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Antiguo Casino de Ponce

Ponce , PR

LOCATION

PO Box 331709
Ponce, PR US 00733 (map)
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ABOUT US

If you schedule an event and looking for a unique and elegance place, please visit the old Casino of Ponce facilities,considered the 'reception hall of excellence in the southern area "... Read more
If you schedule an event and looking for a unique and elegance place, please visit the old Casino of Ponce facilities,considered the 'reception hall of excellence in the southern area " a historical and prestigious place.

Our main hall, with a capacity for up to 300 people is Ideal for weddings receptions, birthdays, fairs and conferences, among others.

Our services include:

Individualized orientation

An elegance hall

Rooms with air conditioning

Elevator

6 hours for activity

Elegant chairs

Tables

Security guards

Maintenance before, during and after the activity



History

The Antiguo Casino de Ponce (English: Old Ponce Casino), the Casino de Ponce, is a historic structure, built in 1922 and located in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Originally built as a social club for Ponce's elite, it is currently used as the premier reception center of "The Noble City of Puerto Rico" The building, designed by Agustin Camilo Gonzalez in the Second Empire and Neo-Rococo styles, has a French facade and tones. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on October 28, 1987. It is located at the corner of Marina and Luna streets. The building has been called "an icon of Ponce's architecture, history, and identity." It is owned and administered by the Ponce Municipal Government.

The Old Casino de Ponce stands as a reminder of the wealthy aristocracy of southern Puerto Rico in the late 19th and early 20th century.

From the architectural standpoint, the Old Casino is significant because in its structure the architect managed to incorporate the 19th century (Second Empire, neo-Rococo and other architectural styles in concrete construction: “It represents a transitional point from the brick and stucco classical Spanish traditional construction to the modern, reinforced-concrete technology of the United States."

From a social and cultural standpoint, the Old Casino is significant in that it expresses to this day the lifestyle of the area's wealthy families during the early decades of the 20th century. It is a reminder of how they lived and how World War II changed that lifestyle forever. The lavish second floor ballroom was extensively used prior to WWII as the de-facto meeting place for the most wealthy and influential families in Ponce and Puerto Rico. The Casino is associated with the social club that made the structure come to life; a club that has ceased to exist as today's way of life has pushed aside the lifestyle of the aristocracy of yesterday. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1920
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Government Building, Historic Site
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
300
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
700
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
5.0/5.0
The Antiguo Casino de Ponce is beautiful!! There is something magical about the Casino that we want to share with our family and friends :) Absolutely thrilled with the location that we chose for the ceremony/reception.
The Antiguo Casino de Ponce is beautiful!! There is something magical about the Casino that we want to share with our Read more...
The Antiguo Casino de Ponce is beautiful!! There is something magical about the Casino that we want to share with our family and friends :) Absolutely thrilled with the location that we chose for the ceremony/reception. Read less
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Suhail
Wedding:
10/19/2013
4.9/5.0
Beautiful venue . Perfect place for a perfect wedding .
Beautiful venue . Perfect place for a perfect wedding .
Beautiful venue . Perfect place for a perfect wedding . Read less
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Janice
Wedding:
9/14/2012
5.0/5.0
El lugar perfecto para la boda de tus suenos. Elegante salon, personal amable, seguridad en toda la actividad. Puedes sentirte segura en cualquier condicion climatica, ya que es bajo techo y en aire acondicionado. No hay el temor o preocupacion de depender de un buen clima para que lusca bien la actividad, como pasaria en otros lugares elegantes pero al aire libre como lo es el Castillo Serralles. Si el tiempo se pudiera regresar, volveria a celebrar nuestra boda en Antiguo Casino de Ponce. A pasos del centro de Ponce donde puedes complemetar fotos al exterior, y alojarte en los hoteles del alrededor. No tengo ni un solo comentario negativo en cuanto a la celebracion de nuestra boda.
El lugar perfecto para la boda de tus suenos. Elegante salon, personal amable, seguridad en toda la actividad. Puedes Read more...
El lugar perfecto para la boda de tus suenos. Elegante salon, personal amable, seguridad en toda la actividad. Puedes sentirte segura en cualquier condicion climatica, ya que es bajo techo y en aire acondicionado. No hay el temor o preocupacion de depender de un buen clima para que lusca bien la actividad, como pasaria en otros lugares elegantes pero al aire libre como lo es el Castillo Serralles. Si el tiempo se pudiera regresar, volveria a celebrar nuestra boda en Antiguo Casino de Ponce. A pasos del centro de Ponce donde puedes complemetar fotos al exterior, y alojarte en los hoteles del alrededor. No tengo ni un solo comentario negativo en cuanto a la celebracion de nuestra boda. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Very Pretty place, antique looking everything was perfect.
Very Pretty place, antique looking everything was perfect.
Very Pretty place, antique looking everything was perfect. Read less
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blonde_girl_1
Wedding:
12/13/2009
4.5/5.0
Great price for a lovely place. It got a lot of rules, but it is a historic place...so I didn't mind. Don't need too much decoration because is absolutley great!
Great price for a lovely place. It got a lot of rules, but it is a historic place...so I didn't mind. Don't need too much Read more...
Great price for a lovely place. It got a lot of rules, but it is a historic place...so I didn't mind. Don't need too much decoration because is absolutley great! Read less
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Damary
Wedding:
11/8/2008
5.0/5.0
My daughters wedding was held at the casino and it was a wedding every one is still talking about because everything was so beautiful the service was awesome n the place magical. We are not from the area but they provided us with a listing for the catering, bands, florist and decoration everything was excelent we are so grateful for the service. Thank u for making my daughters dream wedding come true. Jomary n Hector
My daughters wedding was held at the casino and it was a wedding every one is still talking about because everything was Read more...
My daughters wedding was held at the casino and it was a wedding every one is still talking about because everything was so beautiful the service was awesome n the place magical. We are not from the area but they provided us with a listing for the catering, bands, florist and decoration everything was excelent we are so grateful for the service. Thank u for making my daughters dream wedding come true. Jomary n Hector Read less
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sherezada
Wedding:
7/27/2008
2.8/5.0
The place is beautiful! And the price is outstanding. Unfortunately, the service is terrible. Be warned that you will not be able to get into the reception hall before 8 am ON THE DAY of your wedding. Also, they do not allow candles, flower petals, or custom ligthing. You're not allowed to put anything on the walls, or bring anything up or down through the main stairs (have to use a very old elevator in the back of the building). Their contract has about 20 pages of RESTRICTIONS.

