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which hotel in SJO??

Staying in San jose for just a night before departing. We are a couple & two teens. It will be our only stint in SJO so we are looking to walk out the door and see some local sights without getting into a cab but also be able to get to the airport by 3am (YUCK.) We want to stay right in the centre of things so I was thinking Gran Hotel-Hotel La Amistad-Sleep Inn or Hotel Dunn inn. My peeps could sleep through an earthquake so I'm not concerned about noise-just safety so I was thinking if you stay in the area you want to be in-you don't really have to walk around at night and given our odd schedule we need to be where airport transpo is convenient. Any advice?

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During the day, you could walk out the door and see some of the local sights without getting in a cab from any of those places. At night, you'll probably want to get in a cab as soon as you walk out the door. There are local sights scattered around downtown, but probably the most central bunch is around the Plaza de la Cultura, which has the Gold Museum underneath it and the National Theatre on its southern flank.

The Gran Hotel is on its western flank so that hotel is arguably the best for just walking out the door. The other hotels that you mentioned are also within walking distance (again during the day) however they're several blocks further. The Dunn Inn is about 6 blocks north of that Plaza. Its a nice place and the neighborhood not too bad but you probably don't want to wander too far to the west of that into the "zona roja". The Amistad is also a nice place. It is located furthest away at about 7-8 blocks NE of the Plaza & Theatre. If you stay there, I recommend you have dinner at the Cafe Mundo which is only 1 block south of the Amistad and thus safe enough to walk even in the evening.

The Sleep Inn is closer than the other 2 places to the Plaza de la Cultura at ~5 blocks away (3 east & 2 north). It is close to several nice little city parks including the Morazon, Espana and (1 long block away) the National Park (again, all nice by day but not for strolling in late at night). In other ways it is most central to several museums - the Gold back at the Plaza de la Cultura, the Jade on the opposite (N) side of Parque Espana, the MCAD taking up the block between the Parques Espana y Nacional and, my favorite, the National Museum which is 2 blocks south of the National Park. The entrance to the Sleep Inn is in a fenced and guarded lot so you don't even have to get out on the street to get in a cab. They have the nice Colonial Casino on the other side of that lot (the Gran has a small casino too but it is not nearly as nice). I haven't eaten there in a few years myself but the restaurant at the Colonial still also gets high marks. The biggest negative to the Sleep Inn is its immediate neighborhood. Those parks I mentioned earlier can be crime magnets at night (e.g. say hello to the TV streetwalkers that always hang out on the corner near the Edificio Metalico which is about 50 feet away from the hotel's northern exit). And the Hotel Del Rey is right next door with its 24 hour parade of hookers and johns and the assorted street scum that hang outside its doors to prey on everyone walking by.

You can easily catch a cab to the airport late-night/early-motning from any of these places (or have the hotel doorman hail or call one for you). If you want to be right outside of the prime daytime tourist center, then the Gran Hotel would probably be the best for you. If you want to be within a few blocks of a variety of daytime sights and appreciate the extra security of their gated lot then the Sleep Inn would be my other choice.

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thank-you so much for taking the time to reply in such great detail. I have a much clearer picture of where we should aim for. You are so helpful.

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We are planning a trip to San Jose and wonder where you stayed and how things worked out. How did you travel from the airport?

Thanks in advance.

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www.hoteldunninn.com my fav of the ones you mention.

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