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Hotel El Convento

4 stars
100 Calle Cristo, Old San Juan, 00901
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.5
out of 5
203 reviews
Wonderful romantic hotel

This is the nicest hotel we have ever been to. The staff is wonderful. The hotel itself is... See full review

  • Jim Feldman
  • Jul 16, 2014
Way better than a secluded resort

The area is so great for just walking around/ bar hopping/ eating out/ picture taking and more! The... See full review

  • Anatole papi chulo
  • Jun 12, 2014

With a wealth of history, rustic decor and charming details, it's easy to see why Hotel El Convento was chosen by Condo Nast Traveler as one of the 'Top 10 Hotels in the Caribbean'. Situated in Old San Juan, this boutique luxury hotel makes guests feel equally relaxed and spoiled. With the daily manager's reception offering hors d'oeuvres and cocktails for guests, the hotel also shows off three restaurants, a rooftop plunge pool and a veranda terrace.

Key facts

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Plush slippers and bathrobes
  • Flat panel 37-inch TV and Bose Radio
  • Goose-down pillows
  • In-room refrigerator containing free bottled water
  • Handicapped-accessible rooms available
  • Two-cup coffeemaker with premium Alto Grande coffee
  • Plunge pool and Jacuzzi that overlook the San Juan Bay
  • Fitness center
  • Business center with 7 meeting rooms
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • Club that offers beach and pool privileges at two sister properties
  • Aromatherapy, massages and facials available upon request
  • Room service offered throughout the day
  • Dry cleaning service and coin-operated laundry facilities

Neighborhood

Guests are only steps away from the perpetually vibrant atmosphere in the heart of Puerto Rico, where they'll discover restaurants, bars and galleries. Make your way down to the piers from which many cruise ships depart, or take a quick drive to Condado Beach or Isla Verde Beach. Just across the way, you will find the iconic Cathedral of San Juan Bautista.

Hints and tips

If you'd like a cocktail with freshly-picked garnish, order a beverage that features an ingredient from the hotel's herb and fruit garden.

The helpful staff members are happy to fulfil any requirements you may have.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Hotel Map

18.4659 -66.1184
Area served
Old San Juan, Condado, Hato Rey, Rio Piedras, Guaynabo, Bayamon, Isla Verde.
Nearby airports
Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU): Approximate driving time is 20 minutes and distance is 9 miles.
Area description
The hotel's location in historic Old San Juan makes walking the best way around to the numerous shops, restaurants, and historic sites. Hopping on and off the district's open-air trolleys is free. Nearby attractions: San Juan Cathedral - across street / San Juan Gate - 1 block / Puerto Rico Indian Museum - 1 block / La Fortaleza (governor's mansion) - 2 blocks / Casa Blanca museum & garden - 2 blocks / African Heritage Museum - 3 blocks / Pablo Casals Museum - 3 blocks / San Felipe del Morro fortress - 0.5 mile / San Cristobal Castle - 0.5 mile / Plaza Las Americas (shopping, dining) - 7 miles / Pinones forest (bicycling, hiking, surfing) - 12 miles / El Yunque Rainforest - 31 miles.

