Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

1055 Ashford Avenue | San Juan 00907  [SEE MAP]San Juan  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Guests love the hotel's location near the ocean and downtown San Juan
Meals here are expensive
Named after the Condado district in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Frederick William Vanderbilt (the hotel's original owner), the Preferred-affiliated Condado Vanderbilt Hotel has welcomed notable guests like Charles Lindberg, Bob Hope and former President Franklin D. Roosevelt since opening its doors in 1919. Featuring Spanish Revival-style architecture, the hotel combines modern amenities – such as multiple pools (including a beautiful infinity pool), a fitness center and a spa – with traditional touches like luggage porter service and tray ceilings in the lobby. Contemporary perks, including C.O. Bigelow toiletries, French press coffee makers, flat-screen smart TVs and 300-thread-count Rivolta Carmignani linens, are also available in the property's 319 accommodations. Plus, the property's daily resort fee covers extras like in-room Wi-Fi access and bottled water. For amenities like 24-hour butler service, a whirlpool tub and multiple balconies, guests can upgrade to a one-, two- or three-bedroom suite. Overall, travelers rave about the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, citing its superb customer service, central location and picturesque ocean views as highlights. Visitors also praise the food served at Tacos & Tequila, Ola Oceanfront Bistro and 1919 Restaurant, although some caution that meals in all three eateries are pricey. To save some coin, members of the I Prefer Hotel Rewards program can apply reward certificates toward room costs.
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Location
San Juan
Hotel Class
5.0-star
Property Type
Hotel, 319 rooms
Primary View
City center, Neighborhood, Ocean
Style
Opulent, Modern, Historic
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Groups, Families

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  • 5.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating

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Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards

Forbes

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As you pull up to the early Spanish Revival facade of the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan, the valets open the grand doors into the foyer and it becomes apparent you have come to the right place for luxury and relaxation. After all, the first thing you see as your eyes adjust to the indoor light is the sparkling ocean roaring beyond the glass wall of the spacious and comfortable lounge, the Vanderbilt Court.

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Early 20th-century antiques are ubiquitous throughout, and the hotel plays up its historic setting with handsome restaurants and lounges that exude a turn-of-the-century ambience. At the same time, an infinity-edge pool and innovative spa, in addition to high-tech guest rooms and meeting spaces infuse the hotel with a refreshing contemporary element.

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THE San Juan destination in its original incarnation, painstakingly restored between 2012 and 2014, the Condado Vanderbilt thrills once again with Spanish Revival character and floor to ceiling water views in the lounge. The Condado leads the way on this new-again stretch of classic beach, second to none in sophisticated glamour and exclusivity.

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Built as the first luxury resort in the Caribbean, circa 1919, this opulent historic hotel is quite contemporary. Guest rooms are upscale with all of the enhanced technology today's traveler expects.

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 2315 have reviewed the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2315 reviews 4.5 (based on 2315 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, originally built in 1919 by Frederick William Vanderbilt, was designed in the beaux-arts style by the same firm that created Grand Central Terminal and Biltmore Estate. Other design details incorporate Spanish Revival architecture, while the newer tower and interiors are sleek and modern. One-, two- and three-bedroom suites are available, as well as guest rooms like the Heritage rooms, which feature large French windows with views of San Juan, queen- or king-sized beds, tall tufted headboards and sunny yellow and sand-inspired hues. Amenities in all guest rooms and suites include 300-thread-count Rivolta Carmignani linens, 48-inch flat-screen smart TVs, C.O Bigelow toiletries and French presses with premium Puerto Rican coffee and tea.
  • In-room Wi-Fi access and bottled water part of 18 percent resort fee
  • Upgrade to Tower rooms for ocean views
  • Suites come with 24-hour butler service

Standard room size295 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The historic Condado Vanderbilt Hotel is located on Ashford Avenue in the Condado district of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Like Fifth Avenue in New York, Ashford Avenue is lined with high-end designer boutiques, including Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo and Cartier. Old San Juan sits within 4 miles of the hotel.
  • Valet parking only
  • Free shuttle service to sister property, La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
  • Roughly 5 miles northwest of Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($30)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping

