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Explore Scenic Old San Juan

Just outside our lobby you can wander the streets of colorful Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, to experience the finest museums and attractions, including stunning cathedrals and world-renowned historic forts. Nearby attractions include the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, San Felipe del Morro Fortress and the Pablo Casals Museum.

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Castillo San Cristobal

  • Historic site | Walking distance

Renowned as the largest Spanish fort built in the Western Hemisphere, Castillo San Cristobal is a San Juan National Historic Site. Set on over 27 acres and rising 150 feet above sea level, the fort features amazing views of the city, El Morro and the piers. Also called the Saint Christopher Castle, this amazing fortress guarded the east of Old San Juan and was instrumental in repelling the invasion of Sir Ralph Abercrombie in 1797.

Nono's

  • Bar | Walking distance

A classic in Old San Juan, right in the corner of San Sebastian and Cristo streets, Nono's is known for creating unforgettable moments for all its visitors. A must-visit spot to sit and enjoy a cold beer after a long day.

El Galpon

  • Shop | Walking distance

Features high to premium quality Panama Hats in a wide range of custom styles and colors for both men and women. As well as local crafts and photographyevery visitor should take home with them.

Plaza Colón

  • Historic site | Walking distance

Located in the doorstep of Old San Juan, in a busy square surrounded by restaurants, cafes, and the historic Tapia Theater making it great for relaxing and people watching. Named after Christopher Columbus in 1893, a statue in his honor is the highlight of the Plaza. 

La Vergüenza

  • Bar | Walking distance

Like a "chinchorro" in the middle of the old city, this bar has a fun environment for the whole family, even your pets! Visit them and don't miss the astonishing views of the ocean and El Morro.

Galería Botello

  • Artistic site | Walking distance

Located in a 350 year old Spanish building, Galería Botello showcases some of the finest internationally recognized artists. The gallery features paintings, sculptures, ceramics and noteworthy collections of rare, antique carved santos.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

  • Historic site | Walking distance

Extending out into San Juan Harbor, Castillo San Felipe del Morro is a 16th century military fort and World Heritage Site. This beautiful six level fort, simply known as El Morro, took more than 200 years to build and has been successful in repelling noted naval attacks by enemies, including Sir Francis Drake. During World War II, El Morro was instrumental in the US tracking the movement of German subs in the Caribbean.

Al Fresco Rooftop Wine Bar

  • Bar | Walking distance

Intimate and exclusive rooftop located in the 3rd floor of St. Germain Bistro at Sol street. With a beautiful view of our historic buildings, enjoy the sunset and savor wine and spirits in this unique setting.

Cathedral of San Juan

  • Historic site | Walking distance

One of the oldest buildings in Old San Juan, the beautiful Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is the Roman Catholic cathedral and the second oldest in the Americas. Built in 1521, the graceful cathedral features beautiful statues and relics, stained glass windows, the mummy of St. Pio and the tomb of the Spanish explorer and settlement founder Juan Ponce de León. Cathedral of San Juan is a historic landmark in the heart of the old city.

Ostra Cosa

  • Bar | Walking distance

Distance Outdoor Bar and Restaurant with an exquisite menu and friendly atmosphere right in front of El Totem, great after a day of walking around Old San Juan. Sit down, relax, and enjoy your drinks with a view.

San Sebastián Festival

  • Festival | Walking distance

When traveling to Puerto Rico during the winter season, experience the celebration of a lifetime. Celebrated annually on the third week of January, the San Sebastian Festival is a giant street party attracting more than half a million people every year to the streets of Old San Juan. The festival features parades, live entertainment, DJ music, food vendors, street dancing, arts and culture, and a festive party on every corner along Calle San Sebastián

Marmalade

  • Restaurant | Walking distance

This very modern restaurant with cutting edge dishes is a must in Fortaleza Street. Experience the amazing wine pairings, with all the daring fresh combinations on the menu by Chef Peter Schintler.

Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré

  • Artistic site | 4 miles

Named after the late Puerto Rican philanthropist Luis A. Ferré, the Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré is a premier multi-use performance venue featuring three main halls for plays, operas, ballet and concerts, including legends like Plácido Domingo. Opened in 198i, the center is an important resource to the development of Puerto Rico arts and culture. Visit the center and you'll discover a wide range of art forms, workshops and education programs.

La Lanterna

  • Restaurant | Walking distance

Chef Franco Seccarelli's first restaurant in San Juan, is a nostalgic trip across classic Italy with its tasteful dishes and fine wine pairings, La Lanterna by Franco Seccarelli is a must stop for a relax and intimate dinner night.

Shopping at Cristo Street

  • Shop | Walking distance

Possibly the best street to go shopping in Old San Juan, Calle Del Cristo is lined with designer stores, outlets, and boutiques where you can shop till you drop.

Il Bacaro

  • Restaurant | Walking distance

Like a small taste of Venice in Old San Juan, this romantic restaurant is ideal for date night, with its intimate ambience, modern interior and delectable dishes like la bisteca, its signature dish.

