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Central Valley Hotels

Doubletree by Hilton Cariari San José

  • Autopista General Cañas, ½ km/¼ mile east of intersection for San Antonio de Belén
  • Trusted Brand

Pros

  • Close to both San José and the airport
  • Kid-friendly

Cons

  • Tricky car access
  • Close to busy highway

Updated 04/09/2014

Fodor's Review

This low-rise hotel was the metro area's original luxury hotel, and it remains popular for its excellent service and out-of-town location. Just off the busy General Cañas Highway, about halfway between San José and the international airport, the Cariari is surrounded by thick vegetation that buffers it from traffic noise. Spacious, carpeted guest rooms in back overlook the pool area. The relaxed poolside bar, with cane chairs and colorful tablecloths, and nearby casino,

are popular spots. Overall, it feels slightly more low-key and less grandiose than the nearby Marriott.

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Hotel Information

Address:

Autopista General Cañas, ½ km/¼ mile east of intersection for San Antonio de Belén, San Antonio de Belén, 40702, Costa Rica

Phone:

/2239–0022; 800-222–8733-in North America; /2239–0285

Website: www.hilton.com

Hotel Details:

  • 198 rooms, 24 suites
  • No meals

Updated 04/09/2014

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By Vicky

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May 2, 2005

Welcome to the 70's

I agree with the others in that outdated is far too nice. This place is BORING. Not that I ever expect to be entertained at a hotel but I would like to at least feel awake. Without a car there's not much to do around the hotel and the grounds are very lame. It feels like a retirement resort with no people and this was over the Christmas holidays. Save some money and stay elsewhere. Even the airport pick-up service was bad...very late.

By Ellen

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Mar 16, 2005

The Regal Beagle in San Jose

To call this hotel dated is too nice. It is more like a vortex into the 70's. A combination of Fantasy Island clashing head on with Three's Company's Regal Beagle. The room was expensive considering they touted the recent remodel which left the room with a nursing room feel. I would definitely avoid this nasty place and stay at the San Jose Marriott just up the street and only $40 more, but a world of difference! Unless of course you miss the 70's

and hope to run into Jack Tripper.

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By Sandy

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Jan 22, 2004

Slow is the word for this hotel.

In Jan 2004, when we stayed here the service was very slow, the staff at check-in not very friendly and the atmosphere sleepy. No music, entertainment or even anyone swimming. The only thing moving was the construction due to remodeling. The rooms were good, but on the bottom floor there is no view at all. I suppose the thin walls have nothing between them since you can hear the phone ring in the room beside you, along with any voices. This is a place

for people who want to quietly read a book by the pool or simply stay overnight before heading somewhere else. If you do stay here, be sure to know what charges are suppose to hit your credit card before leaving.

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By Loli

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May 15, 2002

Fit for a king

A beautifully appointed, architecturally attractive and lush setting. Our second floor room was spacious & luxurious - we watched the sun go down from our balcony every evening. The help was very efficient and polite, and all were bending over backwards to make our stay a pleasant one, which indeed it was. We couldn't have asked for more.

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