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Hotel Don Carlos

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avenida 9 y Calle 9, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Ranked #26 of 85 hotels in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Telford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We only stayed overnight on a recent tour of Costa Rica. The receptionist was exceedingly welcoming, friendly and helpful. It started our holiday on the perfect note. A quirky hotel with a very happy, family feel. The room was perfect and the hotel itself is perfectly situated to walk into the centre of San José. We didn't eat in the... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The outside of the hotel is very nice and the staff is service minded and helpful. The rooms could do with some updating but they are very big and there are rooms with more than two beds. The hotel is within walking distance to the gold museum (10-15 minutes) as well as cafés and restaurants. There is no air conditioning... More

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Prescott, Arizona
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hotel Don Carlos is unique in that it was the home of two presidential families. They are small and have a nice restaurant with good food. They include a very nice breakfast buffet with great fresh fruit and good food. They also have computers with free Internet access.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I was apprehensive about staying here after reading several reviews complaining about the noise but my stay was extremely pleasant. I loved the fact that this hotel was the base of scientists who started the ecotourism movement in Costa Rica. The history of this wonderful country can be felt in every room with the art, architecture and antiques. It is... More

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Berkeley, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

When I first walked into the lobby, I was taken aback by the beauty of this hotel.There was art EVERYWHERE! And not cheesy hotel art either. There were beautiful wood carvings, colorful stained glass windows, and vibrant paintings all throughout the hotel. The jewelry displays from the gift shop had some gorgeous, affordable pieces, too. The staff was absolutely charming... More

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Ithaca, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Our family of 4 spent 2 separate nights as we were traveling through San Jose. The location is in an older, historic part of the city. The decor is unique and interesting with many nooks to explore filled with interesting local art work. The staff were very friendly and helpful. You can exchange money at the going bank rate. The... More

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Berclair, TX
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

My husband and I spent one night here - the management and staff were courteous and helpful and every pass in the hallway was met with a smiling "pura vida!". Enjoyed the beautiful cool patios with lovely water features and wonderful local artisan tiles and sculptures. Ask the manager about them. There's a great story to be told here. Our... More

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Miami
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

We have stayed in Costa Rica's capital a few times over the past 10 years of travel to this great tropical setting but have usually tried to avoid the Central Valley as it really is so much different from the rest of the country. San Jose is a big, sprawling jumble of small homes surrounded by businesses and factories so... More

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Richmond, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

My gf and I stayed on 2 separate nights....both nights were awfully noisy and we had a terrible time sleeping. The staff is excellent, especially the restaurant staff, but the hotel is just an old home that was expanded a series of times with no regard for layouts, noise or sleeping comfort. There are no noise abatement features! No carpeting,... More

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Key west
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Most rooms have no windows . Even if you are 2 floors above the front desk you can hear the phone . breakfast is plain good location,near the museo of jade-closed now for relocation . the restaurant is OK ..

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Additional Information about Hotel Don Carlos

Also Known As:
Don Carlos Hotel
Don Carlos San Jose
Hotel Don Carlos Costa Rica/San Jose
Address: Avenida 9 y Calle 9, San Jose, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#12 Family Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Don Carlos 3*
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