This place totally caught us by surprise. We ended up here only because our original reservation at a different hotel fell through, and we didn't quite know what to expect, based on what we read in our guidebook. But having experienced it, we absolutely would stay again. You need to understand that this isn't an ultra-modern hotel; if you want that, stay at the Holiday Inn downtown, or one of the airport hotels, all of which are almost certainly fine. And if you want something a bit more elegant, try Hotel le Bergerac. What this place has is tons of personality. The ground floor is almost like being in a Costa Rican art museum, with artwork displayed all over the place. The ground floor extends much farther than you think it will, with lots of little mini-lounges; you could happily spend a day here, finding somewhere to sit with a cup of coffee and a good book. The rooms are perfectly fine -- clean, with plenty of space. The location is excellent, just a five or ten minute walk from downtown (but not close enough that you get all the noise). And the staff are extremely polite, friendly, and helpful. In many ways, this is a magnificent throwback.
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- Also Known As:
- Don Carlos Hotel
- Don Carlos San Jose