Dining

The hotel offers three restaurants, including a fine dining outlet under the helm of Michelin-rated executive chef Juan José Cuevas. Named in honor of the hotel's original opening date, the signature 1919 Restaurant reflects the chef's passion for farm-to-table cuisine: He hand-selects local, artisanal products for his own contemporary spin on island-to-table fare. A prix fixe four-course menu with an option for wine pairings is available in the modern dining room that overlooks the water. For casual dining, the light and bright Ola Oceanfront Bistro boasts a seaside vibe with natural woods and a backdrop of colorful umbrellas and blue water visible through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks throughout the day, Ola focuses on the flavors of Puerto Rico. At Tacos & Tequila, also affiliated with Cuevas, seven varieties of this Mexican favorite take center stage on the menu. Four lounges – including a cigar bar – offer a variety of specialty drinks, from martinis to cognac. All but the cigar bar serve appetizers and small plates and feature live music.
  • Reservations recommended for 1919 Restaurant
  • Room service available 24 hours a day

Number of restaurants3

Cuisine TypesAmerican, Mexican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast

Pool

The property features two pool areas. The Beach Tower's two family-friendly pools are surrounded by chaise lounges. At the Spa Tower, guests will find two additional pools, including one with an infinity edge and another by the spa. Both Spa Tower pools also offer lounge chairs. Personal pool and beach butlers provide everything from refreshments, food service and towels to assistance from the tanning and hydration specialist. The beach offers the same comfortable lounge chairs and umbrellas found in the pool areas, as well as private cabana rentals.
  • VC Lounge offers poolside food and beverage service
  • Part of beach not suitable for swimming
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar

Spa

The hotel's spa offers the only Turkish hammam on the island, along with signature treatments like a lavender massage, custom facials and several body treatments. Rain showers, a steam room and a stillness lounge with refreshments are available as well.
  • Spa open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Bridal services and spa packages

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

The Condado Vanderbilt Hotel welcomes children and provides basic amenities, including high chairs, pack-and-plays and beach towels. Although there is no kids club, children will likely enjoy the hotel's pools and beach.
    • Kids Club
    • Free Kids Club
    • Fee for Kids Club
    • Cribs
    • High Chairs

    Fitness

    Enjoy the ocean views from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the expansive 24-hour fitness center while working out on Technogym treadmills, elliptical trainers, resistance machines and bikes. An Arko Moveable Functional training station – complete with medicine balls, push-up handles, rollers and cones – and a cycling studio offer additional training options.
    • Fee-based spinning and Pilates classes every day at 9 a.m.
    • Personal training sessions available upon request
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

    Business

    The Condado Vanderbilt Hotel offers 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, including the opulent Patio del Fauno ballroom, which can accommodate up to 900 guests for receptions; the custom-designed John Berwind Board Room overlooking the Atlantic Ocean; and two salons that can accommodate 19 to 200 attendees. In addition to featuring elegant architectural details, Murano chandeliers and custom furnishings, all of the meeting rooms offer Bose sound systems, HD displays and automatic blackout shades and curtains. An IT attendant and catering services, from coffee to full banquets, are available. Outdoor venues for receptions and dinners include the East and West verandas.
    • Fully equipped business center with private cubicles
    • Custom group activities and meeting amenities

    Number of meeting rooms6

    • Business center
    • Meeting rooms
    • Meeting and event planners available

    Pets

    The Condado Vanderbilt Hotel welcomes dogs for a $150 nonrefundable pet fee per stay. Dog beds are available upon request.
    • Pets cannot be left unattended in guest rooms
    • Dog walking and pet-sitting services (charges apply)
    • Pets allowed (with fee)
    • Dog walking (with fee)
    • Pet-sitting (with fee)

    Wedding

    The hotel features both indoor and outdoor wedding and reception venues for celebrations that range from 20 to 600 guests. Outdoor ceremony locations include the beach, the East and West verandas, Luchetti Patio and La Ventana, a terrace overlooking the ocean. The Patio del Fauno ballroom, with adjacent terraces and a pre-function space, can accommodate grand affairs with up to 600 guests. The pink and gold venue features custom Murano chandeliers, pink marble finishes and floor-to-ceiling windows with ocean views. Smaller venues – perfect for more intimate groups with 40 to 80 guests – are equally impressive: The turquoise and gold Salón Dorado features cathedral ceilings; the Salón Azul is a seaside space with fully restored terrazzo floors, cerulean blue Murano chandeliers and vintage 18th-century mirrors; and the mahogany-paneled Luchetti Ballroom offers amber tones and ocean panoramas.
    • Additional fee for wedding planning services
    • Culinary and ceremony-only wedding packages
    • Bose sound systems and comprehensive audiovisual services

    Maximum wedding guest capacity600

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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