The small, shaded piazza that serves as a prelude to the Cathedral is, in itself, a special and welcoming place in the Old City of San Juan. It's intimate nature is surprising, but also full of personality and local flavor. This may be due to it's small size at the foot of the great cathedral, or its leafy trees that provide constant shade, or the detail of the houses painted in warm colours that surround it... The truth is that it's benched always welcome walkers or Puerto Ricans coming to relax here. In the square there's one of the flagship hotels in the city and it opened to the public in 1996, after a thorough restoration of the old palace that houses it. I'm talking about El Convento, one of the sources of pride for restaurateurs, and imitating the cathedral opposite, simple in its facade, but becomes impressive for its size between the streets that border it. Enjoy this corner, but don't rush.