- Reviews: 5
D'Galah Hotel and Spa: Friendly, clean and inexpensive hotel
Loved it. Breakfast was nice. Rooms were nice and clean. Staff extremely helpful. Good location close to the University of Costa Rica. Can't comment on spa facilities, as we didn't use any.
Small pool, nice for the heat of the day.
- Reviews: 378
Cacts: If you need help...
At first, I have to say, the room is very disapointing and I wish I had listen to our taxi driver ("no good"). The "regular" room we had was dark (the two windows giving on the inside of the hotel, one on the interior garden in construction and one on the hallway), dusty and not so clean (as the stain on the bedspread was screaming!). The hot water was almost a dream as you have to run the water very slowly to get it hot.
But the staff wins all. I had to make a list of all the questions I had for the clerck since we had so many, but she took the time to answer everything very nicely for me, pointing on the map and recommanding cheap restaurant without lifting an eyebrow. And not trying to sell us any tours (which is rare).
And the rest of the hotel was finaly quite good, nice open terrace on the roof with a magnificient view for a nice (included) breakfast or sunbathing, lounge area with tons of books and tv, and very secure (fence and electric door, in front of the police quarter). We paid 49$ including tax, a drink and half an hour of internet.
Very very friendly staff, great view.
I would not recommend taking a "regular" room, even if it's more expensive, take the "de luxe" room (10$ more I think).
- Reviews: 258
Hotel Principe: the phantom hotel
Hotel was cheap and adequate....it had a large number of rooms, but we never saw anyone else there...not sure if we were the only ones...so my friend called it the phantom hotel.
It gets quite noisy...but that's probably true of any hotel in central San Jose.
You don't really want to walk around this area at night, but there are 24 hr sodas (cheap restaurants) within a block.
$16/2 bed room/hot shower in room
- Reviews: 517
Auténtico Hotel: OK Hotel in San José
We stayed at Hotel Autentico the first and last night of our G Adventures tour. It was an OK hotel, nothing great, but nothing bad either. The first night, we were in a rather small room on the first floor. There were two little twin beds and almost no room to move around in the room. The room was clean at least. The last night we stayed, we were on the second floor in a much nicer room - one queen-sized bed and a lot more room. The bathrooms were small but decent hot water and pressure. Front desk staff was friendly and nice - they gave us a map of the area and recommendations for dining the first day we were there. They also helped us meet up with our tour guide. There's an outdoor pool. We never went in the water, but did sit out by the pool and relax. The hotel restaurant was pretty nice. We just had drinks the first night, but some of the others had dinner and enjoyed the food. The last morning, we ate breakfast here and it was a pretty good buffet for about $8. The location is convenient - it's about 15 minutes from the airport and easy walking distance to restaurants, grocery stores, and Parque la Sabana. It's on a side street, so not a lot of traffic and noise. Overall, nothing great about this hotel, but it was fine for a place to stay arriving in and leaving from Costa Rica.
- 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.
- Reviews: 1122
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
- Reviews: 2
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.
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