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Lorraine Ortiz-Valcárcel
Public Relations Director
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Verdanza Hotel Diwali Festival of Lights


ISLA VERDE, Puerto Rico (October, 2015) – Diwali, the traditional Hindu festival of lights, was the theme of Verdanza Hotel’s anniversary celebration, entitled “The Best Exotic Verdanza Hotel.”  The management team, led by General Manager Ricky Newman and Director Liana Ondina, welcomed a select group of friends and clients that gathered to mark the beginning of its sixth year as the only full-service independent hotel in the Metropolitan Area of Puerto Rico.  Among the guests:

In an atmosphere inspired by the vibrant Hindu aesthetic in the best “Bollywood” style created by Carlos González of i2 Events, guests enjoyed an authentic menú of millenary Indian cuisine, created by Elvin Rosado, executive chef of Verdanza Hotel and coach of the award-winning Puerto Rico National Culinary Team.  The banquet featured traditional dishes characterized by the use of aromatic herbs and spices, such as Karachi-style lamb, pulaos, curries, chutneys, ratias and masalas, among others (as a souvenir of the evening, guests received a house-made mango chutney prepared by the hotel’s culinary team).

In addition, ladies had the opportunity to get mehndis, traditional Hindu henna tattoos.

The soirée culminated with a performance of classical dances of India. Namasté!

  Verdanza Now a Member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection

ISLA VERDE – March 10, 2015 – Verdanza Hotel in Isla Verde, member of the Preferred Hotel Group, a collection of independent hotels worldwide, has completed its transition to the Lifestyle Collection of the new Preferred Hotels & Resorts brand.  The Preferred rebranding from a hotel group with multiple brands to a global brand with five distinctive collections represents the company’s commitment to help travelers better identify the hotel that will provide them with an experience in a fashion that meets their life and style preferences for each occasion.

Understanding that travelers have different objectives for each individual trip, each property within the new brand portfolio has been aligned with one of five collections -- Legend, LVX, Lifestyle, Connect, and Preferred Residences. Addressing evolving consumer expectations and changing travel trends, the collections provide a more intuitive way for travelers to search, consider, and book travel by defining hotels based on the type of experience they offer. On the brand’s new website, travelers can search for a hotel by collection or by other preferences such as hotel name, experience, location and price point.

Verdanza Hotel, as a member of the Lifestyle Collection, is part of a diverse group of global properties that offer authentic, engaging stays featuring responsive service and local dining that articulate culture and style.  “Since its opening five years ago in 2009, Verdanza has placed emphasis on its status as an independently owned and operated property, not subject to global strict brand standards that do not reflect a genuine vibe,” said Ricky Newman, general manager of Verdanza Hotel. “The Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection is a perfect fit to Verdanza’s vision ,” added  Newman.  Verdanza Hotel features offerings that are innovative – and one of a kind in a hotel in Puerto Rico – such as a creative room for corporate meetings, a program for guests with pets that includes an off-leash pet park with an agility course, and a recharging station for electric vehicles.

“Our new branding expands the definition of travel beyond the confines of traditional perceptions such as white gloves or stars,” said Lindsey Ueberroth, president and ceo of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

To further enhance their independent hotel experience, travelers can enroll in the iPrefer guest loyalty program, which rewards members with points redeemable for free nights and other expenditures, elite status, and special benefits such as complimentary Internet upon every eligible stay at more than 550 participating properties worldwide.

To experience the new Preferred Hotels & Resorts and to browse the brand’s worldwide portfolio, visit


About Verdanza Hotel

Verdanza Hotel, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection, is the only full-service independent hotel in the San Juan/Metro Area. It was conceived with a focus on a more personalized approach to hospitality without sacrificing the amenities and conveniences of a full service property. Located steps from the beach in the Isla Verde tourism district, the property has 222 rooms with 9 suites, three restaurants, wine and tapas bar, café, an expansive pool area with Jacuzzi and water Spray Park, pet park, and more than 15,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and banquet space. Perks include free internet access, pet-friendly guestrooms, and a privileged location within walking distance of restaurants, casinos, and entertainment options. For more information, visit


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8020 Tartak Street, Isla Verde, Puerto Rico 00979



800.625.0312 | 787.253.9000





For reservations, visit or call 800.625.0312.



Located in the heart of Isla Verde Tourist Area, Verdanza Hotel is a block from the Isla Verde beach, while restaurants, clubs, and casinos are all nearby.  The strategic location places guests minutes away from San Juan’s Convention Center, Old San Juan, cruise piers, marinas, shopping and attractions.  The LuisMuñozMarínInternationalAirport is a five-minute drive to the hotel. 



The Verdanza Hotel officially opened doors December 4, 2009 as the only independent full-service hotel in the San Juan Metropolitan Area. Located steps from the beach in the Isla Verde tourism district, Verdanza combines the vibe of a small hotel with the amenities and conveniences of a full-service property.

  • 222 Total Rooms
  • 60 Poolside Rooms
  • 9 Suites
  • Over 16,000 sq. ft. of meeting space





Whether you’re on a family vacation, a business trip or a weekend getaway with friends, Verdanza Hotel has accommodations to fit all. Choose a poolside room, an ocean view or a suite.

