My wife and I spent 3 glorious days and nights in Old San Juan at the El Convento in mid-Feb. Can't say enough about how wonderful this hotel is. Situated on a beautiful small square adjacent to the cathedral, and a short walk down to the Puerta/Muralla on the harbor side. They have maintained the 500 year history of the building/architecture while upgrading the property tastefully and beautifully (lighting, air conditioning, furnishings, art, wall coverings, pool, hot tub, reception, etc.). The nightly wine & cheese reception is very nicely done, and we looked forward to it each night. The rooms are beautifully furnished, and staying there for a few days you really get a sense of the age and history of the place. El Convento has 3 restaurants (really two in the main buidling, plus the pizzeria just adjacent outside). We only tried one, El Picoteo, the tapas & paella bar on the mezzanine level. Every time we walked through it smelled wonderful and pungent of garlic. The food AND the mojitos were fantastic! And the ambience, like the rest of the hotel, is in my opinion most excellent. Just a wonderful, amazing, place. I would love to go back. Old San Juan has so much to offer for any history buff, or anyone just seeking a unique corner of the world with cobbletone streets, 300-500 year old buildings, plazas, fountains, cafes, interesting shops & restaurants.
El Convento is a splurge (rooms are $300-400), but without hestiation I can honestly say "worth it".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of historic Old San Juan, Hotel El Convento has set new standards of luxury, comfort and service while preserving the rich character of this former 16th century convent. This landmark treasure, a member of Historic Hotels of America and Small Luxury Hotels of the World, has earned four diamonds from AAA each year since its opening. This is the exclusive hotel experience to indulge the most discriminating of travelers, and is a hotel like no other. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Convento San Juan