Hotel El Convento - San Juan

100 Cristo Street, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00901  show map
 4 stars
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Hotel El Convento - San Juan

 Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi in rooms

 Parking

Paid parking

 24-Hour

24-hour reception

 Check-in/Check-out

Express check-in/-out

 Swimming Pool

Outdoor swimming pool

 Fitness/Gym

Fitness center

 Spa and relaxation

Massage

Jacuzzi

 Breakfast

In-room breakfast

Editorial review:

Hotel El Convento is now a gorgeous hotel with an incredible atmosphere. It's within walk distance of restaurants and shops. The rooms are comfortable and have high ceilings, there's champagne sangria served in the courtyard, and a Jacuzzi up on the roof with views of the city. Marriages have been performed in the on-site original chapel. The food in the restaurant has been criticized, though.

Overview

The hotel is located in the very heart of Old San Juan, El Convento, and is a member of Historic Hotels of America and Small Luxury Hotel's of the World. Moreover, the hotel is considered to have set new standards of luxury, comfort and service.

El Convento, a former Carmelite convent that was built 300 years ago, was fully redone with an attention to the original structure. Each of 58 rooms and suites features the golden age of Spain while on the other hand, guests' demands are also fulfilled: multi-line telephones and modern bathrooms as well as an entertainment system.

In addition, the hotel has a good fitness center and a small library with a computer. Besides, various beverages as bottled water or coffee are available free of charge.

Dining is a constant joy at El Convento. From the casual patio restaurant to the regal splendor of the Jose Campeche ballroom you will enjoy a true culinary delight.

All rates are to nine percent government tax to be applied to the sum of the room rate plus 12 percent service charge, not included in the rate.

Year renovated   2008.  Number of rooms   58.

Rooms

There are the following rooms available: standard rooms - bed queen-size, deluxe rooms - bed queen-size or double beds, superior rooms - queen-size bed or two twin beds.
Every room has a nice semi-firm bed and pillows, marble bath, hot shower, frig, safe, iron, lots of hooks, free high speed internet, dimming floor lamps and lots of drawers and hangers.

The room decor is really authentic Puerto Rico style with a small lovely terrace.

From the art on the walls (black and white photographs), to the alarm clock/CD player (Bose), and the brand new flat screen TVs, the hotel has gone that extra step to justify it's expensive price.

Non-smoking rooms as well as rooms with facilities for disabled people are also available.

Besides, there is also a babysitting service offered to make your stay more comfortable.

Dining options

The breakfast on the patio is excellent with a nice choice of food available (it is seriously an Americanized breakfast at New York prices) and then later in the day the same area provides a lovely bar.

Excelsior Bistro is a Mediterranean restaurant with a special taste for fish and seafood with a wide selection of pasta, risotto, meat, seafood and fish.

A famous 300 year old nispero fruit tree is located near the Patio del Nispero that is on the ground floor of the stately open air courtyard in the hotel and is open to public for breakfast and lunch daily.

This popular hangout Cafe Bohemio is really lively at night and a bit more relaxed during lunchtime. You are offered the best local Puerto Rican fare. This Cafe is believed to have created a whole new world of cuisine with hot Nuevo Latino flavors. Every dish includes delicious appetizers.

The food at El Picoteo is rather inventive, service never misses a thing, and the wine list is magnificent and besides, the atmosphere is all about food and mood. Hot or cold, tapas will definitely warm you up for mas tapas de picote.

Il Perugino serves you up the finest in the Italian fare. It is open from 6.30pm to 11pm.

A full breakfast is served and charges are applicable. 

Services

The hotel is suitable for people traveling on business as it includes a business centre with well-equipped rooms that are ideal to hold conventions, banquets for conferences, events or conventions.

Leisure

The guests are proposed to sip a glass of wine or something else while relaxing by the pool and enjoying really amazing views from the hotel terrace.

A good fitness center, a spa and wellness salon and a small library with a computer are also available.