Convenient Verdanza Hotel amenities include air conditioning, LCD television with premium cable programming and movies on demand, dual phone lines with voicemail and work area. Guests will appreciate complimentary wireless Internet access, MP3 player, hair dryer, in-room iron and ironing board, in-room safe, refrigerator and coffee maker with Puerto Rican coffee.

As part of an ongoing guestroom enhancement program, upgraded furnishings and amenities are being phased in in 2015.






















J.H. Yee’s Asian Bistro

J.H. Yee's is a six-time winner of the Chef’s Hat Award by Tables Magazine. A popular dining spot among local residents, J. H. Yee’s offers Pan-Asian dining for lunch and dinner daily.


Eighty20 Bistro

Against the backdrop of a contemporary décor in shades of black, white, and orange, this casual bistro features a cuisine that ranges from classics of the bistro tradition to modern interpretations of traditional dishes, using local produce, spices and vegetables. Headed by Executive Chef Damian Hernandez, winner of the 2011 Puerto Rico Restaurateur of the Year award. 


Di Vino Wine & Tapas Bar
A modern and cozy bar specialized on serving and educating customer in the world of wines, offering an international selection of grapes and denominations served by the glass, with tapas designed to pair with wines. The concept of Di Vino allows you to taste a wide range of ever-changing wines by the ounce, so guests can taste the world of wines with the expert advice of Sommelier Dario Iovannone. Featuring signature Wine Flights and featured wines.


Ristretto Café

A quaint little coffee shop featuring premium Puerto Rican coffee prepared by professional baristas, as well as a selection of Puerto Rican organic teas, fresh pastries, and deli sandwiches, among other treats.


Burger Bar

The Burger Bar is Verdanza’s take on the classic burger joint. It features handcrafted gourmet burgers and artisanal beers in a laid back, relaxed atmosphere. Sports enthusiasts will love watching major sporting events live on flat screens monitors while sipping on their favorite brew or nibbling on great grub! Meanwhile, outdoors, a shaded veranda allows clients to sit outdoors as the sunset gives way to the Isla Verde nightlife.  Daily happy hours | Game Day Specials.  Open daily from 4:00pm



A rooftop fitness center features professional Star Trac and BodyCraft equipment and panoramic views of the Isla Verde, Puerto Rico area. For guests to San Juan, Puerto Rico who prefer to exercise outdoors, a private gate provides access to the IslaVerdeUrbanGarden located next to the Verdanza Hotel, offering a one-mile walking/jogging trail.


The Verdanza Hotel is a relaxing oasis with a variety of activities such as:

  • Expansive pool area
  • On-site spray park
  • Whirlpool
  • Poolside food and beverage service
  • PawsPark, where guests with pets can take their four-legged friends to exercise and play off-leash in a secure environment. PawsPark is the only pet park in a hotel on the island.



Verdanza opens its doors with a focus on the personalized details that today’s traveler desires. Customized perks include:

  • Custom programs for long-stays, corporate guests and traveling businesswomen
  • Rooms with extra long beds for the taller than average guest
  • Pet program for guests traveling with their four-legged friend
  • The Muse creative room
  • Charging station for electric vehicles




Meeting facilities at the Verdanza Hotel include the Grand Ballroom accommodating up to 300 guests, the Opera Ballroom, with a capacity of 250 meeting rooms, full banquet facilities, a garden function area and a rooftop terrace with panoramic views.  


In addition, four boardrooms are available for breakout sessions during meetings and internet access is available in meeting rooms. Complete audiovisual services are also available. Upon request, the Verdanza Hotel will provide a list of professional event planners to help in décor for any event.


The latest addition is “The Muse,” a room designed to stimulate creativity, where small groups can gather to develop new ideas, solve difficult tasks, or create new products. It is a playroom where group can interact and take advantage of human imagination in a relaxed environment. The Muse is the only creative room in a hotel in Puerto Rico.



Dedicated to making any stay easier, the Verdanza Hotel provides additional services such as:

  • Wireless internet
  • Valet parking
  • Self-service laundry room
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Babysitting service
  • Dollar Rent A Car on property
  • Tour & Travel Desk
  • Room Service
  • On-site ATM
  • BoardingPass Station



A private gate in the pool area gives guests direct access to a Walgreens Pharmacy. Likewise, a Pueblo Supermarket is within short walking distance. Both are open 24 hours.


Verdanza Hotel is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Lifestyle Collection

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Lorraine Ortiz-Valcárcel
Public Relations | Verdanza Hotel
Email: | Phone: 787.253.9000, ext. 3113


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A Head Above the Rest: Verdanza Hotel Caters to the Taller than Average Guest

ISLA VERDE, Puerto Rico – Verdanza Hotel in Isla Verde caters to tall travelers with extra long beds that provide a comfort fit for even the average six-foot-seven NBA player.  The hotel, which served as the host hotel for the regional basketball championship Centrobasket 2012, has fitted 10 junior suites with extra large beds.  The industry standard for king-size beds is 80 inches long; five of the newly-reconfigured rooms at Verdanza feature 84-inch long California Kings, while another five offer extra-long 96 inch (8 feet) long beds.  “For the taller-than-average, travel can be an exercise in discomfort. With them in mind, Verdanza offers the relief of comfortable and practical accommodations for a restful sleep without feet dangling off the bed or – provided they have the bed to themselves – lying diagonally with little wiggle room,” explains Ricky Newman, general manager of Verdanza Hotel. The extra-long beds are by Sealy®.

