Local firm to design Puerto Rico's first Residence Inn

Interlink, the developer of the $50 million debut Residence Inn by Marriott project in Puerto Rico, has tapped San Juan-based architecture and interior design firm Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón to design the property. When it opens in November 2021, the nine-story, 231-room, 177,555-square-foot hotel will be the first new-branded flagship property in 25 years in the tourist neighborhood of Isla Verde.

“Featuring a contemporary layered façade, the building’s I-shape design maximizes the use of space and embraces visitors entering from the south, while the north side is built close to the sidewalk to emphasize the walkability of the area,” said Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz, co-founder/chairman of AD&V.

The hotel’s 4,000-square-foot restaurant space overlooking Avenida Isla Verde will have a ground-floor terrace that will be open to guests and locals. The reception and common areas also will be on the first level.

The upper floors will have guestrooms ranging from 434 square feet to 588 square feet. All guestrooms will have a full kitchen, a work area with a desk and a separate living space.

Other hotel amenities include a swimming pool, a playground area with water features, an interior/exterior bar, an exterior terrace, a meeting space and a gym.

Sustainability measures are being incorporated throughout the project, from the start of construction to its operational phase. These include energy-saving and water-efficient equipment and measures as well as lighting controls, thermal comfort measures, electric vehicle charging stations, indoor air-quality-management plans and enhanced systems commissioning.

“The hotel’s interiors will embrace the culture and spirit of the local community,” said Cristina Villalón, managing principal and interior designer at AD&V. “We want to make sure there is a sense of place—that this is a Residence Inn in Puerto Rico—and we have commissioned pieces from local artists that will be on display throughout the space.”