Posted 10/17/2012 - 9:38:18 AM
Hugh Andrews, founder/CEO of International Hospitality Enterprises, Lucé Vela, First Lady of Puerto Rico, José Suárez, president of International Hospitality Enterprises and Luis Rivera Marín, director of Puerto Rico Tourism Co., attend ribbon-cutting.
SAN JUAN, PR—Almost two decades after it was shuttered, the historic Condado Vanderbilt hotel reopened here on Ashford Ave. following an extensive restoration and debuted is 1919 Restaurant as part of its phased return.
The hotel has a renewed focus on food and beverage and Michelin-starred Executive Chef Juan Jose Cuevas will helm the hotel’s dining, lounge and banquet facilities. The new 1919 Restaurant features a farm- and ocean-to-table focus with a menu that emphasizes fish, shellfish and locally produced vegetables.
The restaurant’s design focuses on an expansive glass wall which seemingly separates the dining room from the Atlantic Ocean. Three large center chandeliers created with cascading mother-of-pearl disks are a focal point of the space. While the design is contemporary in concept, designer Jorge Rossello includes the use of various traditional elements such as richly upholstered tall wingback chairs and benches, beveled mirrors and rich woods.
In addition to the restaurant, other F&B outlets include: Blu, a casual bistro; Vino Veritas Wine Bar; Marabar, Martini Bar &Lounge with ocean views and Fumidor, a cigar lounge. The hotel features extensive event and banquet facilities encompassing 30,000 sq. ft.
In the second phase of the property's return, The Condado Vanderbilt Hotel's 323 guestrooms will open in 2013.
Built in 1919 by Frederick William Vanderbilt, the hotel attracted royalty, heads of state, Hollywood stars and industry icons for almost half a century.