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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | January 01, 2012
Storied History
Until 1898, the island was under Spanish rule. In 1917, under the Jones Act, Puerto Rico's residents became U.S. citizens, and the island became a commonwealth of the U.S. in 1952.
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Local Update
The 371-room JW Marriott Hotel & Resort at Coco Beach is slated to open in 2013. The property will have nearly 21,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 12,000-square-foot ballroom, seven meeting rooms, two boardrooms and five hospitality suites. Other offerings include a 36-hole, Tom Kite-designed championship golf course; a 17,775-square-foot spa and fitness center, and a 6,370-square-foot casino.

The 115-room Ritz-Carlton Reserve Dorado Beach Resort & Spa is slated to open late this year at the former setting of the renowned Laurance Rockefeller estate in Dorado Beach. Last fall, the resort's East Course golf facility reopened following an 18-month revamp. The layout originally was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., and the new work was overseen by his son, Robert Trent Jones Jr. The resort's West Course is set for renovation this year.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts also will open a Dorado Beach property. The 500-room hotel will open on the site of the former Hyatt Regency Cerromar in 2013.

The 450-room Condado Vanderbilt reopened last month following a complete renovation. The property, in the heart of the Condado tourist district, has 15,000 square feet of meeting space, a spa and four restaurants.

The 107-room Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar debuted this year. The property has 6,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as offerings such as a business center, a fitness center, a casino, a restaurant and a wine bar.

The 112-room Rincón Beach Resort has completed a $4.2 million expansion, adding a 3,440-square-foot ballroom and a 1,200-square-foot reception hall.