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“Great for a few days” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #12 of 86 Hotels in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Delray Beach, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great for a few days”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Stayed here for 5 days in February. Nice hotel with beautiful grounds. Eating breakfast is a great experience in the scenery of this hotel. The buffet is terrific and the personnel (Jose) are great. They really do not know what to do for you. Even ordering dinner from the resturants that deliver. It is difficult to have dinner out because there are no nice restuarants close. The hotel has no hot water in the sink only the shower. Also very difficult to walk the streets, since they are very uneven sidewalks.
Also, their reservation procedure is antiquated, in this time and age, it is not computerized.

It is a great hotel for a few days but if you like your creature comforts, I would book elsewhere.

I was there for dental tourism, so was not looking for anything more than this. For the price, it cannot be beat for this purpose.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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, April 21, 2014
Dear customer: Thank you so much for the nice words addressed about our Hotel grounds, services and staff. Unfortunately, the sidewalks in Costa Rica are not an easy walking. Hotel Aranjuez is a budget Hotel that offers two lodging ambiences: the main one composed by the five houses conserved as architectural heritage, were our guests will enjoy “an authentic Costa Rican lodging experience”. The other one composed by a modern four floors building connected by an elevator. This last option is ideal for those looking for the comfort that provides a Studio or Appartment equipped with kitchenette and all you need for a long stay period. We invite TripAdvisor users to consult in our website all the accommodation options we offer for making a Reservation more according to your needs. Once again ¡Muchas gracias y hasta pronto!
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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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Vancouver, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We stayed at Hotel Aranjuez for one night. Our room was very quiet, clean, comfortable and cozy. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The grounds were beautiful, eclectic, funky and artsy. The buffet breakfast was delicious with a plethora of choices in every breakfast category. The breakfast grounds were gorgeous and the food was displayed in a gourmet fashion. Highly recommended.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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AranjuezHotelCR, Propietario at Aranjuez Hotel, responded to this review, April 21, 2014
Dear guest: For all of us is very satisfactory knowing that all the services provided by Hotel Aranjuez were much appreciated by you. Thank you for “highly” recommending us. We will work with enthusiasm for merit your kind words. ¡Hasta la próxima!
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I chose this hotel based on other travel guide and Trip Advisor reviews, and was not at all disappointed. Like everyone says, the breakfast is fabulous. The grounds are beautiful, with lots of cozy little places to sit and read/chat/relax. Seemed like a pretty safe neighborhood; I had no problems walking around to a bank etc a few blocks away, and the staff was happy to give me a map and point me in the right direction. Wifi was free and a decent speed. There wasn't a mosquito net in my room, or a place to hang one; I'm not sure if this is normal for Costa Rica.

I booked a couple of tours with Expediciones Tropicales through the hotel tour desk, which was very convenient. The tour company picked me up directly from the hotel, and most of the tours included at least one meal. I really enjoyed being able to take day trips out of San Jose to see the volcanoes, rain forest, etc. Be sure to make tour reservations at least one day ahead, and keep in mind that the hotel tour desk is closed on Sundays (not sure about Saturdays).

I'd recommend paying with cash (USD) for your room, tours, etc, as there were additional fees for using a credit card.

I would highly recommend Hotel Aranjuez, and would absolutely stay there again.

Room Tip: There was a little noise around room 6 in the mornings, I think from a laundry or maintenance room...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 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, April 21, 2014
Dear guest: We much appreciate your commentary. We are always looking for providing our guests a pleasant and relaxed lodging experience marked by the Costa Rican touch. For that reason we keep the 5 houses that compose the Hotel Aranjuez as arquitechural patrimony. In San José, we do not use mosquito nets. At Hotel Aranjuez, we fumigate the hotel premises every month and we keep attentive to any problem related with mosquitos. The Tour service is open every day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.. The Receptionist or the person in charge of Reservations can help our guests at any moment making tours reservations. Thank you so much for highly recommending Hotel Aranjuez and we take your word or having you as our guest in the very near future.
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Granada, Nicaragua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

My fiancee and I landed in SJ around 6am. Although our room wasn't ready, the staff allowed us to drop off our stuff in a secure spot and explore the town.

A complimentary breakfast is included with each night's stay. Perhaps one of the best "hotel" breakfasts we've ever had (ranged from fresh fruit, to pastries, to made-to-order omelettes, hot coffee, etc.). In a word, fantastic. The breakfast alone is worth it.

