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“Good option” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn San Jose-Escazu

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Holiday Inn San Jose-Escazu
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Contiguo Hospital Cima, Plaza Tempo | Avenida Prospero Fernandez, Escazu, Escazu, Costa Rica (Formerly Los Laureles)   |  
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Ranked #8 of 18 Hotels in Escazu
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Good option”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

New, clean, spacious rooms. Small bar but good service. Nice, small rooftop pool can come handy in sunny mornings. Lots of restaurants and stores nearby but at an awkward distance where you're better off with a car (or a taxi, but local taxis will charge you a much higher rate for picking you up at a hotel...code for ripping tourists off, if you ask me). One thing I did NOT like was that windows don't really block noise, so light sleepers may want to ask for rooms not looking directly into the highway (we changed rooms).

Room Tip: Windows don't block noise in rooms overlooking the highway.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LudwingDiaz, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn San Jose-Escazu, responded to this review, October 28, 2012
Dear Guest:

Thank you very much for you comments. It would be a pleasure to hit you again in the near future.

best Regards,

Ludwing Diaz
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sarasota, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We come to Escazu quite often as we live in a more remote part of Costa Rica and need to come into "the big city" to shop and go to the movies. We have stayed at about all the hotels here over the years and thought we would try this new Holiday Inn sice it does have a very good location. The place is not bad but the service is poor, for example our confirmation said breakfast was included which they did include the first morning but tried not to the second. After an argument they did include it but it was a hassle and since I had the paperwork just stupid on there behalf. The parking is also a hassle as they make you park below at the far back and then you walk further to go up the stairs only to walk all the way back again and don't try to walk out the way you drove in or the parking guard will yell at you. There many better hotels around like the Residence Inn Marriot for about the same price and it has much better service and a better location.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn San Jose-Escazu, responded to this review, September 18, 2012
Dear Saults,

Thank you for taking the time to write our hotel a review. I am pleased that you liked our location. Please accept my sincerest apology for any inconvenience you experienced with the staff service. I have taken note and wish to thank you for all your valuable comments. These are of great importance to us and allow us to monitor and improve our service continually.

We appreciate the candid feedback and while understand that your stay was not 100% satisfactory, we would hope that you would give us another chance to host you again in the future should your travels bring you back to Escazu.

Sincerely,

Pam G.
Case Manager
IHGCare
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Ojochal, Costa Rica
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65 reviews 65 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

I chose this hotel because I was able to get a good rate and it is super convenient. We had lots of errands in the Escazu area, so it was great. The hotel is very sleek and modern. I thought it had just been completed, but they said it had been a year. I thought that for a couple of reasons. It was not worn, but also didn't look finished! The rooms are the nice hotel standard rooms. Great bed, but inexplicably small pillows. Great bathroom, but no robes. Although we had to talk the bar staff through making a martini, they were very nice. The food was pretty disappointing. And we said no to the $22 small breakfast buffet the next morning. Why do hotels do that? I would stay here again if the rate was really great. If not, I would pass.

Room Tip: I would ask for high on the East side. High, because they are still doing construction across the w...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LudwingDiaz, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn San Jose-Escazu, responded to this review, October 28, 2012
Dear Guest:

Thank you for staying at Holiday Inn Escazú and we are happy to have met your expectations.

Best regards,


Ludwing Diaz
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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
47 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

First I went to Hotel Real Intercontinental but due to bad service and bad arrogant treatment, I checked out in 2 hours from there and came to Holiday Inn, great hotel, great staff, reception is excellent, fast and prompt. Smiling. New hotel, clean room, great gym, swimming pool. Breakfast to the expectation. Taxi always available, Starbuck at nearby mall. All food joints near by and overall great comfortable hotel with excellent caring staff. This will be my place till I open my business.

Room Tip: High rise is good, plus 5th floor had gym.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LudwingDiaz, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn San Jose-Escazu, responded to this review, October 28, 2012
Dear Guest:

Thank you for your comments. We are pleased t know that you have selected our hotel to saty while opening your business.

Best regards,


Ludwing Diaz
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

I booked this hotel just to give it a try since it is very new and has the updated image of this brand. The location is very good, the design is nice, the rooms are good, but maybe just because it´s new lacks service, attention and detail. Another issue was the noise from outside, which was quite a lot since it is located in front of a very busy highway. At this time the office complex next door is under construction, so this was a huge upset, but it´s just a matter of time for it to finish. I don´t think I´ll stay here again, knowing there are better options close by.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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LudwingDiaz, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn San Jose-Escazu, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
Dear Guest:

Thank you for your comments. We regret to know that you had inconveniences with the noise coming from the Plaza Tempo complex under construction upon your visit. The PLaza has been now finalized and now we offer our guests 35 options of additional servicies including restaurants, spa, gym and convenience stores.

