Arrived at El Convento on Feb. 16 for 3 nights after a long drive from Rincon. The hotel is excellent. The front desk staff were great, the room was fabulous with every little thing done right: goose down (not feather) pillows, Turkish towels and bathrobes, turn down service, Aveda shower/shampoo/soap, chocolates on pillows in evening, etc. The wine and cheese reception is fantastic - four different reds, four different whites, plus a very good selection of cheeses (bries, manchego, soft goat, bleu, port salut, etc.). The common areas are meticulously cared for. We used both the sister beaches (La Concha and Courtyard); I would skip the Courtyard - a $20 cab ride gets you to a musty Marriott with a pretty good beach right behind the airport. La Concha is much better - the facility itself is stylish and well cared for with a leisurely but chic atmosphere and although the beach is smaller, we liked it better. The only thing we really could complain about (and it did matter to us) is that El Convento's food is a disappointment. The Tapas place is expensive and the food is sad: sliced olives from a jar, 'chorizo' sausages that were cold and crappy. The Nispero patio for breakfast was also disappointing. Our eggs were room temperature at best (both orders), and we each got about 5 little potato home fries. The service is very good and it's clear that they're trying hard, but the quality in the food department needs help at El Convento. I don't write this to complain too much - our stay at El Convento was absolutely fantastic and we really, really loved it. I would recommend this hotel very highly and I would stay there again. It really was fantastic in virtually every respect. I just wouldn't recommend the food there. Instead, try St. Germain at 156 Calle del Sol - just a 5 min walk from El Convento. That place was fantastic - local, fresh food with a lot of variety and close attention to detail, and surprisingly affordable. St. Germain was the best restaurant we found.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- El Convento San Juan