We stayed here pre and post vacation conference in Jaco area, 1 night each stay. Rooms were clean and nice sized. To our surprise we got upgraded to a corner room jr suite and on return got a full 1 bedroom suite. Really nice as we drank wine and had snacks with our friends in the room. We ate at El Mirador on the top floor, it was very good and a great view of San Jose.
Staff was very nice and from previous reviews I read staff was not good,
but remember, Spanish
is their first language and they worked so hard at translating into English.
We are from Texas and speak Spanish so this was not a problem for us.
We are glad we did not stay at an airport hotel as we got to see the culture of the city.
Yes a bit seedy in areas but I have seen much worse. We never felt we were not safe there.
Our cab driver took us to the locals mercado 1 mile or so from the hotel. Wow, great experience as we were the only Americans around. Very good prices on the typical Costa Rican wood bowls and fresh ground coffee they bag right there! Wonderful aroma! We bought several bags and it is amazing.
I would stay here again for the value as we spent a lot
on our Marriott Resort for the rest of the week and this was fine for overnight. The other reviews say some unkind things but they do not claim to be the Ritz. It is 3 to 3 1/2 star and was booked as an American Airlines package.
Yes it is older but is truly well maintained.
Also we had the breakfast included and it was a typical rice and beans with fruit, costa rican style breakfast, which is never much to rave about. The bar made wonderful blackberry margaritas and was priced very low for nice big drinks and good beer.
- 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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