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“Quiet private Oasis in the city”

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Apartotel La Sabana
Ranked #3 of 78 Hotels in San Jose
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

When we arrived Costa Rica had JUST beaten Italy in the world cup. The whole of San Jose was filled with people celebrating. Yet the hotel was a peaceful oasis after a long day of travelling. The hotel is very secure. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Dave was especially fun to chat with. The hotel is not a chain, and has some very beautiful design features to it. The courtyard with pool is a nice area to relax and watch the children play & swim. The walkway between the parking area and hotel is gorgeous, with a vine covered roof over the walkway.

We travelled throughout Costa Rica, We used this hotel at the beginning and end of our trip. It was nice and close to the airport, so after a day of travel it was a great place to relax and see the city. Then after many adventures in Arenal and Playa Samara, it was nice to come back and know that our last few days could be spent relaxing.

The breakfasts were fantastic. The ladies that cooked we very sweet and attentive.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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SofiaHon, Gerente at Apartotel La Sabana, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2014

Thank you for such a great review! We are so glad we could be your osasis in the midst of your adventures in Costa Rica. Our staff is a very special group of people, with generous and kind hearts. This shows in everything they do: from a friendly chat to your omelettes every morning to caring for the gorgeous plants in our gardens, we try to put our hearts into it!! We hope to have the privilege of serving you again in the future and hopefully always surprise you with something new and refreshing!! Thank you again and hope you have a wonderful day. Best regards!

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Reviewed 20 June 2014

We stayed at the Apartotel La Sabana for 4 nights, 6/15-6/19/14. We rented the 2 bedroom apartment.

The lobby is clean and comfortable. Upon check in, complimentary coffee and biscuits are offered while you wait. They have secure parking.

Our room was on the far side of the hotel, 2nd floor, overlooking the pool. The pool courtyard is spacious with comfortable lounge chairs and tables and chairs to sit in as well as nice flowers and plants to enjoy. The pool is large and rectangular with a beautiful mosaic waterfall and falls into it, making awesome water sounds that you can hear from your room. The hallways are plain and clean with gorgeous art painted by the owner of the hotel (also decorating the rooms).

Our rooms were cozy, walk in and the bathroom (small) is on the left and then the kitchenette (complete with stove, oven, microwave, coffee maker, fridge with freezer, sink and cooking/eating supplies. There is a table for 4 and a small living room with a couch (also a twin bed) and two chairs. A small balcony is off the living room with one chair to sit on. The immediate view is of the pool, courtyard and the rooms across the way. Beyond, there is what looks like a parking lot and then you don't see much else of the city. The master bedroom has a full size bed, TV and is rather spacious with the same size balcony and another chair to sit on. The 2nd bedroom has 2 twin beds and a TV. Both bedrooms have AC, but the living area does not. There also is not a TV in the living room (not needed). The beds were very comfortable and they supplied us a pack n play for the baby free of cost. The living area is pretty cozy, but certainly sufficient even with the pack n play and 5 of us total. The bedrooms have good size closets as well.

The complimentary breakfast was AMAZING and included made to order eggs, beans, rice, pancakes, fruit, fruit juices, milk, cereal, toast, yogurt and of course coffee. The breakfast alone was worth a minimum of $40/day making the 2 bedroom apartment a steal!

They offer free airport transportation starting at 4am (which we had to leave at 3am so we were unable to take advantage of) and a coin operated washer and dryer to clean the damp off of your coastal clothes ($2 a load and includes the laundry soap!) I also believe they offer a laundry service, but we didn't partake.

From the hotel, there is a RostiPollo down the street as well as an Italian restaurant. A few blocks down is an AM/PM convenience store and several ATM's, not to mention La Sabana park across the street from RostiPollo. More restaurants are a few blocks the other way (towards downtown) including a Brazillian Steakhouse). Convenient location to downtown ($5 cab ride to the market) even less by bus (we had a 9 month old, didn't want to mess with the bus) and close to Pavas and Plaza Major shopping mall (5 miles maybe)? With family in Pavas, this hotel will now be literally our home away from home!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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SofiaHon, Gerente at Apartotel La Sabana, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2014

Wow, what a great description of our Family Apartment!! We couldn´t have done it better, thank you so much! We are so glad you enjoyed our breakfast. The ladies that cook and serve breakfast, put a lot of heart and mind into our ever changing menus! Such praise will make their hearts sing! Also, thank you so much for mentioning our other services, such as the transport from/to the airport and laundry options. We hope you visit us again and that we should have the privilege of serving you. Thank you and have a great day. Best regards!

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Reviewed 19 June 2014

Each and every employee was most respectful, helpful and considerate of our needs. The rooms and common areas were very clean and all of our needs were met in a timely manner. There are city/street noises on the front side of the hotel, especially during rush hour (early am) so try and reserve a room in the back. The pool is spectacular and the surround garden area is pristine as well. Breakfast is tipico of Costa Rican cuisine and fresh fruit is bountiful.

