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“Interesting but.....” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Don Carlos
Ranked #26 of 84 Hotels in San Jose
San Antonio, Texas
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64 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Interesting but.....”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

Neat old place to see. But to stay?...... Large rooms. Very outdated linens, like 20+ years old and it shows. Couches were old, saggy, and horribly stained. Amenities, skimpy. 2 towels total in bath. No wash cloths. Beds were charming but that doesn't equate to comfortable. They were just OK. Liked the idea of 4th generation keeping grandpa's traditions in tact but one of the kids need to get with it with updates.
We were OK with one night but would not recommend.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

If your a history buff this stop is a must see for San Jose. The neighborhood isn't elegant as the poverty of downtown as seeped into this area(prostitution, juvinille theft). Once daylight, this hotel was magnificiant as the fountains in the lobbies were turned on and the typical breakfast and freindly staff emerged. It's a short walk from the downtown market.

Standard room, hard bed.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Denver, CO
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16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

I really liked the character of the common areas at this hotel and it is very near the main downtown area for tourists so that is nice. I feel like for the same price we could have had a nice hotel room though. The room was clean but not updated and after looking at expedia I think we could have got a better deal somewhere else with a nicer room.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Marie C
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Paris, France
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49 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

2 Nights was booked by a travel agency on the way in and out of Costa Rica.
1St night: room with garden view. Nice until night where the spot light of the garden never shut down and noise from the street behind the garden just make sleep impossible.
2Nd night. Tried a room inside the main building. It was smelling inside like wet dirty carpet all over the room plus a bed with iron type of matelas making huge noise at every moment.
Finely, the location of the hotel is just next to the place where hookers and travesty pick up clients. Not a very nice or safe neighbours hood according to the front desk of the hotel.

I will never advise anyone to sleep in this hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Phoenix, Arizona
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

There wasn't much we liked about this hotel. We arrived early evening on a Sunday looking for dinner locations. The man at the desk was less than interested in helping us. The sheets in the room felt like those cheap, overwashed linens that you find in a lesser hotel than we thought this one to be. Breakfast was pretty good and in a nice setting. Location is okay....but there are better. Not horrible but probably wouldn't stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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45 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

This is a rather late review, but stayed here for a few nights in March when I went on a spring break trip with a few of my school mates. Wasn't expecting much but this hotel definitely exceeded expectations. Rooms were clean and big, courtyard was beautiful, surroundings were decorated nicely. It had a very homey feel. We stayed in different rooms on different days, and would definitely recommend the ground floor rooms as they are a lot bigger and you are right by a beautiful courtyard! Service was great, people were really friendly. They also offer really good rates compared to what we were able to get in the US or hotel, only thing is that if there are too many people, the amount that they are able to exchange is limited (we had 10 people) so do that early on in the trip!

Location was good, streets are quiet at night but if you are traveling with a few people there is really nothing to worry about.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

I stayed here for 2 nights either side of my trip around Costa Rica. The hotel is in a good location, close to the main square in a quite side street.

The staff seemed to be particularly cautious about guests leaving the hotel after dark, and reccommend that you take a taxi even if travelling only a few blocks. I did this on their reccomendation, but walked back and did not feel unsafe.

Room Tip: The wifi worked well in the ground floor room that I stayed in at the start of my trip, but was very...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Don Carlos
Address: Avenida 9 y Calle 9, San Jose, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#15 Family Hotel in San Jose
#16 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Don Carlos 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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