Hotel El Convento

100 Cristo St Old San Juan | San Juan 00901  [SEE MAP]San Juan  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Property sits in the heart of Old San Juan by several top attractions
Poor water pressure and spotty Wi-Fi in rooms

Housed in a 17th-century convent, this opulent San Juan, Puerto Rico, property impresses guests with its old-world allures (think: Andalusian tile floors, vintage antiques and mahogany beams). But that's not all Hotel El Convento has going for it: Guests also praise the modern comforts found in every room. Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access, work desks and Bose radios. However, some warn that the in-room internet access is spotty and that the water pressure in showers is weak. But the property's outstanding service and sublime location outweigh its drawbacks. Hotel El Convento resides in the middle of Old San Juan, offering easy access to historic attractions like Castillo de San Cristóbal and El Morro. Plus, vacationers have access to a plunge pool and a Jacuzzi, two restaurants that serve Spanish tapas and Puerto Rican cuisine, a 24-hour fitness center and a lounge with complimentary wines and hors d'oeuvres every afternoon. As a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio, Hotel El Convento participates in the brand's INVITED rewards program.

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Location
San Juan
Hotel Class
4.5-star
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 58 rooms
Primary View
City center, Ocean
Style
Traditional, Opulent, Historic
Best For
Business travelers, Couples

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  • 4.5Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating

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Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018

Fodor's

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There's no longer anything austere about this 350-year-old former convent. All the guest rooms are lavish and inviting, with a mix of wrought-iron and hand-hewn wood furniture, shuttered windows, and mahogany-beamed ceilings joining high-tech amenities like broadband and plasma TVs.

Fodor's Choice

Frommer's

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One of the most storied hotels in all the Caribbean, El Convento was constructed in 1651 as a Carmelite nunnery, the first nunnery in the Americas. Though the original building was torn down and rebuilt in 1854, the historic ambiance of the place still harkens back to those early colonial times, thanks to such details as the Tuscan columns that guard the entrance, the exquisite latticed choir and the preserved historic details throughout.

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Oyster.com

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There is nothing quite like European-style El Convento in the medieval city of Old San Juan. It was a convent for 252 years, and today it's the neighborhood's principal upscale hotel, offering 58 elegant rooms and suites filled with Spanish antique treasures and modern amenities.

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 2953 have reviewed the Hotel El Convento, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2953 reviews 4.5 (based on 2953 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Hotel El Convento's guest rooms and suites exude old-world charm with features like Andalusian tile floors, exposed mahogany wood beams and wrought iron accents. Modern amenities include 37-inch flat-screen televisions, Bose radios, minifridges stocked with complimentary bottled water, plus bathrobes and coffee makers. All accommodations also offer private Juliet balconies or terraces.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Suites have sofa beds

Standard room size300 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Hotel El Convento is located in the historic district of Old San Juan. The hotel sits within walking distance of many points of interest, including El Morro and Castillo de San Cristóbal. There are also several local restaurants, shops and entertainment venues that are accessible on foot from the property. Although the hotel does not offer a beachfront location, guests have access to El Convento Beach Club, which can be found at the hotel's sister properties.
  • Located 9 miles northwest of Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
  • Within walking distance of the San Juan Cruise Port
  • Valet parking available 24 hours a day across the street
  • 24-hour valet parking ($20)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach

Dining

Two restaurants are available on-site. Patio del Nispero serves gourmet Puerto Rican cuisine, while El Picoteo dishes up Spanish-style tapas.. Guests can also enjoy cocktails at the Alegria Patio Bar or on La Veranda Terrace.
  • Daily manager's reception featuring wine and cheese at La Veranda Terrace
  • On-site herb garden

Number of restaurants2

Cuisine TypesSpanish

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

The property is home to a small rooftop plunge pool and a Jacuzzi. Hotel guests also enjoy complimentary access to El Convento Beach Club, which features an additional pool and beaches. The beach club is located off-site at the hotel's sister properties.
  • On-site pool overlooks San Juan Bay
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas

Kids

Hotel El Convento welcomes children but does not offer many amenities other than complimentary cribs and children's menus. However, the hotel is conveniently located for exploring Old San Juan, and most major attractions are within walking distance. A plunge pool is also available on-site.
  • Free access to nearby beach club
  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

The hotel's small fitness center features a few pieces of cardio and weight-training equipment. The facility is free to access 24 hours a day.
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
    • Bicycles
    • Tennis
    • Guided runs
    • Paddle boats
    • Motor boats

    Business

    Hotel El Convento offers five meeting rooms, including an executive boardroom and four salons that can accommodate groups of 40 to 300 guests. Catering and technical support are available.

      Number of meeting rooms5

      • Business center
      • Meeting rooms
      • Meeting and event planners available

      Wedding

      The Salon Campeche at Hotel El Convento is a San Juan favorite for wedding receptions. It features an elegant old-world ambiance with Spanish colonial architecture, marble floors and a vaulted ceiling. The ballroom can accommodate up to 300 guests for a wedding ceremony or a reception with a dance floor. For intimate weddings, there is Salon Martorell, which can accommodate up to 40 guests for a banquet.

        Maximum wedding guest capacity300

        • Hotel hosts weddings
        • Outdoor space for weddings
        • Wedding planners available

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