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Hotel El Convento Rooms

Queen Deluxe Room
Queen Deluxe Room includes: One queen bed and City view from French balcony (no step-out space). Open-air-corridor seating facing interior garden courtyard. Spanish-antique and antique-replica furniture, including desk, dining set, reading chair. Tile floor. Small marble bathroom with pedestal sink, shower/tub, bathrobes/slippers, telephone. 32-inch LCD HDTV. Bose CD player, radio. Complimentary high-speed wireless internet access. Compact refrigerator with complimentary bottled water. Smoking not permitted in room. Rollaway bed needed for a 3rd person in room ($35 extra nightly charge).
Vista Room
Vista Room includes: One Queen bed with full view of San Juan Bay from French balcony (no step-out space). Open-air-corridor seating facing interior garden courtyard. Spanish-antique and antique-replica furniture, including desk, dining set, reading chair. Tile floor. Small marble bathroom with pedestal sink, shower/tub, bathrobes/slippers, telephone. 32-inch LCD HDTV. Bose CD player, radio. Complimentary high-speed wireless internet access. Compact refrigerator with complimentary bottled water. Smoking not permitted in room. Rollaway bed needed for a 3rd person in room($35 extra nightly charge).
Double Deluxe Room
Double Deluxe Room includes: Two double beds with City view from French balcony (no step-out space). Open-air-corridor seating facing interior garden courtyard. Spanish-antique and antique-replica furniture, including desk, dining set, reading chair. Tile floor. Small marble bathroom with pedestal sink, shower/tub, bathrobes/slippers, telephone. 32-inch LCD HDTV. Bose CD player, radio. Complimentary high-speed wireless internet access. Compact refrigerator with complimentary bottled water. Smoking not permitted in room. Rollaway bed not allowed in room.
Superior Room
Superior Room includes: One queen bed or two twin beds (run of house)and limited view from French balcony (no step-out space). Open-air-corridor seating facing interior garden courtyard. Spanish-antique and antique-replica furniture, including desk, dining set, reading chair. Tile floor. Small marble bathroom with pedestal sink, shower/tub, bathrobes/slippers, telephone. 32-inch LCD HDTV. Bose CD player, radio. Complimentary high-speed wireless internet access. Compact refrigerator with complimentary bottled water. Smoking not permitted in room. Rollaway bed needed for a 3rd person in room ($35 extra nightly charge).

Amenities

  • Free internet
  • Pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Activities
Pool
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Childcare Service
In-Room Safe
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Doctor on call
Internet
Free internet
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Wheel chair access
Service dogs allowed
Service animals allowed
Handicapped parking
Audible emergency alarm for sight impaired guest
Wheelchair accessible elevators
Visual emergency alarm for hearing impaired guest
Ramp access to buildings

Nearby points of interest

  • Museo del Nino: 0 mi
  • Calle del Cristo: 0 mi
  • Bacardi Rum Factory: 0 mi
  • El Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan): 0.1 mi
  • La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina: 0.1 mi
  • Plaza de Armas: 0.1 mi
  • Parque de las Palomas: 0.1 mi
  • Paseo de la Princesa: 0.1 mi
  • Fortaleza Street: 0.2 mi
  • Castillo San Felipe del Morro: 0.5 mi
  • Castillo de San Cristobal: 0.6 mi
  • Port of San Juan: 0.6 mi
  • Puerto Rico Convention Center: 1.8 mi
  • San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan): 2.2 mi
  • Fine Arts Cinema: 2.3 mi
  • Museo del Nino: 0 mi
  • Calle del Cristo: 0 mi
  • Bacardi Rum Factory: 0 mi
  • El Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan): 0.1 mi
  • La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina: 0.1 mi
  • Plaza de Armas: 0.1 mi
  • Parque de las Palomas: 0.1 mi
  • Paseo de la Princesa: 0.1 mi
  • Fortaleza Street: 0.2 mi
  • Castillo San Felipe del Morro: 0.5 mi
  • Castillo de San Cristobal: 0.6 mi
  • Port of San Juan: 0.6 mi
  • Puerto Rico Convention Center: 1.8 mi
  • San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan): 2.2 mi
  • Fine Arts Cinema: 2.3 mi
  • Museo de Las Americas: 2.6 mi
  • San Juan Gate: 2.9 mi
  • Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico: 3.1 mi
  • Bellas Artes: 3.4 mi
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico: 3.5 mi
  • Ocean Park: 4.6 mi
  • Jardin Botanico: 6.1 mi
  • Isla Verde: 6.7 mi
  • Arecibo Observatory: 42.5 mi

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
Hotel El Convento offers superb meeting and banquet facilities. With close proximity to the financial center in San Juan, and 7 multi-use meeting rooms of varying sizes, the hotel is the perfect venue for banquets, charity events, and high-level corporate affairs. The 2700 sq. ft. Salon Campeche is a spectacular ballroom and can accommodate from 250 - 300 people for classroom/banquet seating. For smaller gatherings and corporate functions, choose from Salon Oller which accommodates 75 people for a seated event; Salon Paoli, perfect for a group of 50; Salon Zafiro, for a group of 35, the Executive Boardroom which seats 12. Two additional rooms are available for up to 40 people. The hotel has every amenity the business traveler needs to assure a successful trip from audiovisual facilities, computer ports, dual-line data port phones in each guest and banquet room, Internet access, and valet parking. Restaurants are located within the hotel and we also provide expert catering services.

