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Families will love:

  • Historic ambience of a former convent
  • Location in the center of Old San Juan
  • Complimentary access to beaches and pools at two sister resorts
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About Hotel El Convento

El Convento is, hands down, the most beautiful and luxurious hotel in San Juan. Located inside a building that was built as a convent in the mid-1600s (hence the name), it overflows with old-world charm and elegance, from the antique tapestries and black-and-white tile floor in its lobby, to the wrought iron balconies overlooking the central courtyard, to the individually designed rooms with heavy dark wood furniture and views of a Colonial square and cathedral outside.

El Convento is located in the heart of Old San Juan, and the historical ambience that makes the city such a pleasure to visit drips from every direction. The hotel is only a short walk from the old city walls, and not far from El Morro, San Juan's major historic fort. Just because El Convento is so incredible for guests in general, however, doesn't mean that it is necessarily ideal for families. The same romantic ambience that makes it so unique can be a source of anxiety for parents with small children who might be too tempted to climb railings and break the lobby's hushed quiet by talking in an "outside voice." The open interior of the hotel is also unlighted at night, which can make it somewhat dangerous for families with children inclined to roam. For that reason, the hotel is probably best for parents of infants or teenagers, though well-behaved children of any age will most likely be fine.

The location in the heart of the old city is definitely a plus for travelers, since there are few high-quality lodgings to choose from that are so centrally located. On the other hand, there are certain sacrifices that must be made, the biggest one being lack of a pool or access to the beach. The hotel partially makes up for that with complimentary shuttles to the chic La Concha resort, 15 minutes away, which has two pools, including one with two levels and a waterfall, and a beautiful private beach area.

Written by Michael Blanding

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  • Kids (3-6)
  • Kids (7-9)
  • Tweens (10-12)
  • Teens (13+)

Family Interests

  • Beach

Family Amenities

  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Laundry Service
  • Pool

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