Imagine a destination as grand and storied as the “Isle of Enchantment” itself, nestled just steps away from historic landmarks and nightlife. Old world charm and elegance meet contemporary comfort and luxury at Hotel El Convento.
Built in 1646, it was the first Small Luxury Hotel of the World member in Puerto Rico and is the oldest member of the Historic Hotels of America. As our guest, you will enjoy a range of comforts and amenities, including access to our Beach Club, fitness center, and pool.
When you arrive at our beautiful luxury Old San Juan hotel in the heart of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, you will be warmly welcomed by our team of hotel professionals.
With decades of award-winning hospitality experience, your time at our hotel is guaranteed to be met with the finest guest services available in Puerto Rico. You can call on our team 24-hours a day to ensure all of your most important needs are met during your stay.
HISTORIC OLD SAN JUAN
A landmark monument to the Conquistador Age and one of the most historic hotels in Old San Juan Puerto Rico, Hotel El Convento in San Juan, Puerto Rico showcases a timeless aura of Old World charm and splendor.
Befitting its origins as a Carmelite convent more than 350 years ago, our splendid Puerto Rico luxury hotel is a loving restoration of Spanish Colonial architecture and design. Select from 58 elegant rooms – each adorned with rich wooden beams, handcrafted tiles, carved chairs, velvet settees, and antique chests.
Walk in the footsteps of world leaders and international celebrities at this world-class Old San Juan luxury hotel. Our colorful past at El Convento in San Juan includes highlights such as:
- 1646 – Construction began on the Carmelite convent, through a petition by King Phillip IV of Spain.
- July 1651 – The convent was inaugurated as the Monastery of Our Lady Carmen of San José — and was situated across the street from San Juan Cathedral, the Western Hemisphere’s oldest cathedral.
- Dec. 9, 1903 – The convent was closed by the Archbishop of San Juan.
- 1959 – Under the auspices of Operation Bootstrap, Robert Frederic Woolworth – heir to the Woolworth fortune – began converting the convent into the El Convento Hotel.
- Jan. 27, 1962 – El Convento Hotel opened.
- 1990s and 2000s – The property was renovated again and rechristened Hotel El Convento.
Celebrate more than 360 years of tradition at our luxury old San Juan hotel in Puerto Rico. As the first Carmelite Convent in the Americas, it housed the nuns for 252 years until closing a few days before Christmas in 1903.
Vacant for a decade, the abandoned building served as a retail store, a dance hall, and, for the next 40 years, a flophouse without running water, sanitary facilities, or electricity.
Opened on Jan. 27, 1962 as El Convento Hotel, it offered a tranquil, European-style alternative to the glitzy hotels lining the Condado strip. Since that time, we’ve maintained a high standard of luxury and style – constantly improving our amenities and recreational services.
Notable present-day features of our boutique-style Puerto Rico luxury hotel include:
- Named the premier “Small Luxury Hotel” in Puerto Rico
- Oldest member of Historic Hotels of America
- Daily Manager’s reception, serving a variety of wine and a variety of international cheeses on La Veranda terrace
- Plunge pool and heated jacuzzi, offering breathtaking views of San Juan Bay
- 24-hour fitness center, with free weights, treadmill, elliptical trainer, and stair climber, offering guests unlimited use
- One restaurant serving cuisine ranging from tapas to traditional Puerto Rican fare
- Library, with access to our business center
- El Convento Beach Club, featuring beach and pool privileges at our sister properties, located on two of the best beaches in Puerto Rico
ROOMS & SUITES
As one of the most historic luxury hotels in San Juan, Hotel El Convento offers San Juan accommodations unlike any other. Relax and unwind in any of our timeless 58 hotel rooms that feature ornate handcrafted furniture, marble bathrooms and Andalusian tile floors.
Sit back and take in a gorgeous “vista” of the bay. From the exposed rich mahogany beams to every modern comfort, the loving and refined restoration of our Spanish Colonial hotel is reflected in the design of this architectural gem in the heart of Old San Juan.
PABLO CASALS SUITE
Spacious One Bedroom Suite with a King size bed in the Master Bedroom and a full-size sofa bed in the parlor, Spanish Louver doors that open to a Juliet balcony overlooking the Cathedral, antique marble floors, and an elegant decor. Appropriately dubbed our Honeymoon Suite!
GLORIA VANDERBILT SUITE
Luxurious Master Suite with a King Size bed, magnificent marble bathroom with Jacuzzi, Trompe-l’œil walls, and two sets of Spanish louver doors that open to a Juliet balcony overlooking “Plaza de las Monjas” and our historic city.
Our open-air restaurant, and courtyard bar, offers delicious and authentic Puerto Rican food for every meal. Savor Deliciously Authentic Puerto Rican Food.
Guests of Hotel El Convento can enjoy a delightful dining experience without leaving the hotel. Enjoy our most recently added Santísimo, and our signature Alegría Patio Bar.
A souvenir experience perched within the courtyard oasis at El Convento. Chef Antonio Pérez blends contemporary Puerto Rican cuisine with world techniques, while Pablo Rodríguez injects his renowned beverage industry passion to yield the perfect balance of foodie haven and Puerto Rican lifestyle.
Always looking for optimal freshness in produce which translates into an unpretentious, delicious, and fun dining experience. Open Daily from 7:30am to 10:00pm.
ALEGRIA PATIO BAR
Open daily from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., relax at our terrace with an afternoon cocktail, and enjoy the scenery.
Discover timeless charm and tradition at the Hotel El Convento, a lovingly restored luxury hotel nestled in the heart of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Host your dream destination wedding in a stunning Caribbean setting fully equipped with exquisite venues, expert planning services and comprehensive wedding packages that allow you to plan your special day just the way you envisioned it.
