Andi’s Pick: Hotel El Convento

September 3, 2012

Hotel El Convento: San Juan, Puerto Rico

First Impression

Wish you could time travel?  Well, you can by staying at Hotel El Convento, a luxury property that celebrates the timelessness of Old World glamour.  Once a Carmelite convent in 1646, this Puerto Rican landmark from the Conquistador Age was carefully restored and converted into a stylish boutique hotel.  Its Spanish Colonial architecture and design will charm you before you even enter enter the lobby.

Hotel El Convento


Nestled in the very heart of Old San Juan, Hotel El Convento is within a short walking distance to all of the main historical attractions and city harbor.  Adjacent to the property is the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, which is the second oldest cathedral in the Americas, dating back to 1521.

Hotel El Convento

The Room

The rooms are filled with Andalusian tiles and decoration, handcrafted furniture, and mahogany ceiling beams creating an atmosphere of grandeur.  Hotel El Convento offers the most sophisticated accommodations in all of Old San Juan.

Hotel El Convento

The Bathroom

The simple ensuite marble bathroom is the perfect compliment to the elegant room.  Inside you will find plus robes and slippers for added comfort.

Hotel El Convento

The Extras

The spacious rooms in the award-winning hotel are brimming with lovely details.  Everywhere you look you will be delighted with beauty!

Hotel El Convento

Hotel El Convento

Why It Is Andi’s Pick

You could spend an entire day wandering around the hotel’s grounds — from the perfectly landscaped interior courtyard to the wrought-iron door frames that greet you upon arrival to the rooftop plunge pool that affords a stunning view of the sea.  If you leave the grounds to explore the city, make sure to return in the evening for the free wine and cheese hour that is offered daily.

Hotel El Convento

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This hotel has been carefully selected and is highly recommended by Andi Perullo de Ledesma, the Editor-in-Chief and Creator of My Beautiful Adventures. She travels the world in search of the best in luxury accommodation. If your hotel would like to be reviewed for consideration of being added into the elite collection of "picks," please contact Andi at:

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76 thoughts on “Andi’s Pick: Hotel El Convento

  1. Michelle

    My husband and I went to Puerto Rico 2 times within a few months a couple years ago. He loved it there and wants to go back.. I would like to go somewhere different, but these BEAUTIFUL photos make me want to try this hotel and we stay at the Ritz Carlton both times. Lovely post 🙂

    1. Andi Perullo

      We were thinking about the Ritz! Maybe we’ll try it next time. I HIGHLY recommend at least one night at El Convento!!! That’s so awesome that you guys loved PR too. There is something SO special about that island.

  2. Charu

    Absolutely love it! The facade reminds me of the elegant cathedrals in Macau, especially St. Dominic’s Church, the Filipino style yellow and white structure near the Ruins of St. Paul. It’s especially marvelous to see worldwide influences on hotels…now my curiosity to visit PR is especially piqued!

  3. Lesley Peterson

    I love the hotel’s dark wood furnishings, ceiling beams, shutters and other gorgeous architectural details. So atmospheric! And your first photo makes San Juan look an absolute garden.

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