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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 86 Hotels in San Jose
California
2 reviews
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“Another great stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Just got back from our trip to Costa Rica and had another great stay at this hotel, the breakfast they serve is unbelievable, the staff is friendly and helpful, the rooms are clean and orderly, the area is safe and close to downtown San José, this is my fourth year staying there. Thanks for everything see you next year.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AranjuezHotelCR, Propietario at Aranjuez Hotel, responded to this review, August 27, 2014
Dear loyalty guest: We all are very happy of having provided you, for fourth time, a great lodging experience at Hotel Aranjuez. As you know, we are always working for improving our services and the Hotel premises. We will be waiting for your next visit. ¡¡Muchas gracias!
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Rating summary
  • 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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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I really enjoyed this Hotel especially the breakfast. As you can see in the other reviews already, the breakfast is extraordinary. They have good juices, nice fruits and a huge buffet with different options. You can also enjoy the Breakfast there if you are not a guest in the Hotel for about 10 USD if iam not mistaking

Room Tip: Ask for a room close to their little garden, because there it is calmer.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AranjuezHotelCR, Propietario at Aranjuez Hotel, responded to this review, August 22, 2014
Dear Philipp: Thank you for writing this review. It is always a pleasure to know that all the efforts we dedicate in serving an unforgatable breakfast are appreciated by our guests. Muchas gracias y hasta pronto!
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Foresthill, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Staying in this hotel was one of the highlights of our trip. The hotel is authentic old Costa Rican decor, and is immaculate, with exceptional service. We stayed here several times as we used San Jose as a hub for our varied excursions. The neighborhood is quiet and safe. We stayed in the Superior Plus room which was very clean and comfortable. (We could not say the same about our other hotels.) Filtered water, ice machine, coffee available early the morning, and, of course, the famous breakfast. Seems to be a favorite with locals / frequent visitors. Staff speaks English fluently and fulfilled our needs completely and "con mucho gusto". Highly, highly recommend.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, August 18, 2014
Dear guest: How proud we feel after reading your review! We all work daily for providing an” authentic, immaculate and exceptional service” to all those who visit Hotel Aranjuez. To have achieved this goal with you is just the best give for us. ¡Muchas, muchas gracias! for “Highly, highly recommend” us. ¡Hasta pronto!
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Budapest, Hungary
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I was searching for a good place, but still not that expensive in San Jose, Costa Rica.

I was talking to some nice guys in Panama, they recommended me Aranjuez.
I also find them in the internet, but, i thought, i will arrive, and go by myself, and will get a room anyway, they have around 35 rooms.

Okay, i arrived by Bus from Panama, late, around 23:30 pm.

Only few Taxi driver where waiting for the passengers, and my Taxi Driver told me: im sorry, if you dont have a reservation, they do not allowed me, to go there, there are some new rules about this neighborhood.

Me: tired from trip, stupid like a chicken, i believed this guy. I didnt ask for calling there, i thought, in Costa Rica, they are used to Turism, like for example in Brasil, and they are fair.

Not, they are not.

DO NOT BELIEVE those guys...

So we ended up in a HORRIBLE Hotel Room, for 30 US, dirty like hell...

When i walk down, the driver went already, and the Hotel Guy was smiling about me. So i told myself, you mess it up, you have to deal with that. So i slept actually pretty good, and the next day i ask a taxi driver to bring me to Aranjuez.

Aranjuez located in a real good neighborhood, from outside you can not imagine, what a big and nice place is waiting for you.

They have a lots of nice and comfortable sofas, and friendly atmosphere, so you feel well from the beginning on.

I arrived around 11:00 am, they ask me for wait, until they finish cleaning the room.
They offer free coffee and water.

After 1 hour i ask them again, they ask me to wait. Another 1 hour, the guy on the reception said, ah, okay, here is your key, he just forget me...

But, the room was very nice, i really liked the decoration, flat screen tv, and free wifi everywhere in the Hotel. And free breakfast - amazing variety - for 38 US...

The downtown is like 15 minutes, by walking, by car like 2-3 US.

Unfortunately they dosent had the same room for me for the following night, so, i moved in a Suite for 46 US. There are also available rooms for 25 without own bathroom, i think, thats allright as well, because, the public bathrooms are also in a nice condition.

Summary: Amazing peaceful place with a garden, clean and nice rooms with breakfast and that staring from 25 US???? GO FOR IT!

