Monday marked the reopening of the all-new InterContinental San Juan, following a multimillion-dollar re-imagination that ushers in a new decade for the beachfront hotel.
Situated minutes from the nightlife of Old San Juan overlooking the palm-fringed Isla Verde beach, the seaside oasis has been completely renovated to reflect the tropical spirit of the destination while appealing to today’s modern traveler. Outfitted with the latest in design, technology, and comfort, each new touch reflects the rich culture of Puerto Rico and reinstates InterContinental San Juan’s status as a top destination for both business and leisure travelers. The resort offers 398 guest rooms and suites, over 24,000 square feet of meeting and event space, an outdoor lagoon pool with a swim-up bar, seven restaurants and bars serving up a variety of exquisite cuisines, and a full-service spa.
“We are thrilled to unveil the reimagined InterContinental San Juan, which has been a labor of love as we sought to update the resort while staying true to the local culture and personality of the city,” said Michael Herrmann, general manager of InterContinental San Juan. “The revitalized resort offers contemporary amenities for today’s traveler while welcoming back guests with familiar faces, serving up our brand of Puerto Rican hospitality.”
Designed by Boston-based Parker-Torres Design, all guestrooms, suites, and Club rooms have been updated with a crisp blue and white palette combined with softwood tones that echo the island’s pristine beaches and bright waters. The redesigned accommodations reflect the vibrant yet relaxed energy of the destination. San Juan-based 3MG-PR spearheaded the design of the lobby, restaurants, and landscaping, ensuring guests are welcomed by the local culture and beauty of the island as soon as they walk through the doors. Intentional touches that highlight the spirit of the region can be found throughout the hotel, including new art pieces, furnishings, and pops of color that rival Old San Juan’s vibrantly painted homes.
Beautifully decorated suites, including an entirely new master suite and two executive suites, provide VIPs, honeymooners, and groups with spacious accommodations during their stay. Besides social travelers, InterContinental San Juan remains a hub for business travelers, with over 24,000 square feet of meeting space that can be configurated for a variety of meeting needs. An updated conference floor, pattered with rich textures, houses meeting rooms featuring floor to ceiling windows with scenic views. The largest spaces are the 6,036-square-foot Preciosa Ballroom, the 5,065-square-foot Grand Ballroom, the 2,850-square-foot Caribbean Ballroom, and the 2,344-square-foot Atlantic Ballroom.
InterContinental San Juan is home to seven restaurants and bars including Ocean Breeze, known for having the only toes in the sand oceanfront bar in Isla Verde serving up inventive cocktails and fresh salads, sandwiches and homemade pizzas, and SAK-I, offering an artful blend of Asian flavors with a tropical twist. Additional dining options include Ruth’s Chris Steak House; Alelí, the hotel’s main breakfast restaurant; La Bodeguita, a café and wine bar offering gourmet breakfast, lunch and evening delights; Akua Bar, a casual swim-up bar serving light lunch and popular tropical cocktails; and Karaya, the resort’s indoor/outdoor main bar.
In addition to a full-service fitness center, guests can also relax at the newly remodeled Akua Spa (opening February 2020), which features a sauna, steam bath and five private treatment rooms where guests can enjoy a signature ocean-inspired massage, face, and body treatments for the ultimate vacation experience.