San Jose Hotel Suggestion!

Aug 19th, 2004, 07:56 PM
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San Jose Hotel Suggestion!

Any recommendations for a decent hotel (not too expensive) in San Jose, preferably in a nicer area. Never been and only interested in seeing suggested areas, as there is only one night there.

Thank you!
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Aug 19th, 2004, 08:20 PM
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In Barrio Amon there are several very nice and reasonable hotels. This is an area within close walking distance of the most popular sights in the city--Teatro Nacional, Museo de Oro, Jade Museum, Plaza de la Cultura, Avenida Central and the pedestrian mall, mercado central (about 4 blocks down the pedestrian mall west), and a couple of parks. For evening, it is a $2.50 taxi ride to nearby El Pueblo, a "mall" of restaurants, bars, clubs, and artisan shops.

We personally enjoy staying at the Hotel Don Carlos--breakfast is good and included, staff is excellent, rooms quite nice, about $65 green season, but we have heard good things about the Hotel Tomas Santo, Hotel Dunn, and a few others. Also nearby is the Aurola Holiday Inn (one of the few high rises in the area), and the Amon Plaza Hotel--closer to $100. This is one of the nicer areas, but it is advisable to take a taxi at night, much as you would anywhere else.

One of the most highly recommended hotels in Costa Rica is the Grano de Oro (hope I got that right), but it is located a little further away from this primary area of interest for visitors and comes with a higher price tag. Many people detest San Jose (it isn't one of the prettier large cities in Central America), but it does have some value for a day of sightseeing, museum going, and evening entertainment.
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Aug 20th, 2004, 06:48 AM
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Thank you so much for your very informative response!
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Aug 20th, 2004, 01:22 PM
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Prices at Hotel Don Carlos are going up in No. Also there is a 16.39% tax added. Our superior room for March is now $93.
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Aug 20th, 2004, 06:24 PM
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We spent one night at the Grano de Oro in July. A little more $, but we really liked it. They have a wonderful restaurant and great drinks! A short cab ride to the "sights". (It is walkable if you don't mind walking) We would stay here again.
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