Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review: Holiday Inn San Jose Downtown – Aurola, San Jose, Costa Rica

Our trip was put together by G Adventures and I specifically requested this hotel. I have been to San Jose before and this hotel had the location that suited me. It was within easy walking distance of places that I wanted to re-visit, but this time with my husband.

Check-in was a breeze. I asked about bottled water at the reception desk and was told I had to buy it from room service. As there was someone from room service right by the desk, it was easily taken care of for us. And as I expected, this hotel had U.S. prices with a small bottle of water costing about $2.

Our room consisted of two double beds and was very roomy and comfortable.

The next morning we hit the breakfast buffet which had a lot of varied items from tropical fruit and cold cereal, to gallo pinto (rice and beans), plantains, queso (cheese), jamon (ham) and custom made eggs.

Basically the hotel is your standard business class hotel. There were three computers in the business center and Internet access was good. The front desk was manned 24 hours a day and there was always a doorman and bellhop to assist.

If you are looking for a place to stay in San Jose that offers a Costa Rican experience, this isn't it. But if you are looking for a hotel that can provide you with typical American standards, this hotel works just fine.

Note one important thing: This hotel has a clearly displayed sign that says it does not take travelers' checks ... only cash or credit cards. Based upon my experience, the best option is cash, with credit cards second. There is an ATM at the airport just before leaving the international arrivals area and plenty of ATM availability around San Jose. If you MUST travel with travelers' checks, be prepared to stand on long bank lines, with your passport, to get them cashed.

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