Makeover For Condado Plaza

Interior design firm Leo A. Daly merged Old San Juan with the Condado Lagoon in the reconstruction of the Royal Ballroom at the Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino in San Juan, PR.

The Royal Ballroom captures the history and architecture of the city's dynamic culture with the benefits of modern technology and functionality. The transformation was a part of the ongoing multi-million-dollar redesign and refurbishment of the Condado Plaza, once the top hotel in one of the city's toniest neighborhoods.

The 8,090-square-foot ballroom offers spectacular views of the nearby waters with access to natural daylight through floor-to-ceiling windows. Cream patent leather upholstered walls offer a neutral background contrasted by the bold carpeting's stylized hibiscus detail and tropical undertones that include vivid hues of red, pink and taupe. The stage's dramatic proscenium is wrapped in leather tufting that helps conceal the lighting elements. The glass railings that divide the ballroom's two tiers include vertical strings of brushed-nickel spheres.

A full-service bar enhances the look, incorporating an abundance of mirrored surfaces and striking star designs that echo the stage details. The lobby, foyer and outdoor terrace accent the two-level ballroom, creating plenty of additional space for a large event.

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