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“Good value option just 15 min walk from centre” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Rincon de San Jose
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Corner of Avenida 9 and Calle 15 | Barrio Otoya, San Jose, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #47 of 86 Hotels in San Jose
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28 hotel reviews
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“Good value option just 15 min walk from centre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I stayed here for 4 nights then a single night at the end of a tour. This hotel is interesting once you are inside with various levels and extensions. Consequently, the rooms vary considerably. For my 4 night stay I was in room 26 which is one of a few rooms which is accessed up the stairs by reception. This was a good size room with a double bed and had opening windows overlooking the street. The ensuite shower room was spacious but there was no blind on the large (frosted) window so I didn't feel I could put the light on night! Some reviewers have mentioned noise at this hotel but the sounds of the street weren't too intrusive and didn't bother me. The single night I spent was in a room which couldn't have been further from reception and was up some stairs near the roof terrace. I didn't like this room so much but for one night it was OK and was probably cheaper. Some of the rooms are rather internal and open into a communal area, others are a bit like those you would find in a motel. It would be worth having a look at your room on arrival and maybe asking to see something else, reception staff are helpful and mostly speak some English. Breakfasts were nice with eggs to order, rice and beans and lovely pancakes, fruit and cheese slices. Fruit juice and coffee were plentiful. Only after travelling around the country did I appreciate that this hotel served a better choice and quality of breakfast than many! The communal areas provide somewhere to sit and to gather. The food in the restaurant was good, especially the pasta and the cocktail happy hour with 2 for 1 is a great chance to treat yourself. There is a computer available too. Disappointingly, we were not able to eat in the restaurant when we returned after our tour as they were fully committed with an outside booking, such a shame as the restaurant is a plus. It cost $28 to get here in a taxi from the airport, make sure you have the name and address written down clearly to show the taxi controller and driver!

Room Tip: Check out your room on arrival. This is a family friendly hotel too so some locations may be better...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ManagerHRSJ, Owner at Hotel Rincon de San Jose, responded to this review, August 13, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your nice comments, I am glad that you liked our hotel and our Restaurant El Jardin.

We are a hotel made out of 4 antique connected mansions all rooms are a little different but with the same standard. On our website you can find a description of the rooms and for which type of traveler they suit best. With the room #26 we gave you a long stay free upgrade, as we do for everyone who stays with us for 3 days or more. These is one of the extra free services which we provide for you and all our guests are designed to give you a great experience in our hotel and San Jose in general.

Thank you for your complement on our extended breakfast buffet, with all the great fresh products Costa Rica offers we are able to offer this warm welcome in Costa Rica.

I am sorry that you had to make the decision to eat in an other restaurants in our neighborhood because we were booked. We are open for all public all year around to create this nice interaction between the Costa Rican people and our guests. That's also the reason why our restaurant has a national and international kitchen with accessible prices. So we can continue to give this better experience to all our guests.

Thank again for your comments and we do hope to welcome you again.

Warm Regards
Jos de Haan
owner Hotel Rincon de San Jose
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Our first impression of the hotel was very good, especially from the inside. The rooms are spacious and clean.

The breakfast area is in a greenhouse type room and surrounded by trees. The breakfast itself was healthy, with rice and beans, scrambled eggs and fresh fruits. The coffee is amazing...

The staff were all polite and very helpful.

The only drawback was the noise in the rooms. We were next to the main road, ground floor and were constantly woken up by cars, people (outside and walking around upstairs).

Location wise it is very convenient, about 10-15m walk to the town centre, theatres etc.

In general a nice hotel and very cheap so considering that it was worth staying for 2-3 nights.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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ManagerHRSJ, General Manager at Hotel Rincon de San Jose, responded to this review, June 27, 2014
Dear Guest,

We are glad you liked our hotel. We are a sorry for the disturbance by the traffic. As a city hotel it sometimes isn't easy to keep the city sounds out. Although we do try and invest in soundproofing rooms true double glass and doors as much as possible.

We are glad that you liked our courtyard garden restaurant and the fresh Costa Rican coffee.

We hope to welcome you again
Warm regards
Jos de Haan
Hotel Rincon de San Jose
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We stayed here last year at the start and finish of a trip around Costa Rica. The hotel is older style but very clean, the shower in my room had plenty of hot water and our bed was comfortable.

There is a courtyard area within the hotel where they serve breakfast which is your fairly typical costa rican fair lots of rice and beans and tropical fruit.

I can't fault the hotel, San Jose can be a bit difficult and a little unsafe place at times. This hotel felt very secure and the staff were always friendly and helpful. Overall I would recommend this as a great place to start or finish your trip, there is a great cocktail bar just across the road from the hotel and a couple of good value restaurants in walking distance.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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ManagerHRSJ, Manager at Hotel Rincon de San Jose, responded to this review, June 23, 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your nice comments, we are pleased to hear that you appreciated our services and hotel in general. We have indeed a nice neighborhood that keeps improving itself.

We are happy to let you know that last year we opened our restaurant El Jardin right in our courtyard garden and do hope to welcome you there upon your next visit to Costa Rica to enjoy this great little place we invite you for happy hour, dinner or lunch.

