The Look and Feel of HiBird
The look and feel of HiBird is uniquely Puerto Rican, and the colors it carries are directly inspired by its environment. Interior designer Lulu Puras designed the revamped HiBird hotel using a unique range of colors that reflect the Caribbean warmth of Puerto Rico.
“For us, it was always important that the people who come here feel they are in the tropics, in the Caribbean, in a warm place. That’s why the selection of materials, colors, woods, and textures we worked with throughout the spaces, we were quite insistent on [using] these elements so that people who came here would feel like–‘I am in Puerto Rico.’”
The base colors at HiBird are coral and terracotta, which Puras describes as “the color of clay, of the earth, of the mountains of Puerto Rico.” Green is another color that is key to the HiBird palette. “When we designed the doors, we had the opportunity to have them made in any way we wanted, but we wanted to bring that exterior element inside, the green of moss, the green of palm trees, the green we see in El Yunque, in its various shades,” says Puras.
The color yellow also makes a big appearance at HiBird, as seen in the half-suns decorating the bedrooms at the hotel. “When you come to Puerto Rico, what you can feel the most is warmth, so we wanted to bring that warmth into the space, and what better than the sun, which can inspire you during any part of the day, whether it’s dawn or sunset.”
Taking direct inspiration from HiBird’s past as a building from the 1950s, the renovated hotel also featured terrazzo tiling in its bathrooms. “I wanted to showcase the true history of the buildings in Puerto Rico from the 1950s, and we brought it into the bathrooms… It was an element that was meant to be very cool, so we added a turquoise color to the concrete and gave it a curved shape.”
The beds at HiBird’s rooms were custom made and there are many design elements that were also inspired by the Caribbean, such as the light green upholstery behind the beds. “We made it slightly wrinkled because we wanted it to look like it has history, character, depth. In a green fabric, which also incorporates the color elements we’re working with,” she says.
The rooms at HiBird were designed in an apartment style with full-sized kitchens, so that guests could could fully enjoy the space and make the most of their stay, says Puras. “They can cook here, bring in a chef, and enjoy a complete meal in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings. Even with their moderate size, we wanted to ensure that they could have a kitchen with everything they need to enjoy.”
From the bedrooms to the bathrooms and kitchens, every element at HiBird was thoughtfully curated to maximize the guest experience. Come and see for yourself. Enjoy your stay in Puerto Rico and delight in the warmth of its culture, its people, and of HiBird. Book your stay at HiBird today.
The HiBird Guest
According to designer Lulu Puras, who helped reimagine the spaces at HiBird, the HiBird guest is one who appreciates design and wants to make the most of its location in the Caribbean.
“[It’s] someone who wants to come to Puerto Rico to have the complete Puerto Rican experience, someone who wants to feel like they went to the Caribbean, someone who wants to have a good time and enjoys living.”
Puras envisions the HiBird guest going to different tourist attractions and visiting spots like the beach and El Yunque on their own or with family. What makes HiBird unique is that its apartments make guests and families feel like they are in a home away from home. “It’s a home away from home, an extension of your home, but as if it were your apartment in the tropics,” she says.
“I want the person who is considering whether or not to stay at HiBird that there’s nothing like it. There may be many options, but they’re going to come to HiBird and here they’ll get the complete experience. Because they have this beautiful, spectacular, well-designed space for you and your needs, but you also have the convenience of a space where you can go to the gym, you can go to the pool, there’s a lobby where you can work. In other words, it’s a complete space.”
“In addition to the spectacular rooms and apartments you find at HiBird, it was also essential that we have spaces where the client could feel they had additional amenities they could enjoy outside the room’s space,” says Puras.
HiBird also has many unique amenities for its guests, from its pool with sitting and sunbathing areas, to its gym. The pool area features bright yellow and terracotta in its design, and the gym features more industrial colors. Next to the gym, there is a space guests can use for private activities, like meetings and parties. “Whatever you need, HiBird provides that space too.”
From its rooms to its colorful pool area, HiBird guests have plenty of options and spaces to use and make the most of their stay. Come and see for yourself. Enjoy your stay in Puerto Rico and delight in the warmth of its culture, its people, and of HiBird. Book your stay at HiBird today.
The Work & Mind of Lulu Puras
To Lulu Puras, interior design is all about transforming spaces to create a better quality of life. Puras is a Puerto Rico based designer who recently helped revamp the look and feel of HiBird’s restored hotel in Condado. “Our work is very honest. We always aim for honesty in everything we do, and that’s why we can enhance the quality of life for the people who will inhabit those spaces,” she says.
The interior design process aims to maximize the space of each area and match it to the people who will be occupying it. The owners of HiBird contacted Puras because they wanted visitors to feel like they were in a home instead of a hotel. The renovations were inspired by the building’s history, which is originally from the 1950s and was rehabilitated to become the HiBird hotel. “When we started with the design inspiration, we began studying and exploring what was happening in those years,” says Puras.
