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Judy from Hugo, MN US stayed on November 30, 2004
Recommends the hotel to others? Yes
The hotel you have selected -- Hotel El Convento -- may be able to be booked: 1) online using FreeHotelGuide's instantaneous and 100% secure online reservation system; and/or 2) by telephone using the hotel reservation telephone number provided above.
1) Online: When you make your booking online, your hotel reservation is transmitted to the Hotel El Convento through a 100% secure Internet connection that protects your personal and credit card information. Once submitted, your hotel reservation will be confirmed within 60 seconds and sent to the Hotel El Convento computer reservation system in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2) Telephone: 1-866-765-9565. Speak to a live customer service agent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Hotel El Convento
Located in the heart of Old San Juan, El Convento, a member of Historic Hotels of America and Small Luxury Hotel's of the World, has set new standards of luxury, comfort and service while preserving the unique character and mystique of the hotel . A former Carmelite convent built three hundred years ago, El Convento was completely refurbished with special attention given to the preservation of the original structure . Each of the 58 rooms and suites recreates Spain's golden age while the entertainment system, multi-line telephones and modern bathrooms fulfill the needs of today's traveler . Relax by the pool and enjoy the magnificent view from the terrace while you sip a glass of wine . Dining is delicious at El Convento, from the casual patio restaurant, Patio Del Nispero, to the tapas bar, El Picoteo, and Italian dishes at Pizza E Birra, to the regal splendor of the Jose Campeche ballroom where galas are held you will enjoy a true culinary delight . Designated as Puerto Rico's official guesthouse for visiting heads of state and other dignitaries, the hotel contains sections dating to 1651, when a three-story Carmelite convent opened on the site across from San Juan Cathedral, the Western Hemisphere's oldest . The convent housed nuns for 252 years until closing in 1903 . In 1959, the building was converted into a hotel, with two stories added to the original three . Entertainment, government, and social notables made it their San Juan destination . Pablo Casals played his cello in the courtyard . Under a succession of operators, the hotel fell into disrepair until San Juan investors restored and reopened it in 1997 as a boutique hotel with contemporary amenities . Guests enter on a black-and-white marble floor amid Spanish antiques and tapestries and take an elevator to a third-floor, open-air reception area . Popular with guests wishing to explore Old San Juan, the hotel is also family-friendly, providing children with easy access to the Puerto Rican Children's Museum just outside the entrance . Guests lounge on a rooftop sundeck with potted flowers overlooking Old San Juan, cool off in a plunge pool, soak in a bubbling spa, and work out in an air-conditioned fitness center . After strolls through the old city, the hotel's spacious interior courtyard provides shady respite under a 350-year-old tree . Afternoon wine-and-cheese reception is offered for guests on a third-floor, open-air terrace overlooking San Juan Cathedral . The well-appointed guest rooms at El Convento reveal their distinctive character and convey the spirit of the Old World with handcrafted furniture, mahogany beams, Andalusian tiles, elegant marble bathrooms, and vistas of Old San Juan and its bay . Other property amenities include: afternoon wine reception every evening (with an array of international wines and cheeses), complimentary Wi Fi internet access in all of our rooms as well as the hotel's air-conditioned library, unlimited complimentary beach club use at a sister hotel, 24-hour concierge service, complimentary newspaper in lobby, bar/lounge, parking (valet), shuttle vans or private vehicle services available, security personnel, complimentary fitness center use with modern equipment, variety of restaurants, conference room, porter, doorman, safe-deposit box, ATM banking, babysitting, dry cleaning service, patio bar, wheelchair accessible . FEES MAY APPLY TO SOME AMENITIES . **Note - A Mayor Credit Card will be needed at Check-in for incidentals** .