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February 12, 2018 for 3 nights for 2 adults.

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Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico

When railroad tycoon Frederick William Vanderbilt built the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, part of the Legend collection of Preferred Hotels & Resorts in 1919, it was Puerto Rico's only luxury hotel – President and Eleanor Roosevelt stayed here, part of a long list of notable guests. If the architecture looks familiar, it might be because the design firm also drew up the plans for New York's Grand Central Terminal. Graceful archways and sweeping staircases remain intact in this fully restored landmark, which presides over the Atlantic Ocean with two guestroom towers that are sumptuously modern.

Liven up the senses with a morning walk on the beach. Take a taxi to Old San Juan, a 400-year-old enclave still buzzing with life. Explore the old forts of the northern "walled city" and duck into boutiques all the way to the piers. Savor a four-course prix fixe meal of local, organic cuisine at 1919, pairing an Oregon pinot gris and wild salmon confit with spring vegetable pistou.

Location of Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
1055 Ashford Avenue
00907
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Nearest Airport: SJU

Amenities for Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

  • General Information
  • 632 Rooms and Suites
  • Non-Smoking Property
  • Pet Friendly
  • Dining
  • Poolside Dining
  • Bar
  • Bar & Lounge
  • Lounge
  • Oceanfront Dining
  • Restaurants
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Beauty Salon
  • Concierge
  • Spa on Property
  • Beach Butler
  • Walking Trails
  • Boutiques
  • Hamam
  • Pool Butler
  • Beach Beds
  • Beach Access
  • Beach Amenities
  • Sun Deck
  • Steam Room
  • Beach Cabanas
  • 24-Hour Fitness Center
  • Infinity Pools
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Turndown Service
  • Hair Dryers
  • In-Room Safes
  • Flat-Screen Televisions
  • Luxury Linens
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Bottled Water
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Business
  • Meeting Room
  • Nearby
  • Historic Sites
  • Shopping
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Casinos
  • Interests
  • Beach
  • Food & Wine
  • Hotels

Reviews for Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 20 hours ago

My boyfriend and I stayed at Condado Vanderbilt with our 2 Chihuahuas for 10 days over Christmas and New Years. We were actually planning to spend Christmas and New Years at condominium located within The St. Regis Bahia Beach in Rio Grande. But, because of Hurricane Maria, they did not yet have electricity and the hotel was closed. Staying at Condado Vanderbilt was a Plan B for us. We loved the hotel and the location. There is no need to rent a car and we could walk to pretty much anywhere. The location would be equivalent of Midtown Manhattan. Getting to the hotel was very easy. Just hop in a cab at the airport and after 10 minutes ($21 excluding tip and on the way back from the hotel to the airport was $19), we were at Condado Vanderbilt. Once we arrived at the hotel, check in was very efficient and we were given room keys right away. The hotel is pet friendly. There were a number of guests with dogs. We always fly with our Chihuahuas and this was one of the reasons that we selected this hotel. There is a flat fee of $150 for pets. We reserved a Tower Ocean View King room. Prior to arrival, I called the hotel to inquire about a balcony. I was told by the Reservation desk that they could not guarantee a room with a balcony, as majority of the rooms do not come with balconies and only suites do. Our room was 1263, the only Tower Ocean View King room with a balcony. We did get lucky after all. The hotel elevators can be only operated with the room keys for security reasons. Room itself is a typical City hotel and I was not overly impressed. It looks a lot nicer on the website. It is a decent size room. But, it is not large. The bathroom was not large either. It came with a shower with a glass door (no bathtub) and a small sink with drawer space. The shower set up drove me crazy. You have to reach all the way in to turn on the water and I got wet with cold water every time. Balcony was also small and narrow and we wondered why it came with only 1 chair instead of 2 although it had room. Our room partly faced the ocean and we could also see the street (Ashford Avenue), as well as the bridge and the entire city. Bed was so comfortable and we were very happy. A small refrigerator in the room was well stocked with sodas, water etc., which were complimentary except for alcohol. The hotel supplies the room with small water bottles. So we didn’t have to go shopping for water. The room also came with small Nespresso machine, which leaked by the way, and a small teapot. Coffee and tea in the room were also complimentary. The hotel itself is very beautiful and the lobby has a lot of art work. It makes you feel like that you are in a museum. Food at the restaurants was also very good. We dined at Ola Oceanfront (open for breakfast, lunch and casual dinner) and Tacos & Tequila. We did not dine at 1919 this time. While the restaurant is excellent, it reminded us of food served at NYC restaurants and we opted to go out and try local restaurants instead. We had breakfast at Ola Oceanfront for the first 3 days. Breakfast here was amazing. My boyfriend had egg white frittata and I had Overnight Oats, Coconut Milk and Yogurt. Both were excellent. But, the portion is huge (I am not a big eater) and having breakfast at hotel gets pricey. So, we started experimenting restaurants outside of the hotel. We tried Ropa Vieja, next to Walgreens (5 minute walk from the hotel). This restaurant was ok. Service was slow and they mixed up our order. Cleaning with chemicals while customers are eating was not very pleasant. We also tried Pannes cafe, located near the hotel. This was the worst restaurant we ate during our trip. They served very watery coffee. When my boyfriend complained, the waiter brought the same watery coffee. We could not believe that we were in Puerto Rico, which is known for amazing strong coffee. Service was extremely slow. When we asked for the check, we waited for at least 10-15 minutes. Once we finally received the check, we had to bring it over to the cashier, as the waiter would not come pick it up. We stood there for 10 minutes and we were completely ignored. After experimenting with a number of places, we liked Latin Star (also 5 minutes away) for breakfast. The restaurant serves very simple breakfast for more or less $5 and service was consistently efficient. We had breakfast here every morning for the remainder of our trip. Regarding the hotel, while the hotel is built by the water, it does not really have the beach. To get to the beach, the guests have to leave the property from the gate near Tacos & Tequila restaurant and walk for about 2 minutes. There is a section of the beach next to La Concha hotel reserved for the hotel guests. The hotel has multiple swimming pools. Main pool is located near Ola Oceanfront restaurant. It also has a small infinity pool. Near Tacos and Tequila, there is also a small pool for adults only, along with a jacuzzi. A lot of hotel guests stay around the pool. All beach chairs are cushioned and comfortable. Pets are also allowed around the pool area as long as they are leashed. The hotel has a gym equipped with multiple cardio machines, free weights and strength training machines. The gym is open for 24 hours, which I used daily. I was not crazy about the brand of cardio machines or strength training machines in the gym. The gym is very clean and faces the main pool near Ola Oceanfront restaurant. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi. But, you should be careful. My boyfriend’s email got hacked using the hotel Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi Fi does not work around the adults only pool area. About San Juan, when we arrived on December 23, we saw Con Edison crew working on light poles. We did not see a lot of cars on Ashford Avenue. We travel to Puerto Rico at least twice a year and Ashford Avenue is always packed with cars and people. We walked around the hotel at night, and we noticed that some buildings did not have lights. It was a bit gloomy at first. However, all that changed, as we got closer to New Years Eve. As more and more guests arrived, the streets were full of people and cars. Buildings that were dark when we first arrived got electricity at last and were lit up. By the time we left on January 1, things looked much more normal than before, although I understand that some metropolitan area still do not have electricity. Plants are also resilient. We heard that right after the hurricane, all the leaves from trees were gone. But, when we went, San Juan area was back to being green again. The hotel is fully functioning. No issues with electricity or water. We were actually surprised how many people arrived. We were thinking that the hotel would be deserted. However, it was not the case. It was nice to see many tourists supporting local businesses by traveling to Puerto Rico. We were cautious with drinking water, however. At restaurants, we only drank from bottled water. While staying in Condado, we dined at several restaurants. Our favorite is Oceana, a beautiful restaurant on the beach, right across from Atlantic Beach hotel. Amazing food and friendly efficient service. We loved it so much that we went 4 times. Mario Pagan Restaurant, also walking distance from the hotel was excellent. Sataellla (not walking distance) is also excellent. But, the restaurant is loud and packed with obnoxious, not so well behaved local regulars. For this reason, I would rather go somewhere else. We also tried Cocina Abierta. Very friendly efficient service. Food is creative and good but not the standards of other 3 restaurants I mentioned. I felt that each dish had too much going on. We booked all reservations through Open Table. Overall, we had very pleasant experience. Next time, however, I would reserve a suite, just to have a little more room. Finally, please note that in addition to government tax of approximately 13% and hotel tariff of 18%. So, over 30% will be added to your daily room charge. Finally, I recommend trying desserts at the hotel lounge. Desserts are $5 each and they are amazing. I took home Macarons, freshly made. These made great gifts (nicely packed with 5 macarons for $5 a box). Finally, if have a chance, definitely head to Paseo Caribe, where Caribe Hilton is located. When we went, they were fixing up the damages from the hurricane. But, the place is full of places to eat as well as stores.

