Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

A reborn Puerto Rico classic
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. To the left is the concierge, staffed by competent men and women who help ease you into the Caribbean lifestyle with a glass of cold bubbles as you wait adjacent to a grand, winding staircase worthy of any Hollywood starlet’s heroic entrance.

But who needs the glitter of the silver screen when you have the shimmering sea seemingly peeking out of every window, door and passageway? Such is the charm of this hotel, where most rooms overlook water of some sort, be that the nearby lagoon or the ocean itself.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The Puerto Rico hotel built a heated infinity pool that overlooks the ocean, so even if you don't want to dip into the salty water you can still revel in the soothing sounds of the sea.
  • There’s also a larger pool perfect for swimming or playing, and plenty of comfortable reclining deck chairs for sunning.
  • The best part: If you get hungry or thirsty, Ola restaurant is right there, complete with waiters eager to bring you a coconut arepa (a corn cake) stuffed with shrimp and a refreshing mojito pool side.
  • Nestle into a plush couch or cozy chair at Vanderbilt Court and read on a rainy night with a craft cocktail and plate of house-made ricotta with local honey and chorizo-potato croquettes.
  • If you need to unwind, check out the San Juan hotel’s spa. Book a turn in the elegantly tiled, special room that features the only hammam on the island, a Turkish treatment well worth the 80 minutes it takes you away from the pool.
Things to Know
  • Each floor comes equipped with butler quarters, which means if you need something, no matter what time of day or night, aid will be there.
  • End your night in style with a glass of cognac and a smoke in the pristine cigar lounge.
  • For those looking to burn a few calories when enjoying the burning heat of the sun, spend time in the 24-hour fitness room.
The Rooms
  • The hotel showcases two 11-story towers consisting of 316 guest rooms, including 107 suites.
  • The look is modern and sleek, maybe not what you would expect in a historic establishment, but just what a traveler likes to see when staying in a luxury hotel.
  • No matter which room you prefer, each wood-paneled space comes stocked with super-soft 300-thread-count Rivolta Carmignani linens, a French press, complimentary Puerto Rican coffee and bottled water, an HD television and free wireless Internet.
  • Bathrooms offer sweet-smelling C.O Bigelow amenities, marble floors and plush bamboo towels.
The Restaurants
  • Need a break from the sun? Head under Ola's awning for lunch or dinner alfresco (or inside if you prefer) and order from the locally influenced menu.
  • The restaurant specializes in grilled octopus with white bean salad and fingerling potatoes, longaniza (Spanish sausage) bolognese tossed with rigatoni, and thin-crust pizzas, which you can top with clams, mussels, herb pesto and ricotta, or iberico ham, mango, gorgonzola and arugula.
  • For an upscale option, the fine-dining establishment 1919 serves hand-selected, local cuisine by chef Juan Jose Cuevas.
  • Indulge in snapper crudo, venison with caramelized eggplant, Valrhona Guanaja chocolate and salted caramel tart and a bottle of 2004 Château Cheval Blanc, one example from the accomplished wine list.
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1055 Ashford Avenue, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907
SJU (10-14 min)   SIG  
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