San Juan

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Hotel El Convento

Address: 100 Cristo St.

Neighborhood: Old San Juan

City: San Juan

Phone: 787-723-9020; 800-468-2779

Website: www.elconvento.com

Expert Review

Nestled in the heart of Old San Juan, across the street from the oldest cathedral in the Americas (first built in the 1520s), the current incarnation of this 17th-century former convent (and, at one time, a flophouse), is a 58-room luxury hotel. Today, this charming getaway fills four floors of the restored building, a portion of which surrounds an elegant courtyard with restaurants. Rooms vary in size (standards are a bit small), with handcrafted wrought iron pieces, mahogany furniture, exposed wooden beams, and private balconies – some offering bay views. A rooftop plunge pool with views of the San Juan Bay helps make up for the sand-free location, though beach and pool privileges are available at Isla Verde Beach Resort, 20 minutes away by car, as well as at sister property, La Concha Resort, which is even closer to El Convento.

Tags: luxury | expensive | historic | smart splurge | views | landmark | history

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