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“Good place to stay in San Jose” 4 of 5 stars
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Cocoon Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle Central, Avenida 9, San Jose 1000, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #22 of 86 Hotels in San Jose
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“Good place to stay in San Jose”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

The hotel is located about 10-15 minutes walk on Calle central from downtown San Jose. The location of the hotel is as safe as many others in downtown San Jose, we didnt' feel exceptionally unsafe when walking to or from hotel. The young bilingual (english & spanish) staff is very friendly and helpful. They know enough about the area and sightseeings. They can also help with organising transport (in costa Rica, to airport...). The modern looking rooms offer good value for money, they are really clean, the shower is hot. The (in room price included) breakfast offers a combination (as you like) of fruits, yougurt and traditional Costarican (scrambled eggs, rice & beans) food accompanied by fresh juice or coffee. The hotel is a good choice to start and/or finish your trip to Costa Rica.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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 of 5 stars
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Tel Aviv, Israel
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Excellent hotel, very clean. We spent one night at the end of the trip and it was a great experience. Hot water, a good breakfast. Very good location.
The best point was its manager, Ximena Saenz. She was amazing - professional, smiling and pleasant. She helped us a lot with good information about the area.

Room Tip: we stayed at the first floor, it was very good.
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Ximena G, Manager at Cocoon Hotel, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Dear Tel Aviv

I am really glad you enjoyed our stay with us. For me was a pleasure to help you with your vacation and giving some tips so you could enjoy our country.
Please let me know the next time you come to Costa Rica, it would more than happy to having you here.
Best Regards
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Draper, Utah
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

I guess it should have been a warning when there was a prostitute on the corner. We travel all over the world and felt more threatened here than any place we stayed... We have another night booked in a few days on our way out of Costa Rica and are walking away from our reservation despite losing our payment. Dirty, noisy, and just icky.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ximena G, General Manager at Cocoon Hotel, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Dear DaveDespain

We are really sorry that you didnt had a good stay in Cocoon.
The hotel is going to check your review and work in all the things you put. Please let me know the next time you come to Costa Rica so I can contact you and apologize for all the incidents.

regards,
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Los Angeles, California
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

As other reviewers have said, it's a little bit out of the way, but a good value hotel: room is nicely furnished, albeit the overhead lighting is a bit dark, lobby is very handsome, helpful staff and excellent breakfast. Personally, we didn't feel unsafe in this neighborhood.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ximena G, Manager at Cocoon Hotel, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Dear Nu2thailand.

Thank you very much for your review.
We are glad you had a good time in Cocoon. We are working really hard on security so people can feel more save and for your comments we can see that all the things the town and ourselves are doing is working.
We appreciate your comment about the light. We are going to work on that and see what we can do ir order to put a light that give ours guests more light inside the room.

Best Regards,
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London, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

This is a good clean hotel in a bit of an unsafe area but all of San Jose is unsafe after dark!!
Taxis from the main shopping/bar/eating areas are only a couple of dollars. The staff were very helpful and pleasant. Breakfast was pretty good fresh fruits,yougurt,honey etc as well as eggs and gallo pintos. Fresh juice,coffee,teas were also available. The room had a large flat screen cable TV and the hot water in the bathroom was a joy after many cold showers. Overall a very pleasant place at a budget price.
It is a totally non-smoking hotel.
There is a large parking lot at the rear..

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ximena G, General Manager at Cocoon Hotel, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Dear 10_17_08

Thank you very much for your comment.

I am really happy you enjoyed your stay with us. All of your good comments will be passed to my staff, so they would know all the amazing things you said.
Hope to see you soon on your way back again to Costa Rica.

regards,
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Dublin
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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Stayed here on way in and way out of Costa Rica, its centrally located so that you can walk in to the Centre in 5 minutes (although many advise against it given the neighbourhoods close by), it is also close to many of the main bus terminals for those 'bussing' it around Costa Rica (which I can highly recommend). The hotel staff were most helpful and friendly, the breakfast very good, the rooms and common areas clean and the price is quite reasonable given that some hotels in San Jose are quite expensive.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bremen, Germany
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76 hotel reviews
Reviews in 72 cities Reviews in 72 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

I stayed at Cocoon Hotel for one night after arriving in Costa rica and before heading on to tour the country. I booked it based on the price and ratings. It was excellent value for money. I got a nice room on the top floor with a big double bed, not much of a view though, just facing a tiny inner courtyard. The decor is simplistic, but modern. There was a fan, flatscreen TV and safe in the room, so there not being a secure latch at the room door didn't bother me. I felt perfectly safe. Wifi only worked in the lobby, unfortunately. The lobby is very welcoming, large and comfortable. There is a small bar where they serve breakfast (included in room rate, yet basic - a small yoghurt pot, some granola, a few pieces of fruit and two pieces of toast). The airport shuttle was 35 US dollars and very reliable. I did not go into town, but it seems to be a bit off the city centre. Not sure how you'd get there. All in all, I really liked the hotel for what I paid!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle Central, Avenida 9, San Jose 1000, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Family Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Cocoon Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of San Jose, Cocoon Hotel comprises a unique experience of relaxation and comfort in a pleasant atmosphere. Our guests enjoy a combination of exceptional service, good price and quality facilities. It is a great place for business trips, or a quick stay to see everything the city has to offer before exploring the country. Cocoon Hotel is located walking distance from the most important sites in San Jose, such as The National Museum (6 min.), The National Theater (3 min.) and The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum (4 min.); also very close to the major bus stations of San Jose. ... more   less 
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