Responsiveness? Lets see, they decided to take vacations the whole MONTH when our balance was due, so they made us pay a month before we were supposed to. They also decided to take vacation the WHOLE WEEK before my wedding, so when I realized I had more people than expected and needed to mod the contract to get one extra table, there was no way to contact them to do so, not even a phone number or an email. If it wasn't because a few of the people that RSVPed couldn't make it at the end, I would've had guests standing at my wedding.
The place is beautiful! And the price is outstanding. Unfortunately, the service is terrible. Be warned that you will not Read more...
The place is beautiful! And the price is outstanding. Unfortunately, the service is terrible. Be warned that you will not be able to get into the reception hall before 8 am ON THE DAY of your wedding. Also, they do not allow candles, flower petals, or custom ligthing. You're not allowed to put anything on the walls, or bring anything up or down through the main stairs (have to use a very old elevator in the back of the building). Their contract has about 20 pages of RESTRICTIONS.

Responsiveness? Lets see, they decided to take vacations the whole MONTH when our balance was due, so they made us pay a month before we were supposed to. They also decided to take vacation the WHOLE WEEK before my wedding, so when I realized I had more people than expected and needed to mod the contract to get one extra table, there was no way to contact them to do so, not even a phone number or an email. If it wasn't because a few of the people that RSVPed couldn't make it at the end, I would've had guests standing at my wedding. Read less
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Antiguo Casino de Ponce responded with the following comments:

I sincerely regret that this has been your experience with our facilities. As attested by a lot of other clients, we have always been known for providing excellent service at affordable prices. Our facilities, which you found beautiful, have been well preserved because we value them and have kept the controls necessary to protect them. That has helped them to be considered a reception hall of excellence in the southern area for more than 20 years. I’d like to take a moment to comment on the issues mentioned, even when it’s been some time since your activity took place. Our customer’s satisfaction is of utmost importance to us.
•Usually there is one activity per day and the day before your wedding there was also an activity, so cleaning and getting the place ready for use before delivery of the hall takes time. That is why 8 am is the time we have decided to allow access to the hall, the day of an activity. This guarantees the entire place is ready and fit for use. That reason prevents using the reception hall before 8am.

• This is a historic place with government restrictions of its use to assure the best conservation of the building. That’s why we strive to protect and ensure the safety of the structure and of our guests so that future generations can enjoy the facilities. That’s the reason why we don’t allow custom lightings, flower petals on the tables and hanging anything on the walls. Our hall is beautiful, as you mention, so it doesn’t need a lot of decoration.

• As the main hall is on a second floor catering, table clothes and similar articles may be carried thru the emergency stairs and our elevator so the main staircase in front is in perfect condition to be used for the entrance of the guests to the hall. This way we make sure it is kept clean and ready for that purpose. By the way, our elevator complies with all current standards and is certified by the appropriate authorities.

• Your wedding reception was Sunday 7/27/08 and by our standards the balance must be paid one month before the event. This is our regular policy for all activities. For this reason the payment for the balance due was made on 6/20/08, not because we were on vacation, but because we were providing services as usual.
• In addition the contract indicated that you had until 7/14/08 for amendments to the contract, for the addition of guests, changes in the rent or change of date. For this reason I contacted your wedding planner to verify that no changes were needed and we were told that they would not need contract amendments. Based on that we went on vacation from Monday 7/21/08 thru Sunday 7/27/08,

All our requirement and contract clauses were given to Mr. Núñez when he signed them on 1/18/08.
I hope it has cleared up any misunderstanding that led to your bad impression.

However, we appreciate your comments which help us to improve our services every day.

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