Hotel El Convento

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Neighborhood: Heart of Old San Juan, PR

Virtuoso Amenities for your stay  

For 2020:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast for two guests per bedroom, served in restaurant
  • $100 USD Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Welcome cheese platter
  • Early check-in/late check-out (subject to availability)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

VIBE: Sophisticated
City Life Landmarks Local Immersion

Hotel El Convento

Neighborhood: Heart of Old San Juan, PR
100 Cristo Street
Old San Juan, 00901
Puerto Rico
Nearest Airport:
Luis Munoz Marin Intl (SJU)
7 mi / 11 km

Hotel Features

At the Hotel


  • 24-hour Security
  • Air Conditioning
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Business Center
  • Conference Facilities
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Multi-lingual Staff
  • Restaurant
  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Babysitting Services
  • Concierge Desk
  • House Safe
  • Laundry/Dry Cleaning/Pressing
  • Room Service
  • Turndown Service
  • Wakeup Calls
  • Wedding Services

  • Fitness Center
  • Jacuzzi/Whirlpool
  • Pool

In Your Room
  • Complimentary Coffee/Tea
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board

About Us

Located in the heart of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, El Convento, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, has set new standards of luxury, comfort and service while preserving the unique character and mystique of the hotel.

A former Carmelite convent built three and a half centuries ago, El Convento has gone through many incarnations before a complete refurbishment carefully restored this historic hotel with special attention paid to the preservation of the original structure. No expense or imagination has been spared in giving El Convento a fine blend of originality and classic quality.

The well-appointed guest rooms at El Convento reveal their distinctive character and convey the spirit of the Old World with handcrafted furniture, mahogany beams, Andalusian tiles, elegant marble bathrooms, and vistas of Old San Juan and its bay. Designed for comfort, each features amenities for the discerning traveler: individually controlled air-conditioning, remote-control TV and VCR, and a full stereo entertainment system, a refrigerator filled with chilled water, two-line telephones with data ports, complimentary high speed Internet access, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, room safe, and bathrobe and slippers.

The Garden Terrace, overlooking the Plaza de las Monjas and historic San Juan Cathedral, offers a serene atmosphere with which to enjoy late afternoon cocktails and hors d'oeurvres. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available on the Garden Terrace. When quiet contemplation is in order, visit the Library, directly off the Garden Terrace and revel in a favorite book or magazine.

Dining facilities include Patio del Nispero for Alfresco dining; El Picoteo, rated as one of Old San Juan's finest dining experiences; and Cafe Bohemio, a hip, upscale Cafe succeeds by marrying an an innovative menu, fabulous homemade desserts, live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings to an engaging atmosphere.

Luxuriate under the warm tropical sun, enjoy the beautiful sunsets over San Juan Bay, take a dip in the plunge pool or soothe tired feet in the Jacuzzi on the flower-bedecked rooftop Pool Terrace, with its spectacular panoramic views of Old San Juan.Guests can work out at the hotel's Fitness Center, complete with treadmill, stair-climber, and free weights. For the ultimate in relaxation, experience a soothing massage.

Guests who want a beach experience can take advantage of the El Convento Beach Club and enjoy a day of sand and surf on the most beautiful beach in San Juan, Isla Verde beach. The hotel will be happy to provide guests with an "Introduction Card" to the Isla Verde Beach Resort, where they will have all beach and pool privileges for the day.

Best of the Best

Hotel El Convento was created from a Carmelite convent built 360 years ago. Today, it enjoys an acclaimed reputation as San Juan's grande dame hotel, offering every conceivable amenity to lucky guests. The cruise ship piers of Old San Juan are just steps away, as are the district's museums, landmarks, nightlife and restaurants. Nature lovers, note: It's just 25 miles to El Yunque Rain Forest. Inside, the handcrafted furniture, mahogany beams and Andalusian-tile floors in the 58 guestrooms showcase the hotel's Spanish colonial architecture. Activities abound, from the plunge pool and Jacuzzi to the private beach club.

