Condado Vanderbilt Hotel Est. Prior to 1930

1055 Ashford Avenue, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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The Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, inaugurated in 1919 at the tourist district of Condado, is a Puerto Rico landmark.
The early Spanish Revival style gem was commissioned by it's owner, Frederick William Vanderbilt, to Warren and Wetmore, the notorious architectural firm that designed and built Grand Central Station, Vanderbilt, and Biltmore and Commodore Hotels.
The Lowdown
Type
Ballroom
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Historic Building
Hotel / Resort / Spa
Views
Garden
Ocean
Style
Bohemian
Classic
Elegant
Glamorous
Sophisticated
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Bachelor / Bachelorette Party
Birthday Party
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Family Reunion
Group Getaway
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

CONDADO VANDERBILT HOTEL
An architectural gem with a glistening past and a brilliant future.
 
Architectural styles come and go yet from each period magnificent examples remain that deserve to be preserved and immortalized if not only for their splendor, for their place in history.
 
The Condado Vanderbilt Hotel inaugurated in 1919 at the tourist district of Condado, Puerto Rico is such a landmark. The early Spanish Revival style gem was commissioned by its owner Frederick William Vanderbilt to Warren and Wetmore, the notorious architectural firm that designed and built Grand Central Station and the Vanderbilt, Biltmore and Commodore Hotels, all in New York City.
 
The project was the brainchild of brothers Hernand and Sosthenes Behn, original owners of the land where the hotel is located. The Behn’s foresaw the need to attract tourism to the Island and as part of their plan they convinced Mr. Vanderbilt to invest in the beautiful ocean front property in the Caribbean.
 
The new hotel catered to the elite and thus its architecture spelled out luxury. The designers took advantage of the breathtaking setting overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and created an imposing structure with white walls and red tiles, an elegant facade, high ceilings, French windows, and other details typical of its style and the times. Inside, sweeping staircases, open archways, and gracious forms remain intact to this day.
 
An ultra luxury hotel from day one, the Condado Vanderbilt shone for its imposing beauty, attracting the kind of tourists – and local patrons – envisioned by the Behn brothers and Mr. Vanderbilt. Among the distinguished guests that made the hotel their home away from home were Charles Lindberg, Carlos Gardel, Errol Flynn, Bob Hope, Arthur Rubinstein, and President Franklin and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt.
 
Prestigious local events were booked at the only first class hotel on the island: The Catholic Daughters of America chose the Condado Vanderbilt for the crowning balls of the Queens of the Ponce de León and San Juan Carnivals hailing from wealthy families. One such beauty queen was Gloria María Ashford, daughter of Dr. Bailey K. Ashford who founded the School of Tropical Medicine of Puerto Rico and resided in the Condado area. In fact, the main avenue of the district is named after Dr. Ashford and continues to be graced by stately homes, superb hotels, tantalizing restaurants, and elegant boutiques.
 
Documents pertaining to the early days of the Condado Vanderbilt describe its decoration and facilities in detail. The lower level had a kitchen directed by a French chef, so spotless it seemed like a laboratory. There were also galleries, areas for sports and games including tennis and bowling, elevators, rooms for baggage, furniture and accessories for swimmers. Its 98 guest rooms had views either to the ocean or the Condado Lagoon, sanitary facilities with showers, and modern amenities including luxurious wall-to-wall rugs and exquisite furnishings.
 
The main floor housed the offices, lobby, public rooms, lounging room, public telephone, telegraph and a private room for the ladies. There also was an open air patio with a terrace that led to the sea... “the place to breathe good, aromatic air with trees and the iodine from the ocean air.”
 
Afternoon tea was a must for the ladies of society who instituted the Te-Danzant a combination of the British tradition with a little dancing and mingling of local flavor. For entertainment, the Condado Vanderbilt offered live music at the Terraza del Hotel Condado, at the oceanfront Patio del Fauno ballroom and the Fiesta Room. During the 1930´s patrons toasted to the good life at the Beer Garden, a small open air pub where the Oktoberfest was institutionalized in Condado.
 
Many interesting events have taken place within the walls of the Condado Vanderbilt. Likewise, the landmark building has gallantly withstood battering from storms, including Hugo in 1989, a category four hurricane with sustained winds of 140- mph.
 
Throughout the years the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel has also undergone a number of renovations; in 1950, 80 new rooms were added as well as a new bar, cocktail lounge and coffee shop. By the 1970´s, the hotel grandiosity began to fade and it was almost demolished, saved only by an executive order from then Governor Luis A. Ferré declaring the property a cultural heritage. During the 90´s, notwithstanding, the celebrated hotel shut its doors indefinitely.
 
Nearly a century after its historical opening, the architectural gem that opened in 1919 is soon to be reborn as the ultra luxurious Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in Puerto Rico. Restored to its stately grandeur, the new hotel includes two, 11-story adjacent towers standing perpendicular to the main hotel. The entire Condado Vanderbilt consists of a total of 322 guest accommodations with 80 Commodore Suites and 40 Biltmore Suites.
 
In Puerto Rico, a sleeping beauty has awakened and the promise of a brilliant future shines again for the legendary Condado Vanderbilt Hotel.
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

Yes

Estimated Price Per Head

from $215 to $245

Additional Charges

Minimum of 10 Rooms for a Room Block
Ceremony Fee from $1,000.00 to $1,500.00
Banquet Service Fee 24%
Taxes 11.5%
Minimum Consumption for Food and Beverage from $6,000.00 to $40,000.00

Insurance

Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event

Capacity

Seated
560
Buffet
N/A
Standing
800
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
Prior to 1930
Curfew
No Curfew
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Music
Indoors Only
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Accommodations
The Rooms and Suites…
233 Suites in the Towers 
42 1000sf. Double Balcony Ocean Front Commodore Suites
18 1000sf. Double Balcony Ocean View Commodore Suites
5 1000sf. Double Balcony City View Commodore Suites
43 750sf. Ocean View Biltmore Suites
31 450sf. Ocean View Ambassador Studios
40 450sf. City View Ambassador Studios
54 450sf. Ocean View Commodore Connector Studios, Double Queen

93 Elegantly Appointed Rooms in the Historic Hotel
1  1,200sf. Presidential Suite
2  850sf. Ocean View Vanderbilt Suites
3  460sf. City View Deluxe Suites
3  425sf. Ocean View Junior Deluxe Suites
84  300sf. Ocean and City View Rooms
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Amenities
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Valet Parking
  • Wifi
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:

A Condado Vanderbilt experience will be recognized as the ultra dining and social destination in Puerto Rico. With an award-winning culinary team and a staff committed to excellence, every detail of your event will be executed to perfection. Our success comes from the obsession with delivering a flawless experience, constantly providing excellent food and beverages, superlative services, elegant décor and exquisite presentations.

A new beginning always deserves a magnificent celebration; you will receive that and much more at the legendary Condado Vanderbilt Hotel.

Design:

After decades of gentle repose, today the Condado Vanderbilt is reborn. The utmost care has been taken to maintain the standard of quality that characterized it for one full century; a fact immediately apparent to all who visit the Condado Vanderbilt. A team of experts in their respective fields was put together, ensuring excellence throughout the property. From the richly appointed surroundings to the unsurpassed cuisine and highly personalized service, the Condado Vanderbilt is the standard of excellence in the Caribbean.

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