SAN JUAN -- The 389-room Wyndham El San Juan Hotel & Casino
took four first-place awards in the second annual tourism survey
that rated the quality of accommodations in Puerto Rico, according
to the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., which conducted the
government-sponsored survey of all lodgings on the island.
The awards were presented to David Kurland, El San Juan's
president and managing director, by Jose Corujo, executive director
of the PRTC.
El San Juan won in the hotel/resort category for best rooms,
housekeeping and food and beverage divisions. The resort also was
selected as the best overall hotel.
"Our goal at PRTC is to improve service and increase the value
of our island as a tourism product," Corujo said.
"We have the best emotional mix and experiences that a tourist
destination can offer. That is why we should focus our efforts on
continuing to offer the best service ever."
Awards in the rooms division category for small to midsize
hotels went to the 59-room El Convento in Old San Juan, the Lazy
Parrot Inn & Restaurant in Rincon and the 24-room Parador Bahia
Salinas in Cabo Rojo.
In the housekeeping division, the 200-room Hampton Inn in San
Juan took the top award for the second straight year. El Buen Cafe
in Hatillo took the award for paradors.
The 39-room Horned Dorset Primavera in Rincon took top honors in
the food and beverage division for small to midsize hotels. Posada
Porlamar in La Parguera and Bahia Salinas won in the parador
Overall awards went to Horned Dorset and El Convento for small
to midsize hotels and to Bahia Salinas for paradors.