Park Hotels & Resorts has announced the soft reopening of Caribe Hilton resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico following a $150m restoration.

Following a significant damage from Hurricane Maria in September 2017, the 652-room resort was impaired for 20 months.

Park Hotels & Resorts chairman and CEO Thomas J. Baltimore, Jr. said: “We are thrilled to re-introduce the iconic Caribe Hilton to guests and locals alike.

“We have worked tirelessly to restore, reimagine and enhance the hotel, and we are confident that the finished product is worthy of the hotel’s legendary history. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Resort and to the wonderful island of Puerto Rico.”

In 1949, the resort was the first Hilton property to open outside the continental US. It later underwent restoration and renovation.

Under the scope of latest renovation work, all 652 guestrooms and public spaces were renovated. Upgrades were carried out at all building systems and the exterior of the building was fortified against future storms.

The resort’s fitness and spa building was also transformed and rebuilt. It provides oceanfront views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and features new fitness equipment and a spa.

Its landscaping has been restored to evoke the resort’s 1940s heritage. The resort’s colour scheme has been done to reflect the ‘vibrancy of the island’.

The open-air lobby was redesigned to provide expansive ocean views.

Furthermore, the resort’s 11 food and beverage outlets were also renovated  and a  swim-up bar has also been introduced.

Its 65,000ft2 of meeting space has been renovated with new audio-visual equipment and features indoor/outdoor spaces and breakout areas.

The resort will have a grand opening celebration on 18 June.