We booked a Historical tour package for El Convento that included a walking historical tour of OSJ, 3 nights in a Queen Vista room (room 514) with a bay view. Our room was on the smaller side, and I swear the bed was not a queen size! It seemed tiny! But the room was well-appointed with nice linens, outfitted with a large flat screen, and included a nice seating area. I enjoyed opening the large windows and watching outside. The entire property was open and airy, but what was remarkable was the service. The front desk acted as a concierge for us, and booked us a Biobay tour when there was none available. They emailed me confirmations, left me voicemails, and made sure I had directions on where to go for the tour. Annette was particularly helpful with this! All of the staff was really helpful with restaurant recommendations, walking maps, etc.
The walking tour with David was packed full of information. The history was cool, but the hubs and I got a little tired in the heat and with all of the details. David was pretty enthusiastic, so we hung in there. I might skip this next time as we are not big history buffs.
We enjoyed the wine & cheese hour, the views from the balconies, and the onsite bar. We did breakfast one morning and while it was good, it was overpriced and there was some construction going on at the time so it was pretty noisy.
The price was a little more than we would have liked, but we didn't need a car during that time, we had wonderful accommodations, and loved the walking proximity to most of the things we wanted to do locally (i.e. forts, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife). Overall, we felt it was worth it.
- 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