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Located on the west coast of Puerto Rico, the Rincón Beach Resort recreates a Mediterranean-style environment with tropical elements throughout. The residential and tourist complex, with views of the horizon to the west, and a mountain range to its east, has focused on expanding the existing premises to include a Convention Center, 70 additional hotel rooms with ocean views, Condo-Hotel, Clubhouse, and Retail Facilities, a spa and gym, as well as Restaurants, a River pool, tennis courts, a mini golf course and pedestrian and golf cart paths that connect to the existing hotel.

The Condo Hotel consists of 200 Units of 2 different typologies in each floor; the corner units are lock-out rooms. The units are distributed in 8 towers of different heights, creating a relationship with the contours of the mountains as backdrop. The existing hotel is connected to the new facilities through plazas and a natural arcade.


Gracias Alexis por la noticia.

Issued : Thursday, August 20, 2009 12:00 AM
Rincón Beach Resort investing $3 million annually
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Edition: August 20, 2009 | Volume: 37 | No: 33

New 3,700-square-foot conference center slated to open in late 2010; aims to upgrade its Preferred Hotel Status to boutique

Nestled along the peaceful Almirante Beach, Rincón Beach Resort has served as a beacon to enjoy Puerto Rico’s natural beauty and regional hospitality for the past seven years. The winner of Puerto Rico Tourism Co.’s 2008 Quality in Service Award has pledged to invest nearly $3 million annually, or approximately $15 million over the next five years, in beachfront property at the western edge of Añasco and Rincón, CARIBBEAN BUSINESS learned.

The annual commitment, which began last year, will be utilized to maintain the resort’s manicured grounds, expand in-house facilities, add services and build additional rooms as market demand continues to grow, Juan Somoza, president & CEO of Almirante Beach Inc., also known as Rincón Beach Resort, said during an exclusive interview.

Last year, the tropical-style resort, with 184 guestrooms and villas, invested $2.5 million to renovate the pool area, which was designed to blend seamlessly with the oceanfront, and upgrade the restaurant. This year’s $2.8 million investment will go to the construction of the property’s new conference center, the expansion of the hotel’s existing kitchen to handle the projected increase in business traffic and the addition of complimentary services.

“Included in last year’s project, the Pelican Bar & Grill by the pool and Brasas restaurant were both upgraded, mainly to meet increased traffic and complement the resort’s leisure offer. Brasas’ original terrace was enclosed while a new adjacent terrace was built bringing the eatery’s seating capacity up to 145 from 80,” explained José Rodríguez, general manager at Rincón Beach Resort, adding long-term plans include an additional 60 to 70 rooms.

The new state-of-the-art conference center, with seating capacity for 300, will enable Rincón Beach Resort to expand its corporate meetings, special events business and the growing destination-weddings business. Initially, the new conference facility was to be a stand-alone building, but the owners felt it would make better operational sense to integrate it with the rest of the hotel. Construction of the new 3,700-square-foot conference center, above the existing hotel property, is set to begin later this year and is scheduled to be open for business by December 2010.

Commitment to service; families welcome

Originally designed by the local architect Lorenzo Ramírez de Arellano, the resort’s initial $12 million investment—with the financial backing of the Government Development Bank and Banco Popular—made it possible for a group of four friends (Juan Somoza, Roberto Santos Montalvo, José Rovira Abarca and Jorge Assad Cesani), to make their dream come true.

“We are a group of friends and family who love to travel and have come to appreciate good service. When we decided to go into the hospitality business we did so with an unwavering commitment to our employees—treating them like a part of our own family—and a relentless pursuit of consistently delivering excellence in service,” Somoza explained.

About a third of Rincón Beach Resort’s employees have been there from day one and many others have been on the job for several years.

“That loyalty translates into a quality environment for our employees which, in turn, helps them deliver a memorable experience for our guests,” Somoza said.

Rincón Beach Resort’s consistent quality service guarantees it a substantial repeat business from leisure customers, many who spent their honeymoons there and come back to celebrate anniversaries and other family milestones.

“We benefit from two peak seasons, December to spring break and May through August, the latter enjoyed mostly by local tourists. The majority of our guests are leisure visitors, 35% of them from the New York tristate area up to Massachusetts, followed by Florida, California and Texas. California and Florida visitors also enjoy the area’s world-class surfing and the area’s large pharmaceutical industry,” explained Lourdes Martínez, Rincón Beach Resort’s sales & marketing manager.

The hotel also benefits from the Tourism Co.’s Porta del Sol regional marketing efforts such as the Rincón International Film Festival and Math Olympics in May, also sponsored by University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.

Rincón Beach Resort is a member of the Chicago-based Preferred Hotel Group, a hospitality leader that delivers high-performance sales, marketing and technology solutions to more than 600 independent hotels and resorts in more than 65 countries. Rincón Beach Resort’s guests enjoy the I Preferred Guest Benefit Program, including such benefits as late check-in / check-out, space-available upgrades and more.

One of Preferred’s currently listed hotels, Rincón Beach Resort is working to upgrade its brand to the network’s Preferred Boutiques or Summit Hotels & Resorts, Sánchez explained.

The standard amenities include air conditioning and ceiling fans, cable TV, double phone and data port communications, in-room safes, refrigerators and luxurious bathrooms. Rincón Beach Resort is between Puerto Rico’s panoramic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, just 15 minutes from the Mayagüez financial and business district, 77 miles from San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) and 12 miles from Aguadilla’s Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN).
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