I chose this hotel based on other travel guide and Trip Advisor reviews, and was not at all disappointed. Like everyone says, the breakfast is fabulous. The grounds are beautiful, with lots of cozy little places to sit and read/chat/relax. Seemed like a pretty safe neighborhood; I had no problems walking around to a bank etc a few blocks away, and the staff was happy to give me a map and point me in the right direction. Wifi was free and a decent speed. There wasn't a mosquito net in my room, or a place to hang one; I'm not sure if this is normal for Costa Rica.
I booked a couple of tours with Expediciones Tropicales through the hotel tour desk, which was very convenient. The tour company picked me up directly from the hotel, and most of the tours included at least one meal. I really enjoyed being able to take day trips out of San Jose to see the volcanoes, rain forest, etc. Be sure to make tour reservations at least one day ahead, and keep in mind that the hotel tour desk is closed on Sundays (not sure about Saturdays).
I'd recommend paying with cash (USD) for your room, tours, etc, as there were additional fees for using a credit card.
I would highly recommend Hotel Aranjuez, and would absolutely stay there again.
- 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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