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“Good, functional and friendly, helpful professional staff” 4 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 #14 of 86 Hotels in San Jose
Kortrijk, Belgium
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Good, functional and friendly, helpful professional staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

This was our last hotel in Costa Rica before flying back home. A bit hard to find with our rented car. Private parking at the back of the hotel. Situated in the very center in a pedestrian road. For a city hotel, this is really a perfect hotel with a perfect staff.

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  • Stayed April 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
    4.5 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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We recently stayed here and it was a beautiful hotel and the room was very nice. We only stayed one night but the staff was very willing to assist on anything we requested. I am not a huge fan of visiting big cities since I already live in one but this hotel was super nice and close to everything.

  • Stayed April 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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Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

I am a travel agent and needed to book a weeks stay in San Jose for my fiance for a business trip. I chose The Hotel Presidente because the hotel was located in the heart of downtown and I wanted him to be able to experience the flavor of the city while he was there to visit associates who would be in the country. I was very pleased with his remarks about the hotel. These are his words: "It was obvious to me upon check-in, that all the staff was well trained in customer service and their attention to detail was paramount. One of the value add perks that impressed me was that I could get a local cell phone right at the front desk as explained by Jonathan upon by arrival. My room was ready when I arrived and was extremely clean and quiet. When you couple this with a great continental breakfast supported by the hard working Hector every morning, it was a great way to start my day. And finally, with its downtown flavor and ability to walk anywhere safely, I highly recommend the Hotel Presidente to both the leisure and business clientele".

Thank you for making his trip a memorable one, I will book future clients to this hotel based on his positive experience and very positive words about the staff.

Becky - Sun Connections Travel
Portland Oregon

Room Tip: My room was in the middle of the building and was very quiet with no distractions from any possible...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Markham, Ont.
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We stayed here on the first and last nights of our trip to Costa Rica before touring around. This hotel is right downtown on the pedestrian mall, close to all attractions, with helpful and friendly staff. The room was large, with an HD tv, and a very comfortable king size bed. There is free internet service and very enjoyable breakfast buffet, especially the local fruit.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Palm Bay, Florida
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49 hotel reviews
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169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

The hotel is on the pedestrian mall in downtown San Jose, near many of the attractions. Orginally, we were going to drive to the hotel, but I am not sure where we might have found a parking space so we took a cab from the rental car company. I have never seen a hotel quite like it. The cab entered a cyclone fenced area and we walked up a ramp into the lobby. The street enterance to the hotel was a small entry..

The front desk staff was welcoming and efficient. The room was very large with a sitting area, two large beds and a huge modern bathroom with a jacuzzi. There is free internet with a very strong signal and a HD flatscreen TV with major network affiliates from Miami on the cable system. The bed was very comfortable and the room was quiet even though the hotel is in a very busy and noisy place. The only minor issue is that the room could not be completely darkened.

We arrived late afternoon and left the next morning. .Other than a little walking around, we did not have time to do much but there were quite a few things to do in the area.

The breakfast buffet was very decent. We would stay here again.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

great place to start and end you costa rica vacation. near the airport and in city center. very nice with all the amenities you would ever need. we were traveling on motorcycle and they stored our luggage for picup when we returned to stay for final night. secure locked storage with no additional charge. price was reasonable.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We stayed at Hotel Presidente for two days prior to starting a 10 day Caravan Tour of Costa Rica. The hotel was centrally located for viewing San Jose's downtown core. Our room was clean and the layout was good. Service at check-in was efficient and the staff were helpful in acquainting us to the area. The buffet breakfast was delicious with a good variety of hot and cold items. Love the fresh Costa Rican fruit!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#9 Family 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 decor 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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