Condado Vanderbilt Hotel- San Juan, PR

Hola and welcome to another addition of Wanderlust Wednesday. Oh boy, do I have some fun stuff to share with you. My trip to Puerto Rico was just the best trip ever & we did SO many exciting things, so I’m going to have to break it down over various posts. Today’s post is dedicated to our hotel in San Juan- the Condado Vanderbilt.


To say this hotel is gorgeous is an understatement. Built in 1919 (by yes, a Vanderbilt). this hotel boasts history, luxury, charm & elegance. Used as a hotel from day one, the hotel was shut down indefinitely in 1990 and then brought back to life last year. The above staircase is the original one when Vanderbilt built it. The remodel was fabulous because it kept the old world charm, while modernizing the rooms, amenities & grounds. Plus, with a view like this, how can you not want to stay here.


The service was truly top notch. Upon arrival, we were greeted with two glasses of champagne (a welcome treat when you’ve been on a 4 hour flight & 2 hour car ride). Weeks prior, I had emailed the manager to let him know we were celebrating my bf’s birthday, but by the time we checked in, I completely forgot. Well, what a surprise it was when the host said “happy birthday- as a treat, we’ve upgraded you to an ocean-side suite”. Ummm…


Yea, it was awesome. We had a massive king suite with a full entry way, all-marble bathroom (with double windows that opened onto a balcony), a huge California-closets closet, a dining table & an ocean front balcony with plenty of room to relax. Oh, and a little button that called a butler if you needed anything. Spoiled much? I think so 🙂

(excuse all the pics- they were taken on a sandy iPhone)

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{huge upholstered bed // view from our balcony // bathroom sink}

Naturally, one of our first stops was the hotel bar. It felt very Mad Men-esque. There were servers in tuxedos & a man playing the grand piano in the corner. All of the decor was deep red velvet, cowhide, rich chocolate leather…masculine, yet elegant.

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{a view of 1 bar- there were 2 // Don Q for him, martini for her}

We didn’t spend much time on the property the first day, as we went to El Yunque rainforest and did a full hike, but the second (and last) day, we really took advantage of the hotel amenities and enjoyed ourselves. We splurged and did the hotel breakfast. $30pp is a bit much, but it was endless fruits, cheeses, meats, pastries and made-to-order omelets, pancakes, etc. Plus, lets be honest, we’re paying for the view. All in all, worth it!

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{insane amount of food}

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{view from our breakfast table}

 The property has 3 pools, 1 hot tub and a private beach- all spectacular. We spent most of our time in the infinity pool, enjoying the view. They, of course, have servers who bring you food/drink/new towels.

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{view from infinity pool // lounging area // enjoying the beach}

I must note that the hotel was also very accommodating with our check- out situation. We didn’t need to leave for the airport until about 5pm and so they actually granted us a complimentary late check out. It made all the difference in the world, as we were able to enjoy a full day & then shower/pack.

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I can’t recommend the Vanderbilt Hotel more- it was an amazing experience for us & we were truly sad to leave!

Next week, I’ll share our fabulous, but different, experience in Rincon, a little beach town in Western PR!


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