Back in 1945 a competition was held to choose the design of a major new “tropical hotel”. The winners were Toro Ferrer & Torregosa architects firm with a modern design inspired in an International architectural style.
Caribe Hilton’s construction began on October 1947; the construction of the new hotel was the spearhead of an ambitious government plan to attract 16% of tourist traffic in the Caribbean.
Forward to 1949 the Caribe Hilton Hotel was finally inaugurated. Hilton International is born, with the opening of the Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico.
Legendary barman Ramon “Monchito” Marrero creates the Piña Colada in 1954. He continued to serve the drink at the Caribe Hilton for 35 years after its creation and was rewarded for his efforts in 1978 when Puerto Rico named the cocktail its national drink.