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“Modern in a convenient location” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Aloft San Jose Hotel

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Aloft San Jose Hotel
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Santa Ana
Certificate of Excellence
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
33 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Modern in a convenient location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

The hotel is located in a business park setting but has restaurants and bars within easy walking distance so we found it very convenient and good value as a home base while travelling around Costa Rica. We had two stays during our trip and found the staff very courteous and helpful. The rooms were very comfortable, modern, clean, nice bathrooms, but the bed was a little too firm for my liking. There was a great soda nearby where we had breakfast a couple times but we did have a breakfast at Aloft. It is a self serve set up in the lobby which was convenient, with lots of choices including fresh fruit.

Overall, great hotel and I would recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Paul D, General Manager at Aloft San Jose Hotel, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
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Martin P,

Muchas gracias por tus excelentes comentarios y me alegra que el concepto de la marca aloft le gusto. Nuestro restaurante que atenderá los 3 tiempos con un concepto de cocina urbana, el “Backyard Lounge & Restaurant”, estará abierto a partir del primero de agosto, incluso atendiendo servicio de habitación. Esperamos ver lo pronto en San Jose.

Saludos,
Pauld Downey
Gerente General
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

This hotel is conveniently located away from the downtown area. It is a simple 15-20 minute drive from the international airport. We stayed here overnight on our way to and from Dominical. The hotel staff was very helpful with printed directions and they will even handle all your airport taxes when leaving making movement through the airport a breeze!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Will_and_Sonia
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Paul D, General Manager at Aloft San Jose Hotel, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
Will & Sonia,

Thanks ever so much for you positive feedback. Aloft has now expanded into Latin America and we are happy that our sassy, savvy concept satisfied your needs whilst in San Jose. Hope to see you soon again.

Regards,

Paul Downey
General Manager
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Arlington, Texas, United States
Level Contributor
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

I was recommended this hotel by my boss and I have to say it did not disappoint. Hotel was very modern. Room was nice and clean with a big screen TV and great shower. Breakfast was fantastic and free with my room (not sure if it is normally included or not).Hotel was in walking distance of everything. Bar was nice, and the bartenders and waiters were extremely friendly.Front desk people were extremely polite and helpful. I look forward to returning soon.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Eric A
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Paul D, General Manager at Aloft San Jose Hotel, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
Hi Eric A,

We are glad you enjoyed this new experience which Starwood brought over to Central America a year ago with our Aloft Brand. We have adapted the brand to local needs and it makes me happy that you enjoyed our full buffet breakfast and that our talents connected with you providing a pleasant stay. Hope to have you with us soon!

Regards,

Paul Downey
General Manager
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2013

For business trips, staying for 3 days, it is in a good location, close to all the Forums. Convenient.
A big mistake the hotel still didn t remedy after 3 months of constant claim, is that I paid at the lobby for the tax departure for the airport. Hotel asked me the passport in order to prepare it and I had to pay 33 dollars. When I arrived to customs, they realized that the document that the hotel prepared was for another passenger , and I had to pay again, in order to exit the country. The company has been claiming the reimbursement since then, with zero responsiveness. unbelievable, eventhough all the documentation , properly signed was sent to them. The first day I arrived, the shower didn t have soap/shampoo, and I had to wait almost 30 minutes, calling different times, to have an employee fixing the dispensers that were out of order..

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank JE J
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Paul D, General Manager at Aloft San Jose Hotel, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
Hi JE J,

We are so upset to hear that we did not meet your expectations when we had the opportunirty to do so. Unfortunately we have not received and claims regarding departure taxes. We would very much like to have this situation solved as soon as possible so please could you care to forward all the information sent previoulsy to the email below under my name:

reservas.sanjose@alofthotels.com


Regards,

Paul Downey
General Manager
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La Jolla, CA
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19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

I spent one night on the front end and one night on the back end of my trip to the Osa Peninsula here at the Aloft. Don't believe the marketing materials, this hotel is not even remotely close to the airport, it is a 20 minute drive minimum through a very circuitous route. The hotel does not offer an airport shuttle and the taxis arranged by the hotel charge you 15% - 20% more than if you just arrange a metered orange cab yourself. However note that if you have an early morning flight you have little choice but to take the cabs right outside the hotel and pay the elevated fare.

