Taormina Hotel and Casino

Taormina Hotel and Casino

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4.5
#28 of 78 hotels in San Jose
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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Taormina Hotel and Casino is strategically located in the historic neighborhood of Barrio Amon in San Jose, Costa Rica near the Financial Center of the Capital. It is close to cultural attractions, entertainment, and only 25 minutes away from the Juan Santamaria International Airport. The property features 90 magnificent rooms, distributed in a four story building. We're a very inviting hotel with a distinguished Costa Rican style and a friendly bi-lingual staff. adults only
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Casino and Gambling
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Car park
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Happy hour
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Game room
Billiards
Darts
Evening entertainment
Nightclub / DJ
Car hire
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
24-hour security
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Interconnected rooms available
Safe
Telephone
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Modern
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

Avenida 11 Calle 3 Bis, San Jose 10101 Costa Rica
Getting there
Good for walkers
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Grade: 90 out of 100
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Juan Santamaria Intl Airport
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Tortuquero Airport
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Cotobruseno wrote a review Jul 2021
Jaco, Costa Rica8 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I so enjoy coming to the Taormino and being in a luxurious room with a king bed, nice furniture , great coffee maker, endless hot showers , big views of the city ,
and generally very quiet atmosphere up on the fourth floor.
This in contrast to living out on my farm in Southern Costa Rica or staying at modest hotels in beach towns and other tourist spots where things are decent but always a little simple. The Taormino feels modern and brings me back to civilization.
The neighborhood is Barrio Amon and has a lot of colorful architecture and nice buildings from the last century . Very nearby is the zoo and several hectares of old forest right in the middle of the city . Exploring on foot is nice and felt quite safe to me in the daytime.
Ten blocks away and your in the heart of downtown with the big pedestrian streets and various tourist destinations : The Gold Museum , The Theatre , etc.
I dont do casinos but they do have a small one there with lots of games.and the food looks really good there. The bar at the casino is populated with ladies of the night if you are looking for company.
There is a professional massage service during the day that can come to your room for a very reasonable price : $40-$60 for an hour plus.
The restaraunt -cafe is nice and totally open to the street which can be noisy at times.
Its a nice hotel and strategically located for tourism.
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Date of stay: June 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: 4th floor has some views.
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Edwin D wrote a review Sept 2021
Florida12 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice hotel for single travelers to enjoy nightlife, casino, bar. Beware of the charge of an extra $10 for anyone you take into the room and be charged on the credit card. Good breakfast will cost an additional $5 from their free breakfast.
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Date of stay: September 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Robert R wrote a review Feb 2020
Houston, Texas157 contributions112 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Keep in mind I give it 5 stars for the area. It is the nicest place in this area. Nothing really come close. The place is clean and the staff was top notch. Security is great. The Valet was nice. The front desk remembered me from last year and they actually walked up to my room for a wake up call. I advise this property for single males as there is some friends to be made here. The restaurant was better this time even though it takes forever to get your food sometimes, but it was still better.
The casino is nice and actually won a few buck. Bar is nice. There are nice restaurants across the street. Good place. I would go back. The only downside is that if over the restaurant on the second floor suite is pretty loud. One hint is that if you speak English then use the SAP button on the TV to get more channels in English.
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Date of stay: February 2020
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Navigator60659610992 wrote a review Dec 2023
2 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great rooms. Music should be more to American style not Latin.
The massage center is great. Got the 4 hands one for $70.
Food overpriced tho open 24 7.
free breakfast ends at 1030am.
TV with NFL Network and lots of English channels. Book directly from hotel for $95 night rate.
Overall great time
Rec Uber for $15 rather than cans for $35.

