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Hotel Don Carlos
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avenida 9 y Calle 9, San Jose, Costa Rica   |  
Ranked #26 of 86 Hotels in San Jose
Jacksonville, Florida
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83 reviews 83 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Great hotel for the price!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Also, the location can't be beat either. Very close to all downtown attractions, and a nice little restaurant, especially for sitting outside. Very helpful staff and a welcome drink as well. Parking onsite.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews 83 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

I just came back from my second trip to Costa Rica...and again spent my last day at Hotel Don Carlos. The staff is exceptional and responds promptly by phone or email. I would recommend a room not on the first floor (too noisy with street traffic and folks arriving late). The hotel is chock full of culture, sitting areas, outdoor dining, etc. rooms are great. The food in the dining area is very good but the staff there did not speak much, if any English...and service was slow. But you know what... It was part of the culture...it made me relax and enjoy. I wouldn't stay anywhere else. When I arrived this time, they did have someone to help with luggage. A delightful man who is a deaf mute...with a fantastic attitude and huge smile! Loved him!

Room Tip: Not on first floor
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

e only had one night here en route to the Caribbean Coast.
We did not arrive until 2200.
It is a beautiful building and full of artwork and wonderful ceramic tiles. It is on several levels with different courtyards, adding real charm to this old colonial building.
The bedrooms are large but rather basic, as is the bathroom. However it is all clean.
We had to leave early the following morning and there was no problem with the staff providing us with a packed breakfast.

Room Tip: Any of the rooms would have been OK as the street outside does not appear to be noisy at night.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Olympia, Washington
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151 reviews 151 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 70 cities Reviews in 70 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

We have stayed here the first night of our last two trips to Costa Rica. Nice little place with all sorts of interesting artwork. We spent the mornings, before breakfast, just looking at it all. The rooms were spacious and comfortable. We were impressed that on our last trip, with the plane more than 4 hours late, our midnight arrival went smooth. Breakfast is good, best enjoyed on the streetside seating where you can watch the sparrows, doves, and parrots along with the waking city.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Vancouver, Canada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

This hotel is glamourous upon arrival, the architecture, paintings and attention to detail make you think that you have found a pure gem of a hotel to stay at! Alas, once you are inside your room it becomes quite obvious that external appearances are misleading! There is so much going on outside keeping the grounds spotless, the tiled floors polished,the waterfall area neat and tidy....that they have lost focus on the main reason tourists stay at your hotel.....for a good clean bedroom, bathroom and a good bed for some quality sleep! Needless to say, the bathroom smelled awful and even though we were staying only one night my wife had us buy some disinfectant to clean the bathroom. The carpet by the bed was quite dirty and the wooden flooring had been moped but was also dirty.......if you wiped a damp cloth on the floor it came up black! The beds matteress was worn out and had seen better days numberous years ago at which time it shoud have been retired. Another thing missing is a small refridgerator....especially in a hot climate! Maybe they want you to purchase your drinks at the bar, but if you have water or food...you are at a loss! Once again, the front desk staff were exceptional and the breakfast excellent! It is really sad that the management can not see that if they rectified these problems that they would have a GEM of a hotel and one of a kind in the area.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the waterfall and common area as I am sure that in peak season it gets very noisy an...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Anderson, California
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We went through a travel agency for our trip to Costa Rica and we stayed here for our first night
in Costa Rica. We flew into San Jose and Hotel Don Carlos is about 20 min from the airport so you get a nice view of the city. We had a shuttle drive us there. If you do not know the city we recommend having a shuttle it is a little confusing to drive. We did get a rental car to drive to Arenal and it was well worth it since we were given very good directions from our travel company. Hotel Don Carlos was a very unique place to stay. Historical, food was excellent and service was good. Rooms are clean and older but go with the historical feel of hotel. We enjoyed staying here for the feel of Costa Rica. If you do not want to stay 20 min from hotel then this would not be where you would want to stay. There are other hotels to stay at closer.
If you plan to go to Guanacaste area or Tamarindo fly into a closer airport like Liberia because we were unaware that San Jose was about 3 to 4 hours from Tamarindo.

Room Tip: 2nd floor rooms were very quaint and nice.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

We have stayed twice at the Don Carlos and had a better experience the first time. We must have had a room farther from the busy street the first time - or maybe bus routes have changed in the intervening 10 years. This time, our street-facing room invited extensive bus and moto noise that interfered with our ability to sleep. Also, the front desk recommended a restaurant that was a real tourist trap (Nuestra Tierra - don't go there!). Otherwise a lovely place, though, central to city sites and with a tasty restaurant and great patio. The breakfast and welcome cocktail are a nice touch and the neighborhood and staff gracious. A fine choice if you want to be in the city.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Avenida 9 y Calle 9, San Jose, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#24 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Don Carlos 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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Don Carlos Hotel
Don Carlos San Jose
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