We chose Aranjuez after researching nearly all the hotels in the downtown San Jose area on trip advisor and other internet sites. We were in need of two rooms for one night only before leaving Costa Rica.
The hotel is about 30 minutes ($15-$17 taxi ride) from the international airport and is located in what seems like a residential district. The walk to the Central Market (a must see while in town - crazy!) is about 20 minutes - and with the help of the hotel provided map and a couple questions to street vendors along the way - was easily found. I had been to San Jose before, so perhaps that made the find a bit easier. If you are at all nervous about the walk, it certainly is worth the $10 cab ride to put your mind at ease.
The rooms were very clean, ceiling fans kept the room perfectly cool and a nice breeze blew throughout the entire hotel as the hallways are open to several garden-like seating areas. This hotel is actually four or five old homes linked together. Hardwood floors and beautiful artwork throughout. Three computers with internet access are available.
There is a small convenience store 1/2 a block away for snacks, sodas, water, etc.
We ate dinner at Vesuvio, which is an Italian restaurant attached to another nearby hotel. The walk was about 8 blocks - however I suggest paying a couple dollars for a cab ride if going after dark. The meal was very good - the wine awesome. Five of us ate a pasta meal and had a glass of wine for $60 US.
The hotel provided a free breakfast which was very very nice. Served in a garden area were made to order omelets, pancakes, a wide variety of fruits and pastries, as well as juices and coffee.
The only down side was the noise in the hallways - but it's no different than being a guest in someone's home and hearing them walk through the hall or clank a little in the kitchen in the mornings.
The price is certainly right. We had a room with two double beds/private bath and another room with a queen bed, two twins and a private bath for a grand total of $90 US.
Our family agreed we would stay at this hotel again when in San Jose. If you are at all considering the Best Western Downtown - DO NOT stay there. I did on a previous trip and it was a nightmare.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Aranjuez is located in San Jose and is surrounded by a tropical garden. Free breakfast buffet, free WiFi access and free private parking are available. Each room here features an authentic historic decor and will provide you with a cable TV, an outdoor seating area and a private bathroom with a bath or shower and a hairdryer. All rooms have a desk and a safety-deposit box. Our wonderfull Breakfast Buffet is also included. At Hotel Aranjuez you will find a 24-hour front desk, a garden and a terrace. Other facilities offered at the property include a tour desk, luggage storage and laundry facilities. The property offers free parking. The hotel is 1.1 km from Pre-Colombian Gold Museum, 1.2 km from National Theatre of Costa Rica and 1.4 km from Metropolitan Cathedral. Juan Santamaria International Airport is 16 km away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Aranjuez Costa Rica/San Jose