The tall-friendly accommodations in junior suites are not offered at a premium.  “The extra leg room makes all the difference in the world for the very tall, but our guests do not pay more for the convenience,” added Newman, in line with the hotel’s service standard of making the guest feel at home.

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Verdanza Becomes First Hotel in Puerto Rico to Install EV Charge Station

ISLA VERDE, Puerto Rico – Verdanza Hotel in Isla Verde has become the first and only hotel on the island to offer guests and clients a charge station for electronic vehicles (ev’s).  “At Verdanza we are proud of our efforts to ensure that the daily operation of the hotel is friendly to the environment. The decision to install a charge station was a natural next step in our commitment to contribute to a healthier environment,” said  Rick Newman, president of Verdanza Hotel, adding that although Puerto Rico has not yet reached a critical mass in the use of ev’s, it is fertile ground for this type of innovation.

“The use of electric vehicles is on the path to become gradually more generalized, locally and internationally.  The reduction of toxic emissions and, in purely economic terms, the reduction of the costs related to oil products, make electric cars an increasingly attractive option,” added Newman. “Car makers, such as Nissan, have recognized this is an unstoppable trend and they have responded accordingly, developing ev’s as a genuinely viable product.” 

In Puerto Rico, as in other jurisdictions, the demand for electric vehicles is directly related to the availability of charge stations that allow the consumer to travel with peace of mind.

In the United States, there are already thousands of charge stations available. States, counties, shopping centers and even large commercial chains such as Macy’s, Walgreens and McDonald’s have installed charge stations and parking spaces exclusively for electric vehicles.

In addition, to date 17 US states, including Hawaii, California, New Jersey, and Florida, have passed legislation that stimulate the purchase of electric vehicles.  Likewise, Canada, China, Japan and 15 countries of the European Union offer diverse fiscal incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles.  “This type of legislation in Puerto Rico would make electric vehicles more accessible to the consumer, while at the same time being a concrete action to reduce environmental pollution on the island,” continued Newman.

The charge station at Verdanza Hotel, also the first station in the Municipality of Carolina, is located in the parking area of the property and uses an industry-standard connector (J1772) which can be used to charge any electric vehicle currently on the market, as well as next generation models in production.  “We urge others to follow our example to begin a proliferation of charge stations that will stimulate the legislators to consider incentives, and potential buyers to be stimulated by knowing there will be locations to charge their vehicles”, concluded Newman.

This initiative by Verdanza supports the hotel’s commitment to environmentally—friendly practices.  Other efforts include an extensive recycling program, organic guestroom amenities,  the installation of devices that reduce the consumption of water and electricity, the replacement of traditional plastic ware with versions that are 100% biodegradable, and the collection, treatment and repurposing of rainwater as well as used oils, among others. The proven commitment of Verdanza Hotel earned the property this past March the “Pineapple Leader Award” by the Preferred Hotel Group, the international hotel group of which Verdanza Hotel is a member under the Summit Hotels & Resorts collection.


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Verdanza Hotel Inaugurates Creative Space for Meetings

ISLA VERDE, Puerto Rico - Many companies hold retreats and strategic planning meetings in venues outside the office in order to stimulate the team’s creativity.  Verdanza Hotel has taken this concept a step further with the launch of The Muse Room, an unconventional meeting space designed to foster innovation in corporate management.

“The idea behind The Muse – the first of its kind in a hotel in Puerto Rico – is for people to give free reign to their imagination in a relaxed atmosphere that encourages interaction and the flow of ideas,” explained Ricky Newman, general manager of Verdanza Hotel.

The Muse Room (named in honor of the goddesses of inspiration of Greek Mythology) is not set up in the traditional sober style of a standard meeting room. On the contrary, it was conceived to be more of a playroom for professionals, where the surfaces of the walls and even the conference table are designed for people to doodle, draw and put their ideas in writing. Meanwhile, to facilitate an informal and free exchange, small ottomans can be laid out leisurely so that attendees may kick back as they would in their own living room with friends.

To recharge batteries, a fun menu of options is available for groups that do not wish to interrupt the creative vibe for a break or lunch – from in-room shiatsu massages and videogames to fruit smoothies and sushi delivered to The Muse.

Naturally, all the essential sound and video facilities are available, whether it is to set the tone of the meeting with music (Mozart or Lady Gaga?), make presentations or play back recordings of the brainstorming sessions of the day.

“Besides allowing a work team to break from the routine and avoid interruptions, The Muse is a space to think outside the bubble, to maximize the creativity of each member of a management team,” concluded Newman.

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