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“December 2013”
Review of Barcelo San Jose

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Barcelo San Jose
Ranked #11 of 78 Hotels in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Easy pick-up from the airport. Hotel is nice,but felt that a lot of the staff need to smile. Easy tour booking from the hotel and enjoyed both La Poas waterfall and Arenal tours. A taxi is needed for any other trips. $10.00 to Walmart, $14.00 to the big mall for two.The best thing about the restaurant was the breakfast was included with the stay but I did not eat evening meals there as I thought it was overpriced ($30.00pp) for what little food I would have liked or eaten.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank dolly2014
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Monica C, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Barcelo San Jose, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2014

Dear Guest,

Receive a warm greeting from the staff of Barcelo San Jose Palacio. Thank you very much for your comments; we are glad that you visited nice places in Costa Rica, which is such a wonderful country to enjoy the nature and relax.

Thank you so much for your advice about smiling at the front desk, you are right, the clients are our push so we are very happy to meet them. As well we already talk with the manager of this area, to reaffirm the compromise to attend our guests always as better as we can.

We are almost in downtown, it only takes 15 minutes to get there so there is a highway by the hotel for that reason is easier take a cab.

Thank you again for your comment and for choose Barceló San José Palacio.

Best regards,
Adriana Duran
Guest services

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Reviewed January 8, 2014

I have mixed feelings with this hotel. The room was fine, staff was nice, the swimming pool, although the weather wasn’t warm enough for bathing, seemed really nice and welcoming. However, other small things left me with a bad feeling.
I stayed there for business for almost a week, and from Monday to Wednesday, the hotel was almost empty and very calm. On Thursday, a huge group arrived for a conference, and it was just impossible to have breakfast, due to the number of people in line for the different food stations.
Besides, what I found as being the worst problem is that the location is really bad, and it’s difficult to go walking anywhere. The entrance of the hotel is in a road, and there’s no sidewalk for pedestrians (or at least, there’s no space for people to walk in and out).
I’m not sure I’d stay there again…

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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5  Thank sofiacrater
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Channel M, Gerente at Barcelo San Jose, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2017

Dear Mrs. Sofía

We would like to thank you for your preference in selecting our Barceló San José hotel for your holidays in Costa Rica, as well as for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience among us.

Best Regards.

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Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

The "5 Star" Hotel is the first hotel on this level which disappointed me so much. I've stayed in a lot of 5 Stars hotels worldwide, but never met so unfriendly and unwilling staff. Maybe smiling is forbidden here. High additional costs for internet. Nice garden and pool, nevertheless I can't recommend this hotel, because for 5 Stars the quality is too poor.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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2  Thank Wolfgang M
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Convenient, with a shuttle to and from the airport every hour, a fairly complete gift shop and good restaurants, the hotel was a short drive away from the city attractions. The hotel seemed to be better suited for families as they tend to host and be better informed about family activities, I.e. Christmas, New Year's Eve, etc...

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
1  Thank nadersalim
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Monica C, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Barcelo San Jose, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2014

Dear guest it’s very important for our hotel that you took the time to let us know your opinion about your stay with us, here In Barcelo San Jose Palacio we open our doors and receive every type of guest with warm and welcoming attention.

From families to business people we have a variety of services that can satisfy all of our guest’s requests and a premium concierge service that can set up tours, restaurants, sightseeing, shopping recommendations and a wide range of other services available for all types of guests here in Barcelo San Jose Palacio.

We hope that we can have you stay with us soon again once again thank you for taking the time to give us your review.

Best regards.

Luana Sanchez
Servicio al Huésped / Guest Services
Hotel Barceló San José Palacio

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Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

The reception is really bad and unfriendly. We couldnt check in until ar night because we didnt arrive all together (we had passports and possibilities to pay but had to wait for the other person)Not worthy the price

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
3  Thank Stéphanie P
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Monica C, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Barcelo San Jose, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2014

Dear Guest.

Receive a warm greeting on behalf of Barcelo San José Palacio; we appreciate your comment in our tripAdvisor´s web page. Is truly important for us know which our skills and fails are, that’s the best way to concern about them and start immediately with the necessary changes.

We want to apologize for every inconvenience that you had in your last stay.
Thank you again for your opinion. Is also remarkable for the company to receive complaints and use them like tips to get better. So we hope that you come back as a visitor at the hotel, and make you feel like in home.

Best regards,

Adriana Duran
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

The only good thing about this place is the free breakfast buffet
Upon arrival I asked for a king suite received a double instead. I was told my room was ready but when I got to my room there were no towels. I had to call the front desk as well as guest services multiple times just to,get towels before midnight. When calling to ask about cabs there was no one at the front desk and when I went down stairs to the desk there was no one there as well. The pool was very dirty and there was no one cleaning it or looking like they were going to clean it.
As you are in the middle of no where I would recommend an excursion just to get away from is boring hotel. The restaurants are below sub par and cost a little too much for crappy food . The hotel as a whole could use a complete remodel.
I would highly recommend staying somewhere else if you would like to enjoy your trip to Costa Rica

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jeanean B
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

The hotel desk was fantastic. The concierge Mr. Webster was helpful and friendly. Andrey at the front desk was also extremely helpful and a fantastic Spanish teacher. The breakfast buffet was great. Get there early before the crowd. The Junior Suite should be called Executive Suite because I have paid 5 times as much for less in other cities. If you are staying for a few days, then it is well worth it for the upgrade and you will rarely experience greater value for your money. All of the personnel are wonderful. The restaurant by the pool is fantastic although a little understaffed at peak times, but perhaps that is difficult to predict. In spite of having too many guests, the food was still fantastic, the chefs friendly, and the waitresses patient and friendly.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank Robert H
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Monica C, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Barcelo San Jose, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2014

Dear guest; it’s wonderful for all of our staff here at Barceló San José Palacio to know that your stay with us was so pleasant. We have greeted and congratulated Mr. Webster and Andrey on your behalf!

We are very pleased to know that our suite was to your convenience, and that you enjoyed dinning in our restaurants. We will make sure to pass along your amazing reviews to our different departments.

Thank you so much for your suggestion about the staff in the pool area this will be address with our manager’s team.

We hope we can have you again in our hotel so we can keep exceeding your expectations!
Best regards,


Luana Sanchez
Servicio al Huésped / Guest Services
Hotel Barceló San José Palacio

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Address: Residencial El Robledal | La Uruca, San Jose 458-1150, Costa Rica (Formerly Barcelo San Jose Palacio)
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in San Jose
#2 Luxury Hotel in San Jose
#17 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range: $87 - $168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelo San Jose 4*
Number of rooms: 254
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Also Known As:
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