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“Fine, but nothing special” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Fleur de Lys
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle 13 between avenidas 2 and 6 | PO Box 10736, San Jose 1000, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #23 of 86 Hotels in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London
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82 reviews 82 reviews
82 hotel reviews
Reviews in 71 cities Reviews in 71 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Fine, but nothing special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2008

We stayed here either end of our time in Costa Rica. We were never really going to have time to explore and just needed a place that was clean, comfortable and central - Fleur de Lys met all the criteria.

Our first room was a bit dark and dingy, though when we returned for our last night we had a bigger, brighter room - if you can ask to get the better rooms you'll enjoy your stay more. The shower in the first room was also little more than a dribble, again not a problem with the second room.

Staff were friendly, though we had little dealings with them beyond check in. Breakfasts were OK, though certainly nothing special.

Overall, I wouldn't choose to spend a lot of time here, but if you've got to spend some time in San Jose then I'm sure you could do a lot worse.

Also, the traffic in San Jose is surprisingly bad - if you are coming in or leaving for the airport around rush hour (and haven't any time to look around the town - where there's not much to see anyway!), you'd be just as well to stay out of the centre. Our journey there took an hour leaving at 9.30am.

  • Liked — The central location
  • Disliked — the small, dark room
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 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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Topanga
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2008

Safe, clean, comfortable small hotel with good international clientele. Was a little concerned that the room would be stuffy since had only windows opening to an interior atrium but was fine with the ceiling fan. If staying more that one or two nights it might be worth getting a junior suite. Cocktails on the patio Friday evening included good conversation and a trio with local color. The breakfast was good.

  • Liked — Clean, safe, good shower
  • Disliked — No view
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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dublin
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2007

We stayed here for 3 nights at the beginning and end of our Costa Rica honeymoon. The hotel is in a great and safe location, short walking distance from the cultural spots of the city. Staff are very friendly, they remembered our names when we returned for the last night of our trip! The rooms are nice enough for a 3 star hotel, clean and a decent size, with fans and tv. The restauraunt is ok, we weren't crazy about the food though but the service was great. The hotel also provides internet, decent breakfast and airport pick ups.
Overall a good choice if you are looking for a reasonably priced city hotel with a homely feel.

  • Liked — Staff
  • Disliked — Restaurant
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2007

We only stayed one night, the last night of our trip on our way out of Costa Rica, which I think is sufficient enough time in the hotel.

The hotel is not a big name hotel, so you may have problems finding it. Some of the taxi drivers had never heard of it.

While the hotel seems charming, the rooms do feel a bit worn out and in need of remodeling. The room was fairly clean, but the bathroom tiles were stained and old which gave it a dirty feeling. There is no A/C so we had to leave the windows open. The problem we had was that there was a party sitting just below our window having drinks and it kept us up at night.

Breakfast was included, and the staff were nice enough to put together a boxed breakfast for us because we were leaving much earlier than when breakfast was served. While the food was not good, it was considerate of them to offer it to us. The staff in the bar and restaurant were excellent, even preparing us drinks to bring to the room with no charge.

  • Stayed July 2007
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2007

This hotel is way underrated! We stayed there for five nights in May for our honeymoon. We used San Jose as a base and did day trips out of the city all over the country -- all of which we set up at the hotel travel agent desk -- which was also AWESOME and totally affordable!
We had the suite (we requested the side away from the train and it never bothered us) and it was much bigger, nicer, and cleaner than we ever expected. We were able to relax here -- took afternoon naps on our futon, and really enjoyed the spotless hot-tub and American TV (in Panama our second destination -- we had NO English language TV). The staff is EXCELLENT and ALWAYS very friendly! EXTREMELY accomodating!! Breakfast was pretty good...dinner in the restuarant was VERY VERY good and it's right around the corner from a really good lunch place! I would 100% recommend this hotel! But get out of San Jose most of the time you're there -- the countryside and nature is too nice to miss!

  • Liked — Staff and room quality for price
  • Disliked — San Jose isn't the greatest of cities in the world -- but it's a great base for seeing the whole country
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2007

I stayed here before seeing the rest of Costa Rica. This is a nice hotel with nice people but you MUST ask for a room that is not near the restaurant and bar. The rooms near the restaurant and bar are very loud.

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Playa Coronado, Panama
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2007

A friend and I stayed at Fleur de Lys in March. We had 2 nights before a kayak trip and 1 night after. Subsequently we had 2 different rooms. The first room was small and only had windows to the interior of the hotel, but it had a ceiling fan. The 2nd room had a balcony and the doors opened to outside. The hotel is chock-a-block of colorful local art and the staff are very friendly. The common areas are beautifully maintained and there is even an internet room where the connection is free. The buffet style breakfast includes traditional fare, great coffee and papaya and pineapple galore. They even offer box breakfasts (free of charge) if you have an early departure for a tour. Happy hours on Fridays and Saturdays feature a three piece band that plays lively music on the front porch. The frozen margaritas are tart and fresh and the best I’ve ever tasted.

  • Liked — the common areas and the staff
  • Disliked — no window to one of the rooms.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Calle 13 between avenidas 2 and 6 | PO Box 10736, San Jose 1000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#11 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Fleur de Lys 3*
Number of rooms: 31
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