San José Hotels

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  • Reviews: 1

5 out of 5 starsUser Rating

orbit car rental network costa rica: costa rica car rental reviews and references

Car rental in Costa Rica is often confusing to tourists since the so called famous names they are used to in the states are not the same ownership but essentially paying royalty to rent the names. Prices are all over the map but most low ball prices especially the ones who claim to have the lowest price usually end up as bait and switch. Also the government of Costa Rica has specific policies that tax new cars at 59% to 100% import duty thus cars are much more expensive here than the states. If the rental car company is authorized they get a 50% discount on this import tax but the process causes delay in getting delivery of new models which means the 2007 model that is on show room floor in states september 2006 probably will not be in rental fleet in costa rica till late in 2007. While it will be brand new still it confuses tourists.
The government monopoly insurance is very complicated and basically forces the car rental company to charge liability insurance and collission even if the tourist wants to decline. Credit card companies like amex, visa, mastercard will not cover liability in Costa Rica and sometimes will cover collission but mastercard especially limits time of coverage. American Express has better policy.
Many complaints have occured over the years with tourists being surprised on return of vehicle with excessive damage claims. This is how the less than honest rental car companies make up for low ball prices. The best idea is read references and reviews from past tourists and make sure to believe those references where there is an email or telephone attached to the reference since it is easy to make great references with incomplete info like james b. , columbia , missouri with no address, telephone, or email address.
orbitcostarica.com/carrentals.htm has scores of real references and i suggest you read them.

brand new vehicles, no hidden charges, 24 emergency service, free airport shuttle, free hotel delivery to most hotels, good selection of 4x4 rentals,

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Business Travel, Surfing
  • Written November 5, 2006

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  • bonmse profile photo bonmse
  • Reviews: 38
These are a couple of...

These are a couple of recommendations for San Jose Centro:

1) La Amistad Inn (http://centralamerica.com/cr/hotel/amistad.htm)

This Bed & Breakfast is located in Barrio Amon, north of Parque Morazan, close to the Zoo and to other fine B&Bs & restaurants. Room rates are from $30-$40 and include breakfast.

2) Ara Macao Inn (http://www.hotels.co.cr/aramacao.html)

Located in Barrio California, half-way between San Pedro Mall and San Jose Centro. On a small, quiet street. Room rates are around $40. Nice rooms, breakfast is only toast, fruit, juice and coffee.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written August 26, 2002
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  • dustmon profile photo dustmon
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Hotel Ritzli: Hotel in town

This was recommended by another VTer so we booked a room for one night here for $52---no a/c but it was cool at night. Small room with a shower was all we needed and the staff was wonderful, giving directions to nearby museums and such. Toast, coffee and juice are included in the rate, but we also ordered eggs at another $3 for breakfast the next morning. They also let us check out late at around 2:30 for our onward flight to Tambor.

in town, near museums

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Family Travel, Work Abroad
  • Written December 14, 2011
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  • jgoode88 profile photo jgoode88
  • Reviews: 1

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

hotel fortuna: safe & sound

This well positioned hotel ,just 2 blocks from the parque central is safe & has a caring feel ,
perfect to do your sightseeing or shopping.
The manager speaks good english too.
He can plan your tours or excursions from there ,his prices are good value.

Safety is the main thing in most latin cities , no exception in San Jose.
This place fits the requirements.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written July 30, 2009

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  • bennick profile photo bennick
  • Reviews: 2

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Posada Canal Grande - San Josè: A corner of Paradise

Confortable rooms and beds. Nice public areaa such as swimming pool, breakfast Terrace, parking accomodation, restaurant.

This is a corner of Paradise. A place with a wonderful view, a perfect weather and a nice environment. Just the right way to start your vacation in Costa Rica after landing.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Casino and Gambling, Adventure Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written October 27, 2009

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