I've stayed in Aranjuez Hotel 6 months or so ago, and I can confirm all that the recent reviewers have written about the main part of the hotel. In my most recent visit, the main hotel was fully booked, and I requested one of the small apartments in the nearby "Apartments Aranjuez". For my visit, in any event, I found out that breakfast in the main hotel was included in the room charge, which, as those who have stayed at Aranjuez Hotel will know, was a huge bonus.
For anyone who may be interested, I can point out that there are quite a few "sodas" (small cafes) close by, but perhaps because they cater, I guess, primarily to those working or visiting the nearby big hospital, they are mostly closed in the evening. Personally, I found the El Gourmet Vegetariano (corner of Avenida 9 and Calle 19) the best: very friendly with super fresh food, and I'm not even a vegetarian. Another wonderful find was a lovely little cafe, Cafe Te Dia, a few blocks west (towards downtown) on Avenida 7, between Calle 11 and Calle 15, very close to "The Yellow House"- the Foreign Ministry Building. There are only half a dozen tables, you have to rattle the door or ring the buzzer, to have them let you in, and you'll find many cheaper places to have coffee or lunch in San Jose, but for a restful break, it's worth a good deal more than you'll be asked to pay: I loved it.
If you like to run, I couldn't find anywhere close to Aranjuez Hotel, (unless you want to go round and round a nearby soccer field) but I found it worked well to run west along Avenida 3, with a jog down Calle 16 and then back on Avenida 3, and come out on Sabana Park, which is where I used to run when I stayed in my first visit at that end of town. Yes, you do most certainly have to watch out for very big potholes and deep ditches at the kerbs, and raffle tickets sellers, and people selling veggies and so on, but the car and truck drivers are pretty courteous and I never was hassled at all.
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Dear James: We are very happy of having you as our regular customer. We have found your review very interesting and helpful. In this moment, we are making a little map of "Barrio Aranjuez". It'll be ready by July. In this map, we are including all the sodas, coffee places, restaurants and bars nearby. Just two blocks ahead of the Hotel, you can find Restaurant Costello’s and Bar Buenos Aires, they're both open until late at night. Café Barista, located half a block away, is open until 7 p.m.. For running, you can also go to the campus of the “University of Costa Rica”. We hope you come back soon and share your discoveries and experiences of the neighborhood and the city with us.
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