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Holiday Inn Express San Jose Airport
Ranked #6 of 27 Hotels in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 January 2010

I have stayed at this hotel on two occassions with my family of 6. Certainly this is not a destination hotel, but it is an ideal hotel for late arrival flights or early morning depatures. Several rental companies are within walking distance of the hotel allowing you to easliy drop off/pick up your rental car. You will find a couple of resturants within walking distance of the hotel too which you will need for any meals other than breakfast. The free breakfast was much nicer than expected, with eggs, rice and beans, plantains, pastries, juices, milk, coffee, tea, cereals, etc.

The staff was not overly friendly or rude. They are often busy at the front deask and the check in/check out process was at times much longer than I expected. The hotel was clean and in good condition. They have a pool. The free shuttle is easy to find at the airport and ran frequently.

My only complaints would be that they need to provide a quick check-out process for those people short on time and the price is a little higher than you might pay for the same thing in the US.

If you would like more info and photos about Costa Rica, please check out my family travel blog at www.AdventurousFamilyVacations.com . Happy traveling!

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 January 2010

My family and I stayed in this hotel our first night in Costa Rica. The shuttle service and the price ($99.) were the primary factors in selecting this hotel. Upon exiting the San Jose Airport the hotel shuttle was there waiting for us- this was great because there were many cab drivers asking to take us somewhere. The shuttle advertises both Holiday Inn Express and Marriott on the bus- these two hotels share the shuttle because they are beside one another. The shuttle runs 24hrs a day every 15 minutes. The morning breakfast was GREAT (and free). Also, the hotel offers free international calls.
For less money (and more character and charm) , try the Hotel Mango a block away from the Holiday Inn Express (you can walk on a sidewalk from the Holiday Inn to get to the Hotel Mango (a safe walk). When riding through the city, I did not see any reason to stay in a hotel in San Jose (unless you were going to spend time in the city- which is large with lots ramshackle homes).

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 September 2009

I rarely take the time to thank a hotel but in this case it is in order. We were stuck in San Jose for 3 nights due to an airline mistake.(THX to the big airline out of ATL) The hotel staff went out of their way to make our life easy. From the smiling faces and friendly environment to the fact they served a different menu each morning during the free breakfast. What a pleasant experience to find an airport hotel with heart and soul! It is a 10 on my list and the big ATL airline is a -2! The casino next door provided the low cost night life and the pool provided the sun during the day.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2009

We stayed here the night before our flight out of San Jose. I think this hotel is perfect for the night before the airport. They have a free shuttle that takes you to the airport. There was also a free breakfast in the morning that had a lot of American food such as bagels and english muffins.

We were pleasantly surprised by the rooms. The beds were extremely comfortable and it looked as though the rooms had been redone recently. It's also convenient to some other attractions on the outskirts of San Jose if you have a little time before your flight.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2009

We were very tired after a long day - so ended up here to catch an early flight. While it's "nice" to have free shuttle to airport, breakfast to go (if you use your imagination and call banana and junk food muffin breakfast), Wi-Fi, and smiling, solicitous service - but $150 is too much-but in Washington DC or Honolulu.

Upshot - i won't fly into San Jose next time - will go straight to Nicaragua.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 June 2009

Close to the casino, car rentals and restaurants. Perfect spot to begin and end your Costa Rican trip.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2009

We stayed here for two nights in May - our first night after landing late at night and our last night prior to a morning flight home. This was the most expensive hotel we used during our three week stay, however, the location was perfect being only minutes away from the airport. There is a free shuttle bus to take you to and from the airport and upon our arrival at Costa Rica the hotel had a member of staff waiting for us with our name on a board with the shuttle ready to take us to the hotel.
The rooms are quite large with a super king size bed which is very comfortable. There is cable TV, A/C, iron, safe, coffee maker, toiletries, good shower, free wifi (all over hotel), free use of computers in reception, free breakfast (continental style), free parking, pool and free coffee 24 hrs. The hotel is right next door to Denny's restaurant which is very handy and a casino. Reception staff were very friendly. I had requested a quiet room when I booked months in advance and upon arrival the staff were keen to ensure we were given a quiet room so had a room overlooking the pool on the first floor which was very quiet considering it was an airport hotel.
I would definitely use this hotel again as it is a perfect stop over when using the airport.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1000 Airport Boulevard | next to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Alajuela 95-4003, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Alajuela
#5 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#8 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range: £86 - £127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Express San Jose Airport 3*
Number of rooms: 100
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