The hotel "scenery" is also incredible, from native art to lounge chairs that are situated amongst a lot of foliage.

The rooms were simple and spotless, though the showers did flood a bit. I found there to be a bit of ambient noise that was slightly distracting, but that's because we left the windows open in our room, and our room abutted the front desk area. My fiancee did not find this to be an issue.

The location of the hotel made it really easy to get around on foot. And the staff was very friendly working with us in both English and in Spanish.

My fiancee and I have stayed in about 6 hotels/hostels this trip alone, and by far, the Aranjuez is the best.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AranjuezHotelCR, Propietario at Aranjuez Hotel, responded to this review, April 7, 2014
Thank you for your kind words about all the services we offer and to find the hotel "Landscape" "amazing" and "fantastic" breakfast included in the room rate. For all of us, it's always encouraging to know that our customers appreciate the "authentic experience of Costa Rica" we are offering. We enjoyed looking at the pictures. ¡Hasta pronto!
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2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

First, the most outstanding thing- the breakfast. Seems unbelievable how much effort is put into this- its pretty much unique. They must be baking and preparing all night. Stay here for the breakfast alone!
The staff are really helpful, everyone is good natured, the decor and ambience is friendly, interesting and tasteful.
Only issue I had was the bed was a little small for me, but otherwise its clean, tidy, and extremely good value.
Wifi worked, advice given was spot-on, all good in fact! We'll be back whenever we visit San Jose. I hope some more positive reviews can go to combat the overly negative one (by some rather irresponsible-sounding people) and make the Aranjuez higher-rated than the Santo Tomas, which is a far inferior (and unfriendly) place to stay.
Just as a reminder- THE BREAKFAST!

Room Tip: Some of the more expensive rooms aren't adjacent to the garden, so best to ask what is available...
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AranjuezHotelCR, Propietario at Aranjuez Hotel, responded to this review, April 1, 2014
Dear guest: Thank you for sharing with us and Trip Advisor users your lodging experience at Hotel Aranjuez. In fact, we dedicate many hours for baking and preparing all the dishes we serve in our breakfast. Our staff of 4 people work 8 hours per day since 5:30 a.m. for having everything ready at 7 a.m.. This is the main reason for not serving our breakfast before 7 a.m.. Nothing is ready before that time. Besides, the staff just has the exactly time for preparing everything for opening the Buffet Breakfast on time. Once again thank you for appreciating all our efforts for providing “an authentic Costa Rican experience”, which is starting with the culinary taste of our traditional cuisine. ¡Muchas gracias y hasta pronto!
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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We stayed here on our first night in Costa Rica, before heading into the countryside. Hotel is slightly out of the way in a quiet neighborhood, but an easy ride into town. Rooms are simple, but clean and our family room worked perfectly for the four of us. Breakfast buffet was indeed excellent and a great way to set yourself up for the day. Hotel staff were friendly.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 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, March 31, 2014
Dear Tom: We are glad that we have provided you and your family a good vacation starting feeling. We are wishing you a memorable vacation in our country. We look forward to having you as our guest before departing. ¡Costa Rica pura vida!
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Madison, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We stayed here on our last night of our 10 day Costa Rica vacation. Our room was ready when we got there at 11am, so we were able to put our stuff down and head out to explore San Jose. The hotel provides a very helpful map that has a walking tour of the city and points out various cultural spots, restaurants and other highlights. It made me feel much more comfortable when walking around a new city. We had a room with a shared bath, and I thought that would be a problem, but it really wasn't at all. No one was ever in the bathroom when I needed it. And the breakfast. Wow! It really was the best breakfast I had in Costa Rica. The made to order omelette, and the pastries, and everything else were fantastic. Overall, it was a perfect place for our last night there.

Room Tip: Room 17 is right off the street so avoid it if noise is an issue for you at night.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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AranjuezHotelCR, Propietario at Aranjuez Hotel, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Dear customer: Thank you for considering Hotel Aranjuez “a perfect place for our last night”. We are glad you have enjoyed our services and our breakfast. Besides our cultural map, we offer to our customers one map of the neighborhood including the location of all the “sodas”, cafes, fruit markets, drugstores, “pulperías” and other main points. We also offer a map of the restaurants, bars and cafes nearby. ¡Muchas gracias y hasta pronto!
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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:
#6 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#6 Family Hotel in San Jose
#7 Best Value Hotel in San Jose
#15 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Aranjuez Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 35
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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