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“THE BEST Hotel in DOWNTOWN nice modern hotel” 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 87 Hotels in San Jose
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“THE BEST Hotel in DOWNTOWN nice modern hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Hotel Presidente is about 30 minutes drive - $25/$30 Taxi cab drive from the airport into the Avenida Central in downtown San Jose. It is located on a foot only street mall with many shops and vendors.
I choose the location to be downtown since I had a friend with her first time to Costa Rica. In my opinion it is THE best, nicest, option in the downtown area. I wanted to show her downtown – the National Theatre – which also has a real old quaint coffee shop worth visiting with AMAZING coffee. From there is the Gran Hotel with looking at – and many of the parks and historical items around. This is the only way to experience the local Tico’s in their environment, get a feel for their culture, and shop local, and see the sites and experience downtown San Jose.

Right next to the hotel there is a full Clario, ICE Kolbi, Movistar stores are right there for local SIM cards for cell phones so no hassle for the airport kiosk if your staying here.

We stayed here upon our first day of arrival and last day before departing. The staff was amazing – welcoming – extremely helpful and courteous, helpful with any requests we had and arranged a taxi to the airport for $30.00.

The hotel has a tour desk that can arrange a local coffee tour, and arrange any other activities in the area – water rafting – and help arrange other locations and provide great information.

Rooms are very reasonable and you will get a more modern updated, extremely updated room w/ AC, very clean. There are different room options at various price points, small rooms for the budget traveler $69 to $89 and larger rooms – and suite with a tub jucuzzi and living room area with multiple TV’s – spacious for $180 something. Rooms come mini-frig, safe and WiFi, clock radio but we opted for I-heart radio with the free wifi with our Samsung G4.

The hotel lobby has two computers opposite to check in that are free and for use to check internet and print boarding passes, check flights, and surf whatever you need on the web.

If you are booking pre-request or upon check in - request to be on the opposite site of the street mall. Our first day/night stay we were on the mall side and during the day there was the noise of hussle and bussle and street venders just yelling, and some guy playing some turtle flute thing – so annoying. And late at night like 1 a.m. some guy playing trumpet. When I called down to make him stop they say he does that often. So just a warning. The hotel has put in double pained windows but still some noise existed. Just keep in mind bring ear plugs just in case.
On my departure day/night I made sure I was on the other side, No NOISE, quiet and got great sleep.
The higher up and opposite the mall side ask for room room 407, 507, 607. These rooms are also away from the 2 small elevators. Tile floors if your near the elevator you may once in a while hear people rolling luggage on tile floors passing by but I barely noticed.
Water pressure shower and sinks were great and no problem with hot water – it took a bit and it backwards from the US turn to warm water.

Prices include breakfast – costa rica rice/beans, toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, cereal, yougart, orange juice the usual breakfast. Tip – we got from another group - If you request at no additional charge you can ask the bartender for a omelette – or fresh pancakes made to order. $25 Savings.

You can walk up and down the street literally find KFC, Mc Donald, Taco Bell, Quizno’s on and on – or local Tico Pizza Hamburger places, local restaurants if your on a budget. Or across the street the Patio and more eating out food $35 lunch for 2 people, offering gormet pizza, nachos, local chicken rice beans, overpriced but a better option than fast food probably. The food at the hotel is more reasonable and probably better just not as many options.

There is NO COST parking – 2 small lots and the staff can help with car parking which lot – if you call in advance and ask for assistance when you are close. If renting a car I recommending mapping out directions and clearly mapping your route – since it can be tricky to find the parking lot – and there is one way streets – you have to circle around, and the parking lots on the one way street closed to the hotel on the walking mall side ON Calle 7. If coming from the airport you have to make a left on Calle 11 – then left on Avenida 1 – then left on Calle 7 and parking lot is on left and right just past the Avenida Cental walk cross walk on the left a large gate just ask as you come to the first gate on the left and ask for hotel parking, usually past the taxis parked there.

The area in front of the hotel is safe and even at night – and hotel provides security guards at the entrance of the mall and offer free umbrellas, and guards also at the back entrance.

