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“Disappointing and Overpriced”
Review of Hotel La Amistad

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Hotel La Amistad
Ranked #32 of 76 Hotels in San Jose
San Francisco
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Disappointing and Overpriced”
Reviewed 13 August 2006

We were extremely disappointed in this hotel, which we felt was way overpriced for what it offered. Our simple room was adequate in size, with two good size beds, and had a safe (a real plus) BUT the kitchen (for which we had paid extra) had no pots and pans so was of little use. (There was a microwave but , when we arrived late in the evening, we had no microwavable food with us or appropriate containers.) There was a bathroom with the room but the large cockroach which crawled towards my daughter when she opened the bathroom door was something of a negative. The included breakfast (which was a no frills "dorm-style" buffet) in a pleasant dining area with a nice array of tables was stated to be until 10 a.m. but, when we came down at 9:15 a.m., there were only the last
vestiges of some scrambled eggs, rice and fried bananas so we just had cereal, toast and juice. Around 9:35 a.m., some more rice was brought out but no more eggs appeared and no-one came to see how we were doing or to offer us anything.

The hotel is about 10 minutes walk into town - a pleasant, slightly hilly, walk but not one that we would want to do after dark.

We would not return to this hotel and, in fact, we cancelled the reservation which we had made for the end of our Costa Rica trip and, instead, had a delightful experience in a lovely, more centrally located, hotel for about the same price that we would have spent at the Amistad.

  • Liked — There was some one still on duty to register us when we arrived after midnight due to flight delay.
  • Disliked — I thought it was overpriced, offering very basic accomodation, service and food.
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled with family
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Mkink, Owner at Hotel La Amistad, responded to this review, 31 January 2009
This was prior to the management change in Oct. 2006 and renovations. Many of the photos are of the old Hotel prior to renovations.

Sorry for the confusion
Matt
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2006

The beds weren't comfy, but the room was reasonably clean. The breakfast was exactly the same every day, and the staff appeared to know very little about getting around Costa Rica to the touristy places like Arenal or Monteverde. They also appeared to know very little about places that were nearby like places to eat, dance or set-up tours. On the up hand, it was just a few blocks from the city center, and our room had air conditioning.

  • Liked — Air conditioning
  • Disliked — Uncomfortable beds
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled with friends
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Mkink, owner at Hotel La Amistad, responded to this review, 31 January 2009
This was prior to the management change in Oct. 2006 and renovations. Many of the photos are of the old Hotel prior to renovations.

Sorry for the confusion
Matt
Hotel La Amistad
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Reviewed 22 February 2006

Stayed alone. Staff were all very helpful.
Arranged my Tram Tour which was Great!

Marlene is very attractive (did not ask her out :-)

Was my first trip to Costa Rica, enjoyed all of it.
Neighbor hood is quiet at night but noisy during the
day. Spent too much time a few blocks away at
Jonny's Sports Bar but was very convenient.

Unless I get a better offer from a new found friend,
I will definitely stay at the Amistad again.

  • Stayed February 2006
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2005

If you are young (or young at heart), or just sociable, you should stay here when in San Jose. The staff are legendary in their helpfulness, most especially Rudolfo. He is extra ordinarily friendly and helpful. [--]. We had two great stays here and I am sure you ll find the hotel fantastic too.

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13 Thank m4rtin27
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Reviewed 13 April 2005

I have been staying at Hotel LA Amistad for the last 10 years and have seen it grow from 14 rooms to now 40 rooms. The German owner did an impressive job and lives up to the name "LA Amistad" The staff works there for so many years, I know then all by name and they no me. The Manager Marlene works there 13 years and is the true best asset. The place is clean, best breakfast buffet in town and included in the rates and top security systems all for no extra charge, key cards, electr safes, voice mail, internet cafe and wireless acess through out the Hotel and all that for $ 50.- plus Tax a night!

  • Stayed February 2005
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Property: Hotel La Amistad
Address: Calle 15 Avenida 11, San Jose 1864-1002, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 76 Hotels in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
South Beach Miami meets Costa Rican Culture. Located in Barrio Otoya and Amon, upon entering the Hotel you see the beautiful Art Deco Tile and Marble, surrounded by rich, dark native wood beams and floors. 34 rooms include 6 Penthouse Suites with King beds, 24 jet Jacuzzi tubs and personal dry sauna as well as, another 26 Luxury Rooms with either King or Queen size beds. All rooms have 80 channels of Cable TV with HBO and Cinemax, flat screen TVs, hardwire and wireless internet access, refrigerator, digital safe and luxurious mattresses. You will find these quiet Barrio's are away from the noise and traffic of downtown but still only a short 5 minute walk to all of San Jose's main attractions - The National Theatre, Museums, Shops, Restaurants, Casino's, Nightlife and Exotic Parks. As always free wireless, long distance calls to USA and Canada and laundry. Breakfast included in price. Ask about our ALL INCLUSIVE options. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, All domestic Beer and Wine, Well Drinks, 50% off top shelf. ... more   less 
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