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Facilities

General

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Paid parking
  • Express check-in/-out
  • 24-hour reception
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Safe deposit box
  • Multilingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Lobby
  • Sundry/Convenience store
  • Souvenir shop
  • ATM/Cash machine
  • Barber shop
  • Luggage storage
  • Exterior corridors
  • Elevator
  • Rooms/Facilities for disabled

Guest Parking

  • private hotel parking is possible on site and the rate is USD 20 per day.

Services

  • Paid valet parking
  • Room service
  • Bell staff/Porter
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Wedding services
  • Newspaper service
  • Tours/Ticket assistance
  • Wake up service

Dining facilities

  • Paid breakfast
  • In-room breakfast
  • A la carte restaurant
  • Snack bar
  • Coffee/Tea in lobby

Meeting facilities

  • Business center
  • Meeting room
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying

Children's facilities

  • Cribs/Baby cots
  • Babysitting/Child services

Leisure facilities

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach towels
  • Fitness center
  • Jacuzzi
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Garden area
  • Library

Room view

  • Sea view
  • Garden view
  • City view
  • Bay view

Room facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms
  • Individual air conditioning
  • Paid in-room safe
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Bottled water
  • Turndown service
  • Connecting rooms
  • Sitting area
  • Terrace
  • Chaise lounges
  • Ironing facilities
  • In-room desk
  • Mirror
  • Fan/Extractor

Bathroom

  • Bathtub
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Bathroom telephone

Kitchen facilities

  • Refrigerator

Media

  • Paid movies/Video
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable/Satellite television
  • Direct dial telephone
  • CD player
  • AM/FM alarm clock

Policies

Check-In

  • from  3 pm

Check-Out

  • until  12 pm

Children and extra beds

  • All children under the age of 12 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • Older children/adults may stay at the price of USD 35 per person per night in an extra bed. 
  • One child under the age of 2 may stay for free in a crib. 
  • Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 1. 

Pets

  • Pets are not allowed.

How to reach hotel

hotel Hotel El Convento - San Juan San Juan location
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Hotel Address:

100 Cristo Street, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00901

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City Center
  • San Juan
    4600 ft
Airports
Train Stations
  • Sagrado Corazon Station
    4.4 mi
  • 400 ft
Restaurants
  • Rosa de Triana
    100 ft
  • Ostra Cosa (cuisine: Puerto Rican)
    100 ft
Parks
  • Parque de las Palomas
    1100 ft
Beaches
  • Playa Monte Santo
    3300 ft
Hotel information
  • Check-In:
    from  3 pm
  • Check-Out:
    until  12 pm
  • Year renovated:
    2008
  • Number of rooms:
    58

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Rooms and availability

There are the following rooms available: standard rooms - bed queen-size, deluxe rooms - bed queen-size or double beds, superior rooms - queen-size bed or two twin beds.
Every room has a nice semi-firm bed and pillows, marble bath, hot shower, frig, safe, iron, lots of hooks, free high speed internet, dimming floor lamps and lots of drawers and hangers.

The room decor is really authentic Puerto Rico style with a small lovely terrace.

From the art on the walls (black and white photographs), to the alarm clock/CD player (Bose), and the brand new flat screen TVs, the hotel has gone that extra step to justify it's expensive price.

Non-smoking rooms as well as rooms with facilities for disabled people are also available.

Besides, there is also a babysitting service offered to make your stay more comfortable.

Hotel El Convento Superior Room SuperiorHotel El Convento Superior Room Superior
Superior Room
Bed type: Queen or Twin beds or Twin beds or Double Bed
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  • Air conditioning
  • Private bathroom
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Luxurious accommodations with a nice bedroom, beautiful Spanish furniture and Louver Doors that open to a veranda.

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    Hotel El Convento Deluxe Room DeluxeHotel El Convento Deluxe Room Deluxe
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    Bed type: Queen Size bed or Double beds or 2 Single beds
    Size: 260 sq. feet
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    • Private bathroom
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    Luxurious accommodations with a nice bedroom, high ceilings with Mahogany beams, beautiful Spanish Furniture and Louver Doors that open to a veranda partially overlooking the Historic City.

