$315 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Apr 9, 2015 Check-out: Apr 10, 2015

Hotel El Convento

4 stars
View map of 100 Calle Cristo, Old San Juan, 00901

Hotel Overview

Ratings and reviews for Hotel El Convento

Overall score

4.5 / 5
5.01.0
161 out of 161
Amenities:
4.4
Cleanliness:
4.7
Hotel staff:
4.7
Comfort:
4.5
Location:
4.8
Value:
4.3

96% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
ready to go
Clearwater, Fl
Dec 17, 2012

atmosphere and ambiance

Imagine walking back to your room in the evening. lighted only by small lamps on tables for two along the courtyard balcony draped with philodendron and bougainvillea, music wafting up from the patio or second level tapas bar. You've just left the complimentary wine and cheese gathering and gazed over the city from a number of vantage points. This is a lovely, tranquil oasis with every staff member ready to assist with a smile.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

La Fortelaza, the governor's palace, has the best guide and what you learn about the island's history sets you up for your entire visit.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
spaghetti bob
Business
phila, PA
Mar 12, 2011

Excellent in every way

This was everything and more than we thought it would be. We researched different hotel on line before we went to PR and choose El Convento--it was excellent. The staff was supurb (we had a slight noice problem with our initial room and they seamless moved us to another) The inhouse restaurant for breakfast and dinner was some of the best meals we ate...also loved the 2nd floor tapas bar. Would highly recommend El Convento-we'll probably return there next year

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Many great restaurants in walking distance--ask staff for recommendations

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Review of Hotel El Convento

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Pearl River, New York
Feb 28, 2011

Best hotel in old San Juan

I attended a wedding at the Cathedral on the other side of the street. The reception was at the El Convento. It was perfect.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Hotel El Convento

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
RobDry
Business
New York City
Feb 28, 2011

Great Experience

I went to Old San Juan for the first time and didn't know what to expect. My stay at the El Convento could not have been better. The hotel is located in the heart of Old San Juan just a few blocks away from El Morro fort. Everything in Old San Juan is in walking distance from the hotel, nothing that you would like to visit there is more than a 15 minute walk. The hotel staff was very helpful and the hotel room was clean and comfortable. The hotel is not located on the beach and you have to take a 15-20 minute cab ride to get there. If you are looking for the beach and party in the hotel bar experience then this is not the hotel for you. It is very quiet and relaxing and there is a wine and cheese hour every night. The pool is more for cooling off than it is for swimming, but it does the job. I could not have asked for a more authentic San Juan hotel and highly recommend it for people looking for some quiet time and a stroll around the historic city for a few days.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Dragonfly. It is a great asian fusion resturant the had some of the best sushi I have had, which includes NYC.

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Review of Hotel El Convento

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Boston, MA
Feb 20, 2011

Bostonians Recommend Hotel El Convento

We absolutely loved this hotel. The staff is friendly, hospitable and gracious. The room had a small refrigerator, a Bose Wave Radio/CD player, and a safe with programmable combination. Our room was clean and more importantly, cleaned efficiently. Each evening before dusk, they tidied-up our room and left chocolates on our turned down bed. Shortly after dusk the Coqui, tiny frogs and official mascot of Puerto Rico, begin their dueling chirps which we found to be quite charming. Not to worry, they do quiet down by bed time!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

There is a colonial-era cemetery named 'Cemeterio Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis' outside the old city wall near entrance to Fort San Felipe del Morro that is a must see! Be sure to go during 'visiting hours' and definitely bring your camera!

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Review of Hotel El Convento

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Atlantic City, NJ
Jan 22, 2011

Great location, fantastic hotel

Wife and I have stayed at El Convento 6 times in the past 3 yrs, and have yet to discover a negative related to this beautiful hotel and its courteous and professional staff. Yes it's more expensive than most San Juan hotels, but it's worth it.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

To go sandwiches from the Cafe St. Germain. Enjoy them on the pool deck.