There is a area 3 blocks from the hotel for souvenir shops in a tented mall area – and you can buy there at the hotel uniquely painted and designed piggy banks that are very nice.

One last tip. You use to be able here to pay the airport departure tax of $28 USD – and charge it to your bill. No longer – you have to do it at the airport and you should have cash for your departure or you will get charged big using you ATM or Credit Card as a cash advance. Pay your departure tax before checking in to your airline, they will ask if you have the airport tax receipt. You will thank me for this one.

Room Tip: Ask for back side of the hotel - best room 607
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

Nice hotel in downtown San Jose. Central to the shopping district as well as the museums.

AC worked great and king size bed was comfy. We had a rental car which was parked In a tight spot in a guarded lot.

We were to stay 3 nights but checked out early. There is little to do in San Jose! We should have stayed only 1 night in the city.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Bc
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24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

Some reviewers have found the mall outside the hotel a bit unsavory and yes, it is in the heart of downtown, but it is also very handy for visiting museums and surrounding parks. The staff are very helpful and our room was spacious and quiet (ask for a room on a higher floor). We are glad we decided to spend a day here

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

This is a small hotel situated on the pedestrianised section of Central Avenue less than 100 meters from the National Theatre and Museum of Pre-columbian Gold. Service was friendly and helpful. The included breakfast was enjoyable and filling, coffee excellent. There is a small snack bar which does a limited selection of simple dishes at reasonable prices, quite sufficient to keep off the hunger pangs and provide a cold beer. If you need a restaurant there is "The Patio" across the street. Although situated right in the middle of town we saw no other restaurants that we would have wished to patronise in the area.
Our en-suite WC and shower room was excellently furnished and clean. The problem was that it took us two days to discover that there was hot water if the tap was turned on full during the whole time it takes to do one's ablutions.
The hotel could be much better if the following simple things were done:-
1/ There is plentiful hot water, but it takes about five minutes to arrive, a decent services engineer could resolve this problem by introducing a pumped hot water circuit, which might save money in the long run, as less water would be wasted running taps for so long.
2/ Lighting levels in the bedrooms are appalling. It is impossible to read except with a book held within 1 meter of a light bulb.
3/ An instruction manual is required for the air-conditioning. I could not fathom how it worked. I do not know why but it came on at 2:00am waking me up.
4/There is insufficient furniture in the bedroom we had. There were two generous sized double beds, but no comfortable chairs, nowhere to put suitcases and no bedside table or shelf on which to put an alarm clock and coins, keys, glasses etc. overnight. There was an alarm clock in the room, which was showing the wrong time, there was no explanation as to how it worked and the two of us could not find a way to change the time or set the alarm, so we unplugged it.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

Used this hotel for a quick visit to San Jose. The place itself is well appointed with modern design and amenities. It is centrally located near Main Street. Their staff is friendly and efficient. Jill and Pablo made the difficult easy. Thank You

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lawrenceville GA
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Just completed a 5-day stay in San Jose Costa Rica....it was great with a great hotel! The Hotel {residente is located rightin the middle of downtown with access to everything right out the door! Walk in seconds to shopping, restaurants, attractions and museums. The city has long stretches of "mall" walking where no vehicles are allowed and makes for easy walking. The hotel is located right on one of hte "mall" areas. A full Costa Rican breakfast is included with the room rate (great food). The hotel is about to undergo an expansive renovation to be completed by the fall of 2014. Rooms were large...fantastic showers!! ocarpets on floor due to tropical climate. If you like pineapple and papaya, you will love this...tons of it served at every breakfast! Very courteous staff....very helpful with information on where to go, restaurant suggestions, etc. Will stay there again!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Faversham, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Stayed here at the beginning and end of our Costa Rica holiday. Firstly my son and I were given a room with one bed! We then changed rooms and may have been given the noisiest room in the hotel, neither of us slept. Our next room was slightly better but had no window. Breakfast was small and boring. We asked for water in our room (i'm still waiting for it!)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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 Casino and Gambling 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:
#1 Casino Hotel in San Jose
#6 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#10 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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