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“Great location. Ok hotel. Nice staff.”
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Hotel Presidente
Ranked #5 of 78 Hotels in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 15, 2014

Central location--walking distance to the few things there are to do in San Jose--makes this place a great choice. Staff was helpful, both in remedying their mistake in our reservation and in helping us pick and reserve places for dinner. Rooms are OK size. We got upgrade to a suite which was huge but mostly devoid of furniture. Breakfast was good.

Room Tip: If you like looking out the window at the pedestrian mall ask but mostly expect to have the curtains...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

Pros: The excellent service. Always with a smile, courtesy and efficiency. The front desk staff is exceptional. And so is the restaurant staff who provide first class service.
Cons: (1) Allow to invite guests like any other first class hotel in San Jose (2) Add a couple of cardio machines to the gym and some free weights
Location: Centrally located, on the Boulevard, a pedestrian mall of several blocks full of shops and eateries. Walking distance to the Teatro Nacional & muaeums
Great experience. - The front desk staff provided excellent service and always with a polite and friendly manner. They made us feel at home. - The location was fantastic; we could walk to many places - The breakfast at the restaurant was perfect.

The couple of things i would add: - (1) Allow to invite guests to the hotel, they could leave their ID at the front desk if safety is the issue - (2) A couple of cardio machines to the gym and some free weightsMore equipment at the gym.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the interior are quieter, we were on the third floor and we did not hear any noise from...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

The hotel is very good value considering hoe much was paid. Very little to do in san jose city but if you need to stop here the presidente is clean, breakfast is nice enough and the staff are friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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1  Thank chelseajay13
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

El presidente : Very good location and attractively priced. Wifi generally worked for me. Breakfast was tasty. Some renovation work ongoing but not a problem. Friendly service. Would stay again if visiting San Jose

Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

The staff was very friendly. The hotel offered free wifi and breakfast, which was delicious. I loved the gallo pinto and plantains. The rooms are clean and up to date. We were able to walk I the museums and restaurants. It was a short cab ride to Peppers Good Times, where we enjoyed a live band and salsa dancing. The hotel is a great value for the price.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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1  Thank Gumbogal504
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

Though the area is hustling and bustling to say the least, Hotel Presidente was quiet, clean and very nice and modern. We were able to easily walk from the main bus station from the airport to the hotel along the pedestrian-only street and were promptly given a great room and good recommendation for food, drinks and shopping. There's a safe in the room, nice bed, nice TV (which we didn't use) and a well-done bathroom.

Room Tip: Ask for something on a high floor as it's a busy area.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

This hotel is nothing fancy, but its location, friendly staff, and comfortable accommodations make it a good downtown choice. The only drawback to the hotel is its close proximity to gringo gulch and the goings on there.

The staff are very helpful. They helped find me a last minute rental car even comparing rates. The breakfast buffet was fine (perhaps not quite as good as the neighboring Bamoral hotel).

Overall I would say this is a good affordable choice, but watch out if you have your family to not accidentally wander into the zona rojo. ....or you may have to answer some interesting questions from the little ones.

Room Tip: Higher floors are better....less street noise
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Hotel Presidente

Address: Central Avenue Blvd | 7th Street, San Jose 2922-1000, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Casino Hotel in San Jose
#6 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#6 Family Hotel in San Jose
Price Range: $96 - $145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Presidente 3.5*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An iconic landmark in San Jose, Costa Rica, Hotel Presidente is a contemporary urban retreat in the heart of downtown San Jose. With its vibrant ambiance, modern decor and great service, our 4-star upscale hotel is the symbol of hospitality and the cultural soul Costa Rica's capital city. Celebrated for our eco-friendly tourism practices, Hotel Presidente is a window into Costa Rica's land, people and heritage. Experience an unforgettable vacation adventure, romantic getaway or business trip at Hotel Presidente... the place to relax, connect, inspire, dine, and explore Costa Rica! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Presidente San Jose
Hotel Presidente Costa Rica/San Jose

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