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An Evening at Hacienda Siesta Alegre
Sitting alone atop a high hill in the foothill region of the rainforest, overlooking the entire northeastern coast of Puerto Rico, and just a short drive from either San Juan or El Conquistador Hotel, and even shorter from the Westin Rio Mar, one finds Hacienda Siesta Alegre, a beautiful Spanish Colonial Hacienda that belongs to a horse ranching baron. Your arrival at the Hacienda, passing traditional white painted horse corral fencing just before coming into a large clearing, is a promise of things to come as you follow the short torch-lit path up to the front entrance of the home. The public areas are quite open to let the soft evening breezes enter. A mirror pool graces one of the patios. The sun’s soft rays shed their golden light on the rainforest’s foliage as evening settles in and the sound of the Puerto Rican “coquí” frog chirps pleasantly. The Hacienda can handle catered dinners and entertainment for groups of up to 200 persons with ease. Paso Fino horse shows can be arranged as a welcome for your guests. It works particularly well for groups staying at the Paradisus, the Westin Rio Mar, at the El Conquistador, and in the metro area.

Asilo de Beneficencia
Built in the 1840’s for the indigent, it now houses the headquarters of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, several changing exhibition galleries, and an interesting Pre-Colombian room. The former Asilo de Beneficen-cia, “houses for the poor”, with two lovely inner patios that with catering and theming added, can provide a perfect venue for private cocktails up to 350 people, and sit down dinner for up to 250 people. Up to 600 people can be accommodated for cocktails with heavy hors d’oeuvres if both inner patios or courtyards were used. We are authorized to use the roof top patio as well which has a splendid view of el Morro.

Casa Blanca
If the walls of Casa Blanca could talk, they would tell a tale of Puerto Rico’s rich past. It was built for Juan Ponce de Leon, the first governor of this Spanish colony. Over the decades, Casa Blanca has been lovingly restored to the original grandeur of a 16th and 17th century nobleman's home. Several lush gardens host a breathtaking view of the harbor and La Fortaleza, the governor's residence. Casa Blanca is a wonderful venue for a pleasant outdoor cocktail party. There is covered backup space in the event of rain but the status of the air-conditioning of that back-up can vary from year to year. This would suffice quite nicely for a party of up to about 80 to 100 persons.

Casa de España
The Casa de España was founded in 1913 when a group of Spaniards residing in Puerto Rico decided to cre-ate an institution that would offer all of the social, sporting, recreation and cultural functions that its members might wish in a colony. Its famous Salon de Espejos (Salon of Mirrors) has been a favorite formal site for weddings, christenings and debuts for the prominent citizens numbered amongst its membership for decades. By special arrangement with the board of Directors of the Club the facility has been made available to upscale groups visiting from overseas. Overall, groups of up to 200 persons maximum can be accommodated for cocktails and dinner if the courtyard, library and Salon of Mirrors are all used.

El Convento: An Evening in Romantic Old San Juan
El Convento, a restored 17th century Carmelite Convent that now is one of the world’s top boutique resorts (according to Condé Nast Traveler). Strolling through the massive entryway doors, past hanging tapestries, you are surprised to find a lovely inner courtyard where you will be tempted with butlered hors d’oeuvres and wine and cocktails. After cocktails you enter into the hotel’s Salon Campeche, formerly the chapel of this convent, complete with choir loft and exquisite stained glass windows. Here you will enjoy a savory meal accompanied by wine while a Latin Band plays a combination of Salsa, Merengue, as well as North American favorites. Ideal as an add-on for outlying resort groups following an afternoon city tour. Keeps transportation costs for what amounts to two separate activities down. Great for a group between 200 and 250.

El Portal at Night
Welcome to the El Portal Rain Forest Center: Your Gateway to the Tropical Rain Forest! The El Portal Rain Forest Center’s world-class facilities are now available for rental to the general public for evening events. You can rent El Portal’s facilities any day of the week from 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM. El Portal offers the superb nighttime ambiance of the rain forest which makes it an ideal location for an exciting off-site activity. El Portal's 105-seat theater is also available for evening lectures, meetings or other types of events. As part of your evening, Interpreters can be provided to talk to guests about the wonders of the Rain Forest, and to walk through the forest canopy trails around the Center. Offers use of the full Center, Theatre, Exhibit areas, and the parking lot for your activity. We can also coordinate for the Souvenir shop to be opened for a couple of hours. Great for groups of up to 500 persons.

