This hotel was the perfect place to stay at the beginning and end of our trip. We stayed for two nights at the beginning and then again the night before we left Costa Rica. We checked in very late, around 11:30pm and the gentleman at the front desk was very friendly and helpful. The cab driver dropped us off at a side entrance which was guarded by security. There was security all through the hotel at every entrance, in the lobby and at the casino entrance which made me feel safe. The rooms were very clean, large and comfortable. We stayed on the 5th and 6th floors in a standard room both times. The only thing that was bad about this hotel is the noise at night. It's mostly the traffic below but one night there was a drunk outside our room, sounded like he was trying to get into his room, making quite a commotion for about a half hour. I suppose that is to be expected on a Friday night. I also noticed a few prostitutes in the lobby when we walked in, but at least they were somewhat discreet in their presence. Can't say much about that in a place where it's legal, although it made me uncomfortable to see upon arrival I got used to it.
The restaurant serves a really good continental buffet breakfast included with the room. There is a guy who makes omelettes and lots of other fruit and breakfast items available.
We had dinner there a few nights, it was very good and the service is great! They also have two computers with free internet in the lobby. It costs $22 to cab to/from the airport and it is situated directly in the middle of downtown. There is an art/gold/currenct museum about 2 blocks away and lots of shops and parks to explore.
I will definitely go back to Hotel Presidente if I return to Costa Rica and would recommend it to anyone, only advice is to try and get a room on one of the top floors as it drowns out the noise a bit better and maybe bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper. I am a very light sleeper and was only woken up a few times by the noise.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Presidente San Jose