Molly McCorkle

El Convento

  • Where:
  • Why:A stopover before heading to the glam Dorado Beach.
  • When:January 2015
  • Who:Me + mis amigas.
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El Convento Exploring the city with one of my oldest pals.

Exploring the city with one of my oldest pals.

El Convento The original entrance. Fun fact...in Puerto Rico the Christmas season carries well into January. Hence the decorations.

The original entrance. Fun fact...in Puerto Rico the Christmas season carries well into January. Hence the decorations.

El Convento Lobby ceiling. Old San Juan knows color and isn't afraid to use it.

Lobby ceiling. Old San Juan knows color and isn't afraid to use it.

El Convento The lobby.

The lobby.

El Convento Pattern on pattern. Oh yea.

Pattern on pattern. Oh yea.

El Convento The kind of room where you could really stay a while.

The kind of room where you could really stay a while.

El Convento Bedside deets.

Bedside deets.

El Convento That's one heck of a terrace.

That's one heck of a terrace.

El Convento What El Convento lacks in beachfront real estate they make up in rooftop views.

What El Convento lacks in beachfront real estate they make up in rooftop views.

El Convento Rooftop views of Old San Juan.

Rooftop views of Old San Juan.

El Convento Just outside El Convento. What'd I tell you about color?

Just outside El Convento. What'd I tell you about color?

El Convento Complimentary bikes...which double as the perfect photo opp.

Complimentary bikes...which double as the perfect photo opp.

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.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 48/50

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

  • Health & Wellness

    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

  • Children

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

  • Price

    Reasonable.

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