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“Simply Awful”
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Hotel Ambassador
Ranked #64 of 78 Hotels in San Jose
Reviewed 25 September 2012

I stayed at this horrible hotel with a high school EF Tour. The lobby was shabby, the room smelled awful, the rug was stained, there were tiles missing in the bathroom/shower, I was afraid to sleep in the sheets (I slept on the top of the bed between beach towels), the breakfast was not edible and I prayed there wouldn't be an earthquake or fire.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank TerreG
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

This hotel is in serious need of TLC. It shabby looking, and the decor needs a lot of help and renovations.
Some of the window panels are missing, i had clean but stained sheets, the carpet was stained, the tiles in the bathroom were cracked, the air conditionning barely worked some light fixures in my room did not work...you get the picture.
However, Its located in a relatively safe area and walking distance from the main shopping strip. If you don't care about esthetics and you are on a tight budget, its not a completely horrible option, but i would not stay there again. Also, i did not have any begbugs.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank TanyaOnTheRoad
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Reviewed 26 May 2012

uuuugggghhhh!!! It was not by choice my friend and I stayed here but rather a late-night, last option! We had booked a place down the road at Casa Colon and were forced to move to Hotel Ambassador because our room at Colon was no longer available (that's another post). Thank god we only had to really spend less than 6 hours MAX in this place. Walking into the lobby around 23:00 we had the most uncomfortable feeling. It was dark with flickering fluorescent lights and random men just hanging out infront of the TV. Our room was disgusting! The bathroom and shower were equally disgusting! It was as if they built the place in the 60s and hadn't touched it since! The sheets and bed made sleeping so utterly uncomfortable. I had to put one of my own t-shirts over the pillow to ensure I would be sleeping on something clean! The blankets hadn't been changed since 1960 either. This was the worst 1st night's sleep in a new country EVER!!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank MMHworldtraveler
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Reviewed 17 June 2010

It's this kind of hotel where you can only spend one or two nights for business.
The hotel is old but the location is very good, you are in the middle of San Jose.
A place for low budget without taste.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled on business
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1  Thank marcelzeimer
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Reviewed 5 March 2008

From the moment we entered it was a nightmare!!! We arrived late at San José and saw the Ambassador Hotel, trusting the name; we decided to spend the night there. What a mistake!! The first room they gave us was dirty and the air conditioning didn't work. The second one, was dirty, the A/C didn't work and had bed bugs. I mean it, we didn't get to sleep at all!!! The bathroom was dirty, the light fixtures didn't work except for a small lamp. The elevators were all run down as well as the rest of the place. Next morning, they served breakfast in a room which had to be accesed via stairs and no wheelchairs could get there. Fruit was stale, the eggs cold and only one cup of cofee per person. The hotel is as horrible and terrible as can be. The parking lot was extremely limited and they close it down for the night so we had to wait for nearly 20 mins. until they decided to open it. Bottomline, it's not worth it. Not even for 20 bucks. It's dirty, run down, everything broken, has bugs, no wheelchair facilities for breakfast and extremely poor illumination.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank agnf77
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Reviewed 20 June 2017
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Room Tip: Que no quede del lado de la calle, aunque tiene el mejor wifi, se oye mucho la builla de los carros...
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled on business
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Thank Mametre
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Reviewed 16 May 2016
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Room Tip: solicitar las habitaciones en el Sexto piso ... son las mejores y silenciosas.
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  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled on business
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4  Thank Tempisque E
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Additional Information about Hotel Ambassador

Address: 26th & 28th St. | Paseo Colon, cross to Pizza Hut Restuarant, San Jose 10106, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #64 of 78 Hotels in San Jose
Price Range: £42 - £65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ambassador 3*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It is a pleasure for us to offer our information about the services that we offer at the Ambassador Hotel. We are located only 20 minutes from Juan Santamaria Airport, in San Jose downtown, Paseo Colon, very close from the city, and the main tourist attractions. In our hotel we have several rooms for special events, which we can adjust to your needs, and with capacities from a minimum of 10 people up to 300 people, where you can make conventions, conferences, seminars or social celebrations according to your needs and budgets, In a private environment and with the best service we will be happy to help you organize your events. All the rooms have air conditioning and the audiovisual equipment you need to cover all the needs of your event. Our objective is to offer you a comfortable and pleasant stay with the best service and attention during your visit, with a staff that will take care of all the details to be attended with kindness and excellent service, we offer you 10 Suites and 48 rooms, all equipped with TV Cable, telephone, air conditioner, safety box, and refrigerator. We also have an excellent restaurant openning from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. Also internet service, parking and taxi service. ... more   less 
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