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“Wonderful spot for families in SJ” 5 of 5 stars
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Apartotel & Suites Villas del Rio
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   | P.O. Box 1188-1007, San Rafael de Escazu 1188-1007, Costa Rica   |  
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Costa Rica
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Wonderful spot for families in SJ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We have stayed here about 10 times now and love it. We have to go to San Jose at least every couple of months, if not more, and in the last year this has become "our spot". If you have young children, they couldn't be happier with the massive rooms to run around, the pool, the playground, etc.

The location is unbeatable, in the middle of all of the areas we tend to be: Santa Ana, LaSabana, Escazu...And right beside you can find CaffeTorrino, an amazing little Italian deli/restaurant.

The staff at Villas del rio is all very friendly and helpful. The gated parking lot is nice and secure, which is a huge bonus if you're doing a lot of shopping (as you do in SJ!) Wifi signal is nice and strong.

Rates are great (we mostly book on Hotels.com) for what you get. The only minor complaint would be the beds - they are not incredibly comfortable and need to be updated, but otherwise this place is about perfect for us!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Chicago, IL
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

I stayed here for about a month for a work-related trip, but boy did I fill up my weekends with sightseeing. The staff at the hotel helped me book spots on tours and it was tremendous. I loved this place because of the size of the apartments. I had my own kitchen that I cooked in, wireless reception was good, there was even access to the foodnetwork on tv! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Large, clean, comfortable suites (i had separate bed and living rooms, with two baths). Quiet internal courtyard and parking, convenience item shop on premises, full kitchen, good internet, nice people. Good restaurants nearby, had great Philly cheesesteak at a pub up the hill, cold beer, cheap prices.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

Recently been traveling to San José quite a bit on business. Stayed at the Intercontinental, the Holiday Inn, and the Residence Inn. This hotel is the most Tico. Staff is great and makes you feel right at home.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

The dentist recommended the Villas, located across the street from the office, for my recent stay in Costa Rica. I didn't want to be limited to a single hotel room for fear of boredom between visits to the dentist. The Villas were ideal. The delicious breakfast each morning out on the patio overlooking the courtyard, was outstanding. The rooms are well decorated and very comfortable. Having a well appointed kitchen meant I could fix my own meals when I didn't want to eat out. The beautiful pool and well equipped gym meant there was something to do every hour. Just listing the amenities at the Villas doesn't really capture the "feeling" of the place...It was just comfortable: warm, friendly and inviting. The staff were friendly and very solicitous. I never felt ill at ease for a minute there and hated to leave! I am a 72 year old woman traveling alone and would surely return if given the opportunity!

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Boca Raton, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

This was my 2nd stay at this great apartotel.My husband was getting dental work nearby, and we stayed here for Feb.3-17.The staff is so nice,they help in every way.Since my husband was having pain from the dental work, I know the area pretty well, there are so many good restaurants nearby,and the mall also.So this time I didnt get to see the rest of Costa Rica,but will be back in April.I highly recommend Villas del Rio.There is a nice pool, and a mini market.Breakfast is included.They have 1,2,and 3 bedroom suites.All are very large for familes.They have a nice kitchen, if you stay long to heat things up,keep things in the fridge,microwave,etc.

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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
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

This was my wife and I's first trip to Costa Rica (or any developing nation), and we didn't speak a lot of Spanish, so we were a little cautious about where to stay (for security and for ease of navigation).

The hotel was great - they helped us with booking tours, with navigating public transport, getting to and from the airport. Took a lot of the stress out of our visit.

My only critique would be that the breakfast is totally western - no traditional Costa Rican food!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Apartotel & Suites Villas del Rio

Address: | P.O. Box 1188-1007, San Rafael de Escazu 1188-1007, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Rafael de Escazu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in San Rafael de Escazu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Apartotel & Suites Villas del Rio 3.5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You will find that at Villas del Ro, your stay will definitely feel a lot closer to home.The furnished apartments and fully equipped kitchens provide everything necessary to make your stay more pleasant and comfortable. With daily maid and laundry service, as well as a mini- market with a wide assortment of products.• Apartment-suites with one, two or three bedrooms• Cable TV, air conditioning, voice mail• Meeting room and a free 24 hour internet service• 2 swimming pools (1 heated), Jacuzzi and playground• Extensive gardens and designated pet areas• BarAt Villas del Río they take good care of the guest. The strict security measures and surveillance guarantee that your stay will be free of worries.• Spacious FREE private parking• 24 hours security• Electronic safe deposit boxesApartotel & Suites Villas del Río has an excellent strategic location for your next business or leisure trip. The elegant and ample apartments with all the modern amenities make you feel at home.• Friendly staff eager to help you 24 hours a day• Additional services and assistance upon request• Easy access to some of the most important shopping and entertainment centers, office buildings, restaurants and other services• Free shuttle service from and to the Airport (24 hours)The various lodging solutions, competitive rates as well as ideal facilities and outstanding services make Apartotel & Suites Villas del Ro one of your best choices in Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Apartotel And Suites Villas Del Rio
Apartotel & Suites Villas Del Rio Hotel San Rafael De Escazu
Apartotel Hotel Del Rio
Apartotel & Suites Villas Del Rio Costa Rica/Province Of San Jose

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