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“Great Hotel in the Heart of San Jose” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Presidente
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Central Avenue Blvd | 7th Street, San Jose 2922-1000, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #13 of 85 Hotels in San Jose
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“Great Hotel in the Heart of San Jose”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

I had the pleasure of staying for three nites at the Hotel Presidente in February of this year.

From the start our stay was extremely enjoyable in this beautiful and convenient downtown
location

The hotel's new General Manager, Oscar Ramirez was an exceptional host from our suite upgrade, recommendations for dinner, directions and everything a good host can offer

Along with the beautiful room, great morning breakfast buffet and the exceptional customer
service of all hotel staff members we had a great stay and I would highly recommend this
hotel in downtown San Jose to all

Oscar thank you and your great staff for a great stay!

G. Clemens

Room Tip: Go with rooms on the higher floors to block out noise from the street below
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • 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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Olympia, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We stayed 2 nights are were grateful for the central location to the National Museum, National Theater, Chinatown, several excellent restaurants we wanted to try and great shopping. My husband & I are retirement age and had no problem with the walks from the Hotel Presidente to the sights we visited. We felt safe & secure at this hotel. Our room was clean, had plenty of everything we needed and staff at the front desk were helpful, professional and knowledgeable-able to answer any questions we had regarding the area. The restaurant had simple selections, but tasty and convenient to have a night cap in the hotel before retiring for the night. Complementary breakfast was hearty and fresh with yogurt, scrambled eggs, toast to make yourself to order, other side dishes, orange juice and delicious Britt coffee. We'd stay again!

Room Tip: We enjoyed the view directly above the front entrance of the hotel. Lots to see out the window.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Darwin, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Just stayed 4 nights and was more than pleased with the service. In the lead up to our visit the staff were quick to email back a few queries I had about day trips and transfers from Peorto Limon. The driver they arranged for us was right on time and very professional. The location of the Hotel is perfect for tourists, Central Ave right out the door, close to the Gold museum, the marketplace, and plenty of restaurants, including a good one across the road. In fact with the day tours the bus did a few other stops at other hotels and I could see we were in a much better location than other establishments. Would stay there again if/when I return to SJ.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Great location! You can walk to a lot of the stores and restaurants. There is a casino right next door and a good restaurant across the street called the El Patio. Breakfast at the hotel was good and the coffee was very good. The hotel staff was adequate, however Luis Carlos was very helpful and friendly. He booked a day tour of a coffee plantation, the Volcano Poas and a La Paz. The view from the volcano was beautiful, and the tour of the coffee plantation was very interesting. The room was clean and neat. I would stay there again and recommend it to my friends.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York
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70 reviews 70 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

We had a wonderful two night stay at this well located hotel. It served as a good base from which to explore the city. When we arrived at the hotel we were warmly greeted and provied with a complimentary beverage - what a lovely way to start a visit . We enjoyed a long walk down Colon Avenue ( I thinK ) to a beautiful city park. There were two museums, a craft market about a block or so away with beautufl handicrafts made by local artisans-surprisingly most spoke English though more comfortable in Spanish. The area seemed very safe at night though hotel staff suggest guests not have any jewelry visible at night , a tip I appreciated. You will also notice even during the day that almost every store has security guards . There are a slew of restaurants within a block or so walk in almost any direction. We particularly enjoyed El Balcon de Europa.
The hotel generously provided special treats to help us celebrate my husband's birthday.
The room was very lovely and the bathroom was spa like such a treat . All of the staff we interacted with was helpful most were bilingual. This was a great place to start our Costa Ricn adventure.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

This was a very nice hotel big rooms, helpful reception desk, nice breakfast and huge jacuzzi, very nice place to stay just in the middle of the main street, many shops just beside. Would definitely recommend!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Sweden
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Good location in the central part of san jose, right in the pedestrian area. Area just around hotel felt safe at dark but would not go too far away.
Rooms were ok but not more. Very noisy from the other rooms and the corridor. Staff very helpful
Price too high for what you get according to me

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Presidente

Address: Central Avenue Blvd | 7th Street, San Jose 2922-1000, 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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#11 Family Hotel in San Jose
#19 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Presidente 3.5*
Number of rooms: 82
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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