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“Good location for airport access and sightseeing outside of San Jose”

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Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton San Jose Airport
Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels in Alajuela
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Princeton, New Jersey
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“Good location for airport access and sightseeing outside of San Jose”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

The hotel is very convenient to the airport (with a free shuttle although we rented a car). Since our objective was to see a few things near San Jose after flying into its airport (e.g. Poas Volcano) staying outside of the city was preferable. The Hampton is not Costa Rica, but we just wanted a comfortable place to sleep for a couple of nights before moving on and it filled the bill excellently. It's "on the way" from down town to the Poas volcano National Park - a place it is better to get to early in the day before clouds move in - so it was doubly convenient. In the afternoon we drove to downtown San Jose to take a look around. There are numerous parking lots at reasonable prices (about $1.50/hour typically) so staying near the airport was a much better choice that staying in town in our view. The main downside is that there are few interesting restaurants near the hotel, but since our focus at this stage in our trip was sightseeing, this was not too much of a problem. As others have pointed out, Denny's is nearby, but almost as close is a local chain, Rosti Pollo, which we ate at both nights. The Hampton Inn will give you a coupon good for a 10% discount, and both nights we had fairly tasy meals, with a bottle of OK wine, for about $40 for the two of us.

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Edmonton, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

Wasn't impressed. Although they were training at the front desk it seem to be very unorganized. The room (217) we got was okay, nothing exceptional for being "by Hilton". Would have been just as happy if we stayed at the Holiday Inn next door for probably half the price. Close by were restaurants and the airport. Wasn't interested in the pool, quite cool and windy. Our air conditioner didn't work properly and made a lot of noise, if we could have opened a window we would have. The television was on the loudest it could go and still couldn't hear it over the a/c. The sleep we got was very poor and we were quite irritable for the trip back home. The beds weren't comfortable either. Nothing was said when we left and let them know about the a/c. Not 100% satisfaction or your money back is their motto - they're obviously not 100% on that issue. Good thing this overnight was just an overnight, we were beyond wanting to complain, just wanted to get home which is sad when in such a beautiful country.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2012

The Hampton Inn in San Jose, Costa Rica looks just like the Hampton Inn in Bakersfield, CA. If that's what you want when you trave to a foreign culture you will like it here. There is even a Denny's right across the street from here. And a Holiday Inn next door.
There is not much else around here if you want to get a drink or something to eat.
I feel that the price for a night's sleep is very high. The next time I will stay at a local place for 1/3rd of the price.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

This hotel was the place to stay if you have an early flight out of San Jose. They offer a shuttle to the airport every 15 minutes, and after 5:30 they will give you a sack with breakfast. Coffee is available 24 hours a day, and when I arrived there were fresh chocolate chip cookies at the check in desk. The hotel gives you free WiFi and free long distance calls to the United States. I found the room clean, quiet, and comfortable. It is close to Denny's, a casino and the Costa Rican version of a KFC restaurant. It is a bit pricey for what you get

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Ione, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

This was an unplanned stay when we booked our trip to Costa Rica. However the airline we were using changed our departure time to an earlier flight. We needed to be closer to the airport that morning and this was a perfect choice for us. The rooms were roomy, clean and surprisingly quiet being so close to the airport. Loved the big flat screen tv. Their shuttle drivers were helpful and friendly as was the staff at check-in and check-out. The young man in the gift shop was very accomodating as well. We didn't have a chance to try their breakfast so I can't tell you what that was like. Would definitely stay here again!!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

Lovely room. Huge bed. Clean. Spacious. Helpful staff. Secure. Great Wifi. Hard to fault tho obviously this is American style and for comfort and convenience, not a Costa Rica experience.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

We stayed here the night before our early morning flight to return home after our 3 wk visit to CR and we couldnt be happier with our stay.

We booked via expedia and received exactly what we booked - King size studio Room #210. The room was very clean, very comfortable. It had a flat screen tv w many channels in english, a comfy recliner chair, desk , wifi worked.everywhere, etc. They have the little things right down to disinfecting the remote to 24 hr complimentary tea/cofee/hot choc in the lobby. we left early so we couldnt take advantage of the free breakfast but they had a to go breakfast bag w water, special k bar, muffin & an apple. a nice touch.

Bathroom was impecably clean, hot water shower/tub, nice, fluffy towels and bathroom amenities that were needed at the end of a trip (shampoo, body wash, qtips, etc).

The bed was heavenly with soft, clean linens. choice of pillows and a comfy duvet. Very nice sleep.

The only cons were the A/C was a tad noisy even on low but we turned it off as it wasnt that hot in the room and used the fan only. Also, the hotel was having a problem with the room keys accessing the room, business center and pool access so we had to wait in line at the front desk several times to gain entry to these areas but the front desk staff were very apologetic and were quick to help us out.

Overall, we very much enjoyed out stay and will definitely stay again on our future trips to CR & would recommend to others. As I mentioned earlier, they have the little things right. Great airport hotel! Oh and they have free shuttle to and from the airport, very convenient.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Property: Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton San Jose Airport
Address: Hwy 1 Airport Blvd, Alajuela 20107, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Alajuela
#3 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
#4 Family Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton San Jose Airport 3*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An airport hotel with everything you need...welcome to the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton San José - Airport. If you're looking for a hotel in the Central Valley, home of San José, Costa Rica’s capital city, look no further. Our Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton™ is the most conveniently located hotel in the area, just five minutes away from the International Airport, one block away from rental car return centers, and with easy access the Inter-American Highway (which transports you to beautiful beaches, national parks, and free trade areas). ... more   less 
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