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“Lovely hotel in a great location” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Don Carlos
Ranked #24 of 85 Hotels in San Jose
Holyoke, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Lovely hotel in a great location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2012

We stayed at Hotel Don Carlos in between our travels from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo. It was a great stop-over point, and I wish we had planned to stay a bit longer. The hotel is located in a beautiful neighborhood in San Jose. It felt very safe. I loved the hotel decor. Our room was large and comfortable. We had one double bed and one twin bed. We ate at the hotel restaurant and used our free drink coupons which we had received at check-in. That was just one of the perks. They also offered a free 3 minute international call. The desk staff was extremely helpful and booked transportation for us to/from a local attraction, as well as getting us a cab to the bus station the next morning for our bus trip to Puerto Viejo. If I am in San Jose again, I will stay at Hotel Don Carlos.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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99 reviews
45 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2012

This is a really lovely hotel in a very convenient location and in a nice neighbourhood. Food in the restaurant is excellent. However you do need to make sure that you do not have one of the rooms with a balcony facing into the internal courtyard adjacent to reception. All the noise travels up - we were there two nights and both nights we were woken in the early hours of the morning by the noise from the reception area.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wales
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319 reviews
89 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2012

Only here for one night but the welcome was good although we didn't get offered a cocktail.The building is beautiful, the room we had was comfortable and clean and the shower excellent. Breakfast was good and the people were very helpful offering to ring up when our transport appeared to be late.
I would recommend this as a stopover in San Jose.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago
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43 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

The Hotel is so delightfully decorated. Paintings, sculptures, vintage furniture, you name it. Love the taste, no everyone would agree, but I consider it very artistic. Pleasant surroundings, fountains and other spaces make this the quintessential boutique hotel, a classic to say the least.
The room I got was large, parquet floors. Little dated, small TV but good cable. I would have preferred a frigo bar, but not necessary. Beds a little old, mattress thin but comfortable. Breakfast is included, and it is a good one. The service was great, friendly, professional, courteous.
They location is for me the best. Close to all things that may matter to someone visiting San José.
Barrio Amón is trendy and so conveniently located. No matter what you may want, it is at arm´s length. So without hesitation I would recommend Don Carlos. In my opinion best and it is also very well priced. What else can anyone ask for?

Room Tip: I liked the one I had, but corner locations or facing the main entrance, calle 9 may be quieter. The...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
67 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2012

We only had one night at the Don Carlos before flying out early the next morning but even in a short time there were quite a lot of pluses. The welcome cocktail, free national calls and one free short international call being a good start. The historic interior is beautiful, the interior courtyard particularly so. We had one of the rooms around the courtyard. We bought quite a few things in the well stocked gift shop and we ate dinner in the hotel. The food was good particularly the desserts and it was very reasonably priced. Our room was a good size with 2 beds, clean, well furnished with attractive bed linens. I wondered if we'd be disturbed as people came back later in the evening from a night on the town but not at all. I can recommend the Don Carlos as an interesting, attractive and comfortable place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Diane47uk
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Abbotsford
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20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

We stayed 3 days here on a recent trip. Basic but perfectly adequate rooms in a hotel with a wonderful atmosphere and excellent staff. Breakfast included and the restaurant served good lunch and dinner items. Good location to explore San Jose, walking distance to museums and shopping and in a decent neighbourhood. If you want to get a taste of Costa Rica's capital it would be an excellent choice.

Room Tip: We stayed on the main floor but have heard upper floors have slightly better rooms. Ours was fine f...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Victor B
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All across the U.S.
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137 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

Small hotel located on a street in a historical section of San Jose near the Jade museum. The hotel at one time was the residence of two past Presidential families. Lots of gallery art work and you can walk through garden and fountain settings. The breakfast area has a mini pool with local plants and statues. Breakfast room is situated around this pool area and is quite nice. Close to many attractions. Room was basic, clean, typical CR style --nothing really to be concerned about. Hotel staff very helpful and they speak English quite well. Offered restaurant suggestions and called cabs for us telling the driver exactly where to take us and giving an approximate cost. Fountains and the huge stairway were charming. After sightseeing, the bar area offered some reasonable drinks. Nice place to say for a day or two. We were on our way to Monteverde.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Don Carlos
Address: Avenida 9 y Calle 9, San Jose, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#15 Family Hotel in San Jose
#16 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Don Carlos 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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