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Hotel Villa Tournon
Ranked #51 of 77 Hotels in San Jose
Halifax, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Reasonable but avoid casino night!”
Reviewed 16 November 2010

Stayed at this hotel for 2 nights. The first night i got a decent nights sleep, probably because i wasnt facing the busy road outside. HOWEVER, the second night was a Friday and the noise from the adjoining casino and bar round the back of the hotel was unbearable!! The bass thudded through the walls so be warned!! Superior rooms are a good size and clean. The restaurant both at night and in the morning served good meals.The hotel has two computers and a business centre which were important for internet airline check in.

  • Stayed November 2010
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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18 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 8 October 2010

This is the place where I was to meet the group I would be travelling around Costa Rica with (people I'd never previously met!)

I arrived at the hotel at 10pm, the reception was still open and the staff all spoke a good level of English and my room was nice, containing 3 single beds. The only issue for me really was there was no where to get any bottle water from in the hotel, so after 18hours travelling I had to head out into San Jose to buy water.

The beds were comfortable, and there was a wide variety for breakfast which was all hot, with as much fruit juice/tea/coffee as you wanted.
In the afternoon I sat around the pool, which wasnt very appealing, didn't look very clean and wasn't very well maintained, lights were missing leaving just holes around the pool. The hot tub was the same. I didn't use either of these facilities so cannot comment on how they were from the inside.

There is free computer/internet use here from 7am - 10pm (I think)

I had my evening meal here and it was lovely and fairly priced.

Tonight I was joined by someone from my tour in my room, this was fine, although when I'd asked at reception if I would be joined by another person, they'd said no! There was also only one room key so we had to negotiate when we would be needing to get into the room, which was ok, but not the best as we'd only just met!

Overall this was a reasonable hotel in San Jose, after spending a month in Costa Rica I discovered hot water showers was a rarity so here at the hotel Tournon was good.
I did however stay in nicer places throughout my trip. This is a typical chain hotel, which is quite impersonal but adequate for a shore stay

  • Stayed August 2010
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Bettendorf, Iowa
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Reviewed 21 June 2010

This is not your luxury hotel. However, it is a cute and clean little hotel that made me feel welcomed in Costa Rica. Each room had air conditioning and a TV, which besides hot water, complete my checklist for a decent hotel. The hotel is dated, and the bathrooms could use more light, but I enjoyed my stay. Dinner and breakfast were GREAT! I would stay again.

  • Stayed June 2010
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Minneapolis, MN
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 3 December 2009

We stayed with a group at Hotel Villa Tournon 11/5-6, 2009.
It was easy to get from SJO airport to the hotel (the taxi stand manager outside baggage claim knew the hotel right away - cost $25) and it was conveniently located about 6 blocks from the center of downtown.
The lobby is modern and welcoming. There are two computers with free internet access and many comfortable chairs/sofas. There is a bellman to help with bags or to hail a taxi as needed.
The front desk staff was pleasant and helpful with directions/transportation. All spoke English well.
The rooms are average at best. The ones I saw all had a table/chairs, TV, and other basic amenities. Rooms are good size - larger than expected.
The bed was reasonably comfortable, but the pillows were lumpy and under-stuffed. The bedding was worn, but fine.
In the humid climate, it's not unexpected to have musty smells in the room, but it was minor. The hotel was quiet and we slept well both nights.
We had breakfast (included in price) both mornings and enjoyed the typical Costa Rican meal of eggs, rice & beans, etc. There was a "juice of the day", kind of a smoothie, which we all enjoyed. The breakfast service was great with decent variety and friendly staff.
There is a nice pool and small exercise room, but we didn't have time to try either. We did like the filtered water available near the exercise room and filled our bottles each day before heading out.
The hotel is within walking distance of most downtown attractions. We walked easily (and safely) to The National Theater, Gold Museum, parks, and shopping districts. The walk is on uneven sidewalks with at least half uphill, so older travelers might prefer a taxi.
There are two banks nearby the hotel. One right around the corner was where we used the ATM to get Colones and had no problem doing so.
Next door to the hotel is a small casino/bar. We stopped by for a drink one night and really enjoyed the 80's music videos. The entrance was interesting as each guest had to enter an enclosed chamber where one side would not open until the other was closed. It seemed like high security for a "hole-in-the-wall", but it wasn't an issue.
All in all, I enjoyed the stay and would recommend Hotel Villa Tournon for travelers wanting to get a taste of the capitol city before heading out to explore the rest of Costa Rica.

Sidenote: We had dinner at The Grand Hotel Costa Rica (across from the theater) and had great service and good food. We also loved the cafe off the lobby of The National Theater for lunch.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with friends
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Texas
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85 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2009

Stayed eight nights at this clean if dated property. Staff was very pleasant and accomodating. A short walk to downtown through Barrio Amon(10 minutes) and the Centro Commercial El Pueblo for meals (2 minutes) . Would recommend to the active traveler as a central place to sleep between tours, although, AVOID room 326 unless you wish to experience sleeping on the sidewalk (it faces the busy avenue, and it is VERY noisy. We spent one night there, the staff graciously moved us at our request.)

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Boston
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 22 April 2009

We stayed at this hotel just as a brief layover between Arenal & Manuel Antonio. This place would be good for a business traveler looking for a place to sleep as wireless is everywhere.

However, for the leisure traveler, the place is a bit too basic with decor and amenities from the late '70s. The room, although huge, felt like it had seen better days. It's along a busy noisy street, though not as busy on a Sunday. It's not really within walking distance to downtown San Jose, but it is quite close to El Pueblo with restaurants & nightclubs.

The food during breakfast was good and hearty, perfect to start a day of traveling.

Overall, if you're looking to be pamper, this place isn't for you. However, if you just need a clean bed & decent food, this place is for you.

  • Stayed April 2009
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Gainesville, FL
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129 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2008

San Jose is a jumping point for most travelers to Costa Rica, as it was for my husband and me. The Villa Tournon was chosen for us by our travel agent on our way to an eco-tour vacation. The staff were all very helpful and friendly. The room was clean and adequate. Nothing fancy. The hotel is just a bit from the bustle of downtown, but an easy walk to all the shops, museums, and restaurants. The gardens were a nice touch (did not try the hot tub but it was nestled in the garden area). It is on a noisy street but closing the windows and turning on the A/C cut the noise dramatically (yes, they have A/C!). Don't recommend the restaurant, however, and drinks at the bar were weak. For a really nice meal in a great atmoshpere, try Cafe Mundo (walking distance).

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  • Disliked — Restaurant
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Villa Tournon
Address: San Jose 1000, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #51 of 77 Hotels in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Villa Tournon 3*
Number of rooms: 80
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