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Fairmont El San Juan Hotel

Hotel Contact:
6063 Isla Verde Avenue
Carolina, 00979
Puerto Rico
Main: +52-787-791-1000
Email: Email Hotel
Contact: Edwin Cartagena
Elite Rating
Planner Rating: 4.6
Chain Accor Hotels
Opened 1958
Renovated 2018
Guest Rooms 388
Kings/Suites/Doubles 0 / 45 / 127
Room Rates High $319 - 749 Low $239 - 549
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season


Resort Fee 18%
Room Tax 9%
Sales Tax 11.5%

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 11,040ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 39,082ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 58,112ft²

Airport Proximity

Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport
15 min 5 miles (8 km)
Luis Munoz Marín International Airport
5 min 3 miles (5 km)
Mercedita Airport
90 min 73 miles (117 km)


Business center
audiovisual and production services
top-notch convention and catering staff
team-building programs.


Four pools
tennis courts
fitness center
ocean sports
and 16 bars and restaurants.


Historic Old San Juan
Puerto Rico Convention Center
San Geronimo Fort
El Morro
Casa Blanca
La Fortaleza
Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo
Galería Nacional
Casa del Libro
Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center
Coliseo de Puerto Rico
Mall of San Juan
Plaza Las Americas
and El Yunque National Forest.
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Breakfast Buffet N/A Cont. N/A
Lunch Buffet N/A Plated N/A
Dinner Buffet N/A Plated N/A
Coffee Break N/A
2-Hour Open Bar N/A
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Capacity Charts
Room Name Total Square Meters Room Size(meters) Ceiling Height (meters) Total Square Feet Room Size (feet) Ceiling Height (feet) Classroom Theater Banquet 10 Reception Conference U-Shape H-Square 10 x 10s
Ballroom A 512 24 x 20.7 5 5,520 80 x 69 18 300 400 300 579 0 0 0 0
Ballroom B 262 12.3 x 20.7 5 2,829 41 x 69 18 110 120 150 295 0 0 0 0
Ballroom C 1 11.7 x 20.7 807 18 39 x 69 2,691 110 120 150 284 0 0 0 0
Banyan Tree 162 15 x 10.5 2 1,750 50 x 35 7 0 120 120 150 0 0 0 0
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Property News
El San Juan Resort & Casino news
Posted September 12, 2012
This is noted immediately upon entering the Palm Court Lobby, which boasts an oval shape glittering hand blown chandelier from Czechoslovakia, the third biggest in the world. It’s delicate strands of Czech gem monogram crystal look like silk fringe.

Lanigan went through Europe, the Orient, Africa and Mexico. He brought back doors, balustrades, decorative tiles, antique French tapestries, beautiful sculptures, porcelains, paintings and other art and artifacts. He said, “you will see architectural details and workmanship at the hotel that cannot be found anywhere else in the world”.

High life in the 60's
Throughout the 60's, Puerto Rico was very popular with American tourists because jets halved the traveling time by earlier prop planes. Puerto Rico offered a reliably warm climate and hotels with casino gaming and exciting nightlife.

The El San Juan was the supreme of headline entertainment. Stars included Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Ray Bolger, Sophie Tucker, Milton Berle, Eddie Fisher, Carol Channing, Jose Gerco, The Supremes, Betty Grable, Paul Anka, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mathis, Xavier Cougart, Maurice Chevalier and Liza Minelly, among others.

Closed by 1983
While the 60's were a heyday for Puerto Rico’s tourism, the 70's were not. The oil embargo crisis seriously reduced tourism and hiked operations costs. By 1979 the hotel was in desperate straits; by 1980 it was bankrupt and in the1983, the grand doors were sealed.
Restoration and Improvements
To restore and modernize the frayed queen, Williams Hospitality retained Jorge Rosello & Associates of Condado, who had earlier remodeled their Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino, positioned successfully for the corporate traveler market. El San Juan would be positioned for the upscale leisure traveler market.

By ingenious installations of hidden skylights in the great Palm Court Lobby, Rosello relieved the darkness of the mahogany and discreetly brought in natural light that dramatizes an incomparable setting. He added a sunken Oval Bar where there had been a subdued seating area and above it, he positioned the famed oval chandelier.

