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April 10, 2009

El San Juan Hotel & Casino Joins The Waldorf Astoria Collection Brand

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Hilton Hotels Corporation announces that the El San Juan Hotel & Casino in Puerto Rico joins the Waldorf Astoria Collection today as the second Waldorf Astoria Collection resort in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. This newest addition solidifies Hilton’s continued commitment to expand its luxury and lifestyle brands into key markets worldwide.

Dramatically set on one of Puerto Rico’s most picturesque beaches in the fashionable Isla Verde district just five minutes from the international airport, the El San Juan Hotel & Casino, The Waldorf Astoria Collection has long been considered one of the Caribbean’s leading hotel and casino properties. Today, the renowned hotel joins the Waldorf Astoria Collection following a $52 million renovation completed in 2007. With 382 guest rooms and meeting spaces designed by Robert Barry of Barry Design, and an alluring pool and beachside experience – Encanto Beach Club, by acclaimed architect Stephane Dupoux – the El San Juan Hotel & Casino, the Waldorf Astoria Collection offers an exciting and vibrant escape.

The El San Juan Hotel & Casino, The Waldorf Astoria Collection’s chic elegance is exquisitely revealed in all guest rooms and bath elements combining energy, comfort, and pleasure. Outdoors, the hotel invites guests to a seductive poolside experience at the Encanto Beach Club, a social setting featuring 24 canopied, double-sided daybeds along the shoreline, three private cabanas, 25 versatile lounging pods, hammocks, swings, a swim-up bar, and more. An elegant Edouard de Paris Day Spa is a full-service peaceful oasis with five treatment rooms. A 16,500-square-foot casino delivers a warm, friendly atmosphere with elegant opulence, while eight award-winning restaurants present a delicious array of culinary delights. After a great meal, guests can relax with beverages and live music in one of the resort’s bars, lounges or nightclubs, including the Lobby Bar consisting of The Gold Bar, The Silver Bar and The Blue Bar, each with its own unique ambiance and mystique.

Ross Klein , Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Hotels Corporation commented: Puerto Rico is a classic leisure destination for travellers, combining stunning natural scenery with relaxation and rejuvenation for our guests. The El San Juan Hotel & Casino is an important addition to our growing portfolio in this important region, and combines breathtaking indigenous design with catered comfort. We look forward to welcoming the El San Juan as a natural addition to the Waldorf Astoria Collection, offering authentic indigenous experiences to guests across the globe.”

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