    Room facilities
      Hotel El Convento Vista Room VistaHotel El Convento Vista Room Vista
      Vista Room
      Bed type: Queen Size bed or Double Bed or Twin beds
      Size: 295 sq. feet
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      • Air conditioning
      • Private bathroom
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      Luxurious accommodations with a nice bedroom, Mahogany Beams, spacious interiors, beautiful Spanish furniture, and Louver Doors that open to a veranda with a full view of the San Juan Bay, the San Juan Cathedral or a bustling town square.

      Room facilities
        Hotel El Convento One Bedroom Suite Vista Room
        One Bedroom Suite
        Bed type: 1 Queen or 2 Double beds or Queen Size bed
        Size: 295 sq. feet
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        • Private bathroom
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        Luxurious accommodations with a parlor and separate bedroom, including a beautiful Spanish furniture and Louver Doors.

        Room facilities
          Hotel El Convento Pablo Casals SuiteHotel El Convento Pablo Casals Suite
          Pablo Casals Suite
          Bed type: 1 Queen or 2 Double beds or Queen Size bed
          Size: 295 sq. feet
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          • Private bathroom
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          Luxurious One Bedroom Suite with a King size bed in the master room and a full sofa bed in the parlor, Spanish louver doors that open to a veranda overlooking the Cathedral, antique marble floors, and beautiful decorations. Perfect for honeymooners!

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            Hotel El Convento Gloria Vanderbilt SuiteHotel El Convento Gloria Vanderbilt Suite
            Gloria Vanderbilt Suite
            Bed type: 1 Queen or 2 Double beds or Queen Size bed
            Size: 295 sq. feet
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            • Private bathroom
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            Luxurious Master Suite with King Size bed in the Bedroom, Living and Dining rooms with exquisite decoration, magnificent marble bathroom with jacuzzi, trompe l'oiel walls, and two sets of Spanish louver doors that open to a veranda overlooking the "Plaza de las Monjas" and the Historic City.

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              How to reach hotel

              hotel Hotel El Convento - San Juan San Juan location
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              Hotel Address:

              100 Cristo Street, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00901

              Get directions
              City Center
              • San Juan
                4600 ft
              Airports
              Train Stations
              • Sagrado Corazon Station
                4.4 mi
              • 400 ft
              Restaurants
              • Rosa de Triana
                100 ft
              • Ostra Cosa (cuisine: Puerto Rican)
                100 ft
              Parks
              • Parque de las Palomas
                1100 ft
              Beaches
              • Playa Monte Santo
                3300 ft
              Hotel information
              • Check-In:
                from  3 pm
              • Check-Out:
                until  12 pm
              • Year renovated:
                2008
              • Number of rooms:
                58

              Hotel Awards

              Puerto RicanHOTEL AWARDSHighly RecommendedSan JuanHotel El Convento

              According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as
              Best Spa Hotels in Puerto Rico

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              Hotel El Convento Location

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              What's nearby

              What's nearby.

              The location is rather convenient to explore the old town and it is also close to the dock. The hotel is in a small walk to pier, in Old San Juan and shopping, great restaurants and moreover, forts are also near.

              You are assisted with arranging tours to El Yunque Rain forest, the Phosphorescent bays, etc.

              Tourist attractions

              • Bacardi Rum Distillery - 1.7 mi

              Popular areas

              Places of interest

              • San José Church - 400 ft
              • Casa Blanca - 700 ft
              • Fort San Felipe del Morro - 2700 ft
              • Escambrón Beach - 3300 ft
              • San Cristobal Castle - 3300 ft
              • El Canuelo - 1.2 mi
              • Former San Juan Navy base - 1.4 mi
              • Bacardi Head Quarters - 1.5 mi
              • Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport - 1.6 mi
              • San Jerónimo del Boquerón Fort - 2.2 mi
              • Condado Lagoon - 2.4 mi

              Monuments and Landmarks

              • Ponce de Leon Statue - 400 ft
              • La Rogativa Statue - 400 ft
              • Ashford Avenue - 2.9 mi

