What a great little hotel! We stayed there for a total of 3 nights during our time in Costa Rica. The hotel is older but adequately renovated and updated to provide visitors with clean, comfortable rooms and modern bathrooms while maintaining the character of the old Tico homes that comprise the place. There are numerous open areas shaded by trees and gardens where you can sit and relax. The staff is knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and eager for your stay to be pleasant. The breakfast buffet is excellent and overall our stay was most enjoyable and exceptional value for the money. One thing you may wish to note if arriving in San Jose by busfor a stay at this hotel: negotiate a price with your taxi cab driver. He will be one of a throng vying for your attention as you disembark. You should be paying 5 or 6 bucks American. And then do not believe a word your driver tells you on the way to Aranquez Hotel. One of them explained in detail that a general strike in the city would prevent us from making our flight the following day but luckily for us, he could take us to a special hotel he knew close to the airport for a bargain price. I am embarrassed to say we almost fell for it, he was so calm and plausible. A second driver we used had a less ambitious but equally fictional story to tell. If leaving the hotel by taxi, the staff will make the arrangements with a trustworthy and reliable driver. No worries there at all. Getting back on topic, Aranquez is a lovely spot and we would highly recommend it to anyone visiting San Jose!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Aranjuez is located in San Jose and is surrounded by a tropical garden. Free breakfast buffet, free WiFi access and free private parking are available. Each room here features an authentic historic decor and will provide you with a cable TV, an outdoor seating area and a private bathroom with a bath or shower and a hairdryer. All rooms have a desk and a safety-deposit box. Our wonderfull Breakfast Buffet is also included. At Hotel Aranjuez you will find a 24-hour front desk, a garden and a terrace. Other facilities offered at the property include a tour desk, luggage storage and laundry facilities. The property offers free parking. The hotel is 1.1 km from Pre-Colombian Gold Museum, 1.2 km from National Theatre of Costa Rica and 1.4 km from Metropolitan Cathedral. Juan Santamaria International Airport is 16 km away. ... more less
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