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Hotel El Convento
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

This is a very historic hotel 350 years old. It was used as a monastery for Nuns and sits next to a very old chapel. It is located in the Old Town section of San Juan. Walking distance the EL Morro fort, shopping, resturants. The building has been tastfully redone, the rooms are nice. Staff was very helpful. They offer a wine and cheese tasting area every day around 6PM. We sat out on a large balcony drinking wine and eat different kinds of cheese - awesome.

Room Tip: Rooms are small in this historic building. I believe most of the room are very simular.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Beautifully renovated and well managed small hotel in the heart of Old San Juan across from the Cathedral and walking distance to everything. We spent a three day weekend here which was perfect. Complimentary coffee, tea and water all day and wines at 6pm were a nice touch. Only complaint was that the elevator was very slow and sometimes completely dysfunctional. We mentioned it to management and I'm sure they will attend to it.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Philip A
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had a very nice stay at the hotel. Some thoughts:

Pros
- clean, air conditioned rooms with all the basics covered nicely
- quaint grounds in the heart of historic district
- wine & cheese reception each night is a great touch
- free access to grounds of nice hotels in two others districts of town (beachfront hotels)

Cons
- small rooms
- "queen vista with bay view" has a marginal view, at best
- beaches are a $20 cab ride away, each way
- hotel restaurant is overpriced - $45 for small, basic breakfast

All in all, we enjoyed the hotel and would consider returning. But I expected a bit more for $250 a night.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank marteen239
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We couldn't be happier with our stay. The location to everything in Old San Juan was perfect. The view of the cathedral from the rooftop patio was lovely as was the patio itself. We enjoyed the wine and cheese reception every night. Was it coincidental that it was timed perfectly with gorgeous sunsets over the city? The free coffee and bottled water available all day was a nice perk. The pool is small but exactly what we needed after walking around all day in the heat.
The size of the room not huge but more than adequate for the two of us. The sound door seemed odd at first but it definitly kept the noise down as the birds in the courtyard are a bit loud. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The architecture of this building is exceptional. The only minor downsides were that our air conditioning was a little noisy and there is little counter space in the bathroom. That being said I can't imagine staying any where else in Ol San Juan. We look forward to coming back!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kellpen
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the El Convento on our honey moom this past summer. We absolutely loved the hotel and the location was perfect. It was clean, friendly and cozy. The free wine and cheese every evening was our favorite thing to do before we'd go out for the night. The rooftop pool is small but has a very nice view. The atmosphere at the hotel was very friendly and you get to meet a lot of new people. The location of El Convento was great because you could walk to everything. If we go back to Puerto Rico I would not stay anywhere else but here!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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