I was at Mona Lisa when the first opened in early 2013 and had a wonderful stay, so returned this past end of February 1 year later. I was happy to see the manager Guy Grand and owner still very "hands on and available", and the hotel holding it's grace. I want to be clear, I am not rating Mona Lisa 5 stars compared with all hotels by any means, specifically the rating is from my experience with the Del Rey area of San Jose this is in.
This is a "grand style" hotel with a large lovely lobby, nice accessible bar, good sized casino for those who desire, and restaurant with open air covered and outdoor seating. Staff are always available, courteous and efficient and whatever issues are encountered are either remedied or worked around in an expedient manner.
Rooms are clean and large for the type, safe in each room that I am aware of, excellent security, no "guest fee" nor issues and guests must sign in with ID increasing security. Rather than many of the raunchier feeling places in the area, this feels comparatively like staying "up town" while in a centrally located downtown area with easy safe walking access to many of the areas best attractions. Pricing is reasonable for the quality for sure, I always feel I am getting a deal there!
Often there is plenty of local flavor hanging out at the bar to interact with as well.
This trip a close friend had the massage from Yorleney and is still talking about it a month later as one of the best therapeutic massages of his fifty years! I love Mona Lisa and their staff, and can't wait to return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Taormina Hotel and Casino is strategically located in the historic neighborhood of Barrio Amon in San Jose, Costa Rica near the Financial Center of the Capital. It is close to cultural attractions, entertainment, and only 25 minutes away from the Juan Santamaria International Airport. The property features 90 magnificent rooms, distributed in a four story building. We're a very inviting hotel with a distinguished Costa Rican style and a friendly bi-lingual staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Taormina Hotel And Casino Costa Rica/San Jose