              Historical sites

              • La Fortaleza - 700 ft
              • El Morro - 3000 ft

              Museums

              • Antiguo Mercado, Viejo San Juan - 700 ft
              • Museum of the Americas - 700 ft
              • Museum of San Juan - 700 ft
              • National Guard Museum - 1.1 mi
              • Contemporary Art Museum - 3.0 mi

              Parks

              • Tercer Milenio Park - 3700 ft
              • Munoz Rivera Park - 1.8 mi

              Cruises

              Marina

              Local Attractions

              • Alcaldia (City Hall) - 1.2 mi
                Calle San Francisco, San Juan
              • Munoz Rivera Park - 1.7 mi
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              • Museo de Vida Silvestre - 3.0 mi
                1075 Marginal Ave. Kennedy, San Juan
              • Sixto Escobar Park - 1.4 mi
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              • Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music - 2.6 mi
                951 Ave Ponce de Leon, San Juan

              Near the hotel

              • Felisa Rincon de Gautier Museum - 200 ft
                Caleta de 51, San Juan
              • Chapel of Christ the Savior (Capilla de Cristo) - 400 ft
                Calle del Cristo, San Juan
              • La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina - 700 ft
                Calle Fortaleza, San Juan
              • Roots Fountain - 1000 ft
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              • San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan) - 400 ft
                153 Calle Cristo, San Juan
              • El Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan) - 1800 ft
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              • Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico - 800 ft
                155 Tetuan Street, San Juan

              Restaurants Nearby

              • Rosa de Triana - 100 ft

                Address: #72 Caleta de San Juan
                Phone: 787.722.1144

                86% likes this, based on 187 reviews
                Price Range: USD 6 - USD 9

              • Rosa de Triana - 100 ft

                Address: Calle Caleta de San Juan 11

                65% likes this, based on 17 reviews
                Cuisine: Spanish

              • AireNumo - 200 ft

                Address: Calle Luna-Tanca 102

                74% likes this, based on 111 reviews
                Cuisine: Latin

              • Ostra Cosa - 100 ft

                Address: 154 Calle Cristo
                Phone: 787.722.2672

                70% likes this, based on 49 reviews
                Cuisine: Puerto Rican

              • Bistro Latino - 100 ft

                Address: #154 Cristo Street

                74% likes this, based on 31 reviews
                Cuisine: Latin

              Getting there.

              The location is the best in town, just twenty minutes from the airport and only five minutes from the cruise ships piers. Shopping malls, great restaurants, forts are within walking distance, the hotel will even assist you in arranging tours to El Yunque Rain forest, the Phosphorescent bays, etc.

              Getting around.

              The hotel is about twenty minutes from the airport.

              The hotel also offers car rental and a field for guests to park cars in.

              Hotel information
              • Check-In:
                from  3 pm
              • Check-Out:
                until  12 pm
              • Year renovated:
                2008
              • Number of rooms:
                58

              Hotel Awards

              Puerto RicanHOTEL AWARDSHighly RecommendedSan JuanHotel El Convento

              According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as
              Best Spa Hotels in Puerto Rico

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              Hotel El Convento Reviews

              Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Hotel El Convento

              Average guest rating

              8.2out of 10
              Excellent
              Based on 48 reviews

              Rating by category:

              Service
              9.0
              Value
              8.0
              Rooms
              8.0

              Individual guest reviews

              • Older travelers
                9.2

                This hotel was central in the Old Town and it was easy to walk to anything.

                It was a wee expensive when you added on the taxes. Taxes are crazy. On a 200 room the taxes were practically one third of that.

              • Older travelers
                10.0

                Our objective was to explore as much of Old San Juan as we could over a 24 hour period. El Convento was perfectly located right in the middle of everything, which kept all of the sights, restaurants, etc. that we wanted to visit within walking distance.

              • Couple
                8.8

                - The Hotel is so unique and dramatic looking - The rooms offer an outstanding climate control system that seals out humidity. Wonderful!!

                We stayed during the courtyard renovation and it was disruptive, but we wouldn't stay anywhere else in Old San Juan.

