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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, San Jose Aeropuerto, Costa Rica
Reviewed January 21, 2013

We stayed one night after arriving on a late flight. The hotel is a 10 minute taxi ride from the airport, and given its close proximity to the motorway it was surprisingly quiet inside.

Our room was large and had a solid modern bed. The bathroom was starkly equipped but adequate. The only let down was the lack of bottled water in the room and no where close to buy some. The reception staff were able to get some for us, but at a significant cost.

Breakfast is served as a buffet in a large sheltered space that overlooks the pool. The fruit selection was good, the bread and pastries less so.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

close to the airport and walking distance to food/bar. hotel is right off the main road. Rooms were ok for one night, glad we got 2 beds and 2 baths for 3 girls. And the staff was wonderful! breakfast was fresh, however they will charge for bottled water! The free wifi was nice! would have loved to sit by the pool but had an early departure to fortuna.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

We stayed here on our first night in Costa Rica. Esau access from airport. Room was fine for one night with a comfortable bed but if staying for more than one night try and get a courtyard room. Staff were friendly and helpful and breakfast was good. Restaurant was closed by the time we arrived at 10pm but were able to get coffee at an Italian restaurant just down the road.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

I stayed at the Country Inn and Suites for two nights, before attending a conference in another city in Costa Rica. It is less than 15 minutes away from the international airport and they offer a shuttle service to and from the airport. You do need to confirm your travel times with the front desk.

My room was large, clean and the bed wonderfully comfortable. The courtyard and pool were a pleasant surprise, clean and well maintained. I really enjoyed all the greenery and flowers around the hotel property. I found all the staff very friendly, polite and helpful.

The complimentary buffet breakfast served in the restaurant on site is quite good and I loved all the fresh fruit!

The hotel offers free internet at a fairly decent speed.

Some other info you might find useful:
It cost less than $1 USD for the 15 min bus ride from the local bus stop to downtown San Jose.
It’s in walking distance to several shops and stores including a grocery store, ATM and pharmacy.
About a 10-15min walk away is the Plaza Real Cariari mall. You will need to cross over the pedestrian bridge but it is easy enough to find. The mall offers many different food choices from: Subway, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Burger King, KFC, McDonalds, Quiznos, Pizza Hut, a few local food franchises and there are several restaurants next to the mall.

Overall, this hotel offers some luxury and comfort at a great price. It’s close to the airport, in walking distance to a mall and other restaurants (which is a huge plus if you have not rented a vehicle) and very close to public bus stops that take you to downtown for under $1.

I enjoyed my stay here; it was great value for money and if I am ever back in San Jose I will more than happily stay here again.

Room Tip: I'd suggest asking for a room overlooking the beautiful courtyard area and if you are a light sl...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Decent 4* hotel, not Hilton standard, but not too far off, everything seems a bit worn, our room was loud and the bathroom was poorly ventilated. Nice courtyard with pool. Staff speak mediocre english, but are very helpful and friendly. Restaurant is poor, but there are some reasonable places and an excellent supermarket just around the corner. Excellent value if one books just 1-2 days ahead, e.g., over booking.com. 15 minutes drive to the airport, they provide a shuttle service.

(Would have given 3, except that the price was very competitive)

Room Tip: try to ask for a room as far away from the freeway
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Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

We booked this hotel for our last night during our round-trip in Costa Rica mainly because of the shuttlebus to the airport (this was free) Spotless hotel and good rates on www.booking.com. The standard double room was pretty small but ok. We missed breakfast because of thethe early shuttle, maybe a breakfast-to-go would be an idea. Overall: good choice for your last hotel before going to the airport.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

We stayed here 2 nights, at the beginning and end of our Costa Rica tour. One night we had a full size bed. It is so small, we could barely sleep. The other night we got a king sized bed, which is good, but the toilet in the bathroom is not flushing smoothly, like it is half clogged or something. Since we were leaving the next morning, we just dealt with it.

They had a computer in the lobby where you can get on the internet. Wifi is working in the lobby only. Breakfast buffet was o.k. You had to order your egg which we didn't know until we saw someone doing it.

The location is good if you just want to access the airport (10-15 minutes drive), or been picked up by tour buses for day tours or other tours.

There is a fresh market nearby (100 meters), where you can get water, bakery, lunch meat, export quality Britt coffee (good for souvenir) etc. There are several restaurants above the market too. We ate at one of them. It was good.

There is a mall a bit further but still walkable (200 meters from hotel + cross a pedestrian bridge). They have tons of fast food choices inside: McDonald, Burger King, KFC, Subway, Quiznos, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Carl Jr, Pizza Hut, and some local stuff. There are restaurants next to the mall too.

The location is not good if you want to visit San Jose downtown. You need a taxi to get there and back. When you tell the hotel to call a taxi for you, they actually call their own shuttle bus which took 15 minutes to come, during which time, several taxi stopped by to drop customers off, but they wouldn't let us get on those taxis, because they had already called their own shuttle bus. The shuttle bus charged us $18 (9000 colones) to go to San Jose downtown. The taxi coming back cost us 8000 colones. And many taxi drivers don't know where the hotel is. We stopped 4-5 taxis, finally one taxi driver was nice enough, he called the hotel for direction, and got us back.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Sobre Autopista General Canas | Ciudad Cariari, San Antonio De Belen 40701, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > San Antonio De Belen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in San Antonio De Belen
Price Range: $69 - $107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, San Jose Aeropuerto, Costa Rica 3.5*
Number of rooms: 92
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax and enjoy at San Jose Hotel's location in Costa Rica. An inviting atmosphere, quality services and a convenient location near San Jose International Airport makes the Country Inn & Suites the perfect place for San Jose visitors to land. This hotel's location in Costa Rica offers thoughtful amenities designed to encourage rest and relaxation with two swimming pools, an on-site Fitness Center, an on-site restaurant and spacious guest rooms featuring attractive decor and home comforts. The Country Inn & Suites San Jose, Costa Rica hotel is perfect for business travelers, families or newlyweds as its conveniently located near downtown San Jose and major attractions like INBioparque, Volcano Poas and the Cafe Britt coffee plantation. Book online today and discover why this San Jose hotel's location in Costa Rica makes a great relaxation destination. ... more   less 
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