“Searching for a unique design feature for HiBird, we designed breezeblocks. Each room has one, bringing that look that was also present in Puerto Rico’s houses in the 1950s, where there was a direct connection between light and air.” Other elements they created for the renovations include circular terracotta dividers, which Puras says integrate “the warmth of the earth” into the space.
Puras also incorporated terrazzo flooring, which was typical for the 1950s, and warmer tropical hues to amplify the space. “It was essential for us to move away from white and cream colors and bring in coral colors that were heavily used during that time. These colors also bring warmth and a sense of well-being to the space.” Puras was also inspired to include curved lines to create a softer and more modern look. “We wanted to move away from straight lines and work with curves,” she says. “It’s a very distinctive element that will greatly enhance the enjoyment of the spaces.”
Come and see for yourself! This property is now a modern and bright hotel that draws visitors in with its warm hues and vintage motifs. Book your stay at HiBird today and experience the wonder of its sleek, tropical interior design.
Home Is Where the Warmth Is – Here at HiBird
Welcome to Condado; home to legendary nightlife, adventurous food and drink, celestial bodies of water, and now, HiBird. Our space exists in total harmony with our surroundings, offering a chill haven of warmth, rest, and relaxation in the midst of a world filled with possibilities for you to taste, try, and explore. With modular accommodations that allow you to choose how much space you need for you and yours, every apartment at HiBird enables you to live like you’re at home–with king sized beds, full kitchenettes, and the kind of interior decor you can only find in the trendiest magazines and Instagram feeds, we promise you’ll never want to leave…
We Would Love for You to Stay
We’re not just a place to rest; we have created an authentic Caribbean experience that complements your every move as you vacation in sunny Puerto Rico. We have created a revolutionary lodging concept that seamlessly blends the best elements of a hotel with the comfort and freedom of home. Our values embody intimacy, community, togetherness, meticulous attention to detail, and genuine kindness from our Local Friends who are available to assist you 24/7.
Leave your worries behind as HiBird pampers you with an array of top-notch amenities, all overseen by our local friends, who are committed to tending to your every need. From fundamental necessities like a fully equipped laundry room and daily room cleaning, to the backbone of modern life – strong and reliable WiFi – we’ve got you covered.
Our commitment to your comfort is evident in every facet, whether you’re relaxing at our exquisite Beach Club, unwinding by the inviting pool area, or embarking on a health and fitness journey in our state-of-the-art Fitness Center. For those late-night cravings or the dread of grocery shopping, our lobby presents the perfect solution – the Grab and Go station, your haven for favorite treats whenever you desire. And take a dip in our elegant outdoor pool with a view. They say the sun is good for you and so is the Caribbean breeze during golden hour.
We Encourage You to Feel Everything
We’re not just providing accommodation; we’re helping you immerse in an experience that awakens all your senses. Our style offers a cocoon of comfort and warmth, creating an inviting ambiance that emanates tranquility. From the artful decor inspired by the sea and mountains that echoes the island’s spirit, to the meticulous arrangement of spaces, we’ve woven an ambiance that aligns with the vivacious energy of Condado.
And then there’s the heartbeat of our location. Strategically located just steps away from restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, the island’s spirit pulses within your reach. From our tranquil haven to the thriving heart of Old San Juan, the fragrant allure of delectable cuisine, historic buildings, the symphony of joyous conversations, and the melodies that linger in the air from one of the world’s most musical countries. Here, spontaneity and warmth and familiarity is celebrated.
An Unmissable Opportunity to Live
HiBird is your gateway to Caribbean adventure, brimming with exhilarating activities and unforgettable experiences.
- Endless Adventure: Our partnership with the esteemed Endless Adventure ensures a spectrum of captivating activities that immerse you in Puerto Rico’s vibrant culture, delectable cuisine, and hidden gems. Embark on awe-inspiring journeys, from snorkeling alongside graceful turtles to zooming through the city on e-scooters, sailing into the horizon, and delving into the rich heritage of rum through insightful tours. This is only the outset of your adventure; allow us to elevate your vacation with guided tours, enriching excursions, and premier transportation services. With HiBird as your anchor, the horizons of discovery are boundless.
- Drinks and Gastronomy: Situated in the heart of Condado, we have walkable access to an array of amazing bars and nightlife. Also, we are sounded by restaurants with relish Caribbean flavors for brunch, dinner, or a snack. In this neighborhood, you’re spoiled for choice.
- Close to Nature: We are surrounded by celestial bodies of water. Here, you’re moments away from the beach and the captivating allure of the Condado Lagoon. Immerse yourself in island life, get used to having sand in your toes and experiencing an exclusive and rich array of colors when the sun sets. Or Uber over to Ocean Park, Piñones, and several other beaches in our vicinity.
At HiBird, our desire is to offer you more than just accommodation; we invite you to experience a slice of Puerto Rican paradise, where every moment is a treasure waiting to be uncovered. When you stay with us, you embark on an unforgettable voyage, where warmth and connection are our specialty.
We’re more than just a hotel. We are your home away from home.