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Hotel Presidente
Ranked #5 of 78 Hotels in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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“Nice hotel”
Reviewed 21 March 2012

Nice hotel, overall. It is in a location where you can easily walk to restaurants and shopping. A little scary after sunset, but generally nice. There is a nice Americanized restaurant across the street that sells pizza, beer, and other treats.

The room is small. Beds were good. Bathroom nice. It did the trick for one nice in San Jose.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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KCarterL, General Manager at Hotel Presidente, responded to this review, 22 March 2012
Dear Ahartwick,

Thank you for staying with us, the restaurant name is El Patio, just across the street. He hope you can visit as again, please be welcome at Hotel Presidente. Regards,

Katherine Carter
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

Hotel Presidente is located in the heart of downtown on the pedestrian mall ofSan Jose. There are many restaurants and shopping within walking distance. Most of the historic landmarks including the National Theater, museums within walking distance.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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KCarterL, General Manager at Hotel Presidente, responded to this review, 14 March 2012
Dear BezRaz,

Thanks for the review, if coming back to the city, more information of attractions located walking distance from the hotel, and also events going on in the city can be found at our webpage. Cordially,

Katherine Carter
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

We stayed at Hotel Presidente after 8 days all over Costa Rica. After the 3 previous places i was SURE that it was illegal to have a comfortable mattress in costa Rica. But that's not true because Hotel Presidente was soooooo nice. The bed was the perfect firmness coupled with the perfect softness. The sheets and blankets were crisp and clean.
We had a standard room. I didn;t need more than that. It had 2 beds, a night table and a small sitting table and a TV. Really that's more than enough. The view was crap but thats because Most of the things to look at weren't of quality. Not the hotel's fault at all.
We blew a fuse at one point because my bf was messing with the reading lamp. All power to the room went out but they had it repaired within 5-10 minutes.

Breakfast comes with the room and it included eggs, rice and beans, stewed chicken. also there were fruits, breads, cereal, juice and coffee. It was plenty.

Also, since we didn;t travel with computers it was especially nice that there are 2 free-use computers in the lobby. Perfect for checking sights and things to do or reading reviews on a restaurant.

speaking of Restaurants, we went to La Esquina de Buenos Aires. It was about 5 blocks to the left and 2 blocks over. We walked and it was fine. The crime around San Jose is presumably high but we went to a festival and walked around a lot during the day. Just be smart and alert.

They got us a cab to the airport which ran about 30 bucks US.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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KCarterL, General Manager at Hotel Presidente, responded to this review, 14 March 2012
Dear Mr. Ikirol,

It was funny reading your first lines…. You seem to be a person who sees the good side of everything! I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us and get a deserved rest on our beds. If there is any suggestion or service you feel we may add to improve our guests experience, it will very helpful to hear it, my email is manager@hotel-presidente.com. At your service,

Katherine Carter
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Reviewed 2 March 2012

Amazing location right on the main pedestrian street in downtown San Jose. As every building in San Jose this hotel also has an address. Yet, to locate this address is impossible as there are no street names posted anywhere but the map. If we did not have a GPS, there is no way we would have ever found this place or any other place in San Jose for that matter. If you do find it though, you will see a very modern, well maintained property. Check in very personable, very quick and efficient. We were given a map of the city, told where to go, etc. We had dinner reservations at the local restaurant in the suburb, the front desk set up the cab over there. The taxi belonged to the hotel, but the price was the same as with the city cabs. The driver had no change, so he asked if he could also drive us back to the hotel, gave his card, and we did use him for the ride back as well.
The room spacious, shower strong, we had a jacuzzi - very clean. Bed comfortable.
Breakfast basic - adequate, there is an omelet station in the back we did not see immediately. Breakfast is buffet style, coffee/tea is served by the waiter. Breakfast included in room price.
Parking on site - few spaces, very difficult to get in, you really needs to be good at Tetris. Our night it was secured by the huge iron gate with a magnificent barn lock and a guard that was comparable in size to Perry the Refrigerator.
Everyone exceedingly friendly, even the guard.

  • Stayed February 2012
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1 Thank 4865853
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KCarterL, General Manager at Hotel Presidente, responded to this review, 14 March 2012
Dear 4865853,

It is correct our city does not have street names posted, and it is hard to find an address, so what we recommend is that our guests download from our webpage, the map with directions of the hotel to/from the international airport. The map shows updated pictures of the main turns indicated at the map, to make it easier for foreigners driving by themselves. The map is at the “Location” tab of the webpage. Off course the GPS will be the easiest way, thanks for the tip!! And for all the nice compliments on our property, it will be a real pleasure to host you on a future stay. Best regards,

Katherine Carter
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

Hotel Presidente is located in the heart of downtown San Jose. If you are looking for a place that has many restaurants and shopping within walking distance this is the spot since you have many historic landmarks including the National Theater, museums within walking distance, and you are right on the central avenue shopping district. The pedestrian mall is several blocks long and offers a wealth of shopping.

The hotel itself has modern accomodations and very helpful staff that aim to help. After reading several posts it is accurate that your best bet is to get a room that does not face the central avenue, but since you are in the heart of San Jose you can expect some traffic noise, but it is bearable. Also it is true that at times you could hear people walking thru the hallways rolling their luggage at night. In all the pros outweigh any cons and i would return here for my next trip to San Jose. The breakfast buffet included in the price was good and you can not beat the location.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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KCarterL, General Manager at Hotel Presidente, responded to this review, 29 February 2012
Dear elcoqui13,

Thank you very much for your contribution and all your compliments to our location. We hope you can return soon, it will be my pleasure to meet you in person. At your service,

Katherine Carter
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Additional Information about Hotel Presidente

Property: Hotel Presidente
Address: Central Avenue Blvd | 7th Street, San Jose 2922-1000, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Casino Hotel in San Jose
#6 Romantic Hotel in San Jose
#8 Family Hotel in San Jose
Price range (per night): ₹ 3,791 - ₹ 9,188
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Presidente 3.5*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An iconic landmark in San Jose, Costa Rica, Hotel Presidente is a contemporary urban retreat in the heart of downtown San Jose. With its vibrant ambiance, modern decor and great service, our 4-star upscale hotel is the symbol of hospitality and the cultural soul Costa Rica's capital city. Celebrated for our eco-friendly tourism practices, Hotel Presidente is a window into Costa Rica's land, people and heritage. Experience an unforgettable vacation adventure, romantic getaway or business trip at Hotel Presidente... the place to relax, connect, inspire, dine, and explore Costa Rica! ... more   less 
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