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Hotel El Convento

Commissioned in 1646 by King Philip IV of Spain, Hotel El Convento is the oldest member hotel operating in the Historic Hotels of America group.

Nearby Attractions

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La Fortaleza
The powder blue hillside house is the home of the Governor of Puerto Rico and was built five centuries ago.
Café Don Ruiz
This coffee shop, attached to a museum, serves only Puerto Rican grown coffee - and the best coffee at that. If you're looking for a pick-me-up, this spot is not to be missed.
Puerta de San Juan
The door served as the entrance to the city during the Spanish colonial era.
La Factoria
This hidden gem cocktail bar should make the top of the list of anyone looking for locals indulging in the island's best craft cocktails.
Olé Shop
For anyone looking to purchase a quintessential 'Panama hat' on their trip, look no further: Olé has been family-owned and operating since 1977 and sells only the best.
Plaza del Quinto Centenario
Built in 1992 to signify 500 years since the Americas were explored by Europeans, the plaza has a totem pole built from clays from across the Americas.

Related Tours

Private Guided Ghost Tour with entrance to San Juan National Historic Site
Join us on a private walking tour of San Juan, where centuries of curses and specters linger in the historical city. On your private walking tour, you will: 
 
  •  Learn of the Columbus curse and hear endless tales of deaths, accidents, bankruptcies, and natural disasters all rumored to be linked to Columbus. 
  •  Visit Castillo San Cristobal, the largest fort constructed by the Spanish in the Western Hemisphere and hear tales reminiscent of a Shakespearean tragedy.
  •  Walk through the old town by prisons and hotels to hear centuries of spectral sightings documented. 
  •  Visit El Morro for wild and well-documented hauntings, which leave the hair standing on your neck. 
Your tour begins in Columbus Square, where your expert private guide will introduce you to the city’s tenuous relationship to the notorious explorer. In June 2016, the 362 foot of Columbus was unveiled 45 miles west of San Juan on a ceremonial site for the Taíno, a culture nearly driven to extinction by Columbus’s exploits. Learn why islanders are wary of Columbus’s history on their island, and why they attribute centuries of disasters to his name, which they dare not utter in completion. 
 
 Next, visit Castillo San Cristobal, which was meant to protect the city from attacks by land, and remains haunted by one of the island’s tragic love stories, reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Other tales include the disappearance of a Spanish soldiers whose clothes and gun remained in the remote sentry box; to this day, numerous sightings of the lovers and the soldier are still being reported. From the Castillo, continue on to several more haunted sites - theaters built on the site of 18th century gallows, stories of human radiation tests performed in prisons, whose coverups go as high as the White House. 
 
 Visit La Fortaleza and Hotel El Convento - the oldest member of Historic Hotels of America, and hear the eery tales known by the locals, of a wealthy widow who turned her home into a convent after her husband was killed, and listen for the faint sounds of robes across the tile floors. Lastly, visit El Morro - the fort built to defend the island from invaders by sea. Here, the tales of spectral sightings are as numerous as they are descriptive. 
 
 Your private historic hauntings tour of San Juan is fours hours and is all done on foot. It is suitable for people of all ages, provided that adults are present with children. Be sure to bring water and stay hydrated throughout your haunted walk. 
Private Guided Ghost Tour of San Juan at Night
Dive into haunted stories of San Juan, when the sun has gone down and with it the heat. On your private ghost tour of San Juan you will: 
 
  • Enjoy a private walking tour with the comfort of an expert guide
  • Learn of the Columbus curse and hear endless tales of deaths, accidents, bankruptcies, and natural disasters all rumored to be linked to Columbus.
  • See the largest fort constructed by the Spanish in the Western Hemisphere and hear tales reminiscent of a Shakespearean tragedy.
  •  Walk through the old town by prisons and hotels to hear centuries of spectral sightings documented. 
  •  Hear history laced with ghost stories at El Morro.
  • While all sites are visited externally  your guide will recommend how you can visit the national site during its normal operating hours. 
Your tour begins in Columbus Square, where your expert private guide will introduce you to the city’s tenuous relationship to the notorious explorer. In June 2016, the 362 foot of Columbus was unveiled 45 miles west of San Juan on a ceremonial site for the Taíno, a culture nearly driven to extinction by Columbus’s exploits. Learn why islanders are wary of Columbus’s history on their island, and why they attribute centuries of disasters to his name, which they dare not utter in completion. 
 
Next, see Castillo San Cristobal (external only), which was meant to protect the city from attacks by land, and remains haunted by one of the island’s tragic love stories, reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Other tales include the disappearance of a Spanish soldiers whose clothes and gun remained in the remote sentry box; to this day, numerous sightings of the lovers and the soldier are still being reported.

From the Castillo, continue on to several more haunted sites - theaters built on the site of 18th century gallows, stories of human radiation tests performed in prisons, whose coverups go as high as the White House. 
 
 See Hotel El Convento - the oldest member of Historic Hotels of America, and hear the eerie tales known by the locals, of a wealthy widow who turned her home into a convent after her husband was killed, and listen for the faint sounds of robes across the tile floors. 
 
Your private historic hauntings tour of San Juan is two and a half hours and is all done on foot. It is suitable for people of all ages, provided that adults are present with children. Be sure to bring water and stay hydrated throughout your haunted walk. 
 
The San Juan National Historical Site (Castillo San Cristobal, El Morro, and La Fortaleza) is closed in the evenings and is not visited internally on this tour. If you wish to visit these sites on a ghost tour, please book our day tour instead.  
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