After several days out in the Costa Rican countryside, the Park Inn makes for quite a contrast. But it's an excellent hotel, towering over the neighborhood about a mile from the central plaza of San José. It has almost everything that one would want by way of accommodation, though I would have liked to have a minifridge. The restaurant/bar has a limited menu, but the food was good and well prepared. The breakfast buffet was excellent and included made-to-order eggs. Other than that, there's an AM/PM mini-market on the next block for those sudden urges.
It's easy to get downtown. Walking takes 15-20 minutes, but I walked three blocks to the main drag and caught a bus (40 cents US) to downtown, and then walked back, stopping at some of the historic buildings and squares along the way. I went early in the morning (before 6:30 AM) and it was already quite busy. I know that there are some unsafe neighborhoods, but the hotel seems to be in a very safe neighborhood, and I felt comfortable everywhere on my walk.
If I were to be back in San José and needed access to the center of the city, then I would definitely stay again at the Park Inn. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located just steps from Paseo Colon, SJ's main avenue and walking distance from downtown. Just minutes from the major business and shopping centers of our capital. We are a new, fresh, fun, and environmental friendly hotel of 125 rooms beautifully designed, including 10 suites (60mts2) ideal for long stays. In addition to our RBG Restaurant Bar & Grill, we offer 2 Bars, one located next to the pool, Gym, Business Center & Outdoor Pool located on the 3rd floor. Also we offer underground free Parking and 10 Meeting Rooms to accommodate up to 250 people ... more less
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