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Hotel Plaza Real
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   La Uruca del BCR 200 sur 100 este, San Jose 379-4005, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #24 of 85 Hotels in San Jose
Canada
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

Very clean, spacious, well appointed rooms, huge bathroom, and small kitchenette should you want to keep something cold or warm something up – very comfortable! Also offered excellent service – all staff were sincerely friendly, and couldn’t be more helpful.

The breakfast room is on the top floor (4th), and offers coffee, juice, a small plate of papaya and pineapple, toast, and cold cereal. For a very small price, you can order hot items such as eggs ($1.50 each), with sausage for a $3, or pancakes for $2.50. There’s also a terrace outside the breakfast room to catch some sun and view the mountains.

The hotel is very secure, and a short walk takes you to a few restaurants, small grocery store, pharmacy, gift shops, and casino. It's a short drive to airport, central San Jose, or onto the Interamericana highway if you’re exploring the country.

The only con is the noise level from the highway, so if you’re sound sensitive, request a room facing the back.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 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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Waterloo, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

We stayed at the Plaza Real for 2 nights of our trip in Costa Rica. The hotel staff was more than accommodating and helpful. We were trying to plan a trip to Tortuguero (remote island in Costa Rica) and they went above and beyond, helping us make calls to other hotels and assisting us in researching on the internet. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. The continental breakfast could have been a little more plentiful but we had busy days planned so there wasn't a lot of time to sit around and enjoy a big breakfast anyway. We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Costa Rica.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

This is a great small hotel with many different types of room options for all travelers--traditional rooms, suites, large apartments. Everything in the hotel is amazingly clean and the entire staff works extremely hard to help out its guests in any way possible. Wonderful staff! It's a bit of a distance from the downtown area, and many people like that, especially business travelers. If you like to be in the bustle of San Jose, however, you may want to stay right in the heart of the city instead. It really depends what you're looking for and your reason for traveling. This hotel has free, reliable WI-FI, free continental breakfast, and free parking. The only downside was that there were no restaurants or eateries within a block or two of the hotel, but if you don't mind a bit of a walk you can get to a few further away. But food can always be delivered to your room from a multitude of restaurants in the area.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mauren
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

The hotel is placed in Uraca outside San José in a nice, quiet neighborhood east of downtown San José. Restaurants are within walking distance. It is easy accessible having your own car. We do not know if there is also a bus service to the hotel. Downtown San José can be reached in about 15 min.
The big rooms provide good comfort, such as excellent beds and bathroom facilities.
Very nice personnel

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Florida
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

If you're looking for a decent stay right outside the bustling city, this hotel is a great option. The immediate area around the hotel is residential with a few warehouses. The rooms are spacious and the bathrooms have been recently remodeled. I had one issue, there was no iron in the room. A short walk down the street will take you to the Best Western hotel which has a Denny's, bar, and casino.

Room Tip: Request the European suite.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2011

Hotel Plaza Real was a Great one night stay hotel before we headed to La Fortuna.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Star City, Saskatchewan
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2011

Driving up to the Hotel set the stage for our stay. With a beautiful exerior and a classy interior the hotel is as good as it gets. The rooms are large, well set up and the best of furnature and the bed was amazing. The staff was accomadating to our needs. To top off the stay there is a continental breakfast . This hotel I would give it 'the best bet for your buck."

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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Additional Information about Hotel Plaza Real

Address: La Uruca del BCR 200 sur 100 este, San Jose 379-4005, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in San Jose
#9 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#16 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Plaza Real 3*
Number of rooms: 27
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Hotel Plaza Real Costa Rica/San Jose

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