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SAN JUAN -- Another property has joined the beachfront scene in San Juan with the opening of the 10-story, $10 million Colony San Juan Beach Hotel this month.

Facilities include 71 rooms and 11 suites, a gourmet restaurant and terrace bar and grill, banquet and conference rooms, a business center, a rooftop pool with a swim-up bar and Jacuzzi, a fitness center, two restaurants, a Kids Corner, a piano bar and valet parking.

Colony Hotels manages 23 additional properties worldwide, including two other Caribbean properties: Point Pleasant on St. Thomas and Timothy Beach Resort on St. Kitts.

The Colony San Juan is set in the Isla Verde section of the city, a one-mile, $10 taxi ride from Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. Nearby properties include the Sands Hotel & Casino Beach Resort, El San Juan Hotel & Casino, the new Embassy Suites Hotel & Casino and the soon-to-open Hampton Inn.

According to Arnaldo Altoran, director of sales and marketing, the medium-priced property is targeted at a mix of markets.

"We expect that the hotel will appeal to corporate travelers and locals during the summer season and to a mix of leisure and business travelers in the high season," he said.

Small corporate groups can be accommodated in a boardroom that seats 15 and a meeting room for 70 people in theater-style seating.

The property fronts a mile-long stretch of beach ringed in part by coral reefs and offers a variety of water sports.

An opening rate, valid through April 14, is set at $169 per room, per night, double. Special Super Saver summer rates will begin at $125 per room, per night, double.

Rack rates from April 15 to Dec. 15 start at $135 per person, double, in a room with a partial ocean view. Two children up to 12 years of age are accommodated free when sharing room with parents.

Ronald K. Maidens is the general manager of the Colony San Juan.

For information and reservations, contact the hotel at (888) COLONY 9 or Colony Hotels at (800) 777-1700.

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