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Apartotel La Sabana
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Sabana Norte | De la Agencia Datsun 100 oeste y 150 norte, San Jose 1200, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 85 hotels in San Jose
Winnipeg, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Heartily recommended”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

We booked into the hotel at the last minute based upon a recommendation from the owner of the Arco Iris Hotel in Tamarindo. The only available room had a kitchen which we did not need as we were only staying for one night but we needed a room so we ended up paying a bit more.
The hotel was a treat. It is older and thus has some personality with an interesting layout, colourful mosiacs and the provision of chilled drinking water stations on each floor The room was quiet and very clean; an excellent TV in the bedroom and good wifi.
Other reviews have mentioned the breakfast and we can support their high opinion. This was the only hotel we used in Costa Rica that provided hot milk at the breakfast bar so I finally was able to have cafe con leche. There was a selection of juices, eggs prepared to order, traditional foods, etc.
The area is quiet and away from the action. We arrived late and walked two short blocks to a Burger King for our only chain restaurant meal of our trip. We had a free morning before going to the airport and went for a stroll in the La Sabana Park ony one block away. The park felt very safe with joggers and other people - just an excellent way to end of Costa Rica vacation.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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SofiaHon, Gerente at Apartotel La Sabana, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Thank you for such a nice review. We are so glad we could be a part of your trip to Costa Rica, and that everything worked out so well. Our mosaic work is done by our official artist Patricia Barrantes, a very gifted and talented woman. She is also the painter of our murals depicting life in rural Costa Rica. We hope that you decide to spend more days in San José during your next trip and that we will have the pleasure of serving you again. Best regards!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 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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South Florida, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Stayed here a little while ago. Myself and a buddy rented a 2 bedroom 2 bath suite. Had a huge living room area, and i believe the sofa also pulled out into another bed, so you had basically 3 beds. The only bad thing is for the single guy going there, it is a bit far from the "gringo gulch". The taxi ride will take you about 15-20 minutes to get to the heart of SJ.
If you have just one girlfriend and want a nice quiet place to stay, this is the place to be.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SofiaHon, Gerente at Apartotel La Sabana, responded to this review, February 8, 2013
Thank you for such a nice review! We are so glad you found our hotel private and tranquil, we take pride in being an oasis inside our busy city! Our guest´s privacy and relaxation are one of our main goals. Best regards.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Wonderful hotel in a quiet ,safe neighbor about two miles west of center city and next to Parque Sabana. Helpful, friendly staff, excellent complimentary breakfast,and free transportation to and from the airport all for a modest rate make this a hard to beat place to stay .

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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SofiaHon, Gerente at Apartotel La Sabana, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Thank you for your review, we are so glad you found our location and services up to your expectations! We strive to be the best combination of services, warmth, location and charm in the city! Best regards and hope to be able to serve you again in the future.
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Roosendaal, The Netherlands
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

The hotel was very good and quiet, located in a safe area. Though, not very close to a lot of restaurants (especially for walking at night..), and a couple of restaurants that were close, were closed while we were there.
The staff was really nice and really helpful with booking our trips and by double checking some details. The breakfast was really good too.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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SofiaHon, Gerente at Apartotel La Sabana, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Thank you for your review! We are sorry you found some of the restaurants nearby closed during your visit. San José generally takes it´s vacation during the end of the year and the first week of the new year. Your trip probably coincided with these festivities. We are glad you found our breakfast enjoyable, it is done with much care and thoughtfulness! Best regards and hope to be able to serve you soon again.
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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

This is a very nice hotel, with comfortable rooms and excellent breakfasts. The distinction of the hotel and the great advantage is its location. It is close to the city center, but in a very quiet area, at a certain distance from the main street. Because of it does not hear the noise of the road and the city in hotel - that is really very good for San Jose! Recommend to visit the capital :)

Room Tip: Rooms better with views of the swimming pool
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SofiaHon, Gerente at Apartotel La Sabana, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Thank you for your review! We are so glad you found our location to be a great asset. We think we have the best of both worlds: accesible and private at the same time. We hope to be able to serve you very soon and wish you a very happy new year. Best regards.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

I came to Costa Rica to obtain dental care. La Sabana was very good returning emails while I was researching accommodations and offered one of the lowest rates for my 10 day stay. They offer several room types including apartments complete with full kitchens but I opted for a standard room for my stay. The rooms are quite, air conditioned, good sized, clean and bright. Included with the cost of the room is an outstanding breakfast buffet that offers fresh fruit, juices, eggs, pancakes and too many items to list.

All staff i encountered were extremely courteous and very helpful. The evening manager, Yonder was especially helpful. When I arrived to the hotel in the evening after hours in a dental chair, he knew I would have trouble finding suitable food to eat. He prepared and served soft food I could eat and the meals were complimentary. I have never seen anyone provide this type of service for a stranger from another country.

I would highly recommend La Sabana.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SofiaHon, Gerente at Apartotel La Sabana, responded to this review, December 19, 2012
Thank you for your kind words, we are so glad everything went smoothly during your last visit! We have a very special group of people working for us, who are always trying to foresee any needs that our guests might require. We understand dental care can be a very exhausting experience, both physically and emotionally. This is specially true on the day of the big surgery, so we came up with a special menu for our guests while they are recuperating from this intense day. We are so glad you enjoyed the soup and jello! They are made with a lot of care and good intentions. We hope to be able to serve you again very soon!
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Dallas, Texas
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Great rooms, with several room options depending on how long you might be staying in San Jose.

Nice pool with great sauna.

Very good breakfasts, with cooked to order eggs. And they bake cookies for your taking all the rest of the day with hot coffee, and tea always ready.

You are two blocks off of Sabana Park so you really are in the heart of the Sabana area. Walking distance to many good restaurants. With a very helpful front desk for recommendations, and taxis if needed. Also you are maybe 6 blocks to a super grocery store if you are in need of supplies. Remember you can get a room with a full kitchen to a room with a refrigerator so you have options.

And you get transportation to and from the airport. And even if you can not speak Spanish you can get your way back to the Hotel from anywhere in San Jose (it helps to carry the hotel buisness card) by just saying Norte Sabana, norte of the Rosti Polli, next to the Nissan Car Dealer... you will get back.

Down sides... we really did not have any. And plan on using this hotel again and again in the furure. Sorry we did not find it sooner.

Room Tip: Depending on why you are in San Jose you might qualify for a Corporate Rate for your room. Ask.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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SofiaHon, Gerente at Apartotel La Sabana, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Thank you for your kind words! We are so glad you found our location and services up to your expectations. We have a great group of people working at the Apartotel, who put their heart into everything they do, from giving directions to making the afternoon cookies. They will be thrilled to know you enjoyed and appreciated their efforts! We are so glad we will be seeing you again soon, we look forward to it. Best regards.
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Address: Sabana Norte | De la Agencia Datsun 100 oeste y 150 norte, San Jose 1200, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in San Jose
#4 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#17 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Apartotel La Sabana 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Apartotel La Sabana is the perfect mix between an apartment and a hotel.Our fully serviced apartments are the ideal lodging with the comfort of home yet with all the benefits of a hotel, such as room service, front desk services, private parking, laundry, safe deposit box, breakfast and more.We have very competitive rates, specially for long-stay trips either for a single corporate business traveler, for family groups or groups of friends.Enjoy all the privacy that you need with great independence in a friendly environment. ... more   less 
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Apartotel La Sabana Hotel San Jose
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