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“"The best in downtown San Jose"” 5 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn San Jose Downtown Aurola
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   5th Avenue and 5th Street | PO Box 7802-1000, San Jose, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #34 of 86 Hotels in San Jose
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“"The best in downtown San Jose"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012 via mobile

I choosed this hotel due to the location and amenities they offer to every guest, is the only hotel in San Jose with an indoor heated pool with a nice pool bar, in- room dinning services was fast and very professional, presentation of the meals was very fancy!, they have a nice city view restaurant at the 17th floor, a good choice for a romantic dinner. Front desk registration was fast and clear, at the check in the front desk agent was very kind full, professional, fast and he explained to us all the facilities of the hotel and amenities, I would like to congratulate Ms. Nathalia Sanchez, she made my stay unforgettable and amazing! You are !The Best Of The Best! I requested a romantic decoration as a surprise for my Partner due to our anniversary, she upgrade us to a nice city view suite and the romantic decoration was Amazing! Ms. Sanchez you when far from my expectation...thank you so much. Staff was very gay friendly. I suggest 100% this hotel.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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norman2, Marketing Director at Holiday Inn San Jose Downtown Aurola, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Thank you for your wonderful review of our hotel! We are so pleased you and your partner enjoyed your stay with us and we are happy that we were able to help you make your stay even more special with some special romantic touches. Mirador Restaurant certainly does offer a romantic ambiance with incredible views!

Please visit us again on your next trip to San Jose. Pura Vida!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Nairobi, Kenya
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481 reviews
106 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

..the stay had been perfect. Good breakfast - nice buffet with a very efficient eggstation. Nice upgrade to executive florr, with a corner room on the 15th floor with breathtaking views over San Jose. Very serviceminded staff, always happily smiling - especially at the Mirador restaurant on the 17th floor. But then its the WiFi - impossible to hold Skypeconferences (which one does when travelling in business) as the Wifi came and went - on and off. This was not only the case in my room but also in the executive lounge and in the breakfast restaurant on groundfloor.
So with a more stable WiFisignal I would have rated the hotel higher, but this time during my 3 nights stay I had to swear each time I tried to connect to the WiFi.

  • Stayed September 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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norman2, Marketing Director at Holiday Inn San Jose Downtown Aurola, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. We are happy you enjoyed your view from your room and our fabulous Mirador restaurant. Our staff enjoys our guests and we will share your comments with them. We understand your disappointment with the WIFI signal during your stay. We are upgrading the bandwidth in the hotel as signal strength can be a problem when there are a lot of people using the WIFI.

We hope you will try us again the next time you are in San Jose!

Pura Vida!
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

When we checked in, we requested a room on a higher floor and they refused our request. They also tried to sell us a breakfast the next morning that we thought was already included in our price. They have a very nice pool, which we used. However, we were disappointed that the whirlpool was out of service. We also enjoyed the ping ping table in the pool area.
We ate dinner in the restaurant and the food was mediocre. The room was very nice. However, it smelled a bit musty. The hotel location was good. It was a short walking distance to the main avenue.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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norman2, Marketing Director at Holiday Inn San Jose Downtown Aurola, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. We are continually training our front desk staff in English so that they can be able to better understand and assist our guests at check in with their special requests. We are sorry we failed to provide you with the upgraded room you wanted and wish we could have another opportunity to host you! Our hot tub was being renovated during your stay and is again available for our guests to enjoy.

Pura Vida!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

The hotel staff was friendly and always seemed upbeat. I enjoyed my stay immensely, thanks to the crew working there . WiFi worked in the room without issue. WiFi is now very important to me, as a listed amenity.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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norman2, Marketing Director at Holiday Inn San Jose Downtown Aurola, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Pura Vida! Thank you so much for your review of our hotel! We are pleased you enjoyed our hotel and our complimentary WIFI internet access! Please visit us again soon!
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

I either missed something or my floor was not part of the hotel as I read other reviews about this property. We stayed on the 14th floor and the moment we walked off the elevator we knew the place was trashed. The hallway carpet was musty, smelly and just plain filthy. The room was no different. Dirty carpet and old linens in need of repair, bath towels so old that could only have been used for rags, bathroom mold growing on the tub and the shower curtain and so on. The room door would not close properly and the hallway noise filtered inside all night. Forget about the front desk staff, they were too busy talking about their own adventures. In the morning, we had breakfast and left in a hurry.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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norman2, Marketing Director at Holiday Inn San Jose Downtown Aurola, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
We are surprised by your review. We are fastidious about cleanliness in our hotel. Our general manager and executive housekeeper went up to the 14th floor and looked at each room and could not find a room in the shape you described. Your description makes us wonder if perhaps you stayed elsewhere. Our towels and hallways don't even come close to your description. We are very sorry you were so disappointed in your stay and hope you enjoyed your trip to Costa Rica. Pura Vida!
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Dorado, Puerto Rico
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

I stayed at this and had a great time. The hotel was very clean, the rooms very comfortable with a spectacular view. The treatment of employees was excellent. I recommend it to anyone visiting San Jose, Costa Rica.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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norman2, Marketing Director at Holiday Inn San Jose Downtown Aurola, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your recent stay at our hotel. We pride ourselves on offering the amenities that keep busy business people comfortable and are pleased you enjoyed your recent stay. Please visit us again soon!

Pura Vida!
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

This was our first stop on our honeymoon and the service is impeccable (front desk Carlos..Thank You). The location is central with beautiful views. For the location the price is reasonable. This is our first time in San Jose and I dont think we couldn't have of picked a better hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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norman2, Marketing Director at Holiday Inn San Jose Downtown Aurola, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
Congratulations! Costa Rica is a fabulous place to celebrate your honeymoon, and we are so happy you chose our hotel for your stopover in San Jose. Thank you for your great review. We hope you come back on your anniversary to see us!

Pura Vida!
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Address: 5th Avenue and 5th Street | PO Box 7802-1000, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Family Hotel in San Jose
#15 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#18 Business Hotel in San Jose
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holiday Inn San Jose Downtown Aurola 3.5*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience a relaxing getaway in the heart of Central America at the Holiday Inn ® Hotel San Jose Downtown – Aurola, conveniently nestled in the center of lively San Jose, with panoramic views of the beautiful Central Valley. Conveniently located within walking distance of a variety of local attractions, guests will enjoy superior modern amenities and facilities such as free high speed WIFI access, an on-site business center, large meeting rooms, swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center, pub bar, and two restaurants. Discover a hotel where technology and hospitality come together in perfect harmony, where you can stay connected with modern Internet wireless access, and disconnect with a relaxed Costa Rica ambiance and modern luxuries. Whether visiting for a leisure getaway or a business connection, this San Jose hotel offers a peaceful, productive atmosphere where you can get the most out of your San Jose experience.Conveniently located within walking distance of all the best downtown attractions as well as downtown businesses. You will enjoy people watching in Parque Morazan, located just outside our front door. This park features a number of sculptures and monuments which decorate the expanse of urban green, including a beautiful domed structure, known as Templo de Música, or the Temple of Music. ... more   less 
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