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Hotel El Convento Hotel Review: Hotel El Convento exhibits a timeless aura of old world charm and splendor. Originating as a Carmelite convent 356 years ago, the property has been restored into a breathtaking paradigm of Spanish colonial architecture and design. In 1646 construction began on the Carmelite convent, through a petition by King Phillip IV of Spain. The property became the El Convento Hotel in 1962 and has become the pinnacle of style. Located in Old San Juan, the hotel offers 58 elegant rooms, each adorned with rich wooden beams, handcrafted tiles, carved chairs, velvet settees, and antique chests. Guests will undoubtedly enjoy the hotels impressive amenities such as the plunge pool and Jacuzzi, which offers breathtaking views of the San Juan Bay, as well as four diverse restaurants, serving cuisine ranging from tapas to Italian to traditional Puerto Rican fare. A fully loaded fitness center and onsite library round out the offerings. An authentic Puerto Rican treasure, the Hotel El Convento is as enchanting as it gets.