He brought the superlative marble and mahogany back to their former brilliance. He broke down walls to provide continuity of the public space around the lobby, and create a more tropical feeling by expanding the hotel’s outdoor facilities
Edward D. Stone & Associates did the landscape design and beautiful gardens, which have won numerous awards.

The restored and remodeled El San Juan opened to the public on December 15, 1985. Three weeks earlier, it had a private opening in the Casino, and simultaneously held its first meeting in the International Ballroom by TWA.

Exceptional Service
One of the Caribbean’s most beautiful resorts, the luxury hotel is famous for exceptional service by a friendly, attentive staff. Recently completing a $30 million renovation on our landmark property, El San Juan is a beach front resort with 386 lavish accommodations, two swimming pools set in our botanical gardens, state-of-the art health spa, tennis courts, a Galeria shopping arcade with high class retail shops, Room Service, and European style gaming casino. We also offer numerous creative options for daytime and evening activities.

All rooms and suites have been redesigned with tasteful furnishings and superlative lighting, and have luxurious amenities such as private bar, color TV, VCR, AM/FM cassette stereo, CD player, in-room safety box, iron and ironing board, three phones, hair dryer and Spectravision movie library.

Our 31,500 square feet of elegant and functional meeting space is known as one of a kind. The International Ballroom has a capacity of 1,200 persons and there are 12 meeting rooms in a separate conference facility. There is also a self service Business Center.
Escape with One Million HHonors Points
Posted September 12, 2012
Hilton Worldwide Hotels in Puerto Rico Announce the One Million HHonors Points Promotion for Meeting and Event Planners
Hilton Worldwide hotels in Puerto Rico today announced the launch of the exciting Puerto Rico One Million HHonors Points Sweepstakes. Eligible event planners are automatically entered for a chance to win up to one million HHonors Pointsâ upon booking a qualifying event at one of ten participating Hilton Worldwide properties in Puerto Rico.

To qualify, bookings must be made from September 3, 2012 through December 31, 2012 - with a minimum of $25,000 in room, food and beverage revenue for a chance to win 500,000 HHonors point, and a minimum of $50,000 in room, food and beverage revenue for a chance to win one million HHonors points - for groups arriving through December 22, 2013 at any of the ten participating hotels, including:

El San Juan Resort & Casino

The sweepstakes is exclusive to HHonorsâ members. To register for free HHonorsâ membership, visit To book an event, contact the participating hotel directly.
Terms & conditions: Must book a minimum of $25,000 in room and food and beverage revenue, for groups arriving through December 22, 2013. One million HHonors Points will be awarded to an event that actualizes $50,000 or more in room and food and beverage, or 500,000 HHonors Points on events that actualize between $25,000 and $49,999 in room and food and beverage revenue. **Group value dates and rates are based on availability and other restrictions may apply. Call hotel directly for more details. Click here for complete rules and regulations. For complete rules and regulations, visit
Getting Here
Posted July 17, 2012
General Facts about Puerto Rico
General Facts
Located at the gateway to the Caribbean, the island of Puerto Rico is 110 miles long and 35 miles wide. San Juan, the capital city is a unique juxtaposition of old and new - with modern business structures and services as well as traditional Puerto Rican and colonial Spanish flavors in Old San Juan. Puerto Rico’s second largest city, Ponce is just 90 minutes from San Juan by car. In 1493 Columbus claimed Puerto Rico for Spain, and the island remained under Spanish rule until 1898 when Spain ceded the island to the U.S. in the Spanish- American War. In 1917, under the Jones Act, Puerto Rico’s residents became U.S. citizens and the island became a commonwealth of the U.S. in 1952.

Getting There
Puerto Rico is easily accessible to visitors with its three major airports. The island’s largest airport, the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, is located in the Isla Verde section of San Juan, minutes from the Condado area.
Airlines. Most major hubs including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. offer daily non-stop service to San Juan. Airlines serving Puerto Rico include American Airlines, AirTran, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Spirit, US Air, United, Iberia, Copa, among others.

Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States, and U.S. citizens do not need passports to visit the Island. Visitors of other nationalities must have passports. When leaving Puerto Rico to return to the U.S. mainland, checked luggage will be examined for agricultural purposes.

Both Spanish and English are the island’s official languages. English is widely spoken, especially in San Juan.

Year-round tropical climate with average temperatures between 70°F - 86°F.

