Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
What We Love
- Gorgeous design, with the opulence of a bygone era
- Full-service spa with 10 treatment rooms and a Turkish bath
- Beautiful terrace and beach access
- Rooms have spacious rain showers and balconies with ocean views
What To Know
- Some rooms are located in the Spanish Revival building; others are in adjoining towers
- Valet parking is $20 per day
- Old San Juan historic district is about three miles away
- A 20 percent resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In 1919, Frederick William Vanderbilt selected Warren and Whitmore, the architectural firm that designed Grand Central Terminal, to create an exclusive Caribbean retreat for the elite. Following a $200 million revitalization in December 2014, the 316-room Condado Vanderbilt Hotel once again opened its doors to those seeking classic luxury and modern comfort. The guestrooms start at 325 square feet and feature stone-topped vanities, French windows, bamboo towels and commanding ocean views. Suites also offer 24-hour butler service, high ceilings, kitchenettes, dining areas, separate showers and private balconies. Stroll out on the oceanfront promenade, which extends the length of the property, and relax in a cabana as beach butlers deliver refreshments. At the 1919 restaurant, award-winning chef Juan José Cuevas prepares a four-course prix-fixe menu that includes such delicacies as halibut with arugula-basil pesto, and grass-fed beef with roasted tomatoes and grilled romaine.
In the Area
Within a short walk or drive of the hotel is Laguna de Condado, a calm body of water that is ideal for kayaking and paddleboarding, or visitors can relax on Condado Beach. Shoppers can explore Ashford Avenue, an iconic street lined with high-end boutiques as well as beautiful historic houses, and La Ventana al Mar, a picturesque public square. For dining, Marmalade Restaurant and Wine Bar in Old San Juan serves Caribbean fusion items and vegetarian dishes, with up to six courses that focus on local ingredients. After dinner head to the Mezzanine at St. Germain, an inviting cocktail bar with vintage atmosphere. San Juan has no shortage of sightseeing options, including the San Juan National Historic Site, known as “the Gibraltar of the Caribbean,” and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, a brilliant museum displaying a variety of local art.
How to Get There
My husband and I enjoyed our stay immensely and will return.
Our room was comfortable and well appointed with a sofa, table, chairs, large dresser, decent sized closet, large bathroom with soaking tub and an espresso machine.
The hotel has three restaurants which offer a nice range of options. The service was friendly but often quite slow. The large elegant bar had excellent live music some nights. We enjoyed the adults only pool area (lounge chairs, deck, pool, large hot tub).
The beach in Condado is nice but there was a red flag for no swimming up the whole time. It’s too strong of a current for most children/inexperienced swimmers.
The hotel has lots of places to sit and enjoy the sounds of the waves. It never felt crowded.
The location is great- you can easily get to Old San Juan and also to Santurce where lots of terrific restaurants are located. About 10m to either.
I wish the hotel did not allow smoking on the outdoor decks.
It also would be nice, especially at a hotel of this size, to see some eco-friendly initiatives - eliminating single use plastic, recycling, refillable toiletry containers in bathrooms, etc.
Overall a wonderful stay!
I was here celebrating a 70th bday with friends. What a fun time. Hotel was terrific. Rooms were comfortable. Breakfast buffet delicious. Drinks yum. Prices high. Also no real beach at the hotel itself; need to walk to next hotel, which is owned by the Condado.
Coming in from the main road the hotel does not show itself as the gem it is. Service exceptionally professional and friendly, food excellent and imaginative - food at pol bar is also great (avocado lovers heaven), rooms are we appointed - great views on the Oceanside and they did a great job with foliage in the street side.While the hotel rooms are not inexpensive the food and beverages generally are - indoor bar pizzas and out door pizzas are delicious and creative combos - ham with caramelized onions and cheese without tomatoes is fantastic - there is an adults only area with three beautiful pools overlooking the ocean - and a beach - close to everything - most taxis $3 per person to go into Old San Juan. Had to be pryed out of the pool area.
Finally, the design and decor was just amazing - a visual treasure around every corner - we will return.
We stayed at the Condado Vanderbilt for an extended Valentine’s day weekend. We stayed in the Commodore Suite with City View, as all the direct ocean-front suites were booked up. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a glass of champagne, and had a smooth check-in process.
While we did have the city view room, we had two baloneys and from one we could see the ocean and hear the waves in the distance. The room itself was extremely spacious with a mini kitchenette, dinning table, living room, bedroom, and bathroom. The bathroom had a standup shower, jetted tub, and sink, and had a sliding door that separated the actual toilet with another sink. While the hotel is 100 years old with great charm, the rooms were very clean and modern.
We loved the extra touches they offer like snacks in the room, butler service, bottled water, gym headphones (nice gym), and the shampoo/lotion they stock the room with is amazing (lavender and peppermint)! The overall service as wonderful, and we really enjoyed eating at Tacos and Tequila.
The park next door is a great touch, the ocean views from the lobby/restaurants are amazing, and the area is highly walkable. We walked to the beach at the Renaissance and really enjoyed the ocean here. The beach itself at the Vanderbilt wasn’t super swimmable, but again an amazing view of the water and crashing waves. We typically spend a decent amount of time in the pools, but we didn’t go in them (they were a bit smaller than we anticipated, but appreciated they had an adults only section). We also enjoyed the Beach Bar and indulged in a fancy tropical drink.
We travel to the Caribbean frequently and do like to try different locations and properties, but we would definitely recommend this hotel if you are looking for great location in Condado, attentive service, and clean, comfortable rooms with amenities.
Excellent Hotel---many good restaurants
We had a room with balcony facing water in original building. this was a "wow".
Clearly this is the best hotel in Condado and the San Juan area.Hotel is very elegent and a great location.