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Hotel Ave del Paraiso
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in San Pedro
Reviewed 7 March 2012

We just enjoyed 3 days at Ave del Paraiso hosting a workshop for 42 people, The Event salon is gorgeous, full of beautiful art and with high wooden ceilings, it has the feel of a cathedral, but it´s quaint and warm. The owner Marek went out of his way to attend to our every need and request. Many of the participants stayed at the hotel and it was great. The food service was amazing...... fresh fruits and vegetables, plentiful and flavourful. We hope to use this facility again in the future, excellent and beautiful.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 January 2012

Nice, well decorated hotel close to the San Jose University and Barrio Escalante. The hotel rooms are spacious and clean. A/C, bathroom, tv included. Hotel serves breakfast, if you want more to eat you can go to the Crakovia cafe which serves excellent cheesecake and other meals.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 18 December 2011

Whenever we stay there we enjoy the service and full breakfast. It is an oasis in the busy part
of San Jose, great location for getting around the city and right at the gates of the University. They also run a cool little Cafe Krakovia, good coffee, pastries, sandwiches, a bit of a student hangout. All in All first rate

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

Rooms were small, bed was old and uncomfortable, and, service was less than minimal. A simple request for ice was denied. A simple request for a cup of coffee as I wait for the 6am taxi was denied, even when it had already been brewed - "It is only served at the 7am breakfast" was the excuse. Rooms were very bright at night, as the glass doors and curtains did not block the incredibly bright street lights. Don't plan on there being shampoo. The soap provided is very cheap. The breakfast, every day, was minimal. Though, the staff seemed to enjoy a better breakfast, as someone was eating something that smelled wonderful. The guests were stuck with cold, scrambled eggs, unripe fruit, stale bread and cheap cold cuts.

If you want to stay in an expensive hostel, this is the place for you. If you are a 22 year old backpacker and sharing a room with three others, this might be the place for you. If you are looking for a place that is worth the cost, then steer clear of Ave de Paraiso. It is shamelessly transparent that the owner, who appears to live on the premise, makes his/her money by taking advantage of travelers who don't know what they are getting into, hence the lack of service and the expensive sports car parked at the owner's residence.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 August 2011

My main issue with this place, as mentioned in a prior review, is that they tell you one price and then charge you a horrible exchange rate to inflate the price. I was quoted, as it says on their whiteboard behind the reception desk, $73 but due to their unjust way of manipulating the exchange rate I was charged around $80. The people at the reception which I think may be the owner seems to care less about the client's stay and providing an enjoyable experience. The room was clean but really outdated and the hot water in the bathroom nearly scalded my wife (yes I do know how to use showers in CR). The one positive is its location which is basically on the UCR campus and within a 5 minute walk to the mall San Pedro. If you don't need to stay this close to the UCR I suggest looking elsewhere. Poor business practices and overpriced, period.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2011

This hotel operates a scam, giving you a discount then changing the currency exchange to offset the discount. They say the price inclusive of tax then tax you. 35 year of travel and I have never seen this. Do not stay here.

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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 June 2009

I stayed a week at Hotel Ave del Paraiso during a recent trip to San Jose for work. For $55 a night I got breakfast and was able to walk to a few of my meetings that were in the barrio of La California. Downtown is also an easy walk (about 30 minutes) or bus ride. Taxis are inexpensive in San Jose, so that is always another option when you have cash on you.

The hotel staff were extremely nice. They weren't the most helpful -- the know a lot about tours and can call a taxi in a flash.

The room was clean and neat. However, it is winter here and got pretty cold at night. Unfortunately the hot water was only working somewhat. It was really hot at first, but about 30 seconds later I would need to turn off the cold water altogether. If you are not used to cool showers it could be a huge problem!

The cafe and Japonese restaurant in front the hotel are also great options. I enjoyed walking around UCR while I was here -- there is a loop around the campus that takes about 20-25 minutes.

A great deal. Breakfast is nothing special -- eggs, some bread (they should really get a toaster!!) and american cheese and some good fresh cheese, too. I would have liked to see gallo pinto (rice and beans mixed up) served for breakfast too. Since it is something traditional and very tasty. Nice place to stay. Also close to the San Pedro Mall (not anything too exciting...but something to do if you are into shopping or want to see a movie).

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Hotel Ave del Paraiso

Address: 50 Meters North of the Fuente de la | Hispanidad, San Pedro 612-2050, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Pedro
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in San Pedro
Price Range: £47 - £72 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Ave del Paraiso 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located in the university district of San Pedro, within walking distance from shopping centers, restaurants, pubs and a large selection of nightlife attractions. Our hotel is literally surrounded by the University of Costa Rica campus, the biggest university in Central America. This location assures our guests peace and tranquility despite of being so close to one of the best amusement areas in capital San Jose. In our property you can enjoy of our beautiful tropical gardens, have a cup of delicious coffee at our artistic Cafe Kracovia or simply relax and read a book in one of our balconies with view to the gardens. ... more   less 
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