The 305-room Condado Vanderbilt hotel will open on Ashford Avenue in San Juan next spring on the site of the original property of the same name built in 1919 by Cornelius Vanderbilt, using the architects who designed Grand Central Station in New York.
The restored hotel will offer butler services in 120 suites, 15,000 square feet of meeting space, four restaurants, a spa and a pool complex.
The original grand staircase remains an integral part of the new hotel as do the floors and moldings, which are being restored.
In its heyday, the Condado Vanderbilt was a socialite hangout and served as the home base for Charles Lindbergh when he was flying around the Caribbean for Pan Am.
When gambling was legalized in Puerto Rico in 1940, the Condado Vanderbilt was the first hotel in San Juan to have a casino. The restored property will not have a casino.
The property closed in 1997, and reconstruction began in 2003.