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Hotel Posada Canal Grande
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Piedades de Santa Ana | 500ms South From Santa Ana Bus Station, Santa Ana 6150, Costa Rica   |  
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Blairsville, Georgia
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“Hotel Grande Canal-you can't do much better”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

This quiet but elegant hotel is located in Piedades, which is next to Santa Ana, which is where the Costanera autopiste (freeway) turns off to head for the coast. Follow the signs to exit "Ciudad Colon/Piedades" and take the immediate left up the hill about 500 meters, right at the Italian restaurant, through the guarded gate and you're there. A bargain at $50-65 with excellent breakfast. If you're heading for the beaches this is an excellent choice, and Elizabeth at the front desk will take good care of you. Enjoy!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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g00d2be, Director de Recepción at Hotel Posada Canal Grande, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
We are grateful with your detailed directions, these instructions can be used either you come from the airport or from San Jose down town, the highway is #27, when you follow the sign “Ciudad Colon/Piedades there will be a toll, after the toll you will get to an intersection and turn left, 500 meters and hotel entrance will be on the right side. Like always our staff will be willing to make from your stay an enjoyable time.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

We when there the day before we've left Costa Rica. It's pretty near of the airport. If you a have a car, it's perfect it's only 20 minute for the airport. The hotel is very clean and really nice and it's a quiet place with a beautiful pool and garden. Everything is well maintained and the staff are very helpful. They gave us good advices where to go around the hotel. For the price we pay, I think that the best we could have.

By the way, if you want to eat good italian food, the restaurant that is located just at the entrance of the hotel is very good and we really had a good dinner!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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g00d2be, Director de Recepción at Hotel Posada Canal Grande, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
We are very glad that you had a great stay and you found it convenient, we cannot be more grateful with your entire appreciation. Yes we are conveniently located from and to the airport about 20 minutes. Like always our staff is willing to make from your stay a comfortable and unforgettable memory. We hope that this encourages others travelers to come and enjoy
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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

Thankful for Elizabeth and the wonderfully accommodating staff. Chef specials are delicioso, rooms and grounds beautiful and tasteful. Peaceful and quiet stay. the staff take much pride in what they do to make Canal Grande a memorable place to stay. Will stay again!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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g00d2be, Director de Recepción at Hotel Posada Canal Grande, responded to this review, February 9, 2013
We are more than glad that you had a great stay; our staff will be willing to make from your stay a memorable experience, we are grateful that you were delightful with our cuisine, we hope that your good experience encourage this enormous community of travelers to come and enjoy like you did.
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Tambor, Costa Rica
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We moved to Costa Rica 8/28/12 and booked our first week at Posada Canal Grande. We ended up staying almost 3 weeks until we found more permanent housing. We loved our stay. It became our home. The staff was fantastic and couldn't have worked harder to make us more comfortable. You will not find a better place for the price. We stayed in 3 different rooms while we were there. This is an older hotel and the facilities are not perfect, but this is Costa Rica and if you want perfection, if you can find it, it will cost you - a lot. The problems we had were minimal: slow shower drain, low water pressure, drawers not closing well, but not all in the same room. Any problem we ever had the staff was right on it. The courtyard around the pool is lovely. Not all the rooms have windows to the pool so ask for that. Our favorite room was on the bottom with a window to the pool and a good-sized outdoor table right under the window. The upstairs room was nice, too, with a little better view, but since we were there so long we had a few things in our little fridge and were able to "picnic" at our outside table, or we called for food to be delivered. The upstair's tables are much smaller, but you can still do the same. The staff helped us order by phone and then made sure we had everything we needed for our table. (Don't do this a breakfast, however, as they serve breakfast at the downstairs tables.) I absolutely loved the staff. The ladies who serve breakfast didn't speak English, but they were very attentive and friendly. The manager Ellie is an angel. We ate at the restaurant at the bottom of the driveway several times. It's very good, the service is fantastic, but it's expensive. Go left out the driveway to the end of the street to Oveja Negra (Black Sheep). It's more casual, good food, serves a variety of bocas, and is reasonably priced. Ellie can tell you exactly how to get there. You can walk to Piedades (the little part of Santa Ana near the hotel - turn right out of the driveway and keep walking maybe 5 minutes) and you'll find 2 bakeries, a small supermarket, a soda, and a few other places like a dive bar. You can also catch the bus from there. The bus goes by near the driveway of the hotel, too, and you can easily go to downtown Santa Ana, to the Multiplex, Escazu or San Jose for only about 60 cents. A taxi to San Jose is around $20 - $25. It is farther off the beaten path, but make use of the buses - they are fantasic. Word to the wise, though: don't ask the bus driver any questions especially if you don't speak Spanish well. We found it best to politely ask someone who is waiting for the bus. Tico's are very friendly and eager to help.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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g00d2be, Director de Recepción at Hotel Posada Canal Grande, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
We are more than glad that you had a great stay and shared it to this immense community of travelers, we are willing for you to come back and encourage new travelers to come and experience a great stay like you did.
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Nashua, New Hampshire
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Great Peaceful, Beautiful place.. unique views, great costumer-friendly service... delicious food...I recently visited back in June, in a College group activity.. and I love it,, never been in a place like this before.. Very clean rooms, relaxing spaces ..

