venderbilt

Hotel El Convento

Location: Old San Juan
Brand Affiliation: Small Luxury Hotels and Historic Hotels of America

El Convento Hotel is a historical landmark in Old San Juan, but it was left to languish without a clear vision or identity. This 360 years-old building had been a hotel only for 50 years prior to its acquisition by the Woolworth family in 1963. The family invested to renew the hotel, but ultimately had to leave the project until a group of investors decided to purchase it in 1996. Aligned with the new owners and through the vision of IHE, a repositioning strategy was developed. A need for a luxurious boutique hotel for travelers who looked for a high-end gastronomic, cultural, historical and personalized experience was identified.

IHE undertook a massive restoration process that ended with a reopening in 1996. The guest rooms, banquet rooms and food and beverage establishments were restored, as well as other property assets were renewed and brought back to their former glory. In order to bring the hotel to market, IHE identified Small Luxury Hotels and Historic Hotels of America as strategic alliances to better represent the attributes and positioning strategy of the property.

Since its re-launching in 1996, the hotel has collected many accolades including: being featured and recognized by Architectural Digest, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Grace Ormond, Destination Weddings Magazine, among other prestigious publications. The hotel has had a strong performance with guest satisfaction ranking #1 in Trip Advisor for the past 7 years. Also, this is the first hotel in Puerto Rico to cater to the destination wedding market.

Performance 2015:
Occupancy: 88%
Average Rate: $275
RevPAR: $242