Booked a king room for 4 nights at Hotel Europa for a March visit to Costa Rica. Online booking was easy and I received several e-mail confirmations before my stay. Check-in was a little slow but overall service was adequate.
The hotel is old and prides itself as being the oldest hotel in the city. It is definitely in need of some refurbishment but room was clean and a/c worked well. Water pressure in the shower was practically non-existent but water was hot. Internet was usually reliable but went out for one full day with no explanation available from front desk...."it's just not working."
Complimentary breakfast in the morning was very good and a great way to start the day. Staff in the restaurant were very friendly and helpful.
If you have a car, while there is valet parking available I was never able to locate the exact lot the hotel uses and got several different sets of directions. There is plenty of guarded parking the the neighborhood so it didn't really make much of a difference although my understanding was that hotel parking was free.
As for the location, it is right in the middle of the city and it's very easy to walk to nearby attractions, shopping, restaurants, etc. The area is quite dicey in the evening so some caution should be exercised if you choose to be out late. Taxis are cheap and easy to get in this area, just be sure you ask the driver to use the meter before you go anywhere. Hotel staff was quite helpful in getting me a taxi to the airport upon my departure.
Overall I enjoyed my stay and found the hotel to be a good value with a great location. Don't expect too much as far as luxury or amenities and you'll be just fine. Would stay at Hotel Europa again if I needed to be in the downtown area.
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- Also Known As:
- Europa Hotel San Jose
- Hotel Europa Costa Rica/San Jose