I spent one night on the front end and one night on the back end of my trip to the Osa Peninsula here at the Aloft. Don't believe the marketing materials, this hotel is not even remotely close to the airport, it is a 20 minute drive minimum through a very circuitous route. The hotel does not offer an airport shuttle and the taxis arranged by the hotel charge you 15% - 20% more than if you just arrange a metered orange cab yourself. However note that if you have an early morning flight you have little choice but to take the cabs right outside the hotel and pay the elevated fare.
The bar/restaurant in the hotel offers a very limited food menu and the food is average to poor. The lackluster drinks are expensive (the margarita--which my friend was told was excellent---was made with technicolor green Midori.) The bar tab for four of us, with three tiny appetizers and one drink each was over $120 USD. They do have DJs on weekend nights, so that earned them some points in terms of atmosphere but overall the bar was pretty dead.
If you do choose to venture outside of the hotel for food, many Americanized type of chains dot the road towards El Centro. Decent Asian, Italian, and other options lie a short cab ride away and that will cost you no more than a couple of thousand colones. So, that is preferable to dining at the hotel.
The Aloft rooms themselves are clean with fairly comfortable beds and large showers. Although I cannot pinpoint exactly why, the feng shui of the room seemed a bit odd to me all in all, and it's doubtful you will want to spend more than a couple nights there at most.
In sum, I know San Jose is not known for their hotels, but I would continue to look at other options than the Aloft.
- Also Known As:
- Aloft San Jose Hotel Costa Rica/Province Of San Jose - Santa Ana
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aloft San Jose is a bold new hotel featuring loft-inspired in Costa Rica’s trendiest neighborhood just 6 miles from the airport in Forum 2 Business Park, perfectly positioned for work and play near the city of Escazú and across from Momentum Plaza and just a few blocks from the exit to the route that takes you to the Costa Rica beaches and National Parks. Breeze into one of our Bright Aloft rooms, featuring our ultra-comfortable signature bed, an oversized showerhead, custom amenities by Bliss® Spa, and more. Our plug & play connectivity station charges all your electronics and links to the 42” LCD TV to maximize work and play.Meet & mingle with friends at our w xyz(SM) bar,or enjoy lunch or dinner at our Backyard Lounge & Restaurant, Play in our re:mix(SM) lounge. Plus, you can always stay connected with complimentary hotel-wide wired and wireless Internet access! ... more less
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