U.S. dollar

Ground Transportation
Taxis, buses and rental cars offer visitors convenient ground transportation. Tour operators also service the area. Easily identifiable “Taxi Turistico” or tourist taxis operate on a fare-zone basis among the airport or cruise ship pier and designated tourist zones including Old San Juan and the San Juan resorts. All other times they are hired on a metered basis or rented on an hourly rate. The “Taxi Turistico” fare from the airport to the hotel is $10. A charge of $1 will apply to each piece of luggage. All night services (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.) will have an additional charge of $1. These rates are subject to change.

Tipping Guidelines
At restaurants, nightclubs and hotel dining rooms, 15% of the bill is considered an appropriate tip. Fixed service charges are not usually included in the bill, except for special functions or banquets.
El San Juan History
Posted July 13, 2012
History of famed El San Juan Resort:
The renowned El San Juan Resort & Casino opened on December 15, 1985 under the ownership and management of the San Juan based Williams Hospitality Group. The 389-room hotel, on 15 acres of magnificent landscaped grounds, fronts the Atlantic Ocean with the finest beach in San Juan. The urban resort, in the ultra-fashionable Isla Verde section, is a five-minute ride from San Juan’s International airport. Bankrupt and Shuttered Bankrupt, closed and shuttered when Williams Hospitality acquired it in mid- 1984, they bought it for $7.5 million at sheriff’s sale, as the only bidder. Everyone said they were crazy. In its day, El San Juan had been the reigning Queen of the Caribbean. Williams Hospitality spent $50 million in 15 months on renovations, reopened the hotel on December 15, 1985 and began to restore its superb reputation.

Originally Pan-American
They don’t build them that way anymore! El San Juan’s architecture (by Roy F. France & Son, Miami) is extraordinarily spacious and elegant. The hotel was erected in the 50's
by Pan American World Airways and is the reason it is located so conveniently to the airport. Juan Trippe’s Pan American never managed the hotel but their wholly owned subsidiary did, the Intercontinental Hotel Corporation. The San Juan Intercontinental opened on February 1, 1959. El San Juan Hotel Two years later, on December 29, 1961, the San Juan Hotel Corporation purchased the hotel and the name changed to El San Juan Hotel & Casino. At the time, the hotel had 303 rooms, 17 cabanas and was on
20 acres. Five acres were promptly sold to the Loews Corporation, which built a
neighboring hotel, the Americana; today called San Juan Grand. That started the development of the Isla Verde area.

Expansion of Facilities
A New Yorker, Louis Puro, became the majority stockholder and chairman of the San Juan Hotel Corporation. He promptly began plans for expansion of the hotel, and added tennis courts as well as men’s and woman’s spas. Mr. Puro hired architect Morris Lapidus Associates to add to the number of rooms at the hotel and the redesign of many areas. He
also retained Alan Lanigan, which resulted in the hotel’s complete, interior renovation in 1968. Alan Lapidus, who at the time worked in his father’s firm, recalls that he redesigned the Tropicoro nightclub to resemble a sophisticated El Yunque rain forest. To lend authenticity, there was a “rain” from time to time each evening in the club. It was his idea to design a new restaurant. Back Street Hong Kong, with superb woodcarvings. He also
purchased decorations from the Chinese Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Trade Fair to become a “street entrance” to the unique restaurant. Puro added a shopping
gallery for the hotel, which the Lapidus organization constructed as a charming European-style village. The supreme accomplishment is the ornamental carved mahogany that covers the lobby ceilings and columns of the hotel, its casino and a vaulted arch over the registration and front desk areas. The wood is cherry mahogany from Santo Domingo, all intricately hand carved by Jose Laguna, a craftsman from Spain with a team of 15 Puerto Rican artisans.

Interior Design
Interior Designer Alan Lanigan traveled the world to collect or commission art for the hotel. He spent almost two months in a northern Italy’s Montecatina quarry where he painstakingly matched the rose colored Carrera marble that graces the spectacular floor and walls of the famed Palm Court Lobby. Spaciousness is one of the key elements in the property.

This is noted immediately upon entering the Lobby, which boasts an oval shape glittering
hand blown chandelier from Czechoslovakia, the third biggest in the world. It’s delicate strands of Czech gem monogram crystal look like silk fringe.