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From Past to Present

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Celebrating 65 Splendid Years of Caribe Hilton

The Gem of the Caribbean since 1949, Caribe Hilton was the first international Hilton hotel. Since its inception, the hotel has been at the forefront of tourism is the Caribbean, and has played host to a myriad of celebrities, politicians and royalty.

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1945

The Winning Design

After winning the architectural design competition, the company Toro Ferrer and Torregrosa set the wheels in motion to design the island’s first modern hotel. In their proposal, the architect’s intention was to have an ocean view in every guest room.

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1947

The Stepping Stone

Construction began at the hands of New York contractor, George Fuller, with Roberto Sánchez Vilella acting as the resident engineer – in 1965, he became the second elected governor of Puerto Rico.

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1949

The Grand Opening

December saw the grand opening of the island’s first modern hotel; a triumph that marked the beginning of a new era of tourism that continues to this day.

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1950

The Celebrities

The hotel was plunged into the limelight when actress Elizabeth Taylor spent part of her honeymoon here. She was then married to Conrad Hilton Jr. – the first of her seven husbands. The hotel was placed firmly on the celebrity map.

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1953 – 1972

Top of the Tournaments

Over the next 19 years, Puerto Rico was among the top countries to hold major tennis tournaments. The Caribe Hilton International Tournament was the most famous and prestigious tournament held on the island.

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1954

The Cocktail

1954

Sweet history was made when bartender, Ramon "Montijo" Marrero, created the Piña Colada at the hotel’s Beachcomber Bar. To this day, the Piña Colada remains the most famed cocktail of Puerto Rico.

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1969

The First Renovation

The 11th December marked the inauguration of the first renewed building La Torre, also known as "The Towers".

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1970

The Meeting Place

1970

One of the most popular hotspots of the 70’s was the scenic beach area, where everyone from artists and politicians, to tourists and Puerto Ricans cam to mingle and enjoy sun.

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1974

The First ‘25’

Caribe Hilton celebrates its 25th anniversary in style. It was a party like no other!

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1977

The Big Event

Renowned artists like Carmita Jiménez performed at Caribe Hilton's Club Caribe. In the video, she is with the Mario Ortiz' Orchestra, conducted by Quique Talavera.

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1978

It’s Official

The Piña Colada is named the official drink of Puerto Rico. Salud!

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1989

The Big Celebration

Caribe Hilton celebrates its 40th anniversary with a party bigger and better than ever!

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1998

The Sale

The government sold the hotel to the Hilton International chain for $80 million dollars but after mass deductions, the government only received $61 million.

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1999

The Christmas Closure

After buying the hotel, Hilton closed for remodeling purposes at a cost of $65 million. On December 25th of that same year, it reopened with a new look and renovated facilities.

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2011

The Presidential Visit

During a short visit to the Island of Enchantment, President Barack Obama visited Caribe Hilton hotel to attend a fundraising event.

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2013

Sun, Sea and Coffee

Caribe Hilton opens the first Starbucks in the world that serves their clients on the beach.

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2014

The Golden Oldie

Caribe Hilton celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Piña Colada and receives a second proclaim, this time from Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla.

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2015

The Place To Be

Caribe Hilton inaugurates a new destination bar, Caribar Rums & Light Bites, offering the best handcrafted cocktails and tapas in San Juan with spectacular ocean views.

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2016

The Present Day

Today, Caribe Hilton has 916 rooms with incredible amenities ranging from HDTVs and spacious bathrooms, to balconies overlooking the sea. We have activities for everyone, including water sports, a modern gym and spa, and outside pool. Our global-inspired cuisine tantalizes every taste bud with everything from Italian and Creole to authentic Asian food.

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