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Autentico Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ave 5 and 7, calle 40 | Sabana Este, San Jose 571-2050, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #42 of 87 Hotels in San Jose
New York City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Close to Airport”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Staffs are friendly but i found many bugs and dirty sheets. I stayed in three different rooms.
pretty much all same. it was pretty close to airport so good if you just need night for stopover.
it's also very close to supermarket if you need fresh fruit and snakes.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Calgary
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163 reviews 163 reviews
31 hotel reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Stayed here twice when I was in Costa Rica. The first time the room was dated but it had all the amenities that I required. The second time I received a renovated room, which was much nicer but it was a 400 series room, and was difficult to find as it was on the third floor.

The staff are friendly and helpful, the entrance door is massive in size and the lobby was spacious and modern looking. The restaurant had typical Costa Rican food, and a breakfast buffet that was $7 and the usual selection that one would expect in Costa Rica, rice and beans... scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, cereal and toast.

There isn't much around the hotel, other than a supermarket about two blocks away, which is great for snacks and water. There is a Scotiabank that dispenses USD and Colon along the main Avenida, it's about a 10 minute walk from the hotel, and a local Costa Rica bank that is less than 5 minutes to get to, but I don't know what currency they dispense. Downtown is a 30 minute walk, or just catch the bus for as little as 185 Colon (35 cents). You will find many fast food franchises along the way to downtown.

You can get a shuttle to the airport, the more people in the shuttle, the better the price will be. There was 4 of us in the shuttle, the cost was $25 per person.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Westcliffe, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

This was our second stay with Hotel Autentico (Hotel Torremolinos) and just as before, we had a very pleasant stay. The complimentary breakfast is very good as is the cafe' con leche. The staff went above and beyond the call of duty to make us feel welcome and appreciated both in the restaurant and at the front desk. Lilliana was so friendly and helpful with everything from having extra pillows delivered to our room to printing our boarding passes all with a smile on her face. We will stay here again on our next visit to La Sabana, San Jose and highly recommend this hotel to anyone needing a centrally located hotel with all the necessary amenities.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
16 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Stayed here with G Adventures before and after our trip. Rooms we had were basic and on the dark side. Bathrooms were small with average to poor showers. In room safe will cost you extra. 1st room had over powering smell of bug spray. Working A/C both times, though not required on our way through the 2nd time. Front desk staff was great, offered to print boarding passes and wake up calls at 3 am (not an automated machine). Breakfast in the hotel is average, but there is a grocery store 2-3 blocks away if you want to do some self catering. Electrical outlets were the ungrounded type so any three prong devices won't work. Beds were soft and lumpy, not the best for sleeping. There was a pool in the centre of the hotel, but didn't see anyone use it. Hotel had free wifi and was useable.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SanDiego
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94 reviews 94 reviews
54 hotel reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

I was tired and in need of some quiet and good air conditioning when I reached this place. I was wary, other reviews were not great. But my experience was excellent! My room was perfect for sleeping, which was all I needed, plus a hot shower and luggage storage and transport to the airport. I thought this place was classy, I liked the bar / restaurant, though I was not there long enough to eat. Transport to the airport was about $25, more than in other places, but it is closer to downtown San Jose.
One wee minor point, this place has 2 stories with no elevator, so if you have someone who cannot handle the stairs it might not be for you, but I found the staff more than willing to take your luggage upstairs for you.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Flamingo Beach, Costa Rica
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

I have stayed there many times... never having a bad night. Lillina & Jami, the gals at the front desk have always treated me special and made my room very comfortable for me, with extra pillows!!! The restaurant gives great service and it is a very comfortable place to be --- out at pool side.

James cambridge

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
42 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We stayed in July twice for one night each time, at the start and conclusion of a week long G Adventures trip around Costa Rica.

The hotel is about 20 minutes drive from the airport. It looks like it's being refurbished, as the bedrooms we had both looked a little tired; the restaurant area looks more modern.

It was clean and not too noisy. It has pool in the garden that seemed clean and ok. The staff were fine at reception and in the bar.

The area seems ok; we found a bar (think it was called Central Bar (out of main door turn left about 3 blocks up the hill - you can't miss it)) and had a couple of drinks and a quick snack there on both nights. That was a decent place with friendly staff.

A further walk straight down a busy road takes you down town. We walked in but I don't think San Jose is a place you would want to spend too many days in. Not much to do of note.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ave 5 and 7, calle 40 | Sabana Este, San Jose 571-2050, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #42 of 87 Hotels in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Autentico Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Autentico Hotel, a city destination that offers a privileged location near downtown San Jose; remains true to its origins and preserves traditions together with an excellent quality of service. It is a 4 star rated hotel and its facilities have been decorated with photographs of different times of the history of Costa Rica, as well as the tropical flower arrangements in common areas. ... more   less 
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Autentico Hotel Costa Rica/San Jose

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