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The design style of Hotel El Convento is Spanish colonial. The 58-room hotel celebrated its 50th birthday in 2012, but the building predates that by more than three centuries and is about 368 years old. It was formerly a 17th-century Carmelite convent, and many of its historic architectural and decorative elements were preserved. In guest rooms and common areas, floors are typically Andalusian tile; walls are stone, plaster or stucco, the latter two painted in tropical hues; while ceilings boast wide hand-hewn beams of mahogany. Fixtures are mostly iron, often set in stone, giving it a castle-like feel that is accentuated by arched doorways and high ceilings. With louvered doors and windows and an open-air central courtyard surrounded by the building, the Puerto Rico hotel fills with breezes that are a constant reminder of its tropical setting.