Which hotel was once a former Carmelite convent dating back to 1651?
If you guessed El Convento Hotel (1651) in San Juan, Puerto Rico you guessed correctly! Vacated by the nuns in 1903 and left for ruin, it was nearly destroyed in the 1950s. The Puerto Rican tourism and cultural officials and millionaire Robert Woolworth purchased the property in 1962. It was then converted it into a European-style luxury hotel. In 1995, a $15 million restoration returned the hotel to its original beauty by accentuating the Spanish features of the original convent.
The historic hotel in San Juan, which occupies the top four floors, has a private entrance in the original courtyard where a 300-year-old Nispero fruit tree from Spain still stands. Rooms and luxury suites are individually decorated with Andalusian tile floors, mahogany beams, throw rugs, and hacienda-style furniture. Each room has a view of Old San Juan or its bay. The first two floors feature restaurants, 10 new guest rooms (introduced in 2003), and meeting rooms.
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