Hilton Worldwide – Puerto Rico
Phone: 787 721 0303 x 6041
‘Wing it to Paradise’ Promotion
The Hilton San Juan Collection offers the “Wing it to Paradise” promotion for Puerto Rican hotels rewards groups who book by April 30 for travel in 2014 with free flights, Hilton HHonors points, complimentary room nights, upgrades, amenities, welcome drinks and more.
The Collection is comprised of Caribe Hilton, Condado Lagoon Villas at Caribe Hilton, The Condado Plaza Hilton, and El San Juan Resort & Casino.
As part of the “Wing it to Paradise” promotion, groups who book a minimum of 200 room nights receive one complimentary flight for every 100 room nights up to five total flights. Smaller groups, staying between 10 and 199 room nights, receive 3 percent rebate per room night, double HHonors Meeting Planner points, one complimentary room night per 35 room nights paid, and one upgrade and amenity per 35 room nights paid at group rate. In addition, El San Juan Resort & Casino and The Condado Plaza Hilton offer groups traveling midweek two complimentary room nights for a pre-planning meeting, double HHonors Meeting Planner points, one complimentary room night per 35 room nights paid, one complimentary upgrade per every 35 room nights paid at group rate, and one “Rums of Puerto Rico” welcome drink per attendee.
Spend The Holidays At Hilton Worldwide Resorts In Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – From kids’ spa treatments and cooking classes to a family portrait in front of the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean and an elegant New Year’s Eve affair, Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of hotels in Puerto Rico offers something for everyone this holiday season. Properties include: Caribe Hilton, The Condado Plaza Hilton; El Conquistador Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort; Las Casitas Village, a Waldorf Astoria Resort; and El San Juan Resort & Casino. With nightly rates starting at $199, these hotels and resorts are all easily accessible to U.S. residents via the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. No passport is required for U.S. residents.
Holiday with the Family
At the heart of San Juan, Caribe Hilton features on Christmas Eve a Puerto Rican Holiday Dinner Buffet with seasonal and traditional island food for the family. In addition, Caribe Hilton will have both a New Year’s Eve Gala dinner buffet with live music as well as a “Night of Wonders, A Touch of Gold” dancing party of drinks and midnight bites. New beach cabanas are available for relaxing on the beach the day after while enjoying one of the island’s largest and most luxurious resorts. This historic waterfront resort has been impeccably restored to reflect the character of historic San Juan while maintaining its renowned standards of luxury.
Another First at Caribe Hilton…First Hotel with a Starbucks on the Beach
Starbucks Refreshment Destination, an exclusive kiosk serving cold products, recently opened on the beach at the Caribe Hilton, as the only Starbucks in the world serving their clients on the sand.
“We keep adding firsts at our property,” said Jose Campo, general manager, Caribe Hilton. “Caribe Hilton was the first Hilton International hotel built and opened in 1949. We are the birthplace of the famous piña colada, created at our bar in 1954. We were the first hotel in Puerto Rico to have a Starbucks in 2005, and now we are the first hotel in the world to have a Starbucks on the beach.”
Caribe Hilton guests can enjoy everything from Frappuccino’s and refreshers to tea and iced coffee, as well as an array of snacks. Starbucks patrons can now indulge in their favorite temptation, surrounded by ocean breezes, soft sand and Caribbean sunshine.
Centrally located just minutes from the heart of Historic Old San Juan and 15 minutes from Luis Muñoz International Airport, the AAA Four Diamond award-winning Caribe Hilton sits beachfront on an exclusive peninsula, made up of 17 acres of lush tropical gardens. Already famous for being the birthplace of the piña colada, the resort is also known as the city’s largest hotel with a total of 917 guestrooms, including suites and the Condado Lagoon Villas, featuring fabulous ocean or garden views.
For the leisure minded, the resort features a secluded beach, beautiful oceanfront swimming pools, whirlpools, beachside hammocks, a children’s club, and a full-service Olas Spa offering a wide range of relaxing body treatments. The resort is also home to an array of boutiques and a peaceful bird sanctuary.
For those traveling on business, Caribe Hilton offers executive floor rooms, business center, and the most complete meetings space.
Dining options are plentiful with restaurants and lounges featuring everything from local to international cuisine, including the renowned Morton’s Steakhouse, Starbucks, and the unique Lemongrass Pan Asian Latino.
Due to its consistent efforts to contribute to a more sustainable future, Caribe Hilton is a proud recipient of Green Key. What’s more, Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States and does not require U.S. Citizens to carry a Passport.
For reservations or further information, visit www.caribehilton.com or call 1-800-HILTONS.
Caribe Hilton – The Birthplace of the Piña Colada
July 10 is a holiday of sorts, a day to celebrate the unique blending of sweet and sour flavors that makes piña colada such an enduringly popular tropical beverage.
Describing piña colada (Spanish for “strained pineapple”) as a pineapple juice, coconut, and rum drink hardly does this mixture justice, yet those are its main ingredients. Despite all of today’s bartender competitions and concoctions, piña colada – the official beverage of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico since 1978. – remains a high-demand favorite nearly six decades after its creation.
Some sources claim earlier inventors and locations, but the preponderance of evidence credits Conrad Hilton’s first international hotel, the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, as the birthplace of piña colada. The hotel claims the drink was invented there on August 15, 1954. I once walked around in San Juan and saw bar signs claiming to be the real source.
There are at least two major ways to make piña colada – as Caribe Hilton bartender Ramón “Monchito” Marrero made it during his 35 years at the hotel, and the simpler way I make it.
The original piña colada
2 ounces white rum
1 ounce coconut cream
1 ounce heavy cream
6 ounces fresh pineapple juice
½ cup crushed ice
Add the rum, coconut cream, heavy cream, and pineapple juice together in a blender. Add the ice, and blend for about 15 seconds or until smooth. Serve in a 12-ounce glass. Garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry.
After World War II, two hospitality moguls – Conrad Hilton and Juan T. Trippe of Pan American World Airways – took advantage of the Marshall Plan to build hotels outside the U.S. They became hotel rivals.
Much of this history has been forgotten. Pan Am is remembered in books, in a collection at theUniversity of Miami, a storefront in the CocoWalk shopping center in Miami’s Coconut Grove area.
Hilton’s history is remembered in books, the Hilton Company archives, and the hospitality industry collection of the University of Houston.
“The Caribe Hilton opened in 1949, originally owned by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and managed by Hilton International,” a Caribe Hilton spokesperson told me in an email. “This made Hilton the first international hotel brand, and also marked the birth of Hilton International.”
Despite all the rebranding of hotel properties through the years, the Caribe Hilton remains in the Hilton system. It opened with 300 rooms and now has 917 rooms.