Hotel El Convento
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- Wireless internet connection in public areas
- Refrigerator in room
- Microwave in room
- High-speed internet in room
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel El Convento San Juan
Beautiful, thoughtful, but noisy
This was our 4th visit. They were really kind and upgraded us to the honeymoon suite #301. This is a maginificent two room set-up, very old-world and romantic. However, there can be no romance in this suite because it sits right above the noisiest street in Old San Juan. and there is absolutely no soundproofing on the window. We felt like we were on the street listening to all the drinking, carrousing, car alarms, etc. Make sure you get a room with none of this type of problem! The hotel itself is beautiful and situated precisely in the heart of things. This is good and bad. Good because you are RIGHT THERE, bad because SO ARE THE CRUISE PASSENGERS with their little guidebooks and checklists blocking every intersection, wearing ridiculous outfits. Ok we're snobby but at $400 a night, you can be.
The hotel has no room service, but they offer a very nice honor bar, and a free wine and cheese cocktail hour. There are a few restaurants on the ground floor and many surrounding the hotel. But still, you'd expect something on premises and room service would be very nice.
There is a very small pool and a terrific place to take in the rays on the roof, and a small excercise room, plus lots of public veranda spaces that are very pleasant.
I recommend El convento with a few caveats, because it is very unique and situated perfectly for a few days in t his lovely old city.
Charming Old world feel in great location, some service slips
Wonderfully redone old world hotel in great location. Small rooms and very small bathrooms. However the rooms are comfortable with quality touches. Nice outdoor terraces for breakfast, drinks and sunning in the small pool. The interior courtyard is lively and attractive with several restaurants. Great location with stores, great walks, sights and all of cleaned up Old San Juan right outside your door. The rooms are well sound-proffed and the air conditioning works very well-a plus when the temperature outside soares. Some service glitches but they are friendly and do try.
Great Location. Great Service. Loved the architecture and layout of the hotel. We walked to all the Old San Juan spots. Enjoyed their roof top jacuzzi. Avoid the restaurants on the first and second floors. They actually do not belong to the hotel. They are pricey and not very good.
Got to stay here the last night in Puerto Rico and it was great. The place is right in Old San Juan and close to everything. The room was really nice and we had a view of the ocean where we saw two of the ships take off that night. The people were really nice and gave us lots of good info. The place is pricey but we managed to get it for $150/night off Expedia (then add on their charges for $183) but it was worth it for our honeymoon. We had stayed at the Embassy Suites near the airport the first night and that was a mistake since it's far from everything. We then went on the cruise and one night on the back end and staying in Old San Juan was much better! The bed was comfy, the room really clean and decorated nicely, the bathroom was very clean and the continental breakfast was abundant! Highly recommended!
Architectural Digest was Right On!
We read about this fascinating hotel in Architectural Digest last yearand finally got the opportunity to visit. It was beyond our dreams and surpassed the beauty conveyed in the AD article. The staff was the friendliest and most helpful group we have found in a long time and made the stay that much more pleasant. This place is a gem and we loved it!
We travel frequently, having stayed at some of the world's best hotels on business trips, and the El Convento ranks up there as truly one of the best places my wife and I have stayed...wished we went here instead of cheesy Sandals for our honeymoon. It's located in a great part of Old San Juan, with plenty of upscale stores and a few blocks from a square with free local entertainment. We sat outside, drank some wine, and listened to some live Puerto Rican music. Our room had a very high exposed beam ceiling, with a small balcony overlooking the church, which serenates guests with mass on the weekends. The singing sounds beautiful from the balcony. The room had a marble bath, bed was very comfortable and clean, high quality linens. From 6-7:00, wine, cheese, and fruit is served, all excellent quality. A very nice continental breakfast is also served in the morning, try the local pineapple! It's the best! In all, it was a wonderfull short stay before our cruise left the next day...wish we stayed at the El Convento instead of the cruise!
We loved staying at El Convento. The staff was friendly and professional. The location was great. Be sure to eat at the Baru Restaurant!
The location is absolutely the best in Old San Juan. The hotel is very quaint and the restaurants are charming and do in fact have great dishes. My wife and I were unhappy with the 1st room they gave us. It had no windows and was I believe on the 2nd floor. The 2nd floor doesn't appear to have all but a couple of rooms, so should you remember ask for anything above. We were moved to a much nicer room on the 3rd floor, with a view. It appear that all rooms on the 3rd floor or above do have views. Cheers
Loved the El Convento
We loved the El Convento. It was charming and very friendly. It was walking distance to almost anything we wanted to do in Old San Juan. It had wonderful food and entertainment, a lovey setting. We enjoyed wine and cheese at happy hour and had a very nice breakfast on the veranda (all included) and the best part was the wonderful old catherdral across the street where we enjoyed evening mass and all the history. It was definetly worth the money and the trip. Also the staff was very friendly!
Charming Centrally Located Hotel
We immensely enjoyed the El Convento. Its primary attraction is it's perfect central location in Old San Juan. It is within walking distance of everything: shopping, restaurants, sights, and is situated in a very architecturally charming district of the city. That is not to say that the hotel itself is lacking, to the contrary it was quite beautiful. The rooms are on the small side, but very comfortable, the common areas are full of really quaint sitting areas and places to eat, drink, read, talk, etc. Our room included breakfast and wine and cheese every day, which eased the pain of the 21% tax that gets tacked on the bill - not El Convento's fault. If you're spending time in Old SJ, El Convento is a great place to stay.
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... an Executive for Eastern Airlines. On our tour today we paused outside the home of San Juan's first female mayor. One of the stories our guide told was how she made arrangements with Eastern every year to fly in a planeload of snow at Christmas every year so the children could get a feel for what real snow was like. I could almost imagine Roger helping with that effort. What are the odds that this would be the year I heard that story.
... Heading east we wandered along nearly desserted beaches (yes we were still right in the middle of San Juan - nice!). Had a great adventure crossing a tide filled lagoon and scrabbling over rocks in our determination not to walk along the road side, above. After a gruelling 30 mins or so, we made it back to the beach and decided to cool off with a swim. Bobbing around in the water being another one of my specialities, the baking hot sand ...
... Half way done with the cigar and half way down the beach we ran into the girl putting on a pretty impressive glow stick swinging show. She told use that she was also from New York City, and trippin' balls (as she put it). And she fallowed use for the rest of the walk. She was entertain to say the least. However with the other guys having a very long day drinking, and sun, and I having traveling since 3:30 am, we called it a night.