My husband and I were on a 7 day cruise, then stayed over in San Juan for four days following it. We booked two days in Old San Juan at El Convento, then two days at a Condado beach hotel. We regretted not booking here for the full four days! It is has such charm with its old Spanish architecture, beautiful tropical courtyard and surrounding wide porches, full length plantation shutter door windows, and on and on, It is very clean and the service is outstanding. It used to be a convent. The room and bathroom decor was beautiful and calming. There are robes and packaged slippers provided. The beds were extremely comfortable. We had a great view of San Juan Harbour and Old San Juan. One of our favorite parts was the rooftop pool and hot tub. We would go there at night and have it mostly to ourselves. It offers amazing views of the city and harbour, and helped us relax and rejuvenate after a great day of exploration. They also have a cool spot on the 3rd floor that has 24 hour complimentary coffee, tea, and iced bottled water with indoor seating and a covered patio with seating. It is here that they have complimentary wine and cheese in the evening, and both the cheese and wine were very good. Not your cheapest at the store variety like some others. One of the highlights is the turn down service. What a delight to walk into our room with soft classical music playing on the Bose stereo, beds turned down with chocolate on the pillows, drapes pulled and floor mats so your feet are not cold getting out of bed on the tile floor. Bonus, you don't have to ASK for it, every room gets it! We had breakfast in the patio restaurant and my husband thought the pancakes were some of the best he's had. My american breakfast was very good as well.
Outside the hotel is a square where many people sit and enjoy the weather. There was an elderly gentleman who sat there playing his guitar and serenading us with Puerto Rican music. We could even hear it when by the pool or 3rd floor common area. It was wonderful.
The hotel is a close walk to everything including the Wall Gate and Paseo de Princessa, a broad walkway along the outer harbour and wall. There are many other good restaurants nearby. Barrachina's is where they make the claim of originating the Pina Colada. Originating or not, it was the best Pina Colada we've ever had. Carli's is a little jazz restaurant founded and run by a former Beach Boys piano player. The food was great, and here we had the best Mojito we've ever had. The food is very good. We took a great walking tour on our first night called Flavors of San Juan. Great way to become familiar with the area, the food and the architecture.
We would highly recommend anyone going to San Juan to stay there. We hope to go back, and this time we will spend our whole time there.
- 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