In the heart of Old San Juan is a Spanish Colonial architectural delight, Hotel El Convento. With six elegant salons, which can hold everything from intimate dinners to elaborate receptions, your guests will experience flawless service and celebrate with you an event that brings something ‘old’ and something ‘new’ for your wedding day.
Inaugurated in 1651, the Carmelite Convent was created to withstand Indians, European enemies, hurricanes and tropical heat. Doors and grilles were made of mahogany and iron wood which seems to increase it’s strength as it ages. For 252 years this building housed nuns and then it was abandoned. In 1959 Frederic Woolworth (yes heir to the Woolworths fortune) purchased the convent from the Archdiocese for $250,000 and transformed it into its present deluxe hotel. There are now 100 rooms including 10 suites.
A lot of the original artwork, wrought-iron fixtures and decorative tiles remain today. The first two floors are now designed and feature restaurants and cafes, meeting and banquet rooms. This is the only small luxury and four diamond hotel in the heart of old San Juan.
So why get married here? One of the most monumental buildings is the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, located across the street from Hotel El Convento, whose Spanish architecture invites you without having to be a believer. The stained glass windows, statues and especially its high ceilings, domes covering it possible not only transported to the era of conquests but to other parts of Europe. Many celebrities have chosen the Cathedral for their wedding and then walk across the street back to the hotel for their reception.
Hotel El Convento 100 Cristo Street, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901 Telephone: 787-723-9020 Toll Free: 800-468-2779 Telfax: 787-721-2877