First look at Puerto Rico's Hyatt Regency debut

Hyatt Hotels Corp. has brought its Regency brand to a new destination. The new Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico is open in the Rio Grande municipality, east of San Juan, as part of a 72-acre development. Framed against the backdrop of the island’s northeast coast and the El Yunque National Forest, the 579-room property recently completed a multimillion-dollar transformation that included a full resort redesign and rebranding.
 
Once known as the Gran Meliá Hotel and later as The Resort at Coco Beach, a Hyatt affiliate, the property was acquired in 2019 by Monarch Alternative Capital in partnership with Royal Palm Companies and an affiliate of Aimbridge Hospitality before launching the renovation. Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico is the first entity of RPC Holding’s development plans for the 946-acre peninsula, which is set to be renamed Grand Reserve.

Accommodations 

The Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico has 480 guestrooms, 93 suites, five club suites and one presidential suite. Each unit is decorated in "soothing, neutral shades" meant to evoke the El Yunque National Forest and the Atlantic Ocean. 

All suites have private balconies or terraces, and one-bedroom suites include a dining room, a kitchenette, two double beds and a corner with a sleeper.

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Public Spaces

The resort has five on-site restaurant and bar spaces, from a buffet to a fine-dining eatery. Among the property's four swimming pools is the largest lagoon-style pool in Puerto Rico as well as a swim-up bar with in-pool lounge chairs.
 
The 12,000-square-foot Rainforest Spa is undergoing a $2 million renovation and is set to open this winter. In the meanwhile, the hotel has a 24-hour fitness center, two tennis courts and a basketball court. Golf fans can try the two Tom Kite-designed 18-hole championship golf courses. For meetings and events, the property has 41,208 square feet of total function space.

The Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico is the closest full-service luxury resort to the San Juan International Airport, and is close to Old San Juan, El Morro Castle, and Bio Bay Fajardo. The property joins four select-service Hyatt hotels on the island: the Hyatt House San Juan, the Hyatt Place Manati, the Hyatt Place San Juan Bayamon and the Hyatt Place San Juan City Center.

Photo credit: Hyatt Hotels Corp. 

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