We stayed there before and after our Windjammer Cruise, and I had found the place via the Frommers website. What a lovely surprise in one of the nicer districts (Amon) of San Jose! It took us ca. fifteen
minutes to walk into downtown and fifteen minutes to walk to Otoya and the government park, so it's pretty central. Ride from the airport is ca 30 minutes and leads through some rather unsavory neighborhoods (known as La Coca Cola), but the neighborhood around the hotel is safe (despite the nudie bar--remember that prostitution is completely legal and taxed in CR) and boasts a large security guard presence. The Clarion Hotel was just around the corner on the Av 11, where we had an excellent dinner (try the ceviche!); so was the tourist information.
We stayed in two rooms of the hotel (210 and 211)--both had air conditioning, ceiling fans, a well-stocked minibar, and American cable TV. We loved the firm mattresses and pillows, the rich plantation-owner-style decoration, and the clean, spacious bathrooms
with real hot water (not self-understood in CR). And there was, of course, the (almost) free internet access from two terminals right above the breakfast area, which we used frequently, and the rather inexpensive gift shop, which is great for browsing and purchasing one
or the other souvenir.
Our room reservation included a "tropical breakfast," which meant a few pieces of fruit (watermelon, banana, and papaya), orange juice, coffee/tea, and toast with butter and guava jam--very tasty.
Americans can order bacon and eggs for a few extra dollars.
All in all, this is a lovely place. We'd definitely stay there again.
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- Also Known As:
- Britannia Hotel San Jose
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