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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We stayed in a one-bedroom suite in the West Wing with an expansive view of the lagoon, the large pool area, and the ocean. We were 3 people, with our young adult son using the pull-out sofa. He said it was the most comfortable sofa bed ever -- not flimsy and had a high quality mattress. Our king bed was blissfully comfortable. The shower and jacuzzi bathtub are exceptional. It's a good location for everything. Super easy to get over to Old San Juan and airport. Good security at the hotel. Big sandy beach is a one to two minute walk outside of the hotel property -- no roads to cross, but wear shoes. The pools are open 24 hours, and the infinity is heated, so it's great for an evening dip. There were always plenty of loungers around the pool(s) and we never had to wait. West wing seemed quieter than the east, although noise really wasn't an issue. Pina coladas are fantastic at the west side, and not so good on the east side. The breakfast buffet may seem pricey, but it's worth it if you want superb coffee and food to start your day. The Concierge (all of them!) is so efficient, it'll stun you -- we used them for booking excursions and they got us great prices. Fitness center is great. If you get a chance, go to the gallery floor (for conventions, etc.) and check it out -- amazingly beautiful. Everyone is totally service-oriented and very sophisticated. They really know what hospitality means here, and you'll be happy to return.
Tasked with a heavy burden for our weekend extravaganza and highly frustrated with the unexpected errands of the day, my wife and I found ourselves in the lobby bar of the Condado Vanderbilt. This is where we met Camille for the first time. She was our angel of the day. After having 8 authentically Puerto Rican drinks (four each) and almost everyone of them being an original drink of Camille’s or just a manifestation of her mood and wisdom, we sauntered out of that lobby and conquered the rest of our vacation with a smile and light hearts. She was the fulcrum for us to balance the responsibility bestowed upon us and the effortless and stressless mentality of vacation. She saved us from a devastating morning. Thank you Camille from the Robinsons. You, ma’am, were a revelation!
An amazing stay. Stayed 6 nights and it was nothing but great pleasure and welcoming staff! Arrive and be treated by amazing valet and bag handlers, step into the breath taking lobby and be greater by a smiling front desk agent and a glass of champagne! Amazing rooms, great food and restaurants and 2 pools and a exclusive adult area where thereâs another pool and hot tub! Small but great beach! Feel like royalty! Worth every cent!
My sister and I visited Puerto Rico for six days. We stayed at the beautiful Condado Vanderbilt hotel. Only one word sums up our experience here and that is AMAZING!!!! From the personal butler service we received to the beautiful and clean room we stayed in nothing was short of a perfect stay! We absolutely LOVED our butler Aida who anticipated our every need. And...we can’t forget about the wonderful service we experienced by the pool thanks to Taco &Tequila staff members, Christopher and Lorenzo which made our days by the pool and beach that much more awesome! We travel for pleasure frequently and this is by far one of the best experiences we’ve had all around. We highly recommend The Condado Vanderbilt hotel for your next stay! We will definitely be back.
We stayed here only because BW was overbooked. The staff on the grounds is great. However one could tell that our room had not been used for quite some time. There was a moldy towel in the bathroom, the coffee machine was not working & I cannot recommend this hotel. While it has small beach access it’s a rough beach. The hotel looks great in other ways & the food was good but be careful where they put you as the towers are good I heard but not some of the rooms