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“Great little place!”
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Hotel Don Carlos
Ranked #15 of 78 Hotels in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 January 2014

We stayed here for our last night in Costa Rica and really we didn't want to stay there when we arrived. We wanted to be nearer the airport and just be on our way in the morning. However, we really enjoyed this hotel!
When first we arrived, they welcomed us and gave us a voucher for a free rum drink at the bar. Then one of the staff ran out as we headed to the room to take my gf's bag up the stairs (even though she is capable of it herself and normally does). The rooms are quaint and could use a bit of updating, but they are still better than 90% of the places we stayed! The staff were friendly, the place was clean and the free breakfast was decent. The bed was a bit hard, but after a couple drinks you won't notice. The hotel its self is a cute place with little plazas and shops as you walk through. The location was excellent! Far enough from the main streets that you aren't bothered by traffic, yet close enough that you can walk wherever. We went out for Italian at Da Vinci, past the university and then his an irish pub. Glad we stayed our last night here, it was great!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Rob J
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

We stayed two nights at Don Carlos and it's a wonderful place in the old part of San José. Surroundings are beautiful and it's walking distance to the main shopping street with a lots of restaurants.

The rooms are a bit dated although they are very large with lots of space. The bed gnarled each time we moved or turned around, so we didn't get much sleep. Walls are thin like papers, so it's like living with the neighbors.

We would definitely stay here again only for the beatutiful location in this old part of the town, and also for the cozy design and atmosphere of the hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Malin_o_Jonas
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

Good value, but they would benefit from updated, renovated rooms, furniture, TVs, etc. Good breakfast and excellent location only three blocks from downtown pedestrian area! Beautiful artwork and general look...super gift shop (and I don't usually notice gift shops!)

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
Thank jeffandsalimalash
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

I went through an interesting attitude change at Hotel Don Carlos. At first our room seemed a little dated, and we had problems getting hot water in the bathroom sink. But as we settled in and enjoyed the surrounding neighborhood, which has several excellent restaurants, coffee shops and galleries, it got to feel like home. As several other reviewers have mentioned, the staff is extraordinarily warm and helpful.And you need to wander around the hotel a bit to see the statues, fountain and so on. After two days we changed our reservation for a few days later to come back to Don Carlos for our last night in Costa Rica. Would return to this friendly, unique hotel, definitely.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

this is the best hotel I have ever stayed in - and I've been all through europe and the US, including hawaii! Old world charm, extremely helpful staff, wonderful nooks and crannies to just sit and enjoy, beautiful woodwork, tiles, amenities, good food, exceptional breakfasts, an affordable and extensive gift shop, little things like disposable slippers - I just can't say enough good things about this place! If you need a hotel in San Jose for just 1 night or for a longer visit - this should be your FIRST option!

Room Tip: ALL the rooms are great - basic but clean, quiet, good, hot water, etc.!!!!
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank aannafred
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Reviewed 24 November 2013 via mobile

Stayed one night upon arrival in Costa Rica from the UK. We arrived just after 9pm and left just after 7am so our visit was sadly very short. The staff were genuinely very friendly and have the impression that nothing was too much trouble. The rooms were fairly basic but very clean and on the morning that we left breakfast started early so we were happy with that. The main attraction of this hotel is the colourful Costa Rican artwork dotted all the over the place. The hotel is only 20 mins from the Airport but even closer to the red light district!

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Thank Claire O
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

We spent a short night at Hotel Don Carlos arriving late and departing for the coast early the next day. It is a well maintained, clean hotel. The staff is exceptional - warm, helpful and go out of their way to help. At check in, they upgraded us without being asked. We were disappointed that the restaurant was closed as we'd heard it was very good; the staff quickly directed us to a nearby restaurant. When one of us lost our passport (we later figured out it had been stolen), the staff helped us turn the place upside down looking for it, even retracing our steps to the restaurant. In the morning, they helped us get to the US Embassy where we got help. Tough start to vacation but the concern of the staff - and the excellent service we received at the Embassy - quickly put this in the past and we enjoyed a wonderful vacation.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Toni N
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Additional Information about 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: £44 - £60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Don Carlos 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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