Molly McCorkle

El Convento

Old San Juan

by: Molly McCorkle

  • Why

    A stopover before heading to the glam Dorado Beach.

  • When

    January 2015

  • Who

    Me + mis amigas.

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Highs + Lows

  • The hotel has meticulously maintained the original character & charm of the hotel - you truly feel as if you've taken a step back in time.

  • Located right in the middle of Old San Juan, it's the perfect jumping off point for exploring the city.

  • The mojitos. One a day keeps the doctor away.

  • The epitome of an oasis in the city with lush greenery and open-air common spaces.

    : 48/50
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    • Life Changing

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    Important Bits

    • Type

      17th-century convent turned hotel.

    • Vibe

      Holy boho.

    • Location

      Smack dab in the middle of Old San Juan.

    • Rooms

      58 charming rooms.

    • Music

      Nope.

    • Year Opened

      The building dates back almost 350 years, when it was originally a convent. It was converted into a hotel in 1962.

    • Designed By

      Jorge Rofello

    • Pool/Gym

      A nice little rooftop plunge pool.

    • Restaurant

      Yes, two...breakfast at the patio cafe is a perfect way to start the day.

    • Bar

      Yes...a mojito in the terrace is a must.

    • Minibar

      No

    • Wifi

      Yes

    • Children

      Sure, the abundance of outdoor spaces makes it a good spot for kiddies.

    • Price

      Reasonable.

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