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 were so impressed with this hotel from the minute we arrived until the minute we departed. Every hotel employee is ready to go above and beyond to make one's stay enjoyable. The rooms are quiet and comfortable. We really enjoyed our stay.
My stay at the Vanderbilt was not very pleasant. The room was dirty, room floor was sticky, window was so dirty that you could barely see the beach. I complained windows were dirty and management did nothing. Furthermore, they overcharged my account after I did the checkout. I would not recommend staying at this property. On a positive note, the lobby and main pool area are clean and well kept. Aside from that, I highly question the 5 stars hotel status.
The major water main break that occurred in San Juan forced us out of our apartment in the old city, and the staff at the Vanderbilt made all the difference between a busted weekend and a glorious one. We booked two rooms last minute and our transition from worst to first was complete. The place is magnificent and the staff welcomed us and assuaged our angst with a welcome champagne and lots of smiles. Andre, one of the front of house staff, could not have been more helpful and accommodating. I think someday he will be in the Customer Service Hall of Fame.
If you are in San Juan, or anywhere in PR for that matter, stop in, take a look and have a cocktail on the ocean at Tacos and Tequila or in the Ola Cafe. You will not be disappointed.