Breakfast was on table on time every morning.. dinner was delicious.. the pool was a nice place to chill out.. I love this Place.. would love to go Back .. ahh and Heiner was such a nice host.. They really make you fill like you are at Home...

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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g00d2be, Director de Recepción at Hotel Posada Canal Grande, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
We are very glad that you had a great stay, we would not have described better what is like our service, we as hosts, we are very grateful to hear that people is satisfied and happy while their stay, our staff will be willing to make from your stay an unforgettable experience, hopefully this review encourage this enormous community of travelers to come and stay with us.
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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Off the beaten path a little lies this fantastic value hotel just outside of San Jose. The rooms are unique and clean, the lobby large and welcoming, and the back courtyard a true sight to behold. What impressed me most about this venue, however, was how friendly and eager to please the staff were. In addition to attending to the couple of minor complaints we had about our room, the staff went above and beyond the call of duty on two occasions for me during my short stay: once to help me take care of some essential last minute laundry, and a second time to front the money to pay a for a courier that arrived with a vital package for me. This hotel would have been given at least a "very good" rating from me if were not for those two very generously dealt with situations, however given the terrific staff/management service I'm proud to give this a 5/5 excellent rating and would not hesitate to recommend that anyone considering staying a few nights in and around San Jose give your business to this top notch establishment. Thanks again Hotel Posada Canal Grande!!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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g00d2be, Director de Recepción at Hotel Posada Canal Grande, responded to this review, October 19, 2012
We are more than glad that you had pleasant stay, like always our staff is willing to make for you a comfortable stay even if it´s out the way, we care for everyone like individual, hopefully this terrific review encourage this enormous community of travelers to experience with us like you did.
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Huntington Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

This hotel ranks very high in my book for service, cleanliness and quality of staff. The room and bath were more than adequate and beautifully furnished as was the entire hotel. Breakfast was available every morning by a very pleasant staff and everyone is always working to improve the grounds and be available for anything you may need. Lunch and dinner can be had at a great Italian restaurant at the bottom of a short hill. While a bit farther from the center of town, the hotel offers peace and quiet with a great sense of security. You can walk or take a taxi to the central areas when needed. A great value for the money and will definitely stay here again as I pass through San Jose. Not convenient to the airport, 20 minutes or so, but worth staying an extra day here for the views and atmosphere.

Room Tip: There are only a few rooms that don't face the courtyard and pool which you will want.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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g00d2be, Manager at Hotel Posada Canal Grande, responded to this review, October 21, 2012
We are very grateful that you were surprised with your stay and your good experience went beyond expected, our nice atmosphere plus welcoming staff is a good blend to enjoy and have an unforgettable experience. We hope this clear review encourage this enormous community of travelers to come and have a pleasant stay too.
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Address: Piedades de Santa Ana | 500ms South From Santa Ana Bus Station, Santa Ana 6150, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > Santa Ana
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 9 hotels in Santa Ana
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Posada Canal Grande 3*
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