Check-in smooth, we had room 517, semi-view of bay and of blah building across street. The room is small, 2 twin beds and squeezed in a cot for 4 year old daughter. Bathroom was small - and doorknob fell off the door to the bathroom! But staff was able to get the door open and we were careful with that knob the rest of the stay. Room was quiet, nice to hear frogs at night. Airconditioning works best if the glass door is closed between bedroom and entryway/closet (actual front door leaks air in/out). The lush tropical courtyard is beautiful (and at night we hear the coqui frogs and see bats flying around the trees). We visited in late July and it was hot and humid, wished more of the common areas were air conditioned but it is a beautiful old hotel. Ate breakfast at courtyard restaurant on first floor (decent), and lunch at El Picoteo tapas restaurant on second floor (food was delicious but pricey, especially the sangria pitcher!). The wine hour at 6p every afternoon was GREAT as well as the plunge pool. Many of the good restaurants in San Juan are near the cruise ship dock and not in walking distance of this hotel. Only 1 restaurant that we really liked (st germain bistro - we loved the lunch that we had on friday, but brunch on sunday was soso). We also tried Barrachina (mediocre at best), Ostra Cosa was fun to sit outside in courtyard kinda like someone's backyard and fish ceviche was awesome but rest of meal was not memorable. El Morro fort (walking distance) is highlight of our stay in san juan
- Also Known As:
- El Convento San Juan
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- 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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