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Palma Real Hotel & Casino
Ranked #24 of 78 Hotels in San Jose
Reviewed 13 January 2013

My wife an I stayed here in the third week of December. We came to San Jose for a friends wedding and decided to make a little vacation out of it. The hotel was priced great and looked modern and in good condition. Turns out, it is exactly what it looked like. The rooms are perfectly clean and considering the price, are in excellent condition. The staff is super friendly (Buenas!!) and will provide you with anything you need. Breakfast is not just included, it's also really good and different every day. Hang out at the hotel bar if you have a "spare" evening, you may be surprised whom you meet. We got invited to Mexico by a couple who were also staying at the hotel. It was great.

The hotel is located in walking distance to the park, national stadium and several restaurants, which are mostly good. (review first!) The concierge and cab drivers (the way to get around in San Jose) are nice and very knowledgable - Just book day trips when you get to the hotel, we went on three and they were all great.

The hotel has a small gym in the top floor, the only thing missing is a pool, but you can use the pool from an apartment complex two doors down. If you're a workaholic like me :( you'll be glad to know, that the wifi is reliable!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

The hotel was nice. The breakfast was good. The service was very good. The people at the hotel were very helpful and helped us schedule activities. However, the bathrooms were dirty. There was black stains all over. Someone should inspect the cleaninless of the place. Security at the hotel was good. The hotel location was good to explore San Jose. There was WIFI which was important for our tweens. Maintenance needs improvement. The airconditioning did not work in one of our rooms and they did not fix it or change the room

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Nmurillo, Director General at Palma Real Hotel & Casino, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2013

Dear Guest,

Thanks for you comment after your visit at Barcelo Palma Real in San Jose, Costa Rica, I already forward instructions to the house keeping in order to recheck the details in the bathroom. We will exten a very especial treatment during your next trip to our Hotel.

Best regards,



Carlos Ruiz
Director of Barceló Palma Real

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Reviewed 26 December 2012

The hotel a clean and modern hotel, perfectly comfortable, and the rate is decent. A nice thing about the location is its proximity to a large municipal park, good for walking or jogging. It's a long hike to the city center, however, and there are no decent restaurants in the immediate vicinity. The hotel restaurant seems way overpriced. Major gripe: on the second night of our stay, there was a loud party in the function room directly below our room, which kept me up well past my bedtime.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Nmurillo, Director de Recepción at Palma Real Hotel & Casino, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2013

Dear Guest,

Thanks for your comment at Tripadvisor it is really important to us, we will recheck the alternative and prices in our restaurants.

Please let me inform you that we have a really good selection of restaurants next door of the Hotel as Italian, Liassses, Chinese and Japanese.

Be sure in your next visit we will try to recommend the best and try that all your expectations will be full it up.

Best regards,



Carlos Ruiz
Director of Barceló Palma Real

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Reviewed 21 December 2012

I am Doctor RIcks (Dr. Ricks)

This is my first time in Costa RIca and I am impressed!! I read that the people are very laid back and this is VERY TRUE!!! Upon entering the hotel...as a matter of fact PRIOR to getting out of the taxi...everyone was so helpful and nice! Practically everyone spoke English however ALL were very professional. While I was checking in, they brought me a drink totally free!!! That was great!!!

My room was 202 and I love the hard wood floors and super quiet air conditioner!!!

The check in process was quick and painless and the room was very large and well stocked with every amenity you would want including ROPE and Slippers. The Bathroom was stocked with so many toiletries, it was mind blowing. The hotel is located in a quiet area and is silent unless a party is going on at Casa De Espana!

Everything was great and I am happy to be here. For those of you who book a hotel Downtown, I hope you can get some sleep and feel safe...plus it is not appealing to the eyes at all!!!

Dr. Jil Ricks, EdD, Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology/
Adjunct Professor Psychology Lone Star College System

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled solo
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Nmurillo, Director General at Palma Real Hotel & Casino, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2013

Dear Guest,

Greetings from all the staff of Barceló Palma Real, thanks for your comment at Tripadvisor and we hope to serve you again in the near future.

Best regards and see you soon.



Carlos Ruiz
Director of Barceló Palma Real

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Reviewed 20 December 2012

Traveled in October 2012. Picked this hotel because it was near the place we intended to visit and friends said it was a decent stay. When we arrived the staff could not be nicer. Took care of everything I needed, made sure I had everything to be comfortable. Restaurant's food was pretty good. Stayed for two nights; WIFI connection was free and excellent. Cable service was also great though I didn't have time to do much television viewing. Carpeting in the room needs to be replaced and the overall decor wasn't great, but everything was clean and neat. A practical hotel for a pretty good price if you travel using AA vacations to bundle your stay.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Nmurillo, Director General at Palma Real Hotel & Casino, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2012

Dear Guest,

Thanks for your review at Tripadvisor after your visit on last October 2012. I share your comment with all the hotel staff and we are really happy for you comment.

More than welcome any time at you home in San Jose Costa Rica.

Best Regards and Merry Christmas!



Carlos Ruiz
Director of Barceló Palma Real

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Reviewed 6 November 2012

We arrived via their free shuttle from airport- took a cheap and fast Sansa flight from Nicoya Pennensula to San Jose. The staff greeted us with cocktails and smiles.We walked to nearby Chinese Restraunt for dinner which was actually great.the next day we left so early we missed the free breakfast, but free airport shuttle was great. friendly staff, clean rooms, great value.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Nmurillo, Director General at Palma Real Hotel & Casino, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2012

Dear Guest,

We appreciate your comment at Trip Advisor and our team is really happy because full up your expectations during your visit in Costa Rica. You and your family are more than welcome any time to Barceló Palma Real, We hope to serve you in your next vacations.

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Carlos Ruiz
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

Stayed there one night before catching my plane home. They charged me for 2 nights. I spent 6 months and more money that the 100 dollars I was trying to get a credit on!!!! Carpet was stained and dirty. Had dinner in the dinning room. I threw it up with in 30 mintues of eating it! No one spoke English. Forget the taxi to the airport at 6am it does not exists even when you pay for it the night before! What a scam! Next time you are in San Jose Costa Rica stay at the Best Western Closer to the Airport. Not the one down town that is a rat hole complete with rats!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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Nmurillo, Director General at Palma Real Hotel & Casino, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2012

Dear Guest,

We want to thank you for letting us the opportunity to share all your comments with the management team and we are sorry that our Hotel did not fulfill your expectations.

Best Regards,



Carlos Ruiz
Director of Barceló Palma Real

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Additional Information about Palma Real Hotel & Casino

Address: AV 9 Calle 50 | Sabana Norte, San Jose 250, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Casino Hotel in San Jose
#23 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range: £52 - £70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Palma Real Hotel & Casino 3.5*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel is just a 5 minute walk from San Jose center, the capital of Costa Rica, and only 15 minutes by car from Juan Santamaria International Airport. Furthermore, it provides easy access to the main business, shopping and leisure areas in the capital. In 2010 the hotel was renovated and presently boasts very modern facilities and many services, especially for guests visiting San Jose on business. The hotel has a fully-equipped business center with internet access, photocopiers, fax, messenger service and plane ticket confirmation service. In addition, it has comfortable and spacious rooms that will make your stay relaxing and pleasurable. The Palma Real hotel has obtained the Sustainability Certificate, which helps to preserve one of the most virgin destinations in the world. ... more   less 
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