              • Group of friends
                10.0

                This hotel is a fantastic experience. The location is Old San Juan is unbeatable. The staff is always ready to help - with arrangements, any special needs, whatever. The rooms are comfortable and immaculate with chocolates on the pillow at turn-down time and classical music on the Bose radio. Great Puerto Rican coffee freshly brewed 24 hours a day for enjoyment on the veranda; complimentary wine and cheese every evening. Good restaurants - a great plus if you're tired after a day of historical sightseeing and shopping. I can't recommend this hotel highly enough!

              • Family with children
                10.0

                Location in San Juan and charm of 360 year old convent converted to a hotel. Also front desk service and porters were excellent. We stayed two nights: on the 12th and also on the 18th of September on route to Dominica.

                The food was really poorly prepared and served - not nearly up to the standard of the rest of the hotel.

              • Single
                9.0

                The waitress in the cafe where we ate lunch. The wine hour

                The front desk recommendation as to place for dinner. Also, being elderly and using a cane I would have appreciated bellhop service. None was provided either arriving or leaving.

              • Older travelers
                9.6

                The reception and accomodations both for the room and helpfullness of the staff

                Our room was too dark. (room # 103. I suggest covering the clear glass window panes with stick on frosting or spray frosting so that the louvered doors can remain open. If a view is desired simply open the outer doors.

              • Group of friends
                10.0

                The Hotel El Convento is a mystical, magical facility transporting you back to a different era. There is no where else quite like it.

              • Older travelers
                7.4

                El Convento is Puerto Rico.....full of charm, history and made for romance!

                The food is not so good at the hotel....I Ordered a vegetable plate and it was mostly garlic...? But Old San Juan has fabulous restaurants.....so you won't be hungry.

              • Older travelers
                9.2

                It is a lovely hotel with a great location for visiting the many interesting attractions in Old San Juan and accessing many good restaurants on foot. The manager's nightly wine and cheese hour was a delight! It is an attractive hotel with a helpful and friendly staff. TOur room was comfortable and clean.

              • Group of friends
                9.6

                I thought this was an elegant hotel in a terrific location. The evening wine and cheese reception was super. The room couldn't have been better appointed and was extremely comfortable. I would go back, indeed, I hope to go back. Caribbean Eggs Benedict (breakfast menu) is the best ever!

                A little pricey!

              • Couple
                8.8

                Our room was beautiful. There were many conveniences -- it was truly a luxury experience. We loved the 24 hour pool and outdoor jacuzzi access, and the wine hour in the evening was a nice touch.

                My husband woke up with some bites that look like bedbug bites (three right in a line, and two in a line in another spot) which left us concerned.

              • Single
                9.6

                The history, the comfort, the service, the charm

              • Older travelers
                8.8

                Beautiful hotel in a great location in Old San Juan. Quiet. Nice wine and cheese hour. Only had one night but it was wonderful

              • Group of friends
                9.2

                Historic design, beautiful bed linens and towels, location on a quiet park.

                Check in people were charming, attractive, and helpful and also acted as concierges...but not quite as knowledgable as they could have been ... and sent me out to dinner to a restaurant that was closed, and recommended guides who were b level. Since there is quite a hefty "hotel tariff" added to the room bill each day, one expects top flight service of them, - though the hotel is excellent in every other way.

              How to reach hotel

              hotel Hotel El Convento - San Juan San Juan location
              Show big map »

              Hotel Address:

              100 Cristo Street, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00901

              Get directions
              City Center
              • San Juan
                4600 ft
              Airports
              Train Stations
              • Sagrado Corazon Station
                4.4 mi
              • 400 ft
              Restaurants
              • Rosa de Triana
                100 ft
              • Ostra Cosa (cuisine: Puerto Rican)
                100 ft
              Parks
              • Parque de las Palomas
                1100 ft
              Beaches
              • Playa Monte Santo
                3300 ft
              Hotel information
              • Check-In:
                from  3 pm
              • Check-Out:
                until  12 pm
              • Year renovated:
                2008
              • Number of rooms:
                58

              Hotel Awards

              Puerto RicanHOTEL AWARDSHighly RecommendedSan JuanHotel El Convento

              According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as
              Best Spa Hotels in Puerto Rico

              Use Badge

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