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“Beautiful Hotel, even though I didn't love San Jose itself”
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Hotel Presidente
Ranked #5 of 76 Hotels in San Jose
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Palo Alto, California
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“Beautiful Hotel, even though I didn't love San Jose itself”
Reviewed 2 March 2010

We were about two blocks from the National Theater, which was right in the center of the tourist attractions. Being in the center of the city, it was slightly noisy at night.
To be fair, we were given a free upgrade because they thought we were honeymooning, so I can't speak to the quality or value of the regular rooms.
The service was outstanding overall, but it took over 75 minutes for our luggage to transfer from the bellhop to our room.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2010

I had a very nice four night stay at the Presidente last week, Jan 2010. The hotel was clean and secure, the staff friendly and helpful and I was very satisfied. My room was very clean and the bed both large and comfortable. The only problem was a faulty air conditioner the first two nights, but after it was repaired it worked great. The included breakfast was delicious and had a wide assortment of fresh fruits, cooked-to-order eggs and juices. I would stay there again if I return to San Jose.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 January 2010

We used the Presidente as our first port of call upon landing in Costa Rica and were very impressed. The hotel arranged for a driver to pick us up at the airport and take us to the hotel (as well as sorting out our onward Interbus tickets at no extra cost) and the staff were extremely helpful throughout.

The rooms were also very good - as you would expect from a good international hotel - very big, clean, excellent bathroom. It is handily located too pretty much in the centre of town.

The restaurant is pretty good too, breakfast was excellent and we had to go back to San Jose at the end of our trip round Costa Rica to catch a Tica Bus - we weren't actually staying at the hotel the second time round but they recognised us from a fortnight before (after only a one night stay - don't know whether to be impressed or worried ha ha!) and were more than happy to look after our bags while we killed time waiting for the Tica Bus.

Very good hotel, highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Ireland
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Reviewed 14 January 2010

Stayed 2 nights. Good international standard. More expensive than any other hotel I stayed in while in Costa Rica but worth it

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 January 2010

we were pleasantly surprised with the room assigned to us on the top floor (8th). We had a good view of the mountains from the window. Location of this hotel off the Avenidas Centrale put it in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. There are many things to see within a short walk and very good restaurants to enjoy nearby.
The furniture in our room (a suite) was very contemporary and comfortable. Lots of room, two FP televisions, etc.
The restaurant downstairs served very good breakfast with a good spread and with made to order eggs. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We had dinner at the restaurant that was very good.
All in all, we had a very comfortable stay at this hotel for two nights before we headed to the Arenal region.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2010

We used the Presidente coming off a week's journey through Costa Rica. The hotel is centerally located, but we warned warned not to go out after dark except in a taxi. This hotel caters to tour groups, so breakfast can be very crowded. Staff is very helpful, the food is good, and we received excellent accomodations. We used this as a stayover prior to a flight out the next day. If you don't have any desire to see downtown San Jose, stay near the airport.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with family
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Newark, New York
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Reviewed 11 December 2009

Great location, nice rooms but extremely noisy from the bars/clubs and outdoors - don't expect to get much sleep

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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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