Don't walk alone at night
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Date of stay: December 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Will wrote a review Nov 2020
Springfield, Missouri883 contributions158 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This casino and bar is nice, but with Costa Rican rules not allowing alcoholic drinks in casinos (which is crazy) makes the experience not as fun. However playing blackjack I actually won the most money here. It did use an automatic shuffler so be warned as it can make you either win big or lose big!!!! Good luck!
The bar is nice and some space, prices are higher than anywhere else I went so be prepared for extra double taxes which is crazy. But lots of females filling this bar with the Del Ray closed down!!
Enjoy!!!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Joe C wrote a review Feb 2020
Arlington, Texas3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have stayed at this hotel four times. The hotel is clean, safe, great Sports Bar awesome breakfast buffet. rooms are designed very well free parking, great menu in the restaurant. nice Casino. But most of all the people who work there are awesome from the front desk to the restaurant to the sports bar to the housekeeping staff and parking. on the rare occasions that I had a problem they went well above the line of duty to rectify the situation. Can't wait for my fifth trip
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Eugene_NYC wrote a review Mar 2021
New York City, New York216 contributions61 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at Taormina for 5 nights during my Costa Rica trip. The pros: location and friendly service. The cons: noisy (it has a casino + other stuff lol), worn out rooms, unstable internet and mediocre breakfast (stayed at Park Inn before for the same $ amount and their breakfast is really great).
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Jares J wrote a review Jan 2020
Liberec, Czech Republic5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice place to be, high quality italian style food. Nice staff. I like the sportbar where you can have fun until early hours. For casino fans - almost every day there are poker games. Rooms are clean, spatious and pretty.. Only shower could be made better.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Tee S wrote a review Mar 2023
Seattle, Washington93 contributions31 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This was not expected. Checking into the hotel at night and encountering many ladies of the night. Hourly hotel rates, sharing the elevator with hourly couples. Add to this filthy carpets in the corridors, and you have an undesirable hotel. On the upside, the rooms were reasonable and breakfast was good. May have been my misunderstandings, selecting a casino hotel. May have a special meaning in Costa Rica. Certainly not Pura Vida. Also noticed the hourly customers were on a separate floor. Go figure, other people’s ratings.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: If you have a weak stomach, don’t select this hotel.
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JennyH420 wrote a review Oct 2014
Los Angeles, California53 contributions92 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Heed warnings from other travelers: this hotel is indeed a shady outfit, full of drug-dealing prostitutes whose presence seems to be condoned by management. The "safes" are not exactly safe, you can easily pick them up and carry them out of the room. My credit card was charged twice for a single night stay. I was charged different amounts for water and coffee on several occasions. Do not stay here unless you thrive on seedy environments. I did not feel safe here. Also, the neighborhood is unsafe, the rooms smell of mildew, and the shower is very difficult to operate. The carpet is full of long black hairs. It seems they do not vacuum here. Stay away.
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Date of stay: October 2014
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Guy G, Guest Relations Manager at Taormina Hotel and Casino
Responded 14 Oct 2014
Well, I hope Tripadvisor allows this answer to be printed. It's really not right that a guest is allowed to write a review that is not true unless we are allowed to respond to it. I spoke to the General Manager and everyone that was in contact with this guest. This client was given a special discount on his room. Asked for a late check out and the reception manager said "no problem" . This guest was asking other guests sitting in the lobby where they might be able to buy certain things that are against the law and the security asked them to stop ! I was told there were many many problems with this guest and the General Manager of the hotel asked me to respond. He and the entire staff doesn't think its fair for anyone to make stuff up and the hotel can't respond. We are in the Top 15 hotels in San Jose out of 85 hotels because we provide good Service and take care of out guests. If a guest actually has a problem and tells a manager we solve the problem. The owner wants everyone to leave the hotel Happy and will do whatever it takes to make that happen.
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PRICE RANGE
₹12,531 - ₹12,531 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Hotel Mona Lisa
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of San JoseSan Jose MetroSan Jose
NUMBER OF ROOMS
87
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Frequently Asked Questions about Taormina Hotel and Casino
Which popular attractions are close to Taormina Hotel and Casino?
Nearby attractions include Galeria Namu (0.2 km), Spirogyra Butterfly Garden (0.4 km), and Havana Humidor Room (0.10 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Taormina Hotel and Casino?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Taormina Hotel and Casino?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Taormina Hotel and Casino?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Taormina Hotel and Casino?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Taormina Hotel and Casino?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Rojo, Restaurante Silvestre, and La Criollita.
Does Taormina Hotel and Casino have airport transportation?
Yes, Taormina Hotel and Casino offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Taormina Hotel and Casino located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 1.0 km away from the centre of San Jose.
Are any cleaning services offered at Taormina Hotel and Casino?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Taormina Hotel and Casino offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Taormina Hotel and Casino?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
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