Warm regards
Jos de Haan
Hotel Rincon de San Jose
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We stayed three nights at the end of a central American tour. With stairs and corridors running in all directions, this is not really suitable for a disabled person. But for us, it was great. Our room was cleaned spotlessly every day. The staff at reception could not have done more to help us when there was a glitch with a day tour we had planned. I love the open lounge area where people can mix. Our room was large and well appointed. But the best feature of this hotel is its proximity to the CBD.

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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ManagerHRSJ, General Manager at Hotel Rincon de San Jose, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for y this review of our hotel. Upon reading your comments we proudly shared it with our team to let them know that their excellent service is so well appreciated. And your comments do motivate us to keep improving and developing our hotel and excellent service program.
Thank you again.

Warm regards
Jos de Haan
General manager
Hotel Rincon de San Jose
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

DO NOT RENT A ROOM at the back of this hotel. There is a taxi driver that comes and parks in front of the rooms around 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm. He walks up and down the street looking into the rooms. He has gray hair, mid 40's and smokes continuously and drives a red san jose taxi with license plate 4590. He is sick and perverted.

Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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ManagerHRSJ, General Manager at Hotel Rincon de San Jose, responded to this review, May 1, 2014
Dear guest,

I am the general manager of Hotel Rincon de San Jose. I would like to let you know that we are absolutely shocked about this awful incident during your stay with us. And very sorry that this happened.

We as a family hotel are doing our utmost to give the best experience to our guest in which safety is one of the most important issues. We believe that nobody should have a sense of insecurity staying in our hotel.

It is a shame that we haven't had a report of this incident during your stay so we could have send out the guard immediately or have changed your room. We do not know exactly which room you had, I therefore would like to invite you to contact me personally so that we can hear your experience from first hand. (my email is jdehaan@hotelrincondesanjose.com)

We also informed police and our security guard to inspect more frequently the surroundings of our hotel. We will make the proper arrangements to correct and improve our hotel because of this comment.

I would like to personally apologize for this unfortunate incident that you experienced during your stay with us. We try to improve our hotel on a daily base, so I thank you for sharing with us this incident, because unfortunately we do not always get it right.

I hope you will contact us.
Warm regards
Jos de Haan
General Manager
Hotel Rincon de San Jose
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We spent 1 night at either end of a tour of Costa Rica at this hotel. The first room we had was in the front, and was very noisy with traffic and dogs barking across the street all night. The second room was in the back and was much quieter. Both rooms were very clean. Hotel is close to parks, downtown centre, good restaurants and seems to be in a safe neighbourhood. There is secure storage where we left a suitcase for a week. Breakfast was good.staff were friendly and helpful.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ManagerHRSJ, General Manager at Hotel Rincon de San Jose, responded to this review, May 1, 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review of our hotel. We always appreciate comments regarding our hotel, customer service and ongoing improvements. I will relay your nice comments about our staff members to them they take their roles very seriously and try, every day, to provide the service that our guests expect.

As a city hotel we know that now and than we have to cope with the city noise which can be a bit uncomfortable there fore we do apologize. I am happy to let you know that we have planed renovations to improve the rooms closed to the street with new double glassed windows this year.

Thank you again
Warm Regards
Jos de Haan
General manager
Hotel Rincon de San jose
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Holland
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47 hotel reviews
Reviews in 108 cities Reviews in 108 cities
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Very reasonable privatly owned hotel in a very quite neigbourhoood, but still on walking distance of the city centre. We stayed here one night when we arrived at the airport. It was half an hour driving and not difficult to find. A good place to hit the road early in the morning after. There is a restaurant included that we did not use. The rooms are quite good, compared to CR standards. Car could be parked in front of the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ManagerHRSJ, Manager at Hotel Rincon de San Jose, responded to this review, May 1, 2014
Dear guest

Thank you for taking the time to write your review of our hotel.
We are glad that you liked it and invite you next time to visit our garden restaurant as well.

Warm regards
Jos de Haan
General manager
Hotel Rincon de San Jose
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Additional Information about Hotel Rincon de San Jose

Address: Corner of Avenida 9 and Calle 15 | Barrio Otoya, San Jose, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #47 of 86 Hotels in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Rincon de San Jose 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a a beautiful three star hotel in the historical center of San Jose Costa Rica. Our characteristic hotel rooms are fully equipped with hot en cold water showers, television and telephone. You will find a warm and inviting accommodation located in three antique colonial mansions in the historical center of San Jose. With its quiet and friendly atmosphere is the perfect place to stay, whether you are traveling for vacations or business. Our restaurant El Jardin is a nice little restaurant in our courtyard garden with its international kitchen strives to serve lunches, dinners, drinks and cocktails for accessible prices. Great presentation, fresh products carefully combined for our dishes! Is the beste way to describe what we mean with a charming dining experience! Our menu offers a choice for every taste at any time, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Fish, meat, chicken, pastas, salads, sandwiches, wraps, risottos, fresh Costarican coffee , cake, cocktails, fresh mixed tropical juices, cocktails and small snacks or bocas. For meetings, private diners or exhibitions we also offer an executive lounge! All this just a few minutes walking away from the whole host of attractions like museums, The National Theater, shopping district. The most heard from our guest is that they find it surprising to find such a lovely hotel behind these facades. Our guests tend to relax and enjoy San Jose before taking off to explore the rest of Costa Rica to return for an other stay with us to bring their holiday to a nice closure. ... more   less 
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