Characterful Hotel El Convento is one of the city’s main historic monuments, built originally as a Carmelite convent in the mid-17th century. Its location off a leafy square next to the USA’s oldest cathedral is beautiful. Fifty-eight rooms are arranged over three floors, replete with hand-crafted furniture and Andalusian tiled floors and enveloping an attractive courtyard. High ceilings, wooden beams and tapestries help evoke a storied Spanish colonial past. There are three restaurants, utilising herbs grown in the hotel garden, and outside the doors is the heart of San Juan’s beguiling Old Town and its striking Unesco-listed fortifications.
San Juan is one of the Caribbean’s most historic and appealing cities, and there are stacks of choices for bedding down for the night. Whilst Old San Juan is a densely-packed colonial neighborhood with several atmospheric hotels, many more great accommodation options are spread between the ritzy Condado and still-swankier Isla Verde districts.
Hotels here vary from ambient century-old properties to hip, contemporary complexes sporting hundreds of rooms. Because of San Juan’s eclectic layout and history, even the big chain hotels have added appeal here. Equally, exciting boutique hotels are forever emerging in San Juan. It’s a nicely mixed offering with something for everyone, as our list of the best hotels in San Juan shows.