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“Looks may deceive you” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Plaza Real Apartments & Suites

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Hotel Plaza Real Apartments & Suites
Ranked #36 of 85 Hotels in San Jose
Tampere, Finland
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387 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Looks may deceive you”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2013

This is a business hotel. We stayed here for one night on a weekend because we had an early flight the next day with NatureAir. The hotel was totally empty, we did not see any other guests! So, it was really quiet, we felt almost lonely :) The room was huge, clean and well equipped. The hotel could offer transportation also. It seemed that the cost was always $15 regardless where you went - be it Heredia or domestic airport. The location is good if you are going to domestic airport (like us). There are restaurants near-by, 10 mins walk away. I have to say that the hotel looks awful, it looks like a fortress or jailhouse with all those high fences, no lawns nor front/backyard but looks can deceive you. From the inside the hotel looks nice. We had a nice and relaxing stay there.

Room Tip: All rooms seem to huge and fairly similar. Our room was in the second floor, not in the same wing as...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank pepics
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Playa Potrero, Costa Rica
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2012

If you are going to San Jose to do any kind of business, you have to be prepared for trouble.
Immigration, insurance, and even getting a driver's license in Costa Rica is a painful, expensive ordreal.
That being said, the one good thing about my recent trip to San Jose was the Hotel Plaza Real.
It was a little piece of heaven in a confusing and nasty world. The management bent over backwards to accomodate me and my friend with special needs. The room was quiet, immaculate, and spacious. The Plaza Real is more like a European hotel than a chain. It is quaint, clean and personal. The taxi service was prompt and affordable. Breakfast and simple and nice. Mostly, I just loved the staff attitude, can do, helpful, courteous. A very pleasant change from the stonewalling and obfuscation at Costa Rican government agencies. I would happily select this hotel again, a little island of sanity in a sea of craziness.

Room Tip: Talk to the staff. They have many rooms available, some are small apartments and others just nice r...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Hermione_Cathexis
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Toronto, Canada
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238 reviews
94 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2012

Stayed here for one night and we were pleased.

The hotel is not in the city centre, but, a short cab ride away. It is not fancy, but it's nice. Modern and very clean, with everything you could possibly need. There are a couple of restaurants not too far away (Denny's being one of them). But again, you are not far from the centre and can easily get there.

The gentleman at the front desk was really nice, too. Helpful and friendly.

I recommend this hotel very much, especially if you are at the tail-end of your trip to Costa Rica and are looking for a place to relax before flying out.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank TanyaM212
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Canada
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86 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2012

Very clean, spacious, well appointed rooms, huge bathroom, and small kitchenette should you want to keep something cold or warm something up – very comfortable! Also offered excellent service – all staff were sincerely friendly, and couldn’t be more helpful.

The breakfast room is on the top floor (4th), and offers coffee, juice, a small plate of papaya and pineapple, toast, and cold cereal. For a very small price, you can order hot items such as eggs ($1.50 each), with sausage for a $3, or pancakes for $2.50. There’s also a terrace outside the breakfast room to catch some sun and view the mountains.

The hotel is very secure, and a short walk takes you to a few restaurants, small grocery store, pharmacy, gift shops, and casino. It's a short drive to airport, central San Jose, or onto the Interamericana highway if you’re exploring the country.

The only con is the noise level from the highway, so if you’re sound sensitive, request a room facing the back.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lar289
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Waterloo, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2012

We stayed at the Plaza Real for 2 nights of our trip in Costa Rica. The hotel staff was more than accommodating and helpful. We were trying to plan a trip to Tortuguero (remote island in Costa Rica) and they went above and beyond, helping us make calls to other hotels and assisting us in researching on the internet. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. The continental breakfast could have been a little more plentiful but we had busy days planned so there wasn't a lot of time to sit around and enjoy a big breakfast anyway. We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Costa Rica.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Amanda29181736
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

This is a great small hotel with many different types of room options for all travelers--traditional rooms, suites, large apartments. Everything in the hotel is amazingly clean and the entire staff works extremely hard to help out its guests in any way possible. Wonderful staff! It's a bit of a distance from the downtown area, and many people like that, especially business travelers. If you like to be in the bustle of San Jose, however, you may want to stay right in the heart of the city instead. It really depends what you're looking for and your reason for traveling. This hotel has free, reliable WI-FI, free continental breakfast, and free parking. The only downside was that there were no restaurants or eateries within a block or two of the hotel, but if you don't mind a bit of a walk you can get to a few further away. But food can always be delivered to your room from a multitude of restaurants in the area.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank bretcisco
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Mauren, Liechtenstein
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2011

The hotel is placed in Uraca outside San José in a nice, quiet neighborhood east of downtown San José. Restaurants are within walking distance. It is easy accessible having your own car. We do not know if there is also a bus service to the hotel. Downtown San José can be reached in about 15 min.
The big rooms provide good comfort, such as excellent beds and bathroom facilities.
Very nice personnel

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Constantin B
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Property: Hotel Plaza Real Apartments & Suites
Address: | La Uruca San Jose Del Bcr 200 Sur 100 Este, San Jose 3794005, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 85 Hotels in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Plaza Real Apartments & Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located at the central business area La Uruca in a very convenient location, just 15 minutes from the Juan Santamaria International Airport and 10 minutes from San Jose City Center. We offer both apartment-type rooms and classic hotel-type rooms. The Apartment-type rooms are fully equipped with a full size fridge, a kitchen or kitchenette and all the necessary utensils to provide a pleasant and comfortable stay. Both of our types of rooms are equipped with coffee makers and have A/C. We specialize in providing services and the apartment-type rooms to those who are staying for long periods of time while they are being medically treated in the country. ... more   less 
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