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Colours Oasis Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Esquina Noroeste del Triangulo del Bulevar | Rohrmoser, San Jose, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #17 of 86 Hotels in San Jose
Boca Raton, Florida, United States
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Home away from home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

I had read previous reviews and figured I would have a good stay at Colours, but it was even better than I expected. The entire staff was great. The owner, James, was super helpful and friendly. Ricardo, Jose, and Liz were also great. The complimentary breakfast was tasty and the fresh squeezed orange juice every morning was also a treat. The entire place was always clean and all the other visitors were very inviting and talkative, which made us feel super comfortable. I wish we could have stayed longer (5 day trip) because it truly felt like a home away from home. I will definitely stay here again if/when I go back to Costa Rica.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 23 and it was perfect! Roomy enough for me and my partner with a touch of sophisti...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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41 reviews 41 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Very helpful kind staff at this guesthouse. Set around a lovely pool and relaxing gardens, definitely away from the crowds and hustle and bustle of San Jose. Perfect place to spend first/last nights in Costa Rica.

Had booked 2 nights, but a delayed flight meant I arrived a day late. Instead of charging me cancellation fees for the night the actually gave me the money as a credit which I used against food, taxi to the airport the next day and a short private city tour, all effortlessly arranged by the guesthouse.

Service was good and helpful without being intrusive which can easily be the case with smaller establishments.

If you are looking for a friendly clean unpretentious place to stay in San Jose would definitely recommend Colours Oasis.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

I had a very pleasant experience at Colours Oasis. I called ahead and scheduled the shuttle to pick us up at the airport, very nice driver carried our bags and with a smile drove us to the hotel about 25 minutes away. Allan was there to greet us and made sure our room was ready ASAP despite our morning arrival. Drinks at the bar were always available at the bar and lunch was very tasty (nacho platter is a must). We arranged to have dinner there and had nothing but the most tasty chicken. Our room was very comfortable and the shower was clean and spacious. The pool was a bit cold but it's Costa Rica, you want it that way. Plenty of things to chose from during breakfast (included in the price). Having Liz arrange transportation for us was a plus, she is really amazing. We had such a great time we bought a Day Pass before our flight back and we had the same amazing experience as the prior week. This is a quiet place, away from crazy city noise and close enough in a cab (inexpensive ride). Stay here and you will be able to experience true hospitality. Thanks to Allan, Liz and the rest of the staff for making our stay so pleasant. We will go back for sure!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Had an amazing stay here, made extra special by the people staying there. As the pool / bar area is compact its easy to make friends and have a real good laught. Do not be put off by the fact there is a night security locked in the hotel and one outsdie by night the area is quiet and calm, in fact San Jose in general seemed fine to walk about even at night time although usual caution required. Taxis are not cheap but there is a bus to down town during the day. No problem with people staying over, in fact they are positively encouraged !

Room Tip: DO not book a cheap one if you want a window, some lovely little suite type rooms, have a look at th...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

I recently spent a nignt at the resort and was very pleased with the facilities. They were very neat clean and well kept. The staff on the other hand was a different story. My partner and I checked in and the staff seemd to treat us as though we were imposing on their time. They were polite, but did not go out of their way to engage us or even inquire about our trip or how we were enjoying our stay. I must say in their defense, the owner James was top notch and first class all the way. They could learn a lot by following his example. I guess it may have just been a bad day for them, but I certainly did not appreciate them having it while I was a guest there.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, TX
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Yes, this boutique hotel of about 20 rooms caters to the GLBT community, but by no means exclusively, so if you are a single female traveler, it might be perfect for you. No hassles. James and his staff took great care of us, helping us with just about every question we had, including what to do, see, etc., even where the nearest ATM could be found. Most of the rooms do not have air conditioning, but given the very mild climate in San Jose, it's really not necessary. But if you insist, they do have some accommodations that are air conditioned. We had an apartment with living room, dining area, kitchen, and bedroom, that was very spacious. The real surprise for us was the food served. A hot made to order breakfast is included and was very good. I had eggs cooked just the way I like them! Lunch and dinner are also available for purchase, but the prices are very reasonable and quality excellent. There's also a full bar. The real highlight, I think for us, was the way James and his staff made us feel...more like we were friends come to stay rather than just customers.

Many of the guests were repeat customers, and we'll be back too.

Room Tip: 29 is a nice apartment, often requested.
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  • Stayed July 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

For an excellent place to stay in San Jose, Colours is definitely the best GAY choice. The owner & staff are superior. You are always made to feel like you are more than welcome & the breakfasts are far better than you are expecting. Be aware that although the pool looks gorgeous & clean...IT IS NOT HEATED...so don't just jump in...THINGS ARE GOING TO SHRINK!!

Room Tip: IF you can afford it...don't go for the cheaper rooms, the mattresses are less than marvelous, i...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Esquina Noroeste del Triangulo del Bulevar | Rohrmoser, San Jose, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#24 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Colours Oasis Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Verdant, tropical, warm, beautiful year-round raft rapids, stroll rainforests, hike volcanoes, sample hottest gay nightlife in Latin America or just lounge poolside, Colours, your adventure home base exploring "The Wilds of Costa Rica". Premier, largest and only of its kind in the Capital City, designed for our deserving gay guests. Inclusive boutique hotel serving "the community" and their straight friends, conveniently located - stately Boulevard Rohrmoser. Stylish, intimate complex with all the amenities, bar and restaurant plus our renowned attentive 24 hour reception service. ... more   less 
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