Thank you for staying with us and sharing your feelings.

Best regards,
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

The hotel is modern and clean. It is off a major highway past the toll. There is a security guard to let you into the parking lot and then a security guard that rides on a bike watching your car. Its near restaurants, a mall, & Wallmart. The downfall was no free breakfast and having to pay a toll numerous times because the hotel is right past the toll. Most of the plaza that the Holiday Inn is in is under construction, but the rooms themselves were nice. The staff spoke English as well. This is a modern standard hotel. If you're looking for a tropical, rainforest hotel this is not it. Very modern. Overall, Very Good rating.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LudwingDiaz, Director Comercial at Holiday Inn San Jose-Escazu, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
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Estimada Señora Dina:

Muchas gracias por sus comentarios y nos alegra que le haya gustado nuestro hotel. Definitivamente el nuevo concepto de Holiday Inn, es un concepto fresco, moderno y vanguardista, muy diferente a lo tradicional.

Esperamos tener el honor de recibirla nuevamente en nuestro hotel y quedamos a sus órdenes.

Atentamente,


Ludwing Diaz
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

The hotel itself looks very good. We notified the hotel we would check in late, since we arrived from Monteverde by ambulance and the next door Cima hospital for our 7 year old son. It was an exhausting and stressful day and we did not get the chance to eat or drink much, as we told them. We asked whether we could get anything, but could not get anything too eat or drink, since it was just after 23h and there was no minibar on the room. The guy bewind the desk had several small snickers and I asked him where I could get these maybe, that would do it on the snack-part, but he said these were his own. This in itself is OK, but there was not even the slightest effort to help us.... is this service?
The following morning we were woken at 8h by a Spanish voice shouting and knocking on our door to ask us for laundry.....
When I asked the receptionist later about this I was explained that this was part of their 'service'.......and again no real understanding what this meant for us after an exhausting day.
The reaction was that the manager would sent me an email, which was never sent... Very disappointing service

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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IHGCare, IHGCare at Holiday Inn San Jose-Escazu, responded to this review, August 6, 2012
Dear Remco R,

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. It is regrettable you were not satisfied with the service you received. I would like to address this with you further. I have sent you a private message to obtain more information about your stay. I look forward to hearing from you and being of further assistance.

Sincerely,

Pam G.
Case Manager
IHGCare
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Additional Information about Holiday Inn San Jose-Escazu

Address: Contiguo Hospital Cima, Plaza Tempo | Avenida Prospero Fernandez, Escazu, Escazu, Costa Rica (Formerly Los Laureles)
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > Escazu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Escazu
#8 Romantic Hotel in Escazu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holiday Inn San Jose-Escazu 3.5*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Location The new Holiday Inn San José – Escazú is strategically located in the most upscale business, residential and commercial zone in Escazú, in the Prospero Fernandez Highway, next to Cima Hospital and Plaza Tempo, a multi-purpose development that includes a corporate center and a shopping arcade.Rooms and Suites Holiday Inn San José –Escazú is the first of its kind in the country. It has been designed with the latest in environmentally friendly technology, security, energy efficiency and water savings. It has 160 comfortable rooms, 2 modern suites and 16 rooms specially adapted for the physically challenged meeting ADA requirements. All the rooms offer the following services and benefits:• Free buffet breakfast and 10 Mb symmetrical WiFi. • Free local calls, Safety deposit box for laptop.• Two phones with voice mail. • Spacious desk with ergonomic seat.• Eco-model 37” television and Cable TV with 87 channels.• Luxury Simmons® beds with choice of pillow. • I-Home clock radio. • Iron and board, Coffee maker, Hairdryer and individual AC. • Bath & Body Works amenities.• Full sprinkler system and flame-proof furnishings.• Laundry, parking, gym and business center.Fogo Restaurant A contemporary, refined ambiance with meticulous service will enhance your dining enjoyment in our restaurant, offering international and local specialties and a full breakfast, lunch and dinner service. Acqua Lounge Bar The perfect place to enjoy premium brand liquors, cocktails and marinated snacks. You will love our selection of gourmet coffees and delicious pastries. Meeting and Banquet Rooms: For social or business events, Holiday Inn San José – Escazú offers 8 modern and functional meeting spaces to professionally attend from 5 up to 150 people with high service standards and technology. We look forward to welcoming you to the new Holiday Inn San José – Escazú for a genuinely enjoyable and green stay; you’ll make and feel the difference. ... more   less 
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