With a $6 million renovation underway, The Tryst will transform Condado Beach into the center of LGBTQ life on the Isle of Enchantment.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tristan Schukraft, seasoned entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of MISTR, has added hotelier to his resume with the acquisition of The Tryst, the iconic boutique hotel, restaurant and bar on the world-famous Condado Beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The purchase includes the real estate and all assets associated with the property.
Celebrated with Tripadvisor’s 2023 Travelers’ Choice Award for ranking in the top 10% of hotels worldwide, The Tryst is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Puerto Rico. Located directly in front of San Juan’s only gay beach, The Tryst has been a favorite of locals and tourists alike since it opened as The Atlantic Beach Hotel in the 1960s. The hotel features 36 rooms with ocean views, a two-bedroom penthouse, and a restaurant and bar.
Schukraft has also acquired Circo, the legendary nightclub considered by many to be a premiere spot for LGBTQ nightlife before it closed several years ago. Under Schukraft’s ownership, the bar will revive the energy that locals loved, while introducing world-class, Vegas-style entertainment to visitors who want to experience the best nightlife in the Caribbean.
“I am excited to help reinvigorate the LGBTQ scene in Puerto Rico while building upon the legacy of these two amazing venues,” said Tristan Schukraft. “Our team is committed to taking The Tryst and Circo to the next level, giving plenty of reasons for visitors and locals alike to come out and play, all day and all night.”
The Tryst has already begun revitalizing gay life in Condado with its weekly Sunday Drag Brunch hosted by Alyssa Hunter (RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14) and local drag legend Amalara Sofia.
“We are excited to showcase the revamped Circo Bar and The Tryst, an iconic IGLTA member hotel, to our global network. This transformative initiative in San Juan, Puerto Rico will revitalize these queer spaces, offering vibrant venues for the LGBTQ+ community to flourish while honoring their rich history,” said John Tanzella, IGLTA President/CEO. “I look forward to seeing the positive impact this will have on the local gayborhood and beyond when we bring our 40th Anniversary Global Convention to San Juan in October!”
Prior to acquiring The Tryst and Circo, Schukraft founded and built MISTR, a telemedicine platform offering free online access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), long-term HIV care and STI testing in all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.