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Holiday Inn San Jose Downtown Aurola
Ranked #24 of 78 Hotels in San Jose
Reviewed 26 May 2011

My sister and I stayed in this hotel as part of a tour. The hotel was down the street from the Gold Museum and the main plaza. The area was okay for San Jose. Overall, the hotel staff was very friendly and the internet use was much cheaper than in other areas of Costa Rica. The room was very spacious and clean and the food was good. I would stay here again anytime.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 April 2011

This hotel is located within walking distance of a grocery store and shops accross from a lovely park. Walking is a bit tricky given the poor condition of the sidewalks. The hotel itself was beautiful with a huge floral arrangement in the lobby and a heated inside pool and spa. The food was buffet and good but not exceptional. Plenty of fresh fruit with breakfast. Staff was helpful. Rooms were nice but the king bed seemed to be two beds pushed together so there was a noticable hill in the middle of the bed. Loved the selection of soft or hard pillows. I would select this hotel for another stay.

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  • Stayed: April 2011
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Reviewed 10 April 2011

The room was clean and comfortable. I've never stayed in an H.I. that wasn't. This is the highest building in the area, so there are some great views of San Jose. The restaurants were mixed. The penthouse one is the kind of place that seems more interested in how the plate looks than if the food is good. My wife and I had the same meal, but the steaks were much different. Waiters were not too friendly. The downstairs restaurant where we had breakfast was the complete opposite; the food was good and varied. Oh, the bell hop never did show up to get our bags when we were leaving....

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Reviewed 9 April 2011

Spent 1 night in Aurola at end of Caravan tour, having spent 2 nights at start of tour in Barcelo - there is no comparison, as the Aurola is old, tired, dirty, and noisy. Room small with deep cuts in window; noise from street and hall significant, even on 10th floor. Pool and jacuzzi nice. Small bar and a nice piano played in lobby on arrival. 17th floor Mirador restaurant nice. 1st floor buffet ok but smaller than Barcelo had. Found rugs frayed and rooms not as clean as Barcelo. However, Aurola is right downtown if one wants shopping or ability to walk - though San Jose does not offer many sights to visit.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2011

-perfect place in the middle of the city-center, close to a lot of restaurants, museums, shops, parks, very friendly staff, worst thing: breakfast / food

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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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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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Additional Information about Holiday Inn San Jose Downtown Aurola

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: £65 - £93 (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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