$145 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Oct 1, 2014 Check-out: Oct 2, 2014

Hotel El Convento

4 stars
100 Calle Cristo, Old San Juan, 00901
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.5
out of 5
142 reviews
amazing hotel, location, stuff...everything

I loved this hotel! I felt like I'm back into 16th century in Europe...so much history, so much... See full review

  • Semova
  • Sep 10, 2014
Best hotel in San Juan!

This hotel is gorgeous! Every floor has something beautiful to look at. The location is perfect for... See full review

  • Pattyandgabe123
  • Aug 31, 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 (142)

Ratings and reviews for Hotel El Convento

Overall score

4.5 / 5
5.01.0
142 out of 142
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
AmyNY
Westchester, NY
Apr 8, 2012

Beautiful, historic hotel in Old San Juan

Gorgeous building, beautiful arch-ways, with an interior courtyard...very romantic. Helpful, friendly staff. Excellent restaurants. Would definitely go back in a heartbeat! Right in the city, you can walk to everything. Take a cab to one of the hotel's sister facilities when you want a day at the beach/larger pool. The rooftop pool is small at El Convento, but great to cool off after a day of sight-seeing. Can't wait to return!!!!!! Would highly recommend!

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

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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.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
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
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

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

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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
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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
lillyrose
East Norwich, New York
Mar 15, 2010

Old world elegance with a friendly face

Intimate yet spacious hotel with old world charm and European feel. Perfect that chilled bottled water (and coffee) was available 24 hours in the library/terrace area. Located right in the heart of historic Old San Juan but a few streets away from the busier restaurant,bar and shopping area. Short and picturesque walk to the ocean and the famous fortified entrance gate to the town from the waterfront. Fabulous tapas bar attached to the hotel and fine restaurants close by. Service was polite, friendly and speedy. Beautiful ancient tree rises up in the central courtyard bringing nature in doors. Many places to sit and enjoy the beautiful building with a cocktail from the well stocked honor bar in the library. Highly recommended.

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

Try the tapas bar adjacent to the hotel. Excellent late night coffee too.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Rocky River, OH
Apr 22, 2009

Fantastic!

From the minute we arrived at the valet parking station to the time we left we were treated with exceptional service. One of the hotel porters, James, happened to be talking to the valet when we arrived and he took our names, introduced himself, took our luggage and provided recommendations for shopping and restaurants. The front desk manager provided us with exceptional rooms that were absolutely beautiful. It was our daughter and son-in-law's first visit to Puerto Rico and she made sure they were given top notch accommodations. The hotel also has a complimentary wine and cheese party each evening. The wines were wonderful and the cheese assortment was delicious and beautifully displayed. My husband and I have stayed at the El Convento 4 times and we have loved each experience. We always recommend the hotel to any of our friends or family traveling to the island. It is right in the heart of Old San Juan and within walking distance to great shops, attractions and fabulous restaurants.

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

On Calle Forteleza there is a shop with authentic Puerto Rican items. Wonderful store with helpful staff and items made in Puerto Rico, not China.

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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
Isaac Falconer
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
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
L&K from NYC
NYC
Jul 27, 2009

Fantastic Hotel in Old San Juan

Elegant hotel within walking distance of everything in Old San Juan. Great service without being stuffy. Quiet rooms. Romantic too as we saw 3 weddings in our 5 day stay! We really enjoyed the wine and cheese reception every night at 6 and our beach privileges at La Concha, a modern resort in Condado.

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

Resort privilege at La Concha in Condado.

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