Defying the often limited amenities of a boutique hotel, the AAA Four Diamond Hotel El Convento, located in the heart of Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan, delivers a resort experience in a picture-perfect setting that’s big on charm.
Located directly across The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, this masterpiece of Spanish Colonial architecture and design is the only “Small Luxury Hotel” in Puerto Rico and the oldest member of Historic Hotels of America. As storied as the island itself, El Convento is a 17th century Carmelite convent-turned-luxury hotel, once owned by Robert Frederic Woolworth – heir to the Woolworth fortune.
A tranquil, European-style alternative to the glitzy hotels lining the Condado and Isla Verde strips, the hotel offers 58 guest rooms and suites individually decorated with Andalusian tile floors, mahogany beams and hacienda style furniture. Each of the rooms has a view of Old San Juan or the bay. Three distinct restaurants feature the gourmet ambiance of Patio del Nispero to the hip, young vibe of Pizza E Birra and an authentic tapas menu at El Picoteo. For group business there are six meeting rooms totaling 6,200 sf.
A plunging pool on the roof is not the only source of reprieve from the Caribbean sun. A 300- year-old Nispero fruit tree was brought from Spain to cast shadow over the courtyard framed by tiered balconies and arched corridors. Hotel El Convento also offers pool privileges at La Concha and Isla Verde Beach Resort, two of its sister properties.