A gorgeous place in a prime location to explore old San Juan. It is probably not an ideal property for extended stay with large families (or small families with young children) - there is only so much room one can reclaim when converting cells from a Carmelite convent into hotel suites. El Convento offers more of a European experience with beautifully appointed immaculately clean rooms, authentic quirky details, and lush common areas. Bathrooms are NYC sized but very clean and updated. Beds are comfortable but smallish so do not go for a one-bed room unless it's a romantic getaway and you are in the mood to cuddle (for no extra charge the hotel will offer very nice foldout beds that are actually larger than the ones that come with the room).
There is parking across the street for a reasonable fee (although a car is definitely not recommended if you plan on mainly staying in the old town). For those who would like to add some beach experience there is an "El Convento Beach club" - El Convento guests can get all day passes to two other properties located on the beach front (large casino style outfits with all of the best and the worst big all-inclusives have to offer).
Service is reasonably efficient and welcoming even though a bit slow (which is standard in Puerto Rico). Overall, highly recommended over any big chain properties. Will definitely come back.
- 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