Room Tip: all roooms are in good conditions.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AranjuezHotelCR, Propietario at Aranjuez Hotel, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Dear Simon: Thank you for sharing with us and Trip Advisor users your lodging experience at Hotel Aranjuez. We much appreciate all the efforts you made up for getting to our Hotel. We must insist in your recommendation of not paying any attention to a taxi driver looking for taking you to a destination not requested by you. We must mention that we are working out for improving the Reception service. Once again thank you for appreciating that much the “authentic Costa Rican offert”. ¡Hasta pronto!
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Kansas City, Missouri
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82 reviews 82 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I almost hesitate to write a review about the Aranjuez for fear that if it gets too popular I'll have trouble booking a room. We have stayed here several times and have never found anything to complain about. The hotel is named for the Barrio Aranjuez area where it is located, on the east side of downtown San Jose. This was an upper middle class neighborhood from the 1920's. It is within walking distance of good restaurants and tourists attractions. The hotel itself consists of what where five separate houses. They are all connected after a fashion, with all sorts of halls, gardens and curious nooks. The hotel has an interesting variety of local art and crafts that seems different on each visit. There are several different lounge and patio areas that are great for a nap or a quiet read. This place is about as far as you can get from the global hotel franchise world, every room is different. The best thing however is the breakfast (included). This has to be one of the best breakfast buffets ever. A huge array of fresh fruit, pastry and other goodies, different every morning. You can also get pancakes and made to order omelets. The hotel staff are very friendly and speak excellent English. I must admit the Aranjuez may not be to everyone's liking. The buildings are old and everything is either wood or tile so noise carries well. The rooms that open directly onto a garden area rather than an inside corridor (or near the kitchen) are quieter. The hotel is also fairly close to one of the commuter rail lines and on weekdays (not sure about the weekends) the trains start hooting for the numerous road crossings at about 5:30am. So maybe not the best place for a late sleeper but breakfast starts at seven and you certainly will not want to miss that!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AranjuezHotelCR, Propietario at Aranjuez Hotel, responded to this review, August 4, 2014
Dear Wayne: We much appreciate your detailed comment and the photos. Thank you so much for taking time for writing it and, specially, for being our loyalty customer. You must know that we will always make all our efforts for have a room available for you. We always suggest including your name in the waiting list in those busy days. It’s usual that people make last minute cancellations that we offer to customers in the waiting list. ¡Hasta muy pronto! ¡Muchas gracias!
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Melbourne, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My partner and I stayed at Hotel Aranjuez on a two night stopover in San Jose on our way to Panama. The hotel itself was lovely, and very reasonably priced for the quality of the accommodation and the included breakfast. In particular it was the staff working at the hotel (particularly Dennis) that made our stay there all the more memorable, as they offered us so much advice and assistance in terms of onward travel plans, helping us to print documents and helping us to exchange money etc. They were always more than willing to hep and spoke wonderful English. Thank you to the staff at Hotel Aranjuez.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AranjuezHotelCR, Propietario at Aranjuez Hotel, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Dear Sarah: All our staff is very proud of have providing you a “memorable stay” at Hotel Aranjuez. We are always looking for giving the best and the warmest welcoming to our guests. Thank you very much for enjoying all we offer. We are looking forward to have you as our guest in the near future. ¡Hasta entonces!
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We stayed here two separate times during our travels through Costa Rica. Hotel Aranjuez is a gem in San José. We stayed in a Superior room, with a private bathroom. The design of the hotel is great. It is a bunch of old houses that they have connected to make one hotel. The rooms have a vintage/ "shabby chic" feel, and the bathrooms have a great design with modern fixtures (and plenty of hot water in the shower). The breakfast buffet is absolutely amazing! The staff is very helpful and attentive. Our only critique is the level of noise from other guests (the neighborhood is very quiet) that could be heard from some of the rooms. For our first stay, we were in Room 5, and we could hear people coming in and out and people hanging out in the common areas. During our second visit, we stayed in Room 26, and that was quieter. The hotel is within easy walking distance of some of the main plazas, the Avenida Central, and good dining.

Room Tip: "Rooms away from common areas are the most private."
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AranjuezHotelCR, Propietario at Aranjuez Hotel, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Dear Liz: Thank you for considering Hotel Aranjuez as “a gem in San José”. We have integrated five houses built in the 30`s. During the 21 years existence of the Hotel Aranjuez we have been working in the preservation of the houses. We preserve untouched the structure and the architectural richness of the houses. We are proud that you consider this as a “value”, even if due to this reason, we have some noise problems in some areas. Once again thank you for sharing with us your lodging experience at Hotel Aranjuez, that we hope will not be the last one.
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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:
#4 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#5 Family Hotel in San Jose
#6 Best Value Hotel in San Jose
#12 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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