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AD&V’s design of Puerto Rico’s first Residence Inn is under construction.
Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón was selected to design the first Residence Inn by Marriott project in Puerto Rico! Residence Inn by Marriott is a brand aimed at extended stays, with reservations made for seven days or more. The objective is to create the first extended stay product on the Island and allow for an ignored group (business travelers) to have an adequate option to stay away from home.
Currently under construction, the nine-story, 177,555 square-foot hotel will also be the first new branded flagship property in 25 years in Isla Verde, a popular hospitality and residential area in Puerto Rico.
Interlink is the developer of this $50 million dollar project, which includes 231 rooms for long- and short-term guests. The hotel’s 4,000-square-foot restaurant space overlooking Avenida Isla Verde will feature a ground-floor terrace, which will be open to guests as well as the community at large. The reception and common areas will also be on the first level, and the upper floors will house rooms ranging from 434 square feet to 588 square feet.
Featuring a contemporary layered façade, the building’s L-shape design maximizes the use of space and embraces visitors entering from the south, while the north side is built close to the sidewalk to emphasize the walkability of the area.
The hotel’s design focuses on placemaking and provides a solid walkable experience, while formalizing the street block and creating economic opportunity at an abandoned government lot in Isla Verde.
The hotel’s interiors will also embrace the culture and spirit of the local community. Our goal is to make sure there is a sense of place – that this is a Residence Inn IN Puerto Rico – and we have commissioned pieces from local artists that will be on display throughout the space.
Other hotel amenities include a swimming pool, a playground area with water features, an interior/exterior bar, an exterior terrace, a meeting space, and a complete gym. All guest rooms will feature a full kitchen equipped with a refrigerator, stove, microwave and sink, a work area with desk, and a separate living space. The property is also ideally located minutes from the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, Isla Verde Beach, and walking distance from the area’s numerous restaurants and shops.
Sustainability measures are being incorporated throughout the project, from the start of construction to its operational phase. They include energy-saving and water-efficient equipment and measures as well as lighting controls, thermal comfort measures, electric vehicle charging stations, indoor air quality management plans, and enhanced systems commissioning.
The project is projected to be completed by spring of 2022.