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September 29, 2017

Puerto Rico Convention Center Did Not Sustain Significant Damage During Maria

While Hurricane Maria had a profound impact on the destination, the Puerto Rico Convention Center did not sustain any significant damage, according to the latest update from Meet Puerto Rico

Meet Puerto Rico President and CEO Milton Segarra
Meet Puerto Rico President and CEO Milton Segarra

Currently the facility is being used has the headquarters for government officials directing relief efforts, as well as being used as a refugee and rescue center for those requiring medical attention. 

Elsewhere, the island is still suffering widespread devastation from Hurricane Maria, according to our partner publication, Travel Agent. The storm has left many residents without drinkable water and without power for the foreseeable future. Service at San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport remains limited as the facility runs on backup power. 

Many local hotels are housing local and international relief workers, law enforcement and other government officials as well as guests, and in some cases providing Wi-Fi hotspots.

Meet Puerto Rico has also provided a number of updates on when hotels anticipate being able to open for new bookings:

The following hotels are closed and not taking new reservations until further notice. Those with an existing reservation in the coming days are advised to contact the hotel directly for rebooking.

  • Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
  • W Retreat & Spa in Vieques
  • Gran Melia
  • Coral by the Sea Hotel
  • Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa (planning to reopen at the end of the year)
  • Royal Isabela
  • ESJ Azul

The following hotels are open, but not taking new reservations prior to October 9:

  • Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino

The following hotels are open, but not taking new reservations prior to October 15:

  • Hyatt Place San Juan
  • Hyatt House San Juan
  • Verdanza Hotel

The following hotels are open, but not taking new reservations prior to October 22:

  • Hyatt Hacienda del Mar (Dorado)
  • Hotel El Convento
  • Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
  • AC Hotel by Marriott San Juan Condado
  • La Concha Resort
  • InterContinental San Juan in Isla Verde
  • San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
  • The Wave Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Express San Juan Condado Hotel by IHG
  • Canario Boutique Hotel
  • Coral Princess Hotel
  • At Wind Chimes Boutique Hotel
  • Best Western Condado Palm Inn & Suites
  • Comfort Inn San Juan
  • Hotel Miramar
  • Hotel Villa Montaña & Spa

The following hotels are not accepting existing or new reservations through October 31:

  • Caribe Hilton
  • The Condado Plaza Hilton
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Dorado del Mar Beach Resort
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton San Juan Hotel & Casino
  • Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort
  • Hampton Inn & Suites San Juan
  • El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Juan

The following hotel is no longer accepting existing or new reservations through December 31:

  • El Conquistador, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

Meet Puerto Rico said that its team and families are safe, and that the organization’s calendar of events remains intact. For those interested in contributing, the organization is provided links to United for Puerto Rico and other organizations here

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