Room Tip: Choose a room in the rear of the courtyard for a more quiet experience.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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SofiaHon, Gerente at Apartotel La Sabana, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2014

Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We agree our pool area is a very special place, full of life from our colorful mosaic murals and bursting with the colors of Costarican lovely flower plants. Great to hear you will definitely return, it will be a pleasure to serve you again. Thank you and hope you have a great day. Best regards!

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We stayed at Apartotel La Sabana using it as a base in San Jose to head out into the surrounding regions. The staff were extremely helpful in sorting out all of our day trips and transfers and made the whole stay very stress-free. The rooms were very comfortable and were a perfect base for the first part of our trip.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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SofiaHon, Gerente at Apartotel La Sabana, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2014

Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and that we could help with the logistics and planning! It is so rewarding to know we were able to make your stay stress-free. Hope we can serve you again during your next trip to San José. Thank you very much and have a great day. Best regards!

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We recently spent the night here before flying out from our son's wedding in the Northwest part of the country. After a 5 hour car ride through the mountains we were almost there and got hopelessly lost (please note Costa Rica is very sparing of street signs!). Two nice young men working at a gas station called the hotel - which promptly sent a worker in his car to lead us to the hotel - how great was that! Both Alberto and David at the front desk were amazingly helpful and friendly. Breakfast was tasty and generous - kudos to the friendly kitchen ladies! The hotel itself was clean, nicely decorated, surrounded by lovely flowers and plantings and had a delightful pool area. Very highly recommend!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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SofiaHon, Gerente at Apartotel La Sabana, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2014

Thank you for your review and congratulations on your son´s wedding!! We are so glad we could help! It takes quite a bit of experience to understand directions in San José, it can be a bit challenging!! So glad everything worked out and we had the privilege of serving you. I can say we are the luckiest hotel in Costa Rica. Our staff is made up of a very special group of people: open hearted, compasionate and generous - and it shows in their work! Hope to be able to serve you again in your next trip to San Jose. Best regards!

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Reviewed 13 June 2014

We began our two-week trip with three days in San Jose to soak up some urban culture and revisit some sites we'd seen many trips earlier. Staying close to downtown enabled a short cab ride to anywhere we wanted to go. La Sabana's central location kept us close to our sites yet provided a quiet, clean ambience. The staff was knowledgeable about everything San Jose, friendly and professional; we felt like we'd know each other for years. The breakfast buffet was the most comprehensive I've ever had in 24 previous trips to Costa Rica; the cooks were cheerful, in great spirits, even when we asked them to grind up some roasted cacao beans for our cereal. Food was delicious with huge omelets cooked to order. Great pastries, too. For anyone planning to spend any time in San Jose; avoid the noise/fumes/hustle-bustle of the City center and stay at LaSabana.

Room Tip: two single travelers shared a small room. It was cozy but well laid-out. We spent most of our "...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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SofiaHon, Gerente at Apartotel La Sabana, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2014

Thank you for your review!! We are very privideged to have both accessibility and privacy. Our location is quite strategic, not only close to downtown, but midway between East and West San José. The Apartotel is nested in a quiet neighborhood and only a block from La Sabana park; there is no need to sacrifice tranquility for convenience! So glad it worked out for your sightseeing activities in the city! We are always cooking up different recipes to keep our breakfast buffet alive, hope to surprise you on your next trip! Thank you so much and have a great day. Best regards!

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

It's located in a quite nice area near La Sabana park. The staff is professional and very helpful, rooms nice and clean, with fridge/mini bar, hair dryer etc., breakfast absolutely delicious with many options.
Nicely chosen paintings, decoration, and tropical plants make this place attractive and you can relax and refresh yourself in the Gaudi style atrium-enclosed pool.
Internet speed is fast enough for work, which I can't say for other comparable hotels in San Jose.
They also offer free shuttle to/from the airport (you need to book it one day in advance).

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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SofiaHon, Gerente at Apartotel La Sabana, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2014

Thank you for sharing your experience! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us! We are very proud of Patricia Barrantes, the local artist who designed the mosaic work around the pool area. This was one of her early designs and we are so glad she chose to work with us! The ladies serving and preparing breakfast have a great combination of creativity, compromise and generosity in their hearts. This shows in their work! We are continuously trying new recipes, hope to be able to show you some new breakfast options on your next trip! Thank you so much and have a great day. Best regards!

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Address: Sabana Norte | From Rostipollos Restaurant 150 Meters North, San Jose 658-1200, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in San Jose
#3 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#3 Family Hotel in San Jose
#5 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range: £68 - £92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Apartotel La Sabana 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Apartotel La Sabana is the perfect mix between an apartment and a hotel.Our fully serviced apartments are the ideal lodging with the comfort of home yet with all the benefits of a hotel, such as room service, front desk services, private parking, laundry, safe deposit box, breakfast and more.We have very competitive rates, specially for long-stay trips either for a single corporate business traveler, for family groups or groups of friends.Enjoy all the privacy that you need with great independence in a friendly environment. ... more   less 
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