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“Another Enjoyable Stay at the Cristina”

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Apartotel Suites Cristina
Ranked #21 of 85 Hotels in San Jose
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richmond
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21 reviews
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“Another Enjoyable Stay at the Cristina”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

I recently spent two weeks at the Cristina when I was in the area for dental treatment. This was my second stay in less than a year, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My two bedroom apartment was spacious, immaculately clean and comfortable. I can not add much to what has already been said, repeatedly, except to confirm that the staff throughout the hotel is exceptional, the location is convenient to restaurants and it's an ideal accommodation for dental and medical tourists. There were a number of dental tourists staying there during my visit and it was particularly enjoyable to meet others during breakfast and share experiences. I'll be returning in six months and, once more, hope to stay at the Cristina. My one suggestion to the staff is to have menus of area restaurants, particularly those that deliver, at the front desk. Neither of the other two hotels in the Sabana area where I've stayed had menus at the front desk, but it sure would be helpful!

Room Tip: I don't know there is much choice in rooms. It usually stays pretty booked so it's a matter...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Denver
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

as another traveller posted, we booked an apartment here and were shuttled next door due to a similar excuse. It seems pretty common that if you book here you'd better have a plan B available. Cristina Suites is 3 star at best but where you actually end up sleeping is next door and it's nasty!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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CristinaCostaRica, Owner at Apartotel Suites Cristina, responded to this review, 10 April 2014
We are very sorry that during our renovation (already finished) we had to transfer you just for your first night to the next door hotel. We hope to see you soon in our new restyled facilities.
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

We have stayed in a number of hotels near La Sabana, and this is one of the nicer ones, especially for the daily rate.

Location-wise, it is convenient to La Sabana park and the stadium. The museum of Costa Rican Art is within easy walking distance (lovely property) and it is a 10 minutes cab ride to downtown attractions or Escazu shopping. They offer a free shuttle service to and from the airport if you give them 48 hrs notice.

When I review a hotel, I like to do a pros/cons list as every property has notable points and areas for improvement:

Pros
Staff is very friendly and attentive
Rooms are clean, as are bedding and towels
Suites are for the most part, reasonably spacious, however can be chopped up a little
Recently renovated lobby
Adjacent to the casino and Olio's, a very good Italian restaurant

Cons
Like many SJ hotels, don't expect a view from your window...maybe inner courtyard
Breakfast is included, however, like most, is somewhat uninspiring.
Bathrooms in some rooms are quite small (they have on line room layouts)
Sound travels through doors...request an end room, upper floor
I have never seen a property with so many levels (think patchwork)

Note: If you pay cash, you will enjoy a discount.

It is a popular hotel, so book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Room Tip: End room, upper floor
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Ramon, Costa Rica
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

Apartotels are a great idea because you get a little ktichen. I don't cook but nice for cokes and beer and snacks and coffee and what not. And the rooms are generally bigger so you don't feel cramped.

There are a number of them in SJ. Forget all of them except this one and Apartotel LaSabana. They are located in the same vicinity. Both very good, both been around a long time. Can't go wrong with either.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Snowmass Village, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

The Suites Cristina is a great hotel! We stayed here in May 2012 and May 2013. The rooms were clean and spacious. The entire staff was so nice and helpful. The breakfast ladies worked very hard as well as the cleaning staff. The restaurant located in the hotel is also a treat. The property was kept in pristine shape.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Stuart, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014 via mobile

Our suite was spacious, extra clean, and comfortable. All staff were exceedingly friendly and helpful. Full breakfast included was varied and excellent. Front desk always open and staff very knowledgeable and able to advise and book tours. Great choice.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

Aparthotel Cristina is clean, comfortable and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
Conveniently located near Sabana park, Close to excellent restaurants and a casino next door for those who are interested.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Apartotel Suites Cristina

Property: Apartotel Suites Cristina
Address: Norte del Ice 300 | Sabana Norte, San Jose 10108, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in San Jose
#4 Family Hotel in San Jose
#10 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Apartotel Suites Cristina 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer comfortable and fully equipped Suites-Apartments with 1,2 or 3 bedrooms from 420 to 1000 square feet. We have free airport(SJO) to hotel transportation, and we charge US$5 from hotel to the Airport, both services must be booked with us. Free high speed wi-fi and free buffet breakfast. We specialize in medical tourism, families and business travelers. ... more   less 
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