Galeria San Juan
Galeria San Juan is the private residence of well known local artist, Jan D'Esopo and her equestrian husband, Manuco Gandia. Purchased in ruinous condition in 1961 by the artist, it has been restored to its former state. The beautiful colonial architecture features open arches, exposed clay and stone bricks, and original asubo wood beams further enhanced by lush tropical gardens and trickling fountainsWe can put together virtually any evening that you would like to within Jan's home. Wandering buffets for as many as 150 persons can be exe-cuted just as easily as gracious sit-down dinners for as few as 10. Jan has a full-time cooking staff on duty. They have been personally trained by her, and she is the innovator who puts together the menus, not only for their freshness and tastefulness to the palate, but with the artist's eye for beauty. Menus are available from Travel Services upon request.

Hard Rock Cafe Buyout
Located in Old San Juan, the Hard Rock Café combines American food, rock music and unique memorabilia. Often called the "Smithsonian of Rock n' Roll," the Hard Rock Café boasts the most extensive collection of memorabilia in the world. The Hard Rock's famous all-American cuisine works great for a plated dinner or a sumptuous buffet featuring fajitas, barbeque chicken and ribs and mouthwatering deserts. Hire a disc-jockey to play your favorites and run team building games such as "Hard Rock Scavenger Hunt" or "Name that Tune" or book a local rock band so you can dance the night away! There are several rooms and levels available and can accommodate up to 250 for a sit-down dinner and 450 cocktail-style.

La Princesa
La Princesa was built outside the west walls of the Old City in 1837 as a prison and occasional site for hang-ings. It features a chapel in one corner and a spacious courtyard beneath the city walls designed to catch the breezes off of San Juan Harbor. Today, La Princesa has been beautifully restored to a grandeur unimagined by its original inhabitants as the home of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and a Reception Center featuring contemporary work by Puerto Rican artists. The courtyard now boasts a spectacular fountain and several large sculptures. Whether for a sunset cocktail party or an Old World style dinner, La Princesa is a dramatic setting for a special group event. La Princesa can accommodate up to 600 persons for a wandering buffet or up to 250 persons for a sit down dinner

Off-property Venues for Special Events
The rich history and culture of Puerto Rico has provided us with an abundance of ideal venues for corporate entertaining and special events outside of the hotel environment. Travel Services provides their expertise in coordinating transportation, necessary local government agencies, theming, ca-tering, staffing and entertainment to bring your special evening alive and keep it running like clockwork!

Off-Site Venues Overview
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Revealing Rainforest Theme Dinner
Enjoy the natural beauty and wonders of the El Yunque Rainforest in your own private section of the Rainforest. All guests will have full access to the nature trails which you may leisurely stroll down to the El Mameyes River, stopping to enjoy the wonders of the large bamboo trees, the wild orchid and other beautiful specimens of natural wild flowers and the music of the Coqui frogs. For those who wish to be more active, they may enjoy swimming in the crystal clear water of the river or take a refreshing dip in the junior Olympic pool situated on the hillside. The pavilion contains over 4,000 square feet to dine or dance on and can easily accommodate groups of up to 200 people. The rooftop is the perfect place for dancing or simply relaxing. A large lawn area sits just 20 yards from the beautiful Mameyes River. The lawn can easily accommodate 400 people at a sit down meal. White tents shelter all of the dining areas. Between the two lawns sits a large rustic tiki bar for the guests’ convenience.

The Ballajá
The Ballajá Complex is a 3–story quadrilateral building with ample balconies, designed with a series of arches, which look towards an interior patio that served as a plaza and covers a reservoir. The large central courtyard has 26,000 sq. feet of usable space, and the colonnaded perimeter walkway offers an additional 8,000 sq. feet. This building was the last and biggest Spanish architectural construction of its kind in America. Its majestic patio of classical proportions and elements, and its main stairway with an ascending gothic dome, makes it one of the most beautiful buildings in Puerto Rico. Ideal for large groups of up to 1500 in the courtyard.

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