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The First Years
Condado Vanderbilt's history can be traced back to its grand opening on October 16th, 1919. Frederick William Vanderbilt, scion of one of the wealthiest families in America - and among the most influential men in the country - had previously acquired oceanfront land on the site, and set out to build the finest destination in the Caribbean.Read More
The First Years
Condado Vanderbilt's history can be traced back to its grand opening on October 16th, 1919. Frederick William Vanderbilt, scion of one of the wealthiest families in America - and among the most influential men in the country - had previously acquired oceanfront land on the site, and set out to build the finest destination in the Caribbean.
Mr. Vanderbilt selected Warren & Wetmore - one of the foremost architectural firms of the time, having designed Grand Central Station and the Biltmore Hotel - to draw up blueprints for what he would go on to name "The Condado Vanderbilt Hotel."
Upon opening its doors, the Vanderbilt quickly became the destination of choice for generations of heads of state, captains of industry and Hollywood royalty - creating a rarified atmosphere of sophistication, elegance and grace.
The hotel had its own dock and boats so that guests could explore the Condado Lagoon. Other amenities included tennis courts, a bowling alley, a barbershop and a beauty salon.
1920s ~ 1930s
Among the most prominent visitors to Condado Vanderbilt during this period were Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt - who,among other high-profile politicians and socialites, were entertained by diversions such as live music, miniature golf, local carnivals and games of chance.
1940s ~ 1970s
With the popularity of air travel burgeoning, visitation to Puerto Rico climbed. In response, the hotel expanded, adding more rooms – while still maintaining its reputation as an exclusive destination for celebrities, entertainers and high-profile politicians.
1980s ~ 1990s
"The Trio" – Condado Beach Hotel, La Concha Hotel and the Convention Center – steadily came into being. Live entertainment – in the form of popular bands and other famous stage acts – continued to cement Condado's reputation as the entertainment capital of the Caribbean. Among the stars: Julio Iglesias and Plácido Domingo. Meanwhile, headline-grabbing events – from high-profile weddings to ornate quinceañeros – routinely filled ballrooms to capacity.
2000s ~ Today
After decades of providing the international community with unrivaled levels of premier Caribbean hospitality, Condado Vanderbilt then received a well-deserved restoration – which, through faithful and meticulous care, returned the hotel to its legendary grandeur.
And while this distinguished grandame has indeed undergone significant modernization, one thing hasn't changed: our unwavering commitment to providing guests with the kind of exacting service and attentive care that – to this very day – are the hallmarks of every stay.