Overall, I was VERY pleasantly surprised by Hotel Luisiana. I had already stayed at the Wyndham in San Jose & the Barceló on this particular trip, and so I expected the worst because of the budget-friendly pricing. But this hotel has a nice Indie-like quality. Low budget but well-done, nicely decorated and a sort of hip vibe.
Our experience would really be more of a 2.5 to 3-star, but I think that is due to the fact that we had one of only a couple very small rooms in the front over the office area. These rooms are odd-shaped, have some shower issues, and the roll-away bed we requested was probably the worst mattress I've ever slept on.
HOWEVER...the hotel lobby is very nice, and though small it is every bit as classy as the large hotels with their large prices. The restaurant looks very nice, and it was great to see the Italian theme and wine choices instead of Imperial beer! (Just don't get your hopes up for real tiramisu, though. It IS Costa Rica, after all.)
We didn't have a chance to use the pool, but it looked nice (though modest). The lobby staff had some good tourism advice mixed with some not-so-good (if you're with children, avoid Jaco!), but they were friendly and helpful. The area was nicer than the large resort-hotels mentioned previously; somewhat of an upscale suburb; another pleasant surprise. I didn't know about a fitness center. (?)
Overall, this hotel is the nicest you'll ever find for the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Friendly Hotel in Santa Ana (San Jose) with a Italian restaurant Airport nearby. Close to the airport (5 miles), this Hotel is also near Multiplaza megaMall. 2 km from business district area (forum) and 1 km from the new highway S. Jose-Jaco beach, 6 miles from San Jose. Hotel Luisiana provides a Italian and Japanese restaurant, complimentary wireless Internet access 10 mega, Free international and national call, free parking and 24-hour room service, 24H Free coffee and Thea. Guestrooms open to balconies with city, mountain or courtyard views and feature beds with pillowtop mattresses and led televisions with premium cable channels (100 channel). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Luisiana Hotel Santa Ana
- Hotel Luisiana Costa Rica/Province Of San Jose - Santa Ana