NileGuide Expert Says:
History and modest elegance in the most beautiful corner of Old San Juan; the roof bathing pool and exquisite indoor courtyard alone make the splurge worth it.
100 Cristo St
00901 San Juan, PR
tel: +1 787 723 9020 / +1 800 468 2779 (Toll Free)
fax: +1 787 721 2877
Hotel star rating:
bar, restaurant, whirlpool, fitness-club, swimming-pool, internet-available, safe-deposit, tv-in-room, air-conditioning
This once Carmelite Convent was built in 1651. The convent has changed purpose many times, but was finally restored and became a hotel in 1962. The inside is warm though a bit gloomy, but that changes once I reach the open-air courtyard, and it is a marvelous sight. When the hotel opened in the early 60s, celebrities flocked to enjoy the exuberance and mysticism that can be felt here. Today, the hotel is one of the most beautiful places to stay in San Juan. It was modernized with air-conditioned rooms and many other amenities.
There is a small pool that is enclosed by an attractive courtyard. The hotel is rated 4 diamonds by AAA and is a great site for history buffs.