This contemporary hotel is something of a local icon, and a great base for exploring the city. There’s a lovely, elegantly industrial yet boutique feel to the place, and the staff know a lot about the city and are endlessly helpful. The thoughtful decor includes antique sewing machines, mementos of the family's links with the clothing and fashion industries, while the exterior is a riot of colour and expressionist-inspired art.
Attractions such as key shopping areas, museums, craft markets, the cathedral and the city’s beautiful, bird-filled parks are all close at hand – generally within walking distance. Just step out of the door and you’re on the vibrant Central Avenue Pedestrian Boulevard, while many national parks and beaches are within driving distance.
Azotea Calle 7 restaurant-cum-cocktail bar and terrace on the 4th floor offers wonderful views of the National Theatre, Soledad Church and the city skyline as well as the mountains beyond, and is a fantastic place to enjoy a drink and a plate of tapas while you plan your next activities and watch the sunset.
Rooms are spacious and comfortable, there is free wi-fi so you can catch up on your emails, and the breakfast buffets, particularly the made-to-order omelettes, are famously good. We particularly like the fact that the hotel has a 4 leaf sustainable tourism rating.
Open: Hotel Presidente is open all year.
Location: The hotel is in the heart of downtown San Jose, on Central Avenue Pedestrian Boulevard. It is easy to spot dues to the colourful artwork that covers the hotel edifice!
Rooms: There are 91 rooms and suites, all of which have king-sized or two double beds, air conditioning, TV, telephone and hair dryer, free wi-fi, plus room safes big enough to accommodate a laptop. The bathrooms have showers with excellent water pressure. Standard rooms are 325 sq. ft., Superior rooms have 60% more space, at 555 sq. ft., and feature minibars, while suites have separate seating areas and minibars and some have hot tubs.
Facilities: Breakfast buffets are served in the Las Americas restaurant, as are buffet lunches and dinners, while the Azotea Calle 7 restaurant/cocktail bar serves à la carte dinner. Breakfast is served from 6am to 10am and bagged breakfasts are available for guests who need to leave before 6am. The hotel offers a laundry service, airport shuttle, room service, fitness room, disabled facilities, business centre and free car parking. There is a concierge service, tour desk, 24-hour currency exchange and free luggage storage.
Dining: Meals are eaten at separate tables in the two restaurants. Room service is also available.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Children aged 2 and under stay free of charge, and there is a nominal charge for children aged 3-10.
Health: There is only a low risk of malaria in Costa Rica.
Communication: There is complimentary wi-fi throughout the hotel, and computers available for guest use.
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"Friendly hotel in great central location with yummy breakfasts - particularly the fresh omelettes. Suited us perfectly as we could easily walk around the city and felt we made maximum use of our limited time in San Jose."