I stayed in San Jose for an extended weekend. I needed a cheap place to rest my head at night and which would allow me easy access to downtown's Gold Museum and the Avenida Central pedestrian shopping mall.
Hotel Ritzli is a few blocks south of the Parque Central, which makes it really the perfect location to walk anywhere of interest in San Jose.
The decor is rather austere in a Swiss/German practical style, but it was clean and quiet!
The cheapest room is $32, a single bed with no private bath. However the bath is right next door and no other guests use the one assigned to your room. I also had a 10% discount from a local map, so my total came to $28 - with breakfast included! You can get your own bath for a little more. I had no TV but there is free Wi-Fi in the common areas.
Once again, for a short stay in downtown, this was just perfect! I did not walk around the area at night since I was travelling solo, but during the day it is perfectly safe and the area is lively.
On an unrelated note: I really enjoyed the Tico Tour walking tour at 10am in front of the Teatro Nacional as well. The tour guide, a historian, was knowledgeable and really allowed us foreigners a peek into the heart of San Jose, as it once might have been. You can easily walk there from the Ritzli Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Ritzli offers one of the best locations for seeing the capital of Costa Rica – San José. Owing to our well-known hospitality, Hotel Ritzli has been the meeting point for thousands of travelers that have visited Costa Rica. Ritzli Hotel offers 16 contemporary rooms distributed among three floors. Each room is easily accessible and comes with a private bathroom and views of the capital. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Ritzli Costa Rica/San Jose