Experience the enchantment Hotel El Convento has to offer for your wedding celebration in Puerto Rico.
Our Old San Juan historic hotel will inspire your guests and help your event become a memorable success. Modern spaces with a historic touch that only Hotel el Convento can deliver, our venues are ideal for banquets, charity events, board meetings, and executive retreats, with distinct features and unique style.
Our banquet halls surround an impressive courtyard for networking amongst 200 guests. Our charming facilities offer gourmet catering services and the latest in technology, with our expert staff always on hand to make sure all of your guests feel comfortable and confident.
Indulge in a wealth of comforts at our Old San Juan boutique hotel. Enjoy the sun from our plunge pool and jacuzzi or the shimmering sand and surf at the Beach Club. Take advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi so you can stay connected; or work out in our fitness center to stay active.
El Convento Beach Club, featuring beach privileges at our sister property, located on one of the best beaches in Puerto Rico
POOL & JACUZZI
Plunge pool and heated jacuzzi, offering towel service, poolside dining and breathtaking views of the San Juan Bay
EXPLORE SCENIC OLD SAN JUAN
Just outside our lobby you can wander the streets of colorful Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, to experience the finest museums and attractions, including stunning cathedrals and world-renowned historic forts.
Nearby attractions include the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, San Felipe del Morro Fortress and the Pablo Casals Museum.
CASTILLO SAN CRISTOBAL
Renowned as the largest Spanish fort built in the Western Hemisphere, Castillo San Cristobal is a San Juan National Historic Site. Set on over 27 acres and rising 150 feet above sea level, the fort features amazing views of the city, El Morro and the piers.
Also called the Saint Christopher Castle, this amazing fortress guarded the east of Old San Juan and was instrumental in repelling the invasion of Sir Ralph Abercrombie in 1797.
Located in the doorstep of Old San Juan, in a busy square surrounded by restaurants, cafes, and the historic Tapia Theater making it great for relaxing and people watching. Named after Christopher Columbus in 1893, a statue in his honor is the highlight of the Plaza.
CASTILLO SAN FELIPE DEL MORRO
Extending out into San Juan Harbor, Castillo San Felipe del Morro is a 16th century military fort and World Heritage Site.
This beautiful six level fort, simply known as El Morro, took more than 200 years to build and has been successful in repelling noted naval attacks by enemies, including Sir Francis Drake. During World War II, El Morro was instrumental in the US tracking the movement of German subs in the Caribbean.
CATHEDRAL OF SAN JUAN
One of the oldest buildings in Old San Juan, the beautiful Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is the Roman Catholic cathedral and the second oldest in the Americas.
Built in 1521, the graceful cathedral features beautiful statues and relics, stained glass windows, the mummy of St. Pio and the tomb of the Spanish explorer and settlement founder Juan Ponce de León. Cathedral of San Juan is a historic landmark in the heart of the old city.
SAN SEBASTIÁN FESTIVAL
When traveling to Puerto Rico during the winter season, experience the celebration of a lifetime. Celebrated annually on the third week of January, the San Sebastian Festival is a giant street party attracting more than half a million people every year to the streets of Old San Juan.
The festival features parades, live entertainment, DJ music, food vendors, street dancing, arts and culture, and a festive party on every corner along Calle San Sebastián
CENTRO DE BELLAS ARTES LUIS A. FERRÉ
Named after the late Puerto Rican philanthropist Luis A. Ferré, the Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré is a premier multi-use performance venue featuring three main halls for plays, operas, ballet and concerts, including legends like Plácido Domingo.
Opened in 198i, the center is an important resource to the development of Puerto Rico arts and culture. Visit the center and you’ll discover a wide range of art forms, workshops and education programs.
EL YUNQUE RAINFOREST
Take a drive to the northeastern side of the Island to the only rainforest in the US – El Yunque. This lush, wild rainforest in Puerto Rico features over 28,000 acres of natural terrain, island allure and tropical splendor.
Enjoy rock climbing, hiking and guided tours of the trails, like La Mina trail. Discover cascading waterfalls and clear pools for swimming. If you prefer to hike and explore the rainforest at your own pace, the trails are clearly marked for ease and enjoyment.
Located just a few miles from Hotel El Convento, Condado Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Puerto Rico.
Stretching along San Juan’s Condado tourist district, this beautiful beach is a popular spot for basking in the sun, swimming in the sparkling blue water, and water sports like surfing, body boarding and kite surfing.
Hang out on the patio of a festive beach bar by day and at night, you can take a romantic star-lit walk along the shoreline. Hotel El Convento guests have access to El Convento Beach Club, featuring beach privileges at Condado Beach.
Located on the northeast coast of Puerto Rico, Luquillo Beach is often referred to as the sun capital of the Island. Luquillo Beach is a relaxing destination about 30 miles from Hotel El Convento with over a mile of soft glistening sand and majestic shady coconut palms.
The beach is a popular tourist spot for swimming, soaking up the sunshine, snorkeling and scuba diving and offers picnic and dining areas, showers and plenty of parking.
CAMUY RIVER CAVE PARK
Just about an hour outside of Old San Juan, Camuy River Cave Park is the perfect day trip to explore one of the most amazing natural attractions in Puerto Rico.
The third largest cave system in the world, Camuy Caves are beautifully illuminated caverns with stunning stalagmites and stalactites that make for incredible photos. Take a guided tour that includes insights from biologists and park rangers leading each group.
Located in a 350 year old Spanish building, Galería Botello showcases some of the finest internationally recognized artists. The gallery features paintings, sculptures, ceramics and noteworthy collections of rare, antique carved santos.