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Holiday Inn San Jose Downtown Aurola
Ranked #24 of 77 Hotels in San Jose
Reviewed 3 April 2011

I stayed here on the last day of a 10 day tour and it served it's purpse. We didn't arrive till late afternoon and had to leave early in the morning so not much time was spent.

The lobby was lovely. The bell boys friendly. Room pretty basic although bed was comfy. Beautiful indoor pool.

Located right in San Jose although I never had time to explore. The pedestrian walk is just a couple of blockes away. Would of been nice to take a walk.

Breakfast buffet was very good.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 March 2011

Beautiful lobby, although the rooms could definitely use some updating. The staff were helpful. The gym was nice and the hotel included an indoor pool. Was surprised that the mini bar items were exceptionally cheap, a soda $1.25 and snacks were also quite reasonable. Breakfast had a variety of foods to choose from and included an egg bar, where you could have the breakfast chef cook you a simple egg to taste or even an omelet. We had a corner room with amazing views of the city. Loved being in the heart of the city where we could walk to many sites and parks. The hotel prides itself on being green so you are encouraged to re-use towels, conserve water and recycle. If you're not interested in participating in the towel program, you can decline by placing your towels on the floor and not hang them up. You can control the temperature in the rooms, which was good because it was cold inside and colder than usual outside. It should be noted that the major advantage to staying at Aurola, in NOT the hotel, it's the fact that you can walk to so many amazing attractions, from historical buildings, beautiful parks, amusements, soaking in the San Jose culture. BTW, the Pizza Hut had the most amazing pizza I've ever eaten. Although it was pricey, it was well worth it!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 March 2011

Vacuum used by maint crew for a plumbing problem was dirtier on the outside than on the inside. Hall carpets need better cleaning. Lavatory faucet in 611 was loose from the granite top. Thermostatic feature of shower faucet is not working. Often hot water came out of hot line and cold line at the shower and lavatory. Shower head does not have a good setting. Shower head needs to be simpler and more effective.
Door key cards are unreliable. Food in Tropicana dining room can be good at times and very average to poor at other times. Breakfast was reliably good.
Pool was good fun and relaxing.
Dinner was variable. Final dinner on the 17th floor restaurant was good. Hotel very well adapted for service to the large Caravan tours. Drum beats from Cultural Center 3 blocks away can keep you awake at night until 3 or 6 am.

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Reviewed 21 March 2011

To be short and sweet, I enjoyed my stay at this hotel. The food(Breakfast buffet) at the Tropicana restaurant in the hotel wasn't that good but I am a vegan so depending on your food preference, you may disagree. The treadmill needs to be upgraded. On Friday and Saturday nights, the loud music outside in the club may be a problem for light sleepers. But all in all, the hotel was great. The things I've already mentioned are trivial, in my opinion. Oh....the view of the mountains is a plus.

Stayed: March 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 March 2011

Never seen so many Americans in one place (btw - I'm American). If you want to get out of your cocoon and explore the local people and culture, this is not the place for you. Lobby seems to be always packed with tour groups.

That being said, if you want lodgings with "no surprises" (i.e. no adventure) rooms and facilities are very nice. Fitness facilities among the best I've seen in a hotel. Didn't eat there, but the resaurant looks mediocre (like a Denny's). Bar couldn't make a mojito or gin & tonic, and the bar food was poor.

Location was great - good restaurants and sights not immediately adjacent, but within 6-8 blocks.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2011

I stayed for a long weekend with a friend. The hotel staff were great and friendly! They had great recommendations on where to eat. They were helpful with calling cabs for us and providing us with wake up calls. Room was clean and comfy. The pool was nice and warm!

Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 March 2011

If you have to stay in downtown san jose then it is perfectly fine. I only realized after that it is better to say in the nicer hotels outside of downtown like doubletree, intercon or marriott. cabs are plentiful anyway and cheap. everything is walkable from this hotel. and there is a nice park and plenty of restaurants around it.

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Address: 5th Avenue and 5th Street | PO Box 7802-1000, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Family Hotel in San Jose
#13 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#18 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range: £57 - £87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holiday Inn San Jose Downtown Aurola 3.5*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience a relaxing getaway in the heart of Central America at the Holiday Inn ® Hotel San Jose Downtown – Aurola, conveniently nestled in the center of lively San Jose, with panoramic views of the beautiful Central Valley. Conveniently located within walking distance of a variety of local attractions, guests will enjoy superior modern amenities and facilities such as free high speed WIFI access, an on-site business center, large meeting rooms, swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center, pub bar, and two restaurants. Discover a hotel where technology and hospitality come together in perfect harmony, where you can stay connected with modern Internet wireless access, and disconnect with a relaxed Costa Rica ambiance and modern luxuries. Whether visiting for a leisure getaway or a business connection, this San Jose hotel offers a peaceful, productive atmosphere where you can get the most out of your San Jose experience.Conveniently located within walking distance of all the best downtown attractions as well as downtown businesses. You will enjoy people watching in Parque Morazan, located just outside our front door. This park features a number of sculptures and monuments which decorate the expanse of urban green, including a beautiful domed structure, known as Templo de Música, or the Temple of Music. ... more   less 
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