An emblematic structure in front of the Plaza de Armas, in Old San Juan, which originally housed the Provincial Council of Spain in Puerto Rico, was transformed into the Hotel Palacio Provincial, which was inaugurated yesterday with the presence of the governor, Pedro Pierluisi .
The inn, located on San Francisco street, San José corner, has 43 rooms, an open-air restaurant, events room, library, and a roof terrace with a terrace, infinity pool, jacuzzi and bar, with views of the Bay of San Juan and the colonial city
“I am pleased to participate in the opening of this new hotel, as part of our solid support for tourism development, a vital industry for the economy of our Island and that has been affected by the pandemic. Tourism has represented only 7% of our income, creating over 80,000 jobs and important collections, and we must enhance that opportunity we have and double those numbers. With the arrival of the vaccine, and the security measures that have been taken little by little, we are improving and reopening tourism, always with the necessary caution to maintain control of the pandemic ”, Pierluisi said during the activity, in which he also Other government leaders and the mayor of San Juan, Miguel Romero Lugo, participated.
The design of the hotel was in charge of Jorge Rosselló, who, as explained, was inspired by the historical and architectural authenticity of the building, which the National Register of Historic Buildings calls one of the architectural jewels of the historic district.
The attention to detail restores the neoclassical building of the Spanish architect Enrique Berrocal to its splendor and is evident through the spaces, which have been baptized with names evocative of their history, such as the Consular Bar, the Chancellor Suite and the Emissary Suite. The Bridal Suite was named Infanta Eulalia in honor of the youngest daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, who visited the Provincial Council in 1893 with her husband Antonio de Orléans, representing the Crown. Bird Construction and GB Project Management, LLC led the construction and restoration work, a development that involves an investment of nearly $ 12 million in local capital.
“We are grateful for the government’s support in rescuing this jewel of the built historical heritage, which allows us to give life to the Hotel Palacio Provincial, allowing the creation of over 50 jobs and a new destination for experiences in Old San Juan. We reaffirm with this new hotel, our commitment to the economic and tourist development of the Island, as well as to the preservation of our heritage, ”said Cyril Meduña, co-owner of the inn along with Hugh Andrews, Arnold Benus, Federico Sánchez, Jorge Rosselló and José Vizcarrondo.