Fodor's Expert Review Don Carlos Hotel
C. 9, Avda. 9, San José, San José, 10101, Costa Rica
One of the city's first guesthouses (technically, it's three houses), this is the kind of place where you'll meet fellow travelers and swap stories about what you've seen. The Don Carlos has been in the same family for four generations, and the spirit of Carlos Bálser, the hotel's Liechtenstein-born founder—painter, geologist, archaeologist, and general jack-of-all-trades—lives on. Most rooms in the rambling, old, coffee-baron house have ceiling fans and big windows. Those in the colonial wing have a bit more personality, and several newer rooms on the third floor have views of the Irazú and Barva volcanoes. Orchids and pre-Columbian statues adorn the abundant public areas, and the 272-tile mural in the lobby depicts the history of San José.
- good value
- good place to meet kindred spirits
- some noise in interior rooms
- some reports of long waits in restaurant
Rate Includes: Free breakfast