Hotel Tip

Set aside time to visit Patio del Nispero Restaurant & Alegría Patio Bar located in the interior courtyard. Enjoy great tapas and the best mojitos in town.


Information not provided


100 Cristo Street
Old San Juan, 00901
Puerto Rico
Heart of Old San Juan, PR
Nearest Airport
Luis Munoz Marin Intl (SJU), 7 Miles / 11 Kilometers

Guest Rooms & Suites

Queen Deluxe

Queen Deluxe

Upgrade: Queen Vista

  • Non-Smoking

Double Deluxe

Double Deluxe

Upgrade: Double Vista

  • Non-Smoking

Queen Vista

Queen Vista

Upgrade: Suite

  • Non-Smoking

One Bedroom Suite

One Bedroom Suite

Upgrade: Signature Suite

  • Non-Smoking
Total 4 Records

Facts & Policies

City Life, Landmarks, Local Immersion
Vibe Sophisticated
Room Style Classic
Number of Rooms 58
Check-In Time 3:00 PM
Check-Out Time 12:00 PM
Early Arrivals & Late Departures

Upon request, subject to availability.

Guaranteed Reservations & Deposits

First night room rate, tax and tariff is charged at the moment the reservation is made.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and or modifications must be done 72 hours prior to the arrival date before 3:00 pm local time to avoid penalties. Cancellations received after this period will be charged the first night deposit.

Accepted Forms of Payment

All major credit cards, travelers checks and cash.

Terms & Conditions

Resort/facility fee applies. Please contact property for further information.

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Virtuoso Amenities for your stay  

For 2020:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast for two guests per bedroom, served in restaurant
  • $100 USD Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Welcome cheese platter
  • Early check-in/late check-out (subject to availability)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi


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Great place in old San Juan

By: DLinBham

Reviewed on: 04 Jul 2014

Great place to get the flavor of old San Juan. Beautiful, charming surroundings, service was excellent, restaurants were very good. Love staying in a place with this much personality and history.
Travel Advisor:  Kimberly Kiel

Great Location

By: 0526grammy

Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2015

The dining area gets besieged with bats in the evening and there is a lot of bat guano on the walls...this was very grotesque so we dined elsewhere in the city. The room was elegant and clean. Staff was very courteous and helpful. The accounting department was in error with our bill upon check out. Hopefully our credit will appear on our statement next month.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod

El Convento. San Juan

By: Dave

Reviewed on: 10 Apr 2017

Excellent. A beautiful hotel, if a bit expensive. Great location, and excellent service
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Warwick

Hotel El Convento, San Juan Puerto

By: Jim

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2017

This is an exceptional hotel located in the heart of Old San Juan. In the 1960's, while in the US Army, I lived just a few blocks from this building while it was being renovated. Our travel agent recommended the hotel, and my wife and I were not disappointed. The employees were accommodating and helpful. From the hotel, you can walk to all the historic venues in Old San Juan, and in the evening you can walk to several restaurants just a few blocks away. The hotel does offer breakfast but not dinner. Each afternoon we were there, the hotel offered a wine and cheese hour. The hotel has a unique history and is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and the building was a convent in the Spanish era of Puerto Rico. The rooms are comfortable, albeit slightly small, and the furniture is mostly antique. You can get rooms that have a view of San Juan Bay and are located around a courtyard. We will stay there again.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Ward

Great Hotel

By: Dave

Reviewed on: 04 May 2018

Lovely place to visit, very charming. Wish we had more time at this hotel. We will be going back to explore the area and will stay again at El Convento.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Prosser

Hotel El Convento

By: Shay

Reviewed on: 09 May 2019

The hotel is a rebuilt very old convent. The architecture is wonderful as was the hotel. Our room was unbelievable in size and appointments. Our bathroom was as large as most bedrooms, complete with a soaking tub, separate shower, double labs and even a bidet in the water closet. Meals were wonderful and well prepared and served. Evening wine and cheese were nice. The hotel sits in the old part of San Juan and is perfect for walking narrow streets and waterfront paths.
Travel Advisor:  Alicia Doak