Hotel Ponce Intercontinental
A magnificant new hotel – in an exciting new site – exotic Southern Puerto Rico!
170 Luxurious air-conditioned rooms – each with private balcony – view of the sparking blue Caribbean!
Superb service in the famous Intercontinental style!
According to Wikipedia: “The Hotel Ponce Intercontinental (also known as “El Ponce”) is an abandoned hotel with a still existing structure. The structure, and what it once was, is considered a historic landmark and a National Icon in the city of Ponce and Puerto Rico.The property is currently owned byPRIDCO who bought it from a group of local Ponce industrialists.
The hotel was designed in 1957-58 by American architect William B. Tabler, FAIA. Tabler, whose offices were in New York City, designed hotels worldwide for the Statler chain, Hilton, and Intercontinental.
The first stone of the Hotel was placed on January 6, 1958, and the Hotel opened as a luxury hotel in 1 February 1960. The Hotel operated for 15 years (from 1960 to 1975) and was of particular importance in the collective memory of the Ponce’s popular society in the 1960s through the 1970s. The hotel was a bustling center of entertainment that stood out as a center of large musical events of those years. The Ponce Intercontinental is remembered for being the birthplace of great artistic, social and political events of its time.”
As far as abandoned hotels go, this one seems to continue to draw a great deal of international attention. Here is a great website that gives a tour of the derelict building (use google to translate).
This image is from this website here. It’s almost more beautiful in its dereliction than in the postcard above, don’t you think?