Plaza Las Américas

  • Shop | 6 miles

Enjoy a day of shopping at the Caribbean super mall – Plaza Las Américas. This famous retail plaza in the Hato Rey district of San Juan offers over 300 shops and department stores, including the only Macy's located in the Caribbean, JCPenney, Sears and Forever 21. Bring along the family to enjoy a 13-screen movie theater and over 40 dining choices, such as P. F. Chang's, Chili's, Red Lobster and Cheesecake Factory

Casa Cortés

  • Restaurant | Walking distance

An innovative gastronomic space where chocolate plays the starring role. Located in the heart of Old San Juan, the restaurant celebrates the rich history of Chocolate Cortés, a family-owned company that has been making chocolate from bean-to-bar in the Caribbean since 1929.

El Yunque Rainforest

  • National Park | 25 miles

Take a drive to the northeastern side of the Island to the only rainforest in the US – El Yunque. This lush, wild rainforest in Puerto Rico features over 28,000 acres of natural terrain, island allure and tropical splendor. Enjoy rock climbing, hiking and guided tours of the trails, like La Mina trail. Discover cascading waterfalls and clear pools for swimming. If you prefer to hike and explore the rainforest at your own pace, the trails are clearly marked for ease and enjoyment.

La Bombonera

  • Restaurant | Walking distance

102 years of history in Old San Juan, this spot is part of Old San Juan's history. With its rich coffee prepared in an antique Royal cofee machine, homemade bread and pastries and the very popular Mallorca, a local favorite.

Condado Beach

  • Beach | 3 miles

Located just a few miles from Hotel El Convento, Condado Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Puerto Rico. Stretching along San Juan's Condado tourist district, this beautiful beach is a popular spot for basking in the sun, swimming in the sparkling blue water, and water sports like surfing, body boarding and kite surfing. Hang out on the patio of a festive beach bar by day and at night, you can take a romantic star-lit walk along the shoreline. Hotel El Convento guests have access to El Convento Beach Club, featuring beach privileges at Condado Beach. 

Barrachina

  • Restaurant | Walking distance

Offering creative Puerto Rican and International cuisine for over 50 years, with the best Piña Coladas which were created here by star bartender Don Ramón Portas Mingot in 1963.

Luquillo Beach

  • Beach | 30 miles

Located on the northeast coast of Puerto Rico, Luquillo Beach is often referred to as the sun capital of the Island. Luquillo Beach is a relaxing destination about 30 miles from Hotel El Convento with over a mile of soft glistening sand and majestic shady coconut palms. The beach is a popular tourist spot for swimming, soaking up the sunshine, snorkeling and scuba diving and offers picnic and dining areas, showers and plenty of parking.

Pirilo

  • Restaurant | Walking distance

A rustic pizzeria where classic italian and international dishes are prepared with dedication with local ingredients.The classic trattoria meets colonial Old San Juan decorations make it a warm and colorful spot to enjoy lunch, dinner and of course, combine it with a selection from one of the more than 50 craft beers available at the bar.

Camuy River Cave Park

  • Natural site | 50 miles

Just about an hour outside of Old San Juan, Camuy River Cave Park is the perfect day trip to explore one of the most amazing natural attractions in Puerto Rico. The third largest cave system in the world, Camuy Caves are beautifully illuminated caverns with stunning stalagmites and stalactites that make for incredible photos. Take a guided tour that includes insights from biologists and park rangers leading each group.

La Ó

  • Restaurant | Walking distance

Decorated with religious references, you will surely have a godly culinary experience wih this varied menu which offers more than just pizza, although it is still its main star. Try fresh pasta, mediterranean tapas, and vegetarian dishes in this charming flavorful site.

La Factoría

  • Bar | Walking distance

This mixology bar is a must in Old San Juan with its speakeasy vibe and laid-back style. Located in San Sebastian street, at only steps from our hotel. 

St. Germain Bistro

  • Restaurant | Walking distance

Looking for Brunch? This is the place for you! Inspired in the classic french cafés, this bistro offers a variety of breads, quiches, and styled breakfasts full of creativity for the whole family.

Shopping at Fortaleza Street

  • Shop | Walking distance

With La Fortaleza – the governor’s mansion, as a starting point, this street has a little bit for everyone. Small shops, from thrift stores to local boutiques, jewelry stores, and restaurants to finish a nice day strolling around our cobblestone streets.  

Señor Paleta

  • Restaurant | Walking distance

After a sunny afternoon in Old San Juan, nothing better than stopping for a refreshing cool treat. This local shop serves artisan gelato and sorbet popsicles in traditional in innovative flavors like Strawberry Mojito, Nutella, Peanuts, seasonal flavors like Tembleque, and traditional ones based on fruits or cream.

Mall of San Juan

  • Shop | 9 miles

Located minutes from the Luis Munoz Marin airport, this upscale shopping mall offers entertainment for the whole family with a notable playground, and a unique dining experience. With Nordstrom as its anchor store, it includes a wide variety of luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, Omega, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tory Burch, Versace, and more. 

Club Jibarito

  • Shop | Walking distance

For almost two decades, Club Jibarito has set the standards of luxury retail in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, offering a wid array of Elite jewelry and watch brands.

La Cubanita

  • Bar | Walking distance

Neighborhood market turned bar, this whimsical hidden gem captures Old San Juan's nightlife keeping its old school rustic cuban spirit. Fresh ingredients and homemade bitters for one of a kind cocktails.

Collective Request

  • Shop | Walking distance

A women's clothing store with a design that reflects both classic and modern accents with the decoration, that goes simply perfect with the collections available.