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Hotel Plaza Real Apartments & Suites
Ranked #34 of 77 Hotels in San Jose
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

If you are going to San Jose to do any kind of business, you have to be prepared for trouble.
Immigration, insurance, and even getting a driver's license in Costa Rica is a painful, expensive ordreal.
That being said, the one good thing about my recent trip to San Jose was the Hotel Plaza Real.
It was a little piece of heaven in a confusing and nasty world. The management bent over backwards to accomodate me and my friend with special needs. The room was quiet, immaculate, and spacious. The Plaza Real is more like a European hotel than a chain. It is quaint, clean and personal. The taxi service was prompt and affordable. Breakfast and simple and nice. Mostly, I just loved the staff attitude, can do, helpful, courteous. A very pleasant change from the stonewalling and obfuscation at Costa Rican government agencies. I would happily select this hotel again, a little island of sanity in a sea of craziness.

Room Tip: Talk to the staff. They have many rooms available, some are small apartments and others just nice r...
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

Stayed here for one night and we were pleased.

The hotel is not in the city centre, but, a short cab ride away. It is not fancy, but it's nice. Modern and very clean, with everything you could possibly need. There are a couple of restaurants not too far away (Denny's being one of them). But again, you are not far from the centre and can easily get there.

The gentleman at the front desk was really nice, too. Helpful and friendly.

I recommend this hotel very much, especially if you are at the tail-end of your trip to Costa Rica and are looking for a place to relax before flying out.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

Very clean, spacious, well appointed rooms, huge bathroom, and small kitchenette should you want to keep something cold or warm something up – very comfortable! Also offered excellent service – all staff were sincerely friendly, and couldn’t be more helpful.

The breakfast room is on the top floor (4th), and offers coffee, juice, a small plate of papaya and pineapple, toast, and cold cereal. For a very small price, you can order hot items such as eggs ($1.50 each), with sausage for a $3, or pancakes for $2.50. There’s also a terrace outside the breakfast room to catch some sun and view the mountains.

The hotel is very secure, and a short walk takes you to a few restaurants, small grocery store, pharmacy, gift shops, and casino. It's a short drive to airport, central San Jose, or onto the Interamericana highway if you’re exploring the country.

The only con is the noise level from the highway, so if you’re sound sensitive, request a room facing the back.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

We stayed at the Plaza Real for 2 nights of our trip in Costa Rica. The hotel staff was more than accommodating and helpful. We were trying to plan a trip to Tortuguero (remote island in Costa Rica) and they went above and beyond, helping us make calls to other hotels and assisting us in researching on the internet. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. The continental breakfast could have been a little more plentiful but we had busy days planned so there wasn't a lot of time to sit around and enjoy a big breakfast anyway. We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Costa Rica.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

This is a great small hotel with many different types of room options for all travelers--traditional rooms, suites, large apartments. Everything in the hotel is amazingly clean and the entire staff works extremely hard to help out its guests in any way possible. Wonderful staff! It's a bit of a distance from the downtown area, and many people like that, especially business travelers. If you like to be in the bustle of San Jose, however, you may want to stay right in the heart of the city instead. It really depends what you're looking for and your reason for traveling. This hotel has free, reliable WI-FI, free continental breakfast, and free parking. The only downside was that there were no restaurants or eateries within a block or two of the hotel, but if you don't mind a bit of a walk you can get to a few further away. But food can always be delivered to your room from a multitude of restaurants in the area.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 19, 2011

The hotel is placed in Uraca outside San José in a nice, quiet neighborhood east of downtown San José. Restaurants are within walking distance. It is easy accessible having your own car. We do not know if there is also a bus service to the hotel. Downtown San José can be reached in about 15 min.
The big rooms provide good comfort, such as excellent beds and bathroom facilities.
Very nice personnel

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

If you're looking for a decent stay right outside the bustling city, this hotel is a great option. The immediate area around the hotel is residential with a few warehouses. The rooms are spacious and the bathrooms have been recently remodeled. I had one issue, there was no iron in the room. A short walk down the street will take you to the Best Western hotel which has a Denny's, bar, and casino.

Room Tip: Request the European suite.
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Address: | Diagonal 25A & Ave. 31, San Jose 3794005, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#25 Business Hotel in San Jose
Price Range: $70 - $109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Plaza Real Apartments & Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located at the central business area La Uruca in a very convenient location, just 15 minutes from the Juan Santamaria International Airport and 10 minutes from San Jose City Center. We offer both apartment-type rooms and classic hotel-type rooms. The Apartment-type rooms are fully equipped with a full size fridge, a kitchen or kitchenette and all the necessary utensils to provide a pleasant and comfortable stay. Both of our types of rooms are equipped with coffee makers and have A/C. We specialize in providing services and the apartment-type rooms to those who are staying for long periods of time while they are being medically treated in the country. ... more   less 
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