El Convento is very special. I love the historical significance of this convent turned boutique hotel. The property is a little oasis in the middle of a bustling city. Sipping a drink at the courtyard bar you would never guess the traffic and chaos going on outside the hotel property. We ate at the tapas restaurant upstairs for dinner and very much enjoyed the taste and presentation of the various plates we tried. In the morning we (there were 4 of us) tried the courtyard restaurant. I had the oatmeal with almond and raisins. I highly recommend it. Such a serene setting as well.
The location is perfect for visiting El Morro and touring Old San Juan on foot. If you are not in good shape this might not be the spot for you. It is on a fairly steep street with high curbs. Bring comfortable walking shoes to tour the city and sites. There is no parking directly in front of the hotel so cabs stop outside or across the street from the hotel and let you and your luggage out. Luckily Ivan, the porter, had just helped some guests who were leaving and rescued us from having to carry our luggage across the busy street.
The only reason I gave this hotel a very good instead of excellent was because of the room itself. There is nothing very special about the accommodations. For $300.00 we had a view of shabby buildings and an average room. The rest of the hotel made up for it and there is a great happy hour with wine and appetizers in the afternoon out on the terrace(totally free!).
- 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