When you enter our Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan, you are walking into one of the most historic buildings in Puerto Rico. The Condado Vanderbilt hotel has been providing first-class service and high-end amenities to elite guests for nearly 100 years, and we have never wavered from our commitment to provide a luxurious experience for every guest. Here’s an inside look at the rich history of the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The year was 1919, and Frederick William Vanderbilt had a dream: He wanted to create a luxe resort for socialites, royalty, and Hollywood’s elite. As a member of one of the wealthiest families in America, he obtained premier oceanfront property in the heart of the most exclusive district in San Juan, Puerto Rico: Condado. To ensure his tropical retreat was the finest on the island, he hired the renowned architect firm Warren and Whitmore—the same architects who built Grand Central Station and New York’s Biltmore. Soon after, the Condado Vanderbilt hotel was open for business.
Mr. Vanderbilt himself thought up the design of our beautiful Condado hotel in Puerto Rico. He knew he had the best views of the ocean, and he wanted a structure that flowed flawlessly with its gorgeous surroundings, while still being opulent enough to attract the world’s elite. The result was a Spanish Revival style, complete with a dominant white color accented by rich red tiles, French windows, high ceilings, elegant archways, and sweeping staircases. Many of these inspiring design details can still be seen today at the Condado Vanderbilt hotel in San Juan.
Not only was the Condado Vanderbilt the first high-end hotel to grace the grounds of Puerto Rico, it was also the first one to build a casino after its legalization in 1940. Among its incredible, distinguished guest list you will find Charles Lindbergh, who used this Condado hotel in Puerto Rico as his home base when he was flying for Pan Am. Other renowned guests from days past include: Bob Hope, President Franklin and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, Errol Flynn, Arthur Rubinstein, and Carlos Gardel.
No other Condado hotel in San Juan has such an extensive, incredible history as our own, and today, it is even more extraordinary than ever before. Through extensive renovations, the Condado Vanderbilt has been renewed to its original grandeur, and you will still find the same first-class service and lavish features our property was founded on. At the Condado Vanderbilt hotel in Puerto Rico, the service is legendary, the amenities are luxurious, the guest suites are divine, and the history is ever-present.
When you stay at the Condado hotel in San Juan, you are becoming a part of history and you will experience service and style the way it was meant to be. Book your stay today.