Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Aranjuez

C. 19, Avdas. 11–13, San José, San José, 10101, Costa Rica

Several 1940s-era houses with extensive gardens and lively common areas—visitors swap travel advice here—make up this family-run lodging. Each room is different; some have private gardens or small sitting rooms. The garden rooms are not that much more expensive than the standard ones and are worth the splurge. The complimentary breakfast buffet is an amazing spread of eggs, pastries, tropical fruit, and good Costa Rican coffee served on a marvelous palm-shaded garden patio. And this property is very eco-friendly, a rarity in the heart of the city. It uses solar panels for heating hot water, and it composts and recycles. Luxurious it is not, but this is deservedly one of San José's most popular budget lodgings; reserve well in advance during the high season. To be on the safe side, confirm your reservation 48 hours before you arrive and on the day of your arrival, giving an estimated arrival time. You'll get a small discount if you pay in cash.


  • good budget value
  • great place to meet other budget travelers
  • excellent complimentary breakfast


  • a few rooms share bath
  • far from sights
  • can be hard to find space in high season


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Phones: 2256–1825


35 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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