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by Hunter R. Slaton | January 01, 2010
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Starwood opened The new 503-room Sheraton Puerto Rico Convention Center Hotel & Casino last November. Set within San Juan's Convention Center District, the property has 35,000 square feet of meeting space and a 57,000-square-foot pool deck that can be used for outdoor events. (787) 993-3500; starwoodhotels.com
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Puerto Rico
Local Update:The new 222-room Verdanza
 Hotel, formerly the Holiday Inn San Juan, opened in early December 2009. The boutique hotel, near the beach in Isla Verde, features 15,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes the Grand Ballroom (accommodating up to 300 people), the Opera Ballroom (250), eight meeting rooms and four boardrooms.

Meeting Hotels: Accommoda­tions in Old San Juan include the 240-room Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel and 68-room Hotel El Convento.

The Convention Center District has the 503-room Sheraton Puerto Rico Convention Center Hotel & Casino.

On the beach between Old San Juan and Condado is the 814-room Caribe Hilton.

Condado has the 570-room Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza, 525-room San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino and the 248-room La Concha, a Renaissance Hotel.

For information on the hotels and resorts of Isla Verde and in the island's northeast region, visit the facility search at meetings-conventions.com.

Convention Center: Puerto Rico Convention Center; exhibit space, 152,700 square feet; ballroom, 39,500 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 15, which can be divided into 28 breakout rooms; (800) 875-4765; prconvention.com

Airport Transit:
Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, about seven miles from downtown San Juan. Transfer cost by taxi, $15 to $20

Taxes: Room tax, 11% at casino hotels, 9% at noncasino hotels; sales tax, 5.5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 16.5% or 14.5%

CVB Services: Puerto Rico Convention Bureau, (800) 875-4765; meetpuertorico.com