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“Home away from home.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Villa Tournon
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   San Jose 1000, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #62 of 86 Hotels in San Jose
Maplewood, New Jersey
1 review
“Home away from home.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Location is fantastic, San Jose Center is just 5 minutes away. I have been staying at this hotel ever since I have been traveling back home on vacations. We feel like we are home away from home, the staff is very friendly, the rooms are very clean and yes maybe a little dated however, they are constantly working to maintain its individuality. Despite the fact that there are issues with the Casino we have no complains. There was an incident once when my daughters stayed there (an incident that had nothing to do with the hotel) and the staff especially the Owner-Manager were very concern and helpful. Highly recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
138 reviews 138 reviews
53 hotel reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Avoid this "hotel" and stay somewhere else. They are connected to a casino/dance club and if you end up in a room below the dance club don't expect to get any sleep until the wee hours of the morning. The hallways are very long & narrow and the lights are set on motion sensors. It is very creepy walking down the hallways in the dark waiting for the lights to turn on. The location isn't the best and there is really nothing in walking distance of the place. It is located on a busy street. The hotel is not very clean and it is very worn out. The restaurant was decent with food & service.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Basel, Switzerland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

The hotel is situated near one of the most noisy streets of San Jose. Trucks and buses are passing by non stop and the inhouse casino/disco makes also a lot of noise. The rooms are spacious and clean but either the window could not be closed or,after change of rooms, the safe was out of order. The carpet is worn out and the bathroom, althought clean,needs a renovation too.A flatscreen tv makes no 4* hotel. Staff is friendly and the breakfast buffet is good and plentyfull. The whole hotel has free Wi-FI access. If you want to have a quiet night try to avoid this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

I came here at two different occasions in March 2012 for a total of 3 nights stay. It's walking distance to shopping and eating. The rooms have beautiful hard wood floors and are more spacious then I was expecting.
The downfall would be noise. It seems to be placed on a rather busy street, and traffic in San José doesn't seem to ever die down much. But their is air conditioning so closing the windows is not a problem.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bath, UK
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

My partner and I stayed in the Villa Tournon for a total of 4 nights during the course of a VJV Costa Rica Garden of Eden holiday. On the first occasion we arrived at about 11:00 pm and were given a room facing the main road. Even though we were exhausted after a long flight from the UK we got very little sleep as the road is very busy on week days (less so on the weekend). The room was large and clean (I later found out it was a superior room). I asked if they had an alternative room the next day and they moved us without a quibble. Our next room was also a superior room on the same floor (level 3) but facing the pool - much quieter.

On our last night in Costa Rica we again stayed at this hotel. This time we were on the ground floor (level 1, room 103 I think) but were not in a superior room; the difference was marked as the room was much smaller, had twin beds which were very creaky, a broken vanity unit in the bathroom and smelt vaguely damp.

The hotel is definitely not a chain - it has an individual feel to it which we liked, but it generally felt tired and needed redecoration in some rooms.

We only ate breakfast in the hotel which was OK and plentiful, but wasn't particularly inspiring. For dinners we went to El Pueblo just up the street which had a couple of restaurants to choose from (both good).

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Naples, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

After 15 years of traveling to San Jose, Costa Rica, I finally found a great hotel for us. Hotel Villa Tournon offers safety, comfort, good food, and excellent services in an authentic Costa Rican urban setting for individuals, families, and/or touring groups.

If you want the best value for your money, and an enjoyable experience to remember, stay at Hotel Villa Tournon. We will! Thanks, Don Polly, Naples, Florida, U.S.A.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

As a frequent traveler to Costa Rica, I have chosen Villa Tournon as my base in San Jose. I knew the original owner, a Dutch expat, who created a nice blend of European and Costa Rican elements for an atmosphere that is comfortable, solid, and still very tropical in feel. It has remained Costa Rican owned and operated and the staff has the wonderful Tico courtesy that endears us to this country. The location near the main highway to the Caribbean makes truck noise inevitable so be prepared and perhaps bring earplugs if this bothers you. (Traffic and street noise is a factor in all downtown hotels.) Entrance to the hotel is on the top (third floor) level and third floor rooms tend to be quieter. Like most downtown hotels, it has a casino and can have a Saturday night party going, but this is definitely not a party hotel. On the contrary, I often find student and church groups checking in and out at reception. The included buffet breakfast is very good - fruit, eggs, sausage, pancakes, toast, and the tasty Tico gallo pinto. The main restaurant offers lunch and dinner service with a fairly standard Costa Rican menu, and if this doesn´t suit, the hotel is only a block and a street crossing away from the restaurants and sodas of El Pueblo Center or a 10-15 minute walk from shopping and cafes in the central city. I have used many hotels in San Jose, but for comfort, location, and good price, the Villa Tournon is hard to beat.

Room Tip: Superior rooms have two queen beds and are spacious and airy. Ask for the third floor, northside if...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: San Jose 1000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #62 of 86 Hotels in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Villa Tournon 3*
Number of rooms: 80
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Also Known As:
Tournon Hotel San Jose
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