$200 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jan 19, 2015 Check-out: Jan 20, 2015

Hotel El Convento

4 stars
100 Calle Cristo, Old San Juan, 00901
Best In Stay
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.5
out of 5
147 reviews
Nice Getaway

This is our 3rd time staying at this location. It has never fell short from my expectations. The... See full review

  • Sir Lumpsalot
  • Nov 19, 2014
A Little Gem

This hotel is quaint, well kept, extremely clean and is managed by a staff that is efficient,... See full review

  • Mrs.Teacher
  • Oct 3, 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.

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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
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No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Activities
Pool
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
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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
  • 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 (147)

Ratings and reviews for Hotel El Convento

Overall score

4.5 / 5
5.01.0
147 out of 147
Amenities:
4.4
Room cleanliness:
4.7
Hotel staff:
4.7
Room comfort:
4.5
Location:
4.8
Value:
4.3

97% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Scally
Business
Atlanta, Ga.
Sep 18, 2013

BEAUTIFUL!

THIS TRIP WAS EVERYTHING WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE. LOVED OLD SAN JUAN AND THE SISTER HOTEL AND BEACH WERE LOVELY, AS WELL. EL CONVENTO WAS BEAUTIFUL, IN THE BEST LOCATION, STAFF WONDERFUL AND WALKING EVERYWHERE DOWNTOWN WAS GREAT! RESTAURANTS HAVE WONDERFUL MEALS AND ENJOYABLE MUSIC AT MOST. HOPE TO REURN SOON!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Long walk from hotel

WEAR CONFORTABLE SHOES AND EXPECT TO WALK ALOT; ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE DINING, SIGHTSEEING AND SHOPPING ALONG THE WAY.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Joseph721
Business
Virginia
Feb 8, 2014

Perfect Old San Juan Location

If your looking for the atypical resort hotel on the beach this hotel is not for you; although you can take a short taxi ride to their sister hotel on the beach. El Convento is located near everything; shopping, restaurants, both forts and the harbor.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Verda Mesa is a dining experience! Only open 6pm - 10pm

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
the solo travelist
Business
California
Mar 9, 2014

Small Luxury. .

5 star treatment every step of the way! Made the trip personal and even better : )

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
MJM1
Business
Strasburg, PA 17579, USA
Oct 1, 2011

El Convento

Hotel was awesome!! Rooms were well appointed, food was terrific and well priced. One of a kind hotel. Pool was a little small, and parking was across the street at $25 per night.... Street parking was available for free if your parralell parking skills were good. We'd stay there again in a heart beat!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Houston, TX
Jul 15, 2011

Fantastic for couples.

Romantic ambient, with a friendly staff.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Right in the heart of Old San Juan, you can take the Trole (for free) or walk throughout Old San Juan.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Don Jorge de la Foto
Business
Washington, DC
Aug 12, 2010

The Best of the Best

Walking distance to all that is Old San Juan, from the museums to food! The staff is wonderful and very glad to help in any way. This is clearly the best hotel in the old city. I have stayed there before and will do so again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Ostra Cosa at the top of the hill on Calle Cristo on the left side. Simply the best lamb chops!

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Out to see the world
Business
Denver, CO
Oct 10, 2010

Superb hospitality, gorgeous property

We were amazed at the hospitality shown us at Hotel El Convento. While the location is perfect, the building is historic, rooms are charming, etc, it was really the small touches that set this hotel apart. The staff was always helpful but unobtrusive. Water was free from the refigerator in the room or from the 3rd floor common area. There was a nice honor bar where you could grab a soda/mix a drink with all the amenities and write what you took. Daily wine and cheese is not to be missed, suprisingly high quality wine and cheese. The pool (while small) and hot tub were open 24/7. In short, it felt like home away from home. The rooms, public spaces, and restaurants were just as picturesque as the photos make them appear. You can walk to an endless array of great restaurants or shopping, adventure tours pick up right nearby, and there were two different beach resorts with partner agreements if you want that experience. We tried both, one had a very Miami/modern feel, great pools, solid beach, in a different but fun part of town. The other had hammocks on the beach and a gorgeous beach with more of a traditional beach resort feel. They can link back to your El Convento account and assign you a "fake" room number so you can eat/drink at these other hotels without worrying about cash or credit cards. In short, we really couldn't have been happier with our stay here and will definitely be coming back.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Two places that stood out, at different ends of the spectrum: La Bombonera (old-school diner, great breakfasts, especially the mallorcas) and Marmalade Cafe (one of the best meals I had in my entire life and I eat out a lot).

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Procopius
Business
Alexandria VA
Mar 23, 2011

Beautiful hotel in historic location

Old San Juan is a can't-miss part of Puerto Rico and El Convento has a prime location in the middle of the historic district. No need to drive! We walked to wonderful restaurants, the fort, musuems, etc. The hotel is beautiful; service is 5-star. An added bonus is the wine and cheese reception on the sundeck; great for meeting other guests and getting ideas on what to do, where to eat.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Don't miss the El Yunque National Forest. Easy drive from San Juan on good roads (about an hour) Take a poncho or umbrella -- it really is a rainforest!

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Mynte
Business
Neew York City
Mar 20, 2011

Excellent choice

El Convento was lovely. It was in a perfect location to see Old San Juan. The room was comfortable and clean, the staff was very friendly, the service fine, the amenities (especialy the manager's wine reception every evening) just the right touch. All in all a charming place to stay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Marmalade is a world class restaurant.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Lima, OH
Nov 10, 2009

Unique and worth the cost!

The room was unbelievable. Marble floors, antique furniture, chandeliers, built-in wooden closets, close to el Morro and in the heart of the ambiance of Old San Juan. It was worth the cost. The staff was quite helpful at recommending places to go, things to see and do. Staff fluent in Spanish and English. I will stay there again when travelling to San Juan. The hot tub and pool on the fourth floor overlook Old San Juan, refreshing at the end of the day. Complimentary wine and cheese reception in the evening, with quality wine and cheese. Great experience.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

close to el Morro fort, Fortalezze street (main shopping area), and other Old San Juan landmarks

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