Following years of careful restoration and an investment of $200 million, the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel is once again welcoming guests for hotel stays in Puerto Rico.
This second stage of the hotel’s revival unveils elegant guest room and suite accommodations, a spa sanctuary with Puerto Rico’s first Hammam, two posh pool lounges with butler service, and Ola, a second international restaurant helmed by chef Juan Jose Cuevas.
Built in 1919 by Frederick William Vanderbilt and originally designed by leading architectural firm Warren and Wetmore, whose work includes the New York Biltmore Hotel and Grand Central Station, the Vanderbilt was once an exclusive tropical vacation destination for royalty, heads of state, industry icons and Hollywood stars.
In October 2012, the hotel began attracting gourmands with the acclaimed 1919 restaurant and lobby bar as well as banquet services. This final phase of the $200 million revitalization has returned the Grand Dame hotel to the “Roaring 20’s” style, sophistication and service that it was once known for.
The 63 Commodore and 42 Biltmore Suites, situated in the hotel’s two newly-constructed Suite Towers, resemble sumptuous private residences, many with dramatic ocean views. The one and two bedroom suites range from 750 to 1,500 square feet.
All suites consist of spacious living areas with nine-foot ceilings, European-style kitchens with granite counter tops, African mahogany wood detailing and custom-designed lighting elements. White Carrera marble floors, dove grey walls, and neutral-toned furniture are accented with locally-sourced artwork, touches of turquoise and yellow, and the striking backdrop of the translucent Atlantic. Bathrooms are configured with five-fixture marble baths with Jacuzzi tubs and separate rain showers, stylish wash basins and C.O. Bigelow bath amenities.