- Reviews: 1
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,
- Reviews: 148
Hotel Washington: Near the Tica Bus station
if you want a central place to be in san jose area. also good for early or late departure to all central america by Tica Bus, see ticabus.com
somewhat clean place, cheap price 10 usd double 5 usd single. share bathroom
- Reviews: 148
Tica Linda hostel: Bad Lonely Planet recommendation
as usual, I took advice from my lonely planet book, but, this time failed!
the pace is just gross, the bed deserve to be in the trash from years ago!
tin walls, everything was bad.only the owner Charo was nice but it is not enough!
4 usd the bed
there is another Tica Linda, called anexo, runned by her brother that is just worst!!! and they looks mad with each other, refuse to bring info of the other place.
4 usd the bed
- 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: 500
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.
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