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Review of Hotel La Amistad

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Hotel La Amistad
Ranked #33 of 84 Hotels in San Jose
Costa Rica
Level Contributor
22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Not to level of website description”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

There are two suites in the hotel which, according to the website, have kitchenettes. Instead, ours had a sitting area. When I asked about the lack of kitchenette and showed the manager the website, he said that was old. As no one used the kitchenettes they were taken out. There was a gap in the wall tile where the toilet paper holder should have been, and other than the jacuzzi the fixtures and tile seemed old. We did like the form fitting mattress, the only good part of the room. The entire hotel, especially our room being on the interior, seemed dark and depressing. The train to San Jose goes through right next to the hotel and was very noisy. Breakfast was adequate but nothing special so we didn't try the extensive menu for any of the meals. As no one came to ask us what we wanted we had to ask another table of guests how we were to order. That meant going to the alcove and filling out a form. The first morning we decided not to have the room cleaned, and when I told the maid she was very pleased. Although there is a safe in the room there were no directions. We won't bother staying there again. If we asked management questions they were helpful but procedures should have been automatic upon check-in.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank robertshill
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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Toronto
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

I didn't book a room at the hotel, but I did eat several times at the restaurant. The food is simply outstanding. Chef Jose and his sidekick Juan are way more talented and qualified than you would normally find for a small informal dining area like that at La Amistad. The owner Don is friendly, smart, and quite innovative, and he should expand the restaurant to take advantage of the fine staff he has managed to get on board.

Favorite dish: fish with porcini mushrooms, vegetables and mashed potatoes.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank az22
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Staten Island, New York, United States
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

First time to Costa Rica and the La Amistad is the place to stay. Staff was friendly, courteous. Matt the owner is down to earth and a great hang out partner, Don will tell you drop your bags and show you around town.. Rudy at the front desk just makes everything happen from taxis, rooms etc. - he gets it done.. I will definitely stay here again very convenient and away from the city crowd but 5 mins away from the action.. You can stay here for the entire trip or spend 2 days and see the rest of the county and come back prior to flying out of San Jose 20 mins from airport without traffic, $30 dollar cab ride, 1 block from the Hospital. The All Inclusive is not a Buffet it's real Meals steaks, Pork Chop, Surf and Turf etc.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Steve R
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Fort Myers, Florida
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

This was my second trip to Costa Rica. I decided to book 2 nights at Hotel La Amistad because of the numerous recommendations from friends, and I must say this hotel didn't disappoint. The hotel was quaint and contained a very relaxed atmosphere. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. The queen room I booked was somewhat small, but included everything that one could possibly need. If possible, book your with the all inclusive special as it is well worth the price. The food at the Amistad was phenomenal and speaking with the other patrons of the hotel I can see why it has many repeat clientele. Bottom line is the hotel is well worth the price and I will definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Queen rooms are a bit snug, if possible book a king size or bigger.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 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?
6 Thank howlinblues
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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

First time to Costa Rica and have to say La Amistad is the place to stay. Staff was friendly, courteous and hospitable. Matt the owner was great to talk to. Down to earth and didn't mind shooting the breeze with us. Rooms were very great and beds were wonderfully cozy. Food was off the charts. Great cooking. The idea of inclusive for food and alcohol was tops for the price paid. Almost everywhere was within walking distance, so saved on taxi fare. Hotel was quiet for the most part. Only minor beef was the train passing by every so often. It was very minor though compared to everything else. Can't wait to go back next time.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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2 Thank Evileye3197
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

I know of no other place to stay when Im in San Jose.. The staff make me feel like family or an honored quest each time I've visited. My room is always cleaned to my satisfaction Im well fed at a decent price and they will do my laundry free. So Im home when in San Jose thanks to my extended family at La Amistad Hotel from Matt the owner to management to the staff...I love you all & I will see you soon
Respectfully
Rasool (Mike)
ps/ Matt youre incedible

Room Tip: get a suite if possible youll get a sauna and a hot tub with jets
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank michaeldelacolorado
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Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
141 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

My wife and I booked this hotel off trip advisor comments.....wish we had not!! Upon arrival we found the bed sheet covered in paint, wafer thin and full of holes like it had been used for a drop cloth whilst painting! Upon reporting this to the front desk, the housekeeper came down to the front desk and loudly complained saying the sheets were fine(mind you she only brought down the clean top sheet...calling me a liar! So, I had taken photos and immediately got my camera and showed the front desk...they apologised! The house keeping from that day on was terrible...just make the bed and mop the floor and change the towels( sometimes).....we bought our own disinfectant for the bathroom and toilet! The room had dust in the corners and under the bed, the furnature was hammered and the bed did not have a proper matteress but a thick piece of foam! The noise is terrible.....even though we asked for a room at the rear. But not from the outside but from the guests walking down the corridors talking loud until the early hours of the next day, accompanied by the clicking of high heel ladies shoes! Then again around 6 am or sooner the noise level increased to that of the previous evening! Maybe if you got three to four hours sleep a night you were lucky! This hotel in our opinion is not suitable for couples or families! There are lots of better options out there! The only PLUS that this hotel has going for it is the front desk and kitchen staff, namely Rudy, Carlos, Juan Carlos "the chef" and Luis....as people have previously stated....genuine,friendly and decent people who tried to make our stay enjoyable! To them we say THANKYOU!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank VancouverWomble
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Property: Hotel La Amistad
Address: Calle 15 Avenida 11, San Jose 1864-1002, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
South Beach Miami meets Costa Rican Culture. Located in Barrio Otoya and Amon, upon entering the Hotel you see the beautiful Art Deco Tile and Marble, surrounded by rich, dark native wood beams and floors. 34 rooms include 6 Penthouse Suites with King beds, 24 jet Jacuzzi tubs and personal dry sauna as well as, another 26 Luxury Rooms with either King or Queen size beds. All rooms have 80 channels of Cable TV with HBO and Cinemax, flat screen TVs, hardwire and wireless internet access, refrigerator, digital safe and luxurious mattresses. You will find these quiet Barrio's are away from the noise and traffic of downtown but still only a short 5 minute walk to all of San Jose's main attractions - The National Theatre, Museums, Shops, Restaurants, Casino's, Nightlife and Exotic Parks. As always free wireless, long distance calls to USA and Canada and laundry. Breakfast included in price. Ask about our ALL INCLUSIVE options. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, All domestic Beer and Wine, Well Drinks, 50% off top shelf. ... more   less 
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La Amistad San Jose
Hotel La Amistad Costa Rica/San Jose

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