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“Good Location & Good Value” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Presidente
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Central Avenue Blvd | 7th Street, San Jose 5700, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #11 of 85 hotels in San Jose
Muscat Governorate, Oman
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41 hotel reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Good Location & Good Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

The hotel is well situated and guest rooms were undergoing renovations when I stayed in November 2012. I booked a single room at a very reasonable rate through Myhotelguru. I was given one of the newly renovated rooms with a comfortable king-size bed and new flat screen TV. The bathroom had been renovated also. Basically a 4 star style room. Rate included a decent breakfast.

Airport taxi from the hotel was thirty dollars (fixed price).

I'd happily stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

My sister and I stayed at Hotel Presidente during the December holidays in 2012. It w as right downtown, a great central location in San Jose. The hotel was immaculate, with super friendly and helpful staff. The rooms were clean and neat with good interior design details. The free internet access was a bonus we didn't know to expect! And even more so was the free birthday cake provided spontaneously by hotel staff!! Good breakfasts. Easy location to start tours throughout Costa Rica - I would highly recommend this hotel.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Houston, Texas
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stay there for 5 nights during the winter break. Very nice location, close to the museums, next to the pedestrian street. Staffs are very helpful. The New Year Eve's drum and dance is a good surprise.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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White Plains, New York
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10 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stayed 1 night - 4 of us. nice hotel in middle of so-so area but felt very safe. Beautiful room and facilities. most comfortable beds of our whole 8 night trip! great breakfast. would recommend staying here

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Hotel Presidente is apparently something of a San Jose establishment: it's the hotel that all the tourists go to before they know better. That's not to say that it's not nice. The location is fantastic if you want to explore downtown San Jose. The hotel itself is quite pleasant as well. We stayed in a "Standard Room King Bed" room, which was spacious and clean, and had a programmable safe in it. The room was attractive, if a little spare. The bathroom had high-quality soaps and shampoos (not a given in Costa Rica), and the water was warm and had good pressure. The staff was responsive and friendly and all spoke English.

I guess my main complaint with Hotel Presidente is that it lacked charm. It felt like what it was: an upscale (if not grand) hotel. But for $130 per night, they should be offering something better, especially when you can stay in a good number of bed and breakfast-type hotels in San Jose for literally half the price.

My wife and I bookended our trip in Costa Rica with nights in San Jose. We stayed at Hotel Presidente for our first night in Costa Rica. We stayed at Casa 69 (a smaller hotel) for our last night. Everything at Casa 69 felt like it had been made just for us. There were small flourishes, like the folding of the blanket into a design on the bottom of our bed, that made us feel welcome and wanted. By contrast, everything at Hotel Presidente felt more corporate, like they were trying to provide reasonable accommodations to hundreds of travelers, most of whom were only going to stay for one night (which is, of course, exactly what they are doing).

So in conclusion, if you're looking for a good hotel in San Jose---one that is centrally located and has decent amenities and a friendly, English-speaking staff---Hotel Presidente certainly meets that description. But if you're looking for a charming hotel in San Jose, one perhaps not quite as much on the beaten path but maybe a little nicer (and for much less money), Hotel Presidente is not the one you want.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

If you are staying over in San Jose to visit museums, etc. this is a good place to be. The hotel is in a good location to walk to various places - but it is still in the middle of a city (which means watch your back).
We had a small suite that included a sitting room. It was large and clean with a fridge - no problems. The breakfast was the usual buffet. The folks at the front desk were very polite and helpful.
Their car park is very small - but it is secured (just difficult to find).
If I had a reason to need to stay in San Jose again, I would recommend this place.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Plymouth, England
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

This hotel was exactly what we wanted. Secure parking, charming helpful staff, early breakfast to get to the airport for our flight.
An unexpected bouns on New Year's eve was an open free bar, distribution of fancy dress and then the arrival of a superb drum and dance troupe who gave a fab show with much audience participation.
Well done one and all.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Hotel Presidente

Address: Central Avenue Blvd | 7th Street, San Jose 5700, 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 Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#12 Family Hotel in San Jose
#20 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Presidente 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An iconic landmark in San Jose, Costa Rica, Hotel Presidente is a contemporary urban retreat in the heart of downtown San Jose. With its vibrant ambiance, modern décor and great service, our 4-star upscale hotel is the symbol of hospitality and the cultural soul Costa Rica's capital city. Celebrated for our eco-friendly tourism practices, Hotel Presidente is a window into Costa Rica's land, people and heritage. Experience an unforgettable vacation adventure, romantic getaway or business trip at Hotel Presidente... the place to relax, connect, inspire, dine, and explore Costa Rica! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Presidente San Jose
Hotel Presidente Costa Rica/San Jose

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