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Aranjuez Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle 19, Avenida 11 & 13 | De la Iglesia Sta. Teresita, 200 mtrs. al norte, 200 mtrs. al oeste y 25 mtrs. al sur., San Jose 2070, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #6 of 85 hotels in San Jose
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“Gem in the middle of the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

I was slightly nervous driving to this hotel...San Jose is your not so typical large city but the Hotel Arenjuez is a little gem. They staff was very helpful and polite. There is a gas station and few diners just down the road and in walking distance for lunch/dinner. But the best part of was the breakfast buffet. It was so amazing and delicious. They made it picture perfect and the seating area is open to a garden oasis. The rooms were spacious and the showers were hot. There was a small safe for your important belongings. It is a little far from the airport so if you have an early flight you may want to find a closer place but we stayed there the first night of our stay and it was perfect.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

I stayed there several times within the last 2 years - the rooms are fine and breakfast is really good. If you want you can reach the centre of San José within 20 minutes walking distance or the reception will call you a taxi.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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AranjuezHotelCR, Propietario at Aranjuez Hotel, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Dear guest, we appreciate your review and specially, that you choose our Hotel each time you come to Costa Rica. Downtown is located within walking distance, and in the map we provide to our customers, are indicated the different best routes to get there. We must mention, that the famous museum “Calderón Guardia” and “Casa del Cuño” as well as “La Aduana” are located only 4 blocks ahead from the Hotel. We hope you can stay with us once again soon. You will appreciate the renovation of many bathrooms and rooms in the last 3 months. We wish you a wonderful Christmas time!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

A friendly, reasonably priced hotel with wonderful service. We had a Superior room for 3 for $65 and it included a delicious buffet breakfast. Close to downtown and on a quiet street. The garden area is very pretty. It is 5 houses that have been connected by walkways and gardens.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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AranjuezHotelCR, Propietario at Aranjuez Hotel, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
We are happy to read that your family spent a good vacation at Hotel Aranjuez. We hope you can visit us once again in the future. We wish you the best during this Christmas time and for the 2013!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Hotel Aranjuez was a great place to land in Costa Rica. It is a quick walk into San Jose's city center but is nestled in a much quieter neighborhood. My room was very clean and well equipped and the bed was comfortable. The garden was lovely and the breakfast buffet was one of the best I have had in all my travels. The walls are a little thin, but the other guests tended to be relatively mellow. Highly recommended!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AranjuezHotelCR, Propietario at Aranjuez Hotel, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
For us is a pleasure to know that you have had a good stay at Hotel Aranjuez. We hope you can stay with us in the near future. Our customers will have the opportunity of tasting the “famous tamales” during this Christmas. The tamales are the typical plate that costarrican family’s make together during these special dates. We hope you and your family have a special Christmas time this year.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

The staff are great, the rooms are cheap and reasonably clean and part of the hotel's charm is the rabbit warren layout with rooms poked down and around corners with bits of garden here and there; it was a nice place to stay and I would definitely go back. The breakfast is all that everyone suggests it is: bountiful. If you have the time on a Saturday morning check out the organic farmer's market. Take a left out the front doors and follow the street as it runs down the corner and around the hill. The market is in the park. Taxi's are easily found at the nearby hospital (right out the doors two blocks and then right again).

Room Tip: They are all a bit thin-walled. Ear plugs for light sleepers are recommended.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AranjuezHotelCR, Propietario at Aranjuez Hotel, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
We much appreciate your commentary about Hotel Aranjuez. At Polideportivo Aranjuez, located 4 blocks ahead from the Hotel, besides the Organic Market, many others activities are taking place as the “Friday’s Dance” from 2 to 5 p.m., concerts, skate competitions, soccer games, etc.. It is also a good place for exercising (running, walking, etc). During December, at La Aduana, located 5 blocks ahead from the Hotel, many Christmas celebrations are taking place. We invite our customers to consult at the Reception Desk the schedule of the activities of the month or just look for them in our Cultural Blackboard. ¡ We wish you a Happy Christmas!
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

the hotel as such is nice- cozy garden and big breakfast buffet.
but they have a scam they seem to use on everyone: as the neighbourhood is pretty empty we asked the clerk for his advice where to go for dinner. And in an impressive acting effort (as we found out later) he pretended to think for 2 minutes just to come up "by incidence" with an italian restaurant he likes to go to.

we followed his advice how to get there- only to find a dark restaurant of a hotel where you had to ring to get in. Prices were pretty high and the atmosphere not to good, plus we were the only guests- but as we hadn't seen any alternatives on the way we stayed.

the pizza was just gross and the pasta even worse.

while we ate 3 other couples whom we had seen in Aranjuez came as well- apparently this is why this terrible restaurant didn't need to close yet, as noone would ever come again!

another funny thing: on the way back we took another route for the 4 blocks than the way the clerk had indicated- only to find that there were plenty of nice looking alternatives...

all in all this ruined our perception of the "nice" hotel we stayed in - even though everything else was nice... but you just can't trust people who scam their guests!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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AranjuezHotelCR, Propietario at Aranjuez Hotel, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Dear Guest, thank you very much for your review. Near the Hotel, our customers can find a lot of sodas and some bars and “cafés”. Near the Hotel, many little restaurants and sodas are located. During the day, all these places are visited by the medical staff of Hospital Calderón Guardia. Fancy restaurants are also nearby as L’Ancora, Café Mundo, The Terrace, Costello’s, Limoncelo, Aya Sofia, Mantras, L’Olivo. In the tourist map that our customers find in the room, is indicated a restaurant zone. Also, in our cultural blackboard, our customers can find brochures and even menus of restaurants with prices included. It is not our policy recommending a specific restaurant. It is clear that our staff is forgiving for receiving commissions of any kind.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Nice hotel with many different sized rooms. Decent location. Great staff. Breakfast incredible. Bargain! Can not say enough good things about this place. Would happily return. Can help with tours. Loved it.

  • Stayed April 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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AranjuezHotelCR, Propietario at Aranjuez Hotel, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Your commentary has been very appreciated by our staff. In our neighborhood, our customers can experience the day a day of costarrican middle class. Due to the nearby Hospital Calderón Guardia, hundreds of people are circulating in Aranjuez neighborhood. Besides, many services are around for attending all the needs of this people as college, university, mini-restaurants and coffee-corners, private health clinics of all kind, laboratories and radiology. This neighborhood has much to offer to those locking for medical assistance. Private Clinics as “La California”, “Hospital La Católica” and “Clínica Bíblica” are located within 10 minutes drive. Hotel Aranjuez offers also all the tourist tour services a discount prices for our customers. Once again, thank you for your nice words about Hotel Aranjuez. We hope you have a very god 2013!
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Address: Calle 19, Avenida 11 & 13 | De la Iglesia Sta. Teresita, 200 mtrs. al norte, 200 mtrs. al oeste y 25 mtrs. al sur., San Jose 2070, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in San Jose
#3 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#5 Family Hotel in San Jose
#12 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Aranjuez Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Live a true costa rican experience in our hotel. The hotel is build in 5 old fashioned followed costa rican houses and our breakfast is speechless!!! ... more   less 
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