The Iconic Caribe Hilton is Reborn in Puerto Rico

CARIBE HILTON Beach San Juan, Puerto Rico

Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, a symbol of mid-20th-century glamour, also serves as a symbol of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017 as the property was so severely damaged during the hurricane that it was forced to close to repair the damage.  The Caribe Hilton opened in 1949 and was Hilton’s first hotel outside the continental United States.  It was a 300-room, luxury beachfront resort and it was the place to see and be seen, welcoming royalty, celebrities, and politicians.

The Caribe Hilton has now reopened after it’s $150 million, 15-month restoration

as a larger, modern resort offering 652 rooms, 96 studios, and villas. The vintage sign still glows, a welcome nod to its 70-year history.  The refreshed rooms and common areas are light, bright, and welcoming.

Located four miles east of Old San Juan, the sprawling Caribe Hilton resort Hilton Hotelscomplex boasts three oceanfront pools, a secluded beach area, tennis courts, a spa, tropical gardens, and a bird sanctuary. There are an additional 65,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.

The Caribe Hilton is also known as the birthplace of the piña colada, according to Hilton it was created in 1954 by Caribe Hilton bartender, Ramón “Monchito” Marrero. Mr. Marrero reportedly continued to make and serve the cocktail for more than three decades.  The piña colada was ultimately declared the official drink of Puerto Rico.

Enjoy a tropical breeze at Bagua under a palm tree or umbrella while taking in the views of Atlantic ocean and the hotel pool and be sure to enjoy a piña colada at the swim-up bar.

Try out the new destination bar, Caribar Rums & Light Tapas — enjoy one of their delicious craft cocktails and tapas in an

iconic setting with sweeping ocean views. Explore the evolution of the Piña Colada, from the original Hotel Caribe recipe to variations from all around the world and be sure to try the resort’s new contemporary version, the Clear Colada. Caribar offers a wide variety of their signature, craft cocktails made with homemade syrups and infusions. Say, Ahhhh and relax into your Caribbean holiday!

Check out Mojito’s featuring a Caribbean concept served with Puerto Rican hospitality — open for lunch and dinner.

Rustica serves the finest Northern Italian cuisine offering more than a dozen types of pasta, fresh daily prepared antipasto, meats, seafood and a large wine selection from famous vineyards around the world.

Another dinner option is Morton’s The Steakhouse, serving grain-fed beef shipped directly from Chicago, and seafood such as lobster and oysters. Be sure and book a table near the window for a spectacular view of the Atlantic ocean and the Caribe Hilton’s romantic secluded beach.

There’s always room service while relaxing in the comfort of your room, suite or villa. Offering cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night dining, a children’s menu plus the Hilton Signature Eat Right Menu! Bon Appetit!  There is also a Starbucks Coffee at the resort.

Under the warm sun, with the soothing Caribbean breeze, swaying palms and serene sound of the waves lies a tropical haven for the body, mind, and soul. Zen Spa Océano is a pampering retreat in itself. The seawater and ocean waves theme is splashed all over the blue-toned spa, to wash away your worries. The ever-present sea view and sea breeze will transport you far away.

The reopening of Caribe Hilton is another sign that Puerto Rico is back in business — let the Piña Coladas flow!


Orlebar Brown


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