Puerto Rico gets first smoke-free hotel

The San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino is now officially a
non-smoking hotel and the first in Puerto Rico to institute a no-smoking
policy. The smoking ban will be instituted throughout the entire hotel,
including the rooms, balconies, lobby, bar and restaurants, with the hotel’s
Stellaris Casino following suit on March 1st, 2007.

In October 2006, Marriott instituted its Smoke-Free Hotel Environment
strategy representing the industry’s largest move to a non-smoking
environment.  It encompassed all of the company’s lodging brands in the
United States and Canada, and was optional for Marriott’s international
properties.  The San Juan Marriott has chosen to follow the corporate model.


“A lot of factors play in to making this decision.  It’s a combination of
travelers becoming more health conscious and demanding smoke free rooms,
Marriott’s success with the institution of the program in the U.S. and
Canada and the detrimental effects that smoking can have on hotel rooms.  We
just completed $35 million worth of renovations in 2006, and a second phase
is planned for later this year.  Combining these major renovations and
upgrades with a no smoking policy will allow us to maintain the quality
product our guests enjoy,” commented General Manager Hans-Georg Rohrbein.



But the question now remains, what to do with all those ashtrays? 

The San Juan Marriott has come up with a few creative suggestions.


Top 10 Uses For Discarded Ashtrays:

10.  Candle Holder

9.  Candy Dish

8.  Cookie Cutter

7.  Change or Jewelry Holder

6.  Soap Dish

5.  Coasters

4.  Door Stopper

3.  Cat Food Dish

2.  Floating Drink Holder in the Pool

1.  Decorative Wall Art



The San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is located just five miles
from the airport with immediate access to San Juan’s fashionable shopping,
dining, adventure, nightlife, historical and cultural landmarks.  Experience
a tropical beachfront setting, amazing picture perfect views along the
Atlantic Ocean, multiple sundecks packed with palm trees, lounge chairs,
hammocks and cabanas, a swim up bar and so much more. The San Juan Marriott
provides a relaxing environment, luxurious guest rooms and suites, full
casino, invigorating spa, two elaborate swimming pools, meeting facilities,
six dining options and a lobby lounge for nighttime entertainment.