el convento

Solo Dining Review: Patio Del Nispero, San Juan

April 16, 2010

A few weeks ago, I described El Convento in Old San Juan as a perfect choice hotel for the solo traveler on a large budget.   But let’s face it, not every solo traveler going to San Juan will be able to afford this lovely, historic hotel.  One way to add it to your itinerary and […]

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Snapshot of San Juan: The Nispero Tree

March 12, 2010

One of my favorite features of El Convento is its interior courtyard.  During my recent stay, it served as a constant reminder that I was in Puerto Rico–or at least a much warmer climate than Vermont.  Every time I walked to the balcony railing to gaze upon the courtyard, my glasses steamed up. At times […]

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El Convento: Luxury for the Solo Traveler

March 9, 2010

Anyone who says that to have a luxury hotel experience, you must sacrifice character, history, and culture hasn’t stayed at El Convento. This boutique luxury hotel, located on Calle Cristo in the heart of Old San Juan, is one of the city’s oldest structures.  Founded in 1651, it served as a convent for 250 years.  […]

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Puerto Rico: Culture vs. The Beach

February 19, 2010

On every trip I take, I learn a little bit more about my travel style, my likes and dislikes. On my trip to San Juan, I came to the startling revelation that generic chain resorts–especially if they’re not within easy walking distance of the local culture, a variety of dining options, and nighttime entertainment–are not […]

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And the Winner is. . .Puerto Rico!

December 10, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my plans to travel during Christmas week, but I hadn’t actually booked anything yet.  I wasn’t even sure whether I would be going to Puerto Rico or New Orleans.  All I knew was that I wanted to get the heck out of the frigid arctic–er, Vermont–during my […]

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