JuneSNewYork_NY - New York, NY


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

We had a great time after visiting family in the country side. Stayed here for two nights and wished we didn’t have to leave. Staff was super friendly and give us a great service. Very clean and it is in great shape for guests after Maria. There are many other restaurants within walking distance. We love it!!!

Marylugo - Southington, Connecticut


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

If we could give MORE than 5 stars, we absolutely would! We had our wedding at Condado Vanderbilt in December, and we are still amazed by how perfect everything was! The hotel itself is gorgeous, and was amazing for our destination wedding. Our guests loved the pools, restaurants, and location and have all already been talking about their next visit! We were able to enjoy the gym and spa, and both are incredible. We are still so impressed by everyone working there. So nice, so hard working, and they all made everything so special. We're so excited to know that for years to come, we can relive our memories and enjoy a stay at our favorite hotel.

eks4 - New York City, New York


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

Just checked in and am impressed with hotel but very disappointed with room. Room is nice but for a $400 per night room I would have expected a room with a view or at least a deck. Everyone seems nice but just not enjoying room.

603ep - Charlotte, North Carolina


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

We just arrived home from our 4 night stay at the Vanderbilt and it was amazing! We traveled with a group of 11 couples to celebrate my wife’s 40th birthday and we are so happy we went to Puerto Rico. Like many, we had some concerns over the current state of the island after the hurricane and were pleasantly surprised! The Vanderbilt hotel was in perfect condition and no visible signs of storm damage. At all. They were sold-out all weekend with guests enjoying the pools, beach and restaurants. (Also a big wedding on Saturday night) The entire staff was welcoming of our large group and provided excellent service. Zoe, our server at the pool, spent three days delivering food and drinks to our group. Always smiling and exceptionally friendly. Janice Rios, the conference services manager, was just awesome! She helped us plan our stay to celebrate my wife’s 40th birthday. She was very detail oriented, greeted us upon arrival and went above/beyond to ensure a great experience during our stay. Alejandro, one of the server/managers in Tacos and Tequila (restaurant on property) helped accommodate our group and gave us prime seating to watch the NFL games on their 65” TV.... The tacos are absolutely delicious and their tequila menu is unparalleled. It was very clear that our business was appreciated. In chatting with some of the friendly servers, we learned that many are still living in parts of the island without power. After 4 months. But they drive to the Vanderbilt and greet you with a smile... every day... Really special... We would highly recommend the Vanderbilt and we look forward to returning next year. 5 Stars! —Steve P.

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