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Review of Hotel El Convento

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Isaac Falconer
Business
Venice, ITALY + Philadelphia, USA
Jan 10, 2011

FANTASTIC peaceful retreat

The Hotel El Convento is an exquisitely renovated "period" building-once a nunnery-so if you HATE "character"-courtly Spanish architecture with balconies opening into a beautiful courtyard-WITH "all the modern amenities" [pool/hot tub/high-speed internet connection/exquisitely well-mannered and attentive hotel staff-who manage to be attentive and warm-NOT INTRUSIVE] then this is NOT for you! I was "desperate" for r&r after a grueling 2.5 years of humanitarian advocacy-I "return" well-rested and feeling exquisitely cared-for by the staff at El Convento. My visit in 2008 was equally rewarding. DR SAKU GUNASEGARAM [Wilfrid Csaplar did not travel]

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Hotel El Convento

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Kansas City, Missouri
Jan 1, 2011

Spanish Colonial Charm & Character, but

Great location and the hotel's charming verandas, library and architectural details were an asset and is worth a one-time stay. The "queen size bed" for which we paid extra had the measurements of a double/full size bed. The extra charge for a room with a vista was also NOT a value. The hotel staff was pleasant, but not well informed about the city, directions or events. The restaurants in the hotel were good, but rather expensive, except alcoholic beverages which were poured with a generous hand. Travel to the sister property that provides the beach experience is not provided by the hotel and round trip by taxi was about $20.00. And, the beach was closed due to the weather, which the staff at Gran Convento seemed unaware.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Seek out the local restaurants such as The Cafeteria Bombonera, The Cafeteria Mallorca, Grandma's in the unlikely location of a food court in Plaza Colon and the 150 year old Restaurant La Mallorquina. The Mallorquina on a dark and seemingly unoccupied San Justo, is a great experience. Or get in a cab and go to Marisquiera Altantica (7 Calle Lugo Vinas) for incredible service and seafood.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Juan2L[@]
Business
Jacksonville, Florida
Jan 1, 2011

Spanish architecture at its best.

This property is an exceptional historical beauty. It's magnificent verandas overlook a colorful patio; that is filled with tropical plants. The in-house restaurants are outstanding and the prices are comparable to all of the other fine (Gourmet)restaurants in San Juan. The rooms are well appointed and comfortable - ours overlooked the bay. There are not enough words to describe the hotel staff. They were prompt, courteous and friendly; catering to our every need.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

1. Everything is within walking distance - depending on how far you care to walk. City trolleys are free if you are not willing to go the distance. 2. If you are not into Gourmet dinning, then ask the locals for suggestions - most (if not all) are bi-lingual. Manolino's is an excellent spot for Puerto Rican food and the prices are "Non-tourist" (Be prepared to stand in line). 3. If you would rather go for "Junk Food", then Burger King, McDonalds, Wendy's and the like are also within walking distance. 4. The Spanish Forts are a "Must do" and the prices are CHEAP!($3.00 per person).

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
The Coquis
Business
Chicago, IL
Dec 28, 2010

Am I still in the USA?

A true gem of a find recommended by some of our friends. The El Convento stands true to its affiliation with the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Step in and you feel like you have entered into an exclusive institution somewhere in Spain. Very well maintained facility with a quaint and elegant feel. The wine and cheese reception was just icing on the cake and the cafe and tapas bar add style to the facilities.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Must walk through the streets of Old San Juan and visit the local dining establishments. Will recommend Cafe Puerto Rico for truly authentic Puerto Rican food.

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Review of Hotel El Convento

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
tammie #1 mom
Business
dallas, tx
Dec 19, 2010

This hotel is amazing!!!

this hotel is so amazing, the staff are so friendly and helpful! Everything is in walking distance, walked to all historical locations or took the free trolley. the food at pizza la birra is awesome in hotel. love the people of old san juan!!!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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