One of my favourite memories of San Juan was my stay at Hotel El Convento. It is one of the most unique and charming small luxury hotels that I have been to. It is located in the heart of old San Juan, which is an area filled with history and friendly locals.
The hotel is conveniently located 15-20 minutes away from the airport, which makes it super convenient for travellers. Do take note that the streets of old San Juan are very narrow so traffic can vary greatly. I recommend taking Uber as it’s cheap and reliable.
The hotel itself used to be an old convent that has now been transformed into a beautiful Spanish Colonial style hotel. It’s situated next to a little town square and across the street from a historical cathedral. The interiors are beautiful. There is an inner courtyard with seating for people to relax. Each floor opens up to the inner courtyard and makes for amazing views and a slight breeze from the ocean. You can find high ceilings, handcrafted tiles, and amazing colors within the rooms and common areas of the hotel. There is a little courtyard on the 3rd floor with complimentary refreshments and an amazing view of the city – which is amazing service! Not to mention they have happy hour every day with complimentary wine and cheese… who doesn’t love that? This hotel has an old-world charm that is unbeatable!
The rooftop of Hotel El Convento has a view that is to die for! You can see the ocean and the city. If you wake up early enough, you may be able to spot the sun rising from behind the cathedral – a truly amazing sight to see. I thoroughly enjoyed a dip in the pool and the jacuzzi was extremely relaxing. There was some rainfall when I was there but nothing that lasted more than 10 minutes!
I do want to point out that all of the staff at Hotel El Convento were extremely accommodating and friendly. They were great with restaurant recommendations and nearby sightseeing spots. Furthermore, we were able to store our luggage at the hotel while our room was being prepared, which was a big plus.
There are numerous attractions nearby and within walking distance of the hotel. Some of my favorites include San Felipe del Morro Fortress, La Casa Blanca, and Museo de las Americas. Not to mention there are countless restaurants in the area. I wanted to try everything! My favorite was the Stuffed Avocado Shop. They serve some of the best poke bowls that I have ever tried and super generous on the avocado too!
The one thing I found to be inconvenient was the WiFi. It was spotty and slow, definitely could be improved. Otherwise, I had no complaints and will definitely recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to San Juan.
Hotel El Convento