The bar/restaurant in the hotel offers a very limited food menu and the food is average to poor. The lackluster drinks are expensive (the margarita--which my friend was told was excellent---was made with technicolor green Midori.) The bar tab for four of us, with three tiny appetizers and one drink each was over $120 USD. They do have DJs on weekend nights, so that earned them some points in terms of atmosphere but overall the bar was pretty dead.

If you do choose to venture outside of the hotel for food, many Americanized type of chains dot the road towards El Centro. Decent Asian, Italian, and other options lie a short cab ride away and that will cost you no more than a couple of thousand colones. So, that is preferable to dining at the hotel.

The Aloft rooms themselves are clean with fairly comfortable beds and large showers. Although I cannot pinpoint exactly why, the feng shui of the room seemed a bit odd to me all in all, and it's doubtful you will want to spend more than a couple nights there at most.

In sum, I know San Jose is not known for their hotels, but I would continue to look at other options than the Aloft.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank CliveJackson
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Paul D, General Manager at Aloft San Jose Hotel, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Hi There!,

Thanks ever so much for your feedback and we apologize that Aloft San Jose, as part of Starwoods selected service brands did not reach your expectations. Appart from airport hotels we are one of the closest hotels, located in a trendy area of San Jose, different to the airport region. Unfortunately the metre cabs can be reached on the streets and we cannot influence in that, hence we offer a company which provides us with insurance policies and we can have control over at slightly higher prices.

As of August we shall have a full service restaurant in the hotel already under construction at this moment and hopefully will fulfill the culinary needs of our guests at the Aloft San Jose, as one of the changes done to the brand in Latin and Central America. There are over 20 restaurants walking distance from the hotel which we can suggest aswell.

We do hope we can host you on your future visits in San Jose and that you can experience our Backyard lounge & Restaurant soon to come.

Regards,

Paul Downey
General Manager
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Chicago, IL
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

Aloft is my favorite hotel in San Jose. The staff is amazing and when checking it, it's like seeing friends again rather than checking into a hotel. Everyone there is also extremely professional and goes to great lengths to make sure the guests have a great experience. The bar and restaurant also add a great ambiance to the property. Aloft San Jose is the place we stay every time we come to San Jose.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank GWB03
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Paul D, General Manager at Aloft San Jose Hotel, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Hi GWB03,

Thanks for your time and such great comments. We are glad aloft talents make this experience such a memorable one for you and your family. Expect in a couple of months to find our new backyard lounge & restaurant serving full meals and delivery service to rooms when you next visit us.


Regards,

Paul Downey
General Manager
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Taipei, Taiwan
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

Stayed this hotel for two nights, the surrounding area is very nice and like other said a lot of walking distance restaurant and supermarket. However, the only minor demirit when i checked out very early morning like 4pm, which the counter don't have enough change in USD. We understand there will be very little cash for night shift, however, i believe it is better to prepare some more USD10 or 20 notes rather than one note per USD50 and USD100. After all, i have to do the maths and give my small notes to the counter in order to get the USD150.

Regarding the starpoints, i have booked two rooms for two nights under same name, but all i received until now is one night of credit, which is very weird.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank s8903009
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Paul D, General Manager at Aloft San Jose Hotel, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
S 8903009,

Thanks for such great and constructive comments. We have adapted our funds in order to be able to have smaller change for our guests when paying in US$ dollars. Regarding your SPG Points, we shall be reviewing and posting you the difference when applicable. Hope to have you with us in the near future again.

Regards,

Paul Downey
General Manager

Stayed this hotel for two nights, the surrounding area is very nice and like other said a lot of walking distance restaurant and supermarket. However, the only minor demirit when i checked out very early morning like 4pm, which the counter don't have enough change in USD. We understand there will be very little cash for night shift, however, i believe it is better to prepare some more USD10 or 20 notes rather than one note per USD50 and USD100. After all, i have to do the maths and give my small notes to the counter in order to get the USD150.

Regarding the starpoints, i have booked two rooms for two nights under same name, but all i received until now is one night of credit, which is very weird.
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Additional Information about Aloft San Jose Hotel

Property: Aloft San Jose Hotel
Address: Forum 2 Business Park | Lindora, Santa Ana 10901, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > Santa Ana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Santa Ana
#2 Business Hotel in Santa Ana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Aloft San Jose Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
New and innovative, inspired by a Loft, strategically located in the fastest developing business area west of San Jose, a few minutes from the Juan Santamaría International Airport, next to the Forum Business Park 2 and very close to the attractive shopping and entertainment area of Santa Ana and Escazú. ... more   less 
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