Dining

Pizza E Birra
Pizza e Birra offers a taste of classic Italian and American-Italian dishes, but the main attraction is definitely Pizza perfection. For the perfect combination Pizza e Birra features over 20 different craft beers from all over the world. The Pizzeria embodies all the eclectic elements that characterize the cobblestone city, with a cool modern spark
Patio del Nispero
Shaded by Hotel El Convento's famous 300-year old nispero fruit tree, Patio del Nispero is located on the ground floor of the stately open-air courtyard in the hotel. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Patio del Nispero is a welcome culinary treat serving international gourmet fare in casual yet elegant surroundings. From the best banana nut pancakes,to creative and hearty sandwiches and salads, with even traditional Puerto Rican dishes, alfresco dining has never been more tasteful!
El Picoteo
There's something cooking in Old San Juan where the food is inventive, the service never misses a beat, and the wine list is exceptional. The atmosphere at El Picoteo is all about food and mood. Hot or cold, tapas warm you up for mas tapas de picotear. El Picoteo offers a cornucopia of choice without parallel on the island. After a sampling of delectable tapas, try the paella - voted best on the island! The gazpacho, tortillas, empanadillas, croquetas, specialty pizzas are all fantastico. The wine list fills classic bistro slots with imaginative producers and delectable desserts round out the eclectic menu. This is the place that defines the tapas and paella experience.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (203)

Ratings and reviews for Hotel El Convento

Overall score

4.5 / 5
5.01.0
203 out of 203
Amenities:
4.4
Room cleanliness:
4.7
Hotel staff:
4.7
Room 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
celebrating 60
Indiana
Sep 1, 2012

More than expected

Staff was excellent. Couldn't have been more helpful. Hotel is old and quaint. Delightful! Food was fabulous. Had the seafood paella one night. Can't even find words to describe how wonderful it was!! Pool side breakfast was a nice treat. Would definately recommend this hotel! Had a wonderful stay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Long walk from hotel

Some attractions were further than we thought, but worth the travel time

Review of Hotel El Convento

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
mrmine
Atlanta, GA, USA
Sep 4, 2011

Great Service

Great location and service from everyone on staff during our stay, from the front desk to the resturants to matinence crew. Everything was spot on. Can't wait to return to this hotel for sure!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

take advantage of the bus, 75 cent to their sister hotel LaConcha.

Review of Hotel El Convento

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Meng Lee 1989
New York, New York
Aug 16, 2013

Great Getaway

Wonderful service and wonderful ambiance at a boutique gem. Really couldn't have experienced a more unique Old San Juan!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Hotel El Convento

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Madre 11215
Park Slope, New York
Jun 13, 2012

Five Stars for El Convento

Perfect setting in Old San Juan--near Morro Castle, Museums. Free internet, great Wine and Cheese Hour. Great for couples, friends hanging out. Roof top poor. Vouchers for two beach hotels. Beautiful Sunday church service across from hotel. Take the free trolley for tour of the Old City. The hotel does not tell you about "free" trolley. The rum factory is a blast, take the ferry to Catano and then $3 van ride to rum factory. This hotel does not give discount vouchers nor does the visitor's center. Go on line before travelling to San Juan for those. Have a great time.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Hotel El Convento

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
business leisure lady
kansas city, mo
Mar 24, 2011

Classic Puerto Rico

El Convento is the true San Juan, PR experience. It is gorgeous and the service is superior. The hotel is old, so expect a few "character" related flaws, i.e. doors that jam and such. Food is not too pricey, but very good. There are a lot of free perks-daily wine and cheese 6pm; free coffee, tea, water, fruit all day. Free internet access. Location is awesome for those interested in history/San Juan. Kids loved it. Keep in mind it is not near a beach really. Only negatives were (1) It is a busy place with lots of traffic and noise later into the night. After all streets are so narrow, you may hear your neighbor or the club across the street. This did not bother us, as we were tired. (2) Hotel has a relationship with beach front hotels that allow you to use their beach and facilities. However, you pay your own taxi fare to get there, usually $20 each way.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Walgreens and Marshall's are close by.

Review of Hotel El Convento

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Dec 2, 2009

great hotel

excellent. The only negative surprise was that we were not informed of the parking fee in advance; we only learned about it at checkout.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Hotel El Convento

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
boise, idaho
May 15, 2011

Family vacation

We did a lot of walking and seeing the sights of Old San Juan. The restaurants were very good, the people were friendly and willing to give suggestions, and it was very charming.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Ask the locals for dining suggestions.

Review of Hotel El Convento

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Juan2L[@]
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
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
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).

Review of Hotel El Convento

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
tammie #1 mom
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
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Hotel El Convento

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Kippered Herring
Minneapolis, MN
Sep 15, 2013

THE place to stay in Old San Juan

We had been told by family and friends who stayed at El Convento that it was a great place, and they were right. While not the cheapest hotel (and you can easily drop $40 for breakfast for 2 in the main restaurant), the amenities are wonderful and the staff is the best. Whether it's free wine and cheese in the evenings (get there early to get a table outside) or the high ceilings on the second floor (reserve one of the queen deluxe rooms in advance) the atmosphere and location are great. There's a small plunge pool and hot tub on the 4th floor roof, and a choice of three restaurants - the ground floor main restaurant, a second-floor tapas place, and a pizza and beer joint next to the tapas place. And the staff is super nice and helpful - we set up taxis, rental cars, parking and got great recommendations on restaurants. I can't imagine staying anyplace else in the Old Town.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

For a fancy dinner (we did a birthday) Marmalade is awesome if pricey. A little longer walk down by the docks is Punto del Vista, which looks like a hole in the wall but has great reasonably priced food and 2-for-1 mojitos that are awesome.

Review of Hotel El Convento

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Shadrach
Dover, NH
Nov 5, 2010

Excellent!

The people who work at this hotel are fabulous! We found people friendly in general in PR but the staff here really are the most. The room wasn't huge but was bigger than I expected it to be. We had a nice little view overlooking the plaza and cathedral. Beware of the balcony railing! Ours was falling off. It was a lovely room. This is definitely a "luxury" hotel and a big splurge for me. It's high end without you feeling afraid to touch anything. Very comfy with a big TV and a Bose radio. Plenty of outlets. Other areas of the hotel are just as great. A wonderful terrace off the "honesty" bar where you get your own drinks and write it down. Free coffee, too! The pool is just a plunge pool so don't think you'll do a lot of swimming in it. The Tapas bar in the hotel has great food. I'm in the food industry so I'm pretty picky. Try the Tres Leches cake for dessert! I had one every night we were there! The breakfast/lunch restaurant is less exciting but the Cuban sandwiches are good and you'll have fun keeping the birds off your table and watching the lizards crawl around. Great location!! Old San Juan is small and easy to walk around. Also, there's lots of government buildings around and lots of police. From El Convento it is an easy walk to both forts, all the museums, restaurants and everything else in OSJ. Seriously, you couldn't ask for a better location to explore.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Food is expensive in OSJ. La Bombonara and Mallorca are both close to the hotel and are diner style bakeries. Cheap, filling food with lots of locals. These places will have enough to satisfy anyone who misses an American breakfast, too. For a really GREAT meal, try Tantra, a Puerto Rican/Indian fusion place. Expensive but delish. Just a block north from El Convento is El Patio de Sam. It's got good food and friendly staff. You can get Puerto Rican food and burgers there. We went twice because we were too lazy to walk anywhere else and wanted something less pricey than the hotel.

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