My Husband and I stayed at the Hotel Colonial for 3 nights on our honeymoon. The first 2 nights and the last night. It is not far from the airport, about a $15 cab ride. Make sure you only get into cabs that are red/orange with the triangle, and even at that make sure that the triangles arn't badly painted on!! Just a hint. My Husband and I enjoyed our stay at the Colonial. We had room #10, the first one on the main floor. We enjoyed it, although not 5 star style, which you need to keep in mind that this is Costa Rica and the hotels are not the same as Mayan Riviera Hotels. You can find them, but not for $50 a night!! Our room had A/C. The room we had on our last leg of the trip wasn't as nice, no A/C, but it had a fan. Even with that, we were never too hot. They have a small pool, and it is refershing. The staff is very nice and helpful. They are located in a Safe area, we walked to downtown, the bank (Banco De Costa Rica - They have the best exchange rates!!!) and Mercado Central (shopping). There is a decent Argintinan resturant across the street. I do have to say that this wasn't the nicest hotel we stayed in during our stay, but it was satisfactory. We hardly spent any time at the hotel as we were out in the city exploring. If you are looking for a safe and secure place to spend a few nights in San Jose, this is the place. If we go back ( I am sure we will!!!) We will stay here again. As we walked around the other areas of the city where the so called "higher end hotels" were located, they were in much worse areas. Some of the previous reviews said it was not a safe area, well it was. You have to remember that what is considered Safe in Costa Rica is very different from North American standards. Overall, we would recommend this hotel. The breakfast is not bad, nothing special, but not bad.
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- Also Known As:
- Colonial Hotel San Jose
- Hotel Colonial Costa Rica/San Jose