Authority. “We want
to be the perfect
business and fun.”
will include an
spaces for restau-
rants, bars and shops,
eight movie theaters and
Puerto Rico Convention
Center District Authority also encompasses
other top group venues: Antiguo Casino,
with 45,000 square feet of space, and Bahia
Urbana, a bayside venue popular for outdoor
activities. Its three anchor hotels are the
Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino, Hyatt Place San Juan and Hyatt House San Juan,
all of which are open and accepting groups.
Meanwhile, several properties took the
opportunity to close for several months and
undergo extensive renovations following
Hurricane Maria, including The Ritz-Carlton,
San Juan; St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort; El
Conquistador, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel; and
Melia Coco Beach. Check the digital version
of this story at Meetings Today.com for further details and reopening dates.
“We can already offer a great product, but
with all of the renovations, Puerto Rico will
be even better,” Pedrosa said.
Ahead of the upcoming hotel reopenings
though, Puerto Rico is already primed for
groups, as we discovered throughout the trip.
Our group took tours of premier meetings-ready standouts that are welcoming
groups, including Condado Plaza Hilton and
InterContinental San Juan.
Meanwhile, Condado Vanderbilt, set in
the bustling Condado district, is a historic
favorite built in the Spanish Revival style and
celebrating its centennial anniversary next
year. Condado Vanderbilt is renowened for
its spa, where we
were treated to a
oils and Italian
blood orange to
detoxify and purify.
The spa is available
for group buyouts and
special events. One of
its most unique offer-
ings is a giant, oval-shaped
Meanwhile, its sister property, Hotel El
Convento, is another historic gem, this one
located in Old San Juan and built by the
Spanish as a convent in the 1600s. Its atmo-
spheric meeting spaces, guest rooms court-
yard make it ideal for corporate retreats.
We also checked out the treasured Casa
Bacardi for a fabulous group history tour and
rum tasting, followed by an extravangant,
open-air dinner spearheaded by celebrity
chef Mario Pagan, who owns a catering
operation as well Laurel Kitchen and Art Bar
in the Puerto Rico Museum of Art. Menu
highlights included suckling pig with a sweet
plantain flan and a reduction of tamarind
with Bacardi anejo rum.
Nothing like living like a local in this bright
and beautiful island paradise.
ALMA PEDROSA, PUERTO RICO DMO
LORITENNY HAMMAM, CONDADO
Serafina Beach Hotel is PR’s new hot spot
The brand-new Serafina Beach Hotel, which opened in March, has “happenin’” written all over it. The vibe emanating from this boutique
beachfront haven is Mid-Century Mod meets Caribbean cool, complete with a
poolside DJ and the aMare
It’s the first hotel to
open since Hurricane
Maria slammed through
Puerto Rico last fall, and
it’s a meetings-ready, de-sign-driven, food-forward
“For the concept of
the Serafina, we wanted it to be like a cool
beach house you’d be
your friends and
family to,” said Betsy
Mujica, director of
sales at the property.
From every vantage
point, that’s exactly
how it feels, whether
you’re sitting in a fun
beach-inspired, hanging egg chair, taking a
dip in the infinity pool,
kicking back on the
mod chaise lounge overlooking the ocean in your
guest room, or meeting
in the bright spaces with
overlooking the water.
The property has 3,500
square feet of indoor and
outdoor space, including
the chic pool deck, which
can be rented during
The hotel has 96 vibrant
guest units with white and
beige hues and playful pops of sea-foam green,natural
wood and luxury linens. The best part? The nearly psychedelic views of the ocean should you be lucky enough
to grab a room on that side of the hotel. Otherwise, the
views of the lagoon are nice as well.
Fine seafood and other Mediterranean-inspired
delicacies are the specialty at aMare, the signature
restaurant, which boasts an outdoor, water-view terrace.
PinaCo is the property’s eclectically designed lobby
bar featuring more beach house chic inspiration, while
By the Pool is a social hangout with cabanas, a DJ, an
infinity pool, craft cocktails and other libations.
Another highlight is its “floating concierge” pro-
gram, according to Mujica. Different concierges rotate
throughout the hotel, giving guests and groups advice
on the best local hot spots and favorite experiences.
“We’re the only lifestyle boutique hotel on the island
that caters to group needs,” Mujica said of the proper-
ty’s instant popularity when it debuted.
HOTEL EL CONVENTO
GUEST ROOM, SERAFINA
DJ BY THE POOL, SERAFINA