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dothan, al
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We will arrive in San Jose at noon and plan to go to Poas then to the hotel and have a nice dinner somewhere. This is only a one night stay and we will be picked up very early the next morning for Pacuare River 2-day trip. The Hotel Gran de Oro is too much for such a short stay but based on reviews, we ruled out the Don Carlos. Any suggestions for something nice, safe, and downtown that is inbetween? (We have to stay downtown for pick-up by Rios Tropicales.) Thanks!

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1. Re: one night stay

I'm curious what these reviews were that made you rule out the Don Carlos, because nearly all of the reviews that I've seen have been overwhelmingly positive. Perhaps if you say exactly what it was about the Don Carlos that led you to rule it out then maybe it would help us in suggesting an alternative for you.

I've stayed at the Don Carlos a number of times as well as 8 other hotels in and around SJ. My only real complaint about the Don Carlos is that it can get a little noisy in the morning, particularly if you're in a room that is close to the breakfast area. It gets mostly eco-tourists and eco-tourists tend to get up early to go on their various tours. Since I was also going on those tours and getting up early myself whenever I've stayed there, the noise issue never really bothered me that much. Another thing to consider is that the hotel has wood or tile floors which bounce noise much more so than carpeted ones, but that seems to be true about many if not most hotels in CR.

Maybe your issue is that the Don Carlos is not nice or UPSCALE enough for you? However, the Don Carlos has rates of $75-85/dbl while the Grano de Oro rates start at $115, so the "inbetween" range that you're talking about is not really that great.

The only hotel that I can think of that might be better for you, given what you've said, would be Le Bergerac (www.bergerachotel.com). Their rates start at $90/dbl. BTW, their french restaurant, L'Ile de France, gets good reviews. They're also located in the nice safe area of Los Yoses, which, being on the east side of town, also might mean that you're more likely to be one of the last parties picked up for your rafting trip (assuming they go by way of Turrialba).

On the north side of town (assuming Rios goes by way of Tibas & Guapiles), you might also try the Clarion Amon Plaza which has discounted rates as low as $80/nt IF you book through the casino, but I'm not sure if those rates are still available. I haven't stayed there (or at the Bergerac) but I've been inside it and can tell you it is a very nice hotel. OTOH, naturally being part of a US chain, it doesn't have the "charm" of a place like the Don Carlos, Grano de Oro or Le Bergerac.

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We stayed at Hotel Aranjuez in November. It was in a quiet neighborhood (a few blocks from the Don Carlos), it was very inexpensive ($44 per night), very nice staff, fabulous breakfast, on the route for tour pick ups, and it was very quaint--it's actually a hotel that was once 5 Victorian homes. We really enjoyed it there.

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The Le Bergerac is on the list. We like that the French restaurant is on the premises since we will be tired and won't have to go far for a nice dinner when we get in. We are checking out The Aranjuez as well as Hotel Milvia.

Thank you both for your suggestions. The main comment that made me steer away from the Don Carlos was that remodeling was underway.

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I didn't know about the current remodeling but that would certainly explain it. Normally it is a very nice place to stay.

As for the Aranjuez, that is a very nice place to stay too, for those on more of a budget. I'm not sure how it qualifies though as "inbetween" the Don Carlos and the Grano de Oro which are both in a higher price class.

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Personally, I think Don Carlos is great. Staying there again in a few months and rafting the Pacuare 2-day as well.

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A friend who has recently stayed at Le Bergerac wasn't too thrilled with it. However for a night I wouldn't stress too much.

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Again, as with those other reviews for the Don Carlos that smmtst referred to earlier, your friends review of Le Bergerac is somewhat surprising because most of the other reviews I've seen have been very positive. In fact, looking it up quickly on the TA listings, I see that they rank 10th out of 127 hotel listings for San Jose, which seems pretty high to me. Obviously, as with anything else, YMMV but it seems that most other reviewers really liked the place.

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Prolijo -- I think it was pretty apparent from my post I was simply relaying one person's opinion.

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We really just want a nice place to stay without complications for pick-up by rio tropicales for the pacuare river 2-day trip. Considering we will be at the hotel for approximately 12-18 hours, it doesn't make since to go overboard. We won't even be there long enough to enjoy the amenities - will catch breakfast if we're lucky. My daughter would be happy with a clean bed and bathroom, but me, her mother, wants to make sure it's nice and safe :)

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10. Re: one night stay

Relax, Travel. It certainly was pretty apparent from your post you were simply relaying one person's opinion. And if that person's opinion was in accord with the general consensus that I had seen I wouldn't have said anything. I think it was pretty apparent from my post that I recognized that was just one person's opinion. My real point was that most people seem to hold a very different view of the place than your friend and I think it was perfectly fair to point out that fact that you left out of your post.

smmtst,

Given your new information, that you're really only looking for someplace that is simply "clean, nice and safe without going overboard" rather than someplace "inbetween the Don Carlos and the Grano de Oro", I'd have to say that Le Bergerac or even the Don Carlos is actually more than you really need. I think you'll find someplace like the Aranjuez should be perfectly satisfactory for your stated needs and at half the price of Le Bergerac. Le Bergerac is naturally going to be fancier and is in a nicer neighborhood, but its not like you're going to be going out for an evening stroll in either place or doing much at your hotel except going to sleep.