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Hotel Don Carlos

#29 of 87 Hotels in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Avenida 9 y Calle 9, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Ranked #29 of 87 Hotels in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2007
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Ottawa
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2007

The Hotel Don Carlos was recommended to us by a friend 15 years ago and it still today remains our favourite hotel in San José. It is the house of a former president and a very typical Costa Rican hotel with very friendly and courteous service. August 2007 will be our third trip to Costa Rica and we will be... More 

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Jupiter, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2007

San Jose is not a great city. Don Carlos makes the best of a bad situation. It is clean, and the breakfast is substantial. No iron in room, no air conditioning, although you may not need it. Hallways loud. Price was very reasonable. Service was good overall, BUT they have very limited knowledge of tourist attractions! For example nobody could... More 

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Chicago
2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2007

My husband and I stayed at Hotel Don Carlos for one night, before our early departure back to the States the next morning. It was very easy to set up transportation to/from the hotel and the airport. We did this on their website. The hotel itself was gorgeous. It was very clean and the staff was very knowledgable and friendly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2007

Stayed April 27th and May 5th. Our first and last night in CR. Rooms were very clean and service was very good. Received a complimentary cocktail both times. We ate once for lunch in their restaurant and it was really good. I would recommend this Hotel. They have a really nice gift shop, with a lot of interesting items.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2007

Really unique hotel, with great service, good travel adivce, excllent breakfast, and a plesant property.

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Edmonton
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2007

We stayed 1 night at this little hotel in downtown San Jose. The building itself is an old mansion, and as such is very picturesque and charming. The rooms are nothing remarkable, just basic hotel rooms with rather uncomfortable beds. Their showers do have good strong water pressure and hot water. But the staff is absolutely wonderful. They were very... More 

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San Diego
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2007

Very nice boutique hotel. The staff were wonderful. The rooms were nice. Great place to start your Costa Rica adventure. Very nice complimentary breakfast in the AM. Free internet.

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Vancouver Island, BC
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2007

Our vacation for a family of 4 got off to a rocky start with airline problems, but fortunately the Hotel Don Carlos gave us a positive first impression of Costa Rican hospitality. We were booked for 2 nights, 2 rooms, but had to advise them a few short hours before our intended arrival that we missed our connection and had... More 

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2006

This hotel was very charming. The front desk staff was very welcoming and friendly. They volunteered a 10% discount since we were leaving too early in the morning to partake of the free breakfast. We got a free cocktail upon check-in. They had 3 computers set up for free internet. The room itself was very quaint. It reminded me of... More 

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Panhandle Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2006

Up front, let me say I did not stay at the Hotel Don Carlos but did visit it and was completely charmed. Like some of the other reviewers, I arrived in San Jose the first time at around midnight and the downtown area can be a bit alarming in places. After you've been there, you know it is not that... More 

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