We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
WINNER WONDERLAND
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor

Hotel Don Carlos

Show Prices
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
Book on
or compare prices from up to 200 sites including:
Professional photos
Hotel Don Carlos
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

397 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 324: English reviews
VermontJerry
Level Contributor
14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here for three nights at the start of a trip. While San Jose didn´t worth much time if you are here the Don Carlos is definitely worth a stay. Rooms were clean and comfortable. The hotel is right near the centre. The staff were really helpful, providing advice on what to see, booking trips and getting taxis. The breakfast... More 

Helpful?
Thank VermontJerry
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently stayed for four nights in Hotel Don Carlos, everything was perfect. The hotel receptionist was very welcoming upon greeting me. It was my first time in Costa Rica so he answered questions I had, exchanged currency for me, even gave me a map of San Jose to help me navigate around. I was charged the rate I agreed to... More 

Helpful?
Thank James B
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
14 reviews
Reviewed October 26, 2016

We were there for one day/night. The staff were all very friendly. The hotel is very nice. The room was very comfortable. We had lunch and breakfast there. For Lunch we had nachos and 'Flautas' (different name) and they were very good. Breakfast was 'continental' style and was good. We will be going back there next week.

Helpful?
Thank Dave_SHP1313
Level Contributor
131 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2016

a nice authentic family hotel in the center of San Jose on a 10 min walk from the main road. nice breakfast, good diner and a quiet room, everything you need as a transit hotel when arriving in San Jose on as a resting point when moving from west to east.

Helpful?
Thank Tom D
Ayrshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
71 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2016

Although our flight landed at 9pm it was almost 11pm by the time we checked in as my luggage had somehow managed to go to Fort Lauderdale,Texas instead of San Jose.Thanks United Airlines-great start to our holiday after 2 long flights! We were checked in by a very laid back guy who I'm presuming was the night porter-no uniform or... More 

Helpful?
Thank tobee888
Nashville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2016

Booked this hotel for a family of four and stayed two nights - one at the beginning of the trip and one at the end. The hotel is located as close to downtown San José as you can get! Easy walking distance to lots of sights, but not like the big chain hotels. This hotel was used by past Presidents... More 

Helpful?
Thank Justin4031
1 review
Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Hotel Don Carlos was good to us. We stayed for 2 nights and both times were pleasing. The staff are friendly and helpful when you need something or have a question. Steven, the front desk manager gave us useful information and tourism for San José. The rooms are pretty standard but they are still nicely maintained. Breakfast is typical contenantial... More 

Helpful?
Thank Mariam I
Soquel, CA
Level Contributor
13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

We stayed at Hotel Don Carlos on our first night in Costa Rica after landing at 1 am. The hotel manager and staff were really friendly, and the breakfast was decent. The room was comfortable and clean, although dated. The door didn't lock well. It's a good price for an overnighter on the way elsewhere. If you're planning on staying... More 

Helpful?
Thank Colin D
Hamilton, New Zealand
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Really liked this hotel. Stayed here at the beginning and end of our trip. We're able to store bags that we didn't need for the rest of our trip and picked them up again on our last night. Friendly staff spoke English. The inclusive breakfast was nice enough. For an affordable hotel it had nice enough rooms with a nice... More 

Helpful?
Thank Margaret11-11
Level Contributor
17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

Amazing way to spend our last night in beautiful Costa Rica at a historical inn with so much tradition to offer. Comfortable amenities and great no amazing breakfast! Situated in downtown San Jose close to many restaurants and museums. There is a cute gift shop and dining out side as well as in. There is smoking out side out front... More 

Helpful?
Thank Caitlin A
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

217 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveler Photos (213)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (73)
Viewed
View from Room (3)
Viewed
Room/Suite (29)
Viewed
Dining (25)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (9)
Viewed
Family/Play Areas (2)
Viewed
Bathroom (6)
Viewed
Other (66)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (4)
Viewed
Room/Suite (1)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (1)
Viewed
Other (2)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these San Jose hotels
0.1 mi away
Hotel Santo Tomas
Hotel Santo Tomas
#6 of 84 in San Jose
851 reviews
0.4 mi away
Hotel Fleur de Lys
Hotel Fleur de Lys
#21 of 84 in San Jose
439 reviews
0.1 mi away
Kekoldi Hotel
Kekoldi Hotel
#35 of 84 in San Jose
138 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.6 mi away
Hotel Dunn Inn
Hotel Dunn Inn
#15 of 84 in San Jose
375 reviews
1.8 mi away
Aranjuez Hotel
Aranjuez Hotel
#8 of 84 in San Jose
889 reviews
0.2 mi away
Balmoral Hotel
Balmoral Hotel
#12 of 84 in San Jose
1,033 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities

Highlights
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge

Additional Information about Hotel Don Carlos

Address: Avenida 9 y Calle 9, San Jose, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Price Range: $64 - $79 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Don Carlos 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Agoda, Odigeo, Travelocity and Priceline so you can book your Hotel Don Carlos reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Don Carlos Hotel
Don Carlos San Jose
Hotel Don Carlos Costa Rica/San Jose
Hotel Style:
#15 Family Hotel in San Jose
#16 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travelers have asked, with answers from Hotel Don Carlos staff and other travelers.
7 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (7)

Questions? Get answers from Hotel Don Carlos staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer

“Ask for a room away from reception as it can get noisy with people coming and going.”
 of 5 bubbles VermontJerry, 3 weeks ago | Read review
“I don't think that there could be a 'bad' room in this hotel. There is traffic, but I didn't really notice it in the hotel.”
 of 5 bubbles Dave_SHP1313, Oct 26, 2016 | Read review
“Seems to be used by local business travellers - a good sign. Handy to all you need in the centre of San Jose. Good staff.”
 of 5 bubbles car0st, Apr 29, 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room on a higher floor. There is no elevator.”
 of 5 bubbles leavinghomeJan, Feb 15, 2016 | Read review
“Ask to see the rooms!”
 of 5 bubbles davidstreifford, Dec 17, 2015 | Read review
5 of 5
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay