Step into a stunning world of Spanish Revival architecture and dramatic ocean views with a destination wedding at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel. Located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, this luxury hotel has been a favorite destination for sophisticated travelers since 1919. Catering Director, David Silva, tells us more about what couples can expect for their big day.
GO: If you had to describe the property in three words, what would they be?
A: Luxury, romantic, and unique.
GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in having a destination or weekend wedding at the property?
A: As soon as the couple contact us, one of our expert Destination Weddings Managers will get in touch to discuss all the details, from food and beverage to rooms.
GO: What are some of the amenities and special activities the property offers for a couple and their guests?
A: At the VC Lounge we have sunset happy hour every day, grand piano nights Wednesday to Fridays, Thursday Latin night with salsa classes, Friday jazz, and Saturday live music. There is also cycling and Pilates classes on weekends at the gym.
GO: Do you have special locations where a couple can elect to take photos?
A: Couples can use all areas, but we definitely recommend our unique grand staircase, the balcony deck facing the ocean, and the gallery level hallway.
GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding. Tell us about your menus and culinary team.
A: Chef Juan Jose Cuevas, our Executive Chef, with his dedication to the locavore movement and his many accomplishments (including two Michelin Stars), ensures that every culinary endeavor at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel – from an intimate dinner in your private veranda to the nuptial banquet of your dreams – offers a magical feast for the senses.
GO: Service is imperative in the destination wedding industry. What does the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel offer couples and their guests that set you apart from everyone else?
A: We do a synchronized dinner service – one server per 10 guests, one bartender for every 50 guests, and a dedicated server for the bride and groom during the event.
GO: Is there any other information you would like to share with our readers?
A: We highly recommend the couple and the immediate family to arrive a few days earlier prior to the other guests, to spend some family time together before all the activities begin. Guests will usually expect to have multiple events aside from the wedding, such as a welcome party and brunch.