-president and president Americas, Hilton. “We are extremely proud of our new product and the resilient team members who worked to redevelop a resort worthy of its history. We can’t wait to welcome guests and members of the community back to the hotel.”
The Caribe Hilton opened in 1949 and quickly became a hotspot for celebrities, politicians, royalty and other jet setters. Its claims to fame include being the home of the piña colada, which was created in 1954 by bartender Ramón “Monchito” Marrero after three months of experimentation.
Today, the property has been meticulously restored by owner Park Hotels and Resorts. Its reinvigorated look is deeply influenced by Puerto Rico’s vibrant culture. It now offers completely renovated guestrooms and suites; reimagined f&b concepts; fitness centre; spa; tennis centre (in collaboration with Puerto Rican Olympic gold medalist Monica Puigi); landscaping redesigns; and 65,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.
“The reopening of the Caribe Hilton is one more symbol that Puerto Rico is back in business,” said Pablo Torres, the property’s general manager. “The sun is shining, there’s energy and rhythm on the island and once again our famous piña coladas are flowing. We’re welcoming our return guests back home, as well as introducing new ones to the enduring Caribe Hilton experience and legacy.”