Last week I showed you this courtyard:
The hotel began it's existence as a Carmelite convent. Construction began in 1646 and was inaugurated as the Monastery of Our Lady Carmen of San Jose in 1651. It remained a convent until 1903.
and here is a sample room. You can open the spanish style shutters to the tropical air:
I also showed you this photo from the rooftop jacuzzi, from which you are eye to eye with the promenade decks of the huge cruise ships which pull into the harbor:
As you enjoy a cup or three of spanish-style coffee, or juice and fruit in the morning, you look out to this little park and neighborhood:
and just across the street your view is the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (the exterior shot of the hotel above was taken from the cathedral steps):
and here is "the nun's steps" on another exterior side of the hotel:
Most people stay at the modern hotels on the ocean in the Condado, a few miles away from Old San Juan, but the old part of the city itself is non-stop beautiful colonial spanish architecture, and is very walkable. You should reward yourself for being alive by spending at least a couple of nights sometime at the Hotel el Convento.