I booked one night here after being in Puerto Viejo because my flight left early in the morning, Expedia listed that they offered a free airport shuttle. Upon check-in, they said they did not... it would cost $28 to get to the airport. I specifically booked here for the shuttle service. I think the manager gave me a discounted rate through his taxi-driver friend, which lessened the blow, but was still stressful and frustrating.
The room I was in, #234 (in the "back building"), was clean enough except for the pigeons that lived directly above my door and pooped all over the door handle and the floor in front of my room. There is no air conditioning, only cross ventilation capabilities (through windows on opposite sides of the room) and a ceiling fan. The decor suggests that this hotel is really trying hard to be a fancy upscale place like Hyatt or W, but the tile & floor finishes and lack of attention to detail make this attempt unsuccessful. The room was really large with a safe, modern-styled furniture and crisp white sheets.
The restaurant left a lot to be desired. I left too early to catch breakfast, but I ate dinner there- a super-salty grilled fish fillet with veggies and a glass of wine- they didn't have white wine, they only had red (Concha y Toro- a Peruvian wine that I can get at my local supermarket here in the USA- el cheapo) that was warm when it came out. The restaurant service was not great, but that is the case everywhere in Costa Rica... also, they listed 3 or 4 desserts, but only actually had one of them.
The location is fine- super close to Sabana Sur Park. A cab to downtown (about 2 or 3 miles I think?) is about $7-10. Be sure to have the front desk order you a taxi- they get the metered ones as opposed to the ones without meters that can charge you whatever they want.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When you look for hotels in Costa Rica, KC Hotel San Jose is the place to stay. Developed with executive travel in mind, this boutique hotel is perfect for short or long term stays in San Jose. Located in the prestigious neighborhood of Sabana Sur, across from La Sabana Central Park, KC Hotel San Jose brings together the charm of residential San Jose with the convenience of easy access to the city center, neighboring Escazu and Juan Santamaria International Airport. Affordable yet luxurious, KC Hotel San Jose offers a variety of accommodations depending on the needs and length of stay of each of our guests. A/C is avilable only on Superior Rooms. All the rooms have fans. Our rooms and suites come fully furnished with all the comforts of home, including cable television and unlimited free access to the Internet. Among the hotel's amenities are room service, restaurant and bar, lobby lounge and a large pool, to the convenience of our guests. He have an special Smoked Garden pro Carbon Neutral, ... more less
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