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“A Downtown Hotel”
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Hotel Presidente
Ranked #5 of 76 Hotels in San Jose
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Titusville, Florida
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“A Downtown Hotel”
Reviewed 1 September 2013

We spent our last night of a package tour at El Presidente. Because of the traffic and one-way city streets, congestion, poor street signage, I would not recomment this location for one who was driving. But, with transportation provided it's a great stay. Food and bar are great, staff is friendly and helpful. Their bartender is on-the-spot with food and drink orders. The included breakfast was great! You are only a block from marvelous museum and centered well for the various tours, and right next to the hustle and bustle of a VERY busy area. San Jose is NOT the cleanest of cities--I'd say the sidewalks are paved with spent chewing gum! But the hotel is clean, and we found the fifth floor quiet.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Westminster, California
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Everything was amazing and beautiful in Costa Rica until we got to San Jose downtown. Hotel Presidente location is the worst with horrible parking. The hotel is situated in the busy, rundown downtown with hustling and bustling commuters, traffic and buses. The streets are narrow, conjested and one-way. If you miss a turn, good luck! It took us 1.5 hours to travel couple of miles to get to the hotel. Hotel Presedente sign could be seen a quarter block away but there are no signs of parking. The hotel is built on top of scruffy shops and businesses that are locked down with metal bars at night. We had to drive around the downtown few times trying to find the hotel parking lot. We saw a small "private" parking lot adjacent to the hotel...we took our chances and entered the lot ready to pay. We were tired from driving 5 hours in heavy rain and just wanted to check in to the hotel. Fortunately this was the hotel's parking lot - very small and narrow, fits 6-7 cars. It was full and we were told to back up and park across the street in another parking lot. Are you kidding me? How do you back out to a one way street with bumper to bumper traffic with aggressive bus drivers, taxi drivers, and pedestrians? We were appauled. The good thing is the parking attendant helped us by blocked the traffic (without being runover as there is no street light here) so my husband could back out straight into the parking lots across the street. I don't why anyone would want to stay in this hotel - its not close to the airport, the rooms are extremely small compared to other hotels (we couldn't even find space to put our luggage), there is no swimming pool or hot tub, no sit down restaurant (the bar and the breakfast area are in the lobby), horrible and overpriced food at the hotel's bar, horrible and inadequate parking (we had to haul our luggage from across the street in heavy rain), and the view of the rundown shops and metal bars with people running here and there to catch the bus and taxi drivers laying on the horn to keep pedestrians out of their way! The downtown is anything but a nice quaint town or upscale area where you would enjoy taking a stroll and eat at a nice restaurant. I live in Los Angeles area and have never seen anything like this! I wish we did not have to experience this on the last day of our vacation in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 1 night and we really liked it. The staff is friendly, the buffet is good and the rooms were very clean, nice decorated and big.
The hotel is just in the heart of San Jose, we were able to walk around to see a bit of the city.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

My wife and I stayed here for two nights back in June of 2013. After arriving into the airport late at night we were taken to the hotel by an airport taxi (roughly $20.00). If you were looking for the hotel on your own it may be hard to find, but due to its popularity the locals and taxi drivers all know how to get there.

The hotel was neat and well kept. Check in was a breeze. Our room was on the 4th floor. The view was pretty much just of a roof and a ladder, but you generally don't stay at a hotel in the center of San Jose if you are looking for a view. Some of the rooms on the higher floors do have beautiful views overlooking the city.

The breakfast included with the hotel was delicious. All staff at he hotel were pleasant to deal with. The hotel is centrally located in San Jose so you are within walking distance to many of the attractions when visiting the city.

This hotel was great for its central location and pricing. The rooms were adequate. This hotel was a very good hotel for the price we paid.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

I stayed here overnight before my flight out the next day. The location of the hotel is well suited to do souvenir shopping and within walking distance of the major attractions. There are also a number of dining options near the hotel. The staff were great and the service provided was of high quality. A nice hotel to spend the night when arriving into or leaving Costa Rica!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

We stayed at this hotel the last two nights of our vacation in Costa Rica. My husband really wanted to see the city. If you have to stay in San Jose, I would highly recommend Hotel Presidente. It is located right on the main pedestrian avenue and it was easy to walk to all of the major sites from the hotel. The hotel itself was a haven from the crowded city. The rooms are very nice with comfortable beds, AC, and lots of space. Their breakfast buffet was delicious. We ate dinner there the first night and it was also very good. We felt the price for food and drinks at the hotel was extremely reasonable, which is nice. The hotel has a shuttle that will take you to the airport if you need it for $30.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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danielmh, Director at Hotel Presidente, responded to this review, 5 August 2013
Dear Historygirl3,

Gracias for your great review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We would also wish to let you know how much we appreciate your review of the Teatro Nacional. It is an impressive and historical building of which many visitors are not aware and don’t get to see.

We hope that your journey through Costa Rica was also a memorable one, and that you have a safe trip back home.

At your service,

Daniel Mikowski
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Miami
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Decided to stay here one night before heading to Arenal and although the hotel was prefectly situated to see some of the sights in San Jose, and the staff was great, rooms were cool and comfortable, there really wasnt much of a reason to stay in San Jose. Nothing to see really. Even after a day of traveling the extra 3 hours to get to Arenal straight away would have been a better use of our time. I felt unsafe and worried we were going to get robbed. Lots of drug addict young kids on the main avenue. Restaurant right across from hotel had great food. Breakfast was great!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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danielmh, Director at Hotel Presidente, responded to this review, 5 August 2013
Dear jlazo22,

Thank you for your review. We are disappointed that San Jose didn’t leave a great impression on you, but rejoiced that you enjoyed the Hotel.

On our website a map of the Hotel’s surrounding shows many of the attractions San Jose has to offer, most of which are a short walk away.

Many visitors (and even locals!) do not think of San Jose as a tourist attraction or place worth visiting, especially when placed inside the context of a Country famous for its beaches and rain forest, but “old San Jose” is a very vibrant place, with much folklore and personality.
I personally love our Mercado Central and El Teatro Nacional (our Country’s architectural jewel), but the best attraction by far is walking around Avenida Central and just people watch.
That mix of people and unique, colorful characters can only be found in el Centro de San Jose.

I’m pleased that you enjoyed our breakfast and hope it set the tone for your trip to Arenal, which is a breathtaking area.

We wish you great travels,

Daniel Mikowski
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Property: Hotel Presidente
Address: Central Avenue Blvd | 7th Street, San Jose 2922-1000, 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 Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Casino Hotel in San Jose
#6 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#8 Family Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Presidente 3.5*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An iconic landmark in San Jose, Costa Rica, Hotel Presidente is a contemporary urban retreat in the heart of downtown San Jose. With its vibrant ambiance, modern decor and great service, our 4-star upscale hotel is the symbol of hospitality and the cultural soul Costa Rica's capital city. Celebrated for our eco-friendly tourism practices, Hotel Presidente is a window into Costa Rica's land, people and heritage. Experience an unforgettable vacation adventure, romantic getaway or business trip at Hotel Presidente... the place to relax, connect, inspire, dine, and explore Costa Rica! ... more   less 
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