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Hotel Presidente

Central Valley & Mountains

Rating: Modest    

Hotel Presidente overview

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 WiFi 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 WiFi, 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 a la carte dinner. Breakfast is served from 6 am to 10 am and bagged breakfasts are available for guests who need to leave before 6 am. 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 WiFi throughout the hotel, and computers available for guest use.

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client reviews

Mr. Andrew Thompson

"We were given a double bed, though we had asked for a twin. They moved us to a twin room immediately. Neither of us keen on air conditioning, but we had to use this as window wouldn’t open. Otherwise, the room was clean and acceptable. We ate dinner in the city (Sylvestre’s – excellent) and the hotel breakfast was perfectly adequate."

Mr. J R
"Close to main museums and markets Nice rooftop bar/restaurant and good reception Pleased to be there only one night as facilitated airport transfer Traffic in San Jose hellish advice to other travellers dont wear jewelry or carry expensive items."
Mr. Timothy Somervell
"Not enough time to fully enjoy it."
Ms. Lorna Pearson (14/08/2019)
"This hotel was really just a pit stop as we had so little time in San Jose. It was clean and comfortable."
Mrs. Andrea Dawson
"Good location and restaurant. Rooms large and clean but very basic. Food in the restaurant good and nice roof area to sit out (no view though). Fine for the overnight stop."

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