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“Good For an Arrival Night” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Escazu

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Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Escazu
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Autopista Prospero Fernandez | Carretera Marginal Norte, Plaza Itskatzu, Escazu 10201, Costa Rica   |  
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Boulder, Colorado
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“Good For an Arrival Night”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

To be honest, there is not much to see in San Jose. Because I am rewards member we stayed at this hotel after arriving late one night before departing the next morning to Arenal. It is in a gentrified (that may sound snobby, but safety is nice) area of San Jose, and there is a guard at the gate 24/7. It is also close to shopping and restaurants, if that is what you are looking for when you travel here. All the restaurants are crappy American chains like Hooters, and Chilis etc.. so if you want authentic Costa Rican this isn't for you. Like I said, this is a place to stay that is safe, and has easy access to 27, which is the road you will most likely take to the beaches or up to a place like Arenal.

The rooms were nice and clean, and I believe they had free breakfast in the morning. I would stay here again, and probably will, while traveling through SJO. It is not extremely close to the airport, however. There is a courtyard that is literally across the highway from SJO where I have also stayed, but not as safe an area.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The front desk staff at this hotel are very friendly and helpful, and I thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast options each morning. I appreciate that they switch up the options a bit each day so it's not the same old stuff if you're there for awhile.

The not so great: the hotel is located along a highway, with nothing really around except a restaurant with Hooters as a featured property, and Costa Rica's largest mall on the opposite side of the highway. This is not the area for nightlife. But I'm told Escazu is a social hub in the San Jose area, I just never saw it.

I'll stay again, but only because it's cheap, and therefore my employer will probably insist on it.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Adolfo_Carit, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Escazu, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Thank you for kind comments. Who told you Escazu is a social hub in San Jose is right, there are a lot of options for night life nearby the hotel. Half mile away is Jazz Cafe, just in front of the hotel in Plaza Itzcatzu you have two options, Mas Tkila and La Cabana, those are waking distance.
Please contact me during your next visit and will be happy to give you more options of night life in the Escazu area, and any information you might require.
We are looking forward to see you again.

Best Regards,

Adolfo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I spent five nights at this hotel in September. The staff were welcoming and efficient. The room was clean and pleasant. Buffet breakfast was good with juice, fruit, cooked main course and coffee or tea - all excellent. The bar in the evening was also quiet and well served. Excellent taxi service outside the hotel. No criticisms at all.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Stayed here several times over the years, since the last visit the hotel has gone thru a small renovation, gone is the gift shop to be replaced by a better and more user friendly business center. Rooms as always are some of the best in this industries class, warm, comfortable, great work station and most defiantly one of the best beds in the industry. The Resturant for the evenings at least has not changed for the better, like other Courtyards, the evening offerings now seem pre packaged and taste that way, unfortunate and the plus side there are several restaurants within a few hundred yards. Breakfasts however are still the best

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

It looks very nice at the beginning, a remodeled lobby and restaurant hide poor food. The location is very good!! I have to be honest and reveal that my review is influenced by the fact that i had a wrist watch stolen from my security box in the room and the manager has done nothing!!!!!!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Adolfo_Carit, General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Escazu, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

thank you for your review. We are aware of the case of the watch you left behind in the safe the day of your check out. As we mentioned in our e-mails the case has been filed with the insurance company, and we are taking all the actions to provide you with the appropiate anwser .
It was a pleasure having you in our hotel and we are looking forward to see you again in your next trip to Costa Rica.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

If anything, it was a bit generic/corporate, but I shouldn't have expected anything else. Easy to get to, right off the highway, right next to a plaza with shops, restaurants and bars, hardly even knew we were out of the US.

Not saying any of these things as a negative, this might be exactly what you're looking for. If you want the real flavor or Costa Rica, however, this isn't it.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

I have stayed at the Courtyard Escazu on my last 3 trips to Costa Rica. The hotel lobby/restaurant has recently been renovated. It used to have a Colonial Costa Rican décor but now it looks like a modern 21st Century Marriott, which is fine. The rooms are quite nice and in good condition. We stay here mainly for the location. For those who are unfamiliar with San Jose, the section of Escazu is perhaps the most upscale and this is a soft landing for people who may not want to leave the comforts of their home country behind. Also, we love to be in Plaza Itskatzu because it has loads of restaurants, shops, bars right at the base of the hotel. We never have to worry about getting in a taxi or finding a place - we have loads of options right outside the front door. The breakfast buffet is excellent (I think it is around $10US) but super convenient and self-service. In conclusion, this is a nice hotel with comfortable décor, in a great location in the city (most convenient if you are heading to the Pacific coast) with lots of options right at your fingertips. We recommend it highly.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Address: Autopista Prospero Fernandez | Carretera Marginal Norte, Plaza Itskatzu, Escazu 10201, Costa Rica
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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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Escazu
#4 Business Hotel in Escazu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Escazu 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located by Plaza Itskatzu, the Courtyard Escazu San Jose Costa Rica Hotel provides guests with a central location with quality accommodations and services that make business and leisure travel easy and relaxing while on a Costa Rica vacation. Spacious guest rooms feature Marriott's new bedding, free high-speed internet access and are tastefully decorated in colonial decor that reflect Costa Rica's distinctive cultural heritage and warm hospitality. This San Jose CR hotel is convenient for business travelers with a location that is near industrial parks, downtown businesses and corporate offices. When your meetings in Costa Rica are done, we are also within minutes of shopping and some of the best restaurants and nightlife in San Jose. If you are here on a relaxing Costa Rican vacation, you may also venture to nearby attractions such as Poas Volcano, rainforests and coffee plantation tours. ... more   less 
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