Hotels: Central Valley

San Jose

Amistad Hotel
This nice and cozy mansion is situated in Barrio Amon and Otoya, just a 7 minute walk from “Plaza de la Cultura” in the heart of San Jose. This remodeled and expanded mansion contains 32 rooms in three different sizes and categories. All 32 rooms have private bathrooms with hot water, hairdryers, queen-size bed with orthopedic mattress, telephone, ceiling fan, and Cable-TV with HBO, CNN, ESPN etc. It features a complete new wing with only deluxe rooms with A/C and fridges plus two studio apartments with full kitchen, A/C, jacuzzi. Some rooms have desks and the 3 suites have a refrigerator. Hotel La Amistad has 7 rooms with 2 queen-size beds. Other features include card key door locks, electronic-coded in-room safety boxes, and Internet cafe. Phone: +506 2258 0021, Fax +506 2258 4900.

Amon Plaza Hotel
The Amon Plaza Hotel is located in the heart of a historical quarter with surroundings of sophisticated restaurants, cafes, art galleries and antique shops. With 90 rooms, this modern hotel offers a formal dining room with an exquisite menu of original European recipes. A snack bar is open 24 hours with fresh salads, sandwiches and beverages. The hotel features a complete business centre with great hospitality and four meeting rooms fully equipped for all kinds of events. Jacuzzis are available in three suites. A total of sixty standard rooms, six suites and 24 junior suites comprise Amon Plaza Hotel. Phone: +506 2523-4600, Fax: +506 2523-4614.

Apartotel Cristina
For your business or pleasure travel, the Cristina Hotel Residence offers you the comfort and independence of a flatlet with all the services of a hotel, in a pleasant atmosphere. With 42 apartments under the supervision of its European managers, the staff offers you personalized service, as well as a permanent information to help their guests get accustomed to their new surrounding. The Cristina Hotel Residence is conveniently located at five minutes drive from downtown and 20 minutes from the Juan Santamaria International Airport. Walking a short distance, you will find a shopping center, many restaurants and night clubs. A conference room is fully equipped with TV-monitor, VHS, overhead projector and kitchenette. Take advantages of the discounts available for longstanding stays. Tel: +506 2220-0453 Fax: +506 2220-2096

Apartotel La Perla
Apart-hotel La Perla is located at a convenient 10 minutes drive from the International Airport and only 5 from the San Jose downtown area. Here you can enjoy the friendly and personalized service you deserve at reasonable prices. Nearby shopping centers for your convenience where you can find art and craft shops, bookstores, restaurants, casinos and well stoked supermarkets. With the help of our understanding staff, we can arrange tours, rent cars or depending on your interests, we can organize unforgettable experiences during your stay in Costa Rica. Our apartments are well decorated and comfortably furnished. You can select from one or two bedroom apartments with: Living Room, Completely Equipped Kitchen, Full size bedrooms. Safe for valuables in every apartment in which you will have the only key to it. Private Telephone Lines, 21” Color T.V., with remote control and Cable Vision 20 channels in English and more. Tel: +506 2232-6153

Apartotel Los Yoses
The apartotel is located in the heart of one of San José’s most upscale neighborhoods, known as “Los Yoses”. Only ten minutes away are the University of Costa Rica, the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center and downtown shopping. Also within walking distance, the guests can find a wide variety of restaurants and one of the largest malls in Central America. The apartotel offers 23 fully air conditioned suites with kitchenette, living room, one or more bedrooms and bathroom. Supplied in the kitchenette is everything you need to prepare your meals: stove, refrigerator, pots and pans, dishes and even linens. Regular housekeeping is also provided. Tel: +506 2225-0033 or 225-0044 Fax: +506 2225-5595

Apartotel Roma Suites
In Heredia, called “City of Flowers”, Costa Rica, near the National University, you will find Roma budget Suite Hotel, a place to feel at home…surrounded by a peaceful, safe atmosphere of a residential zone, just 7 minutes away from the International Airport, 15 minutes from downtown San Jose and just 2 minutes from the great malls, commercial centers and institutes. Laundry service (economic rate). Room service (with no additional cost). Safety box (for free). Currency exchange. Transfer to the airport. Restaurant with typical Costa Rican Food. You have internet access at each suite-apartment. Lending of books in English and executive desk lamps (free). You will also have English books available for your reading enjoyment, tourist information services, organization and reservation of tours throughout Costa Rica, security at nights and fax service, among others. Information, organization and reservation of touristic sites (free). Office service, messages, fax (no charge to receive), mail (free), e-mail, plus much more. Apart-Hotel Roma also has special rates and convenient long-term stay packages for executives, school principals, teachers, professors and students. Tel: +506 2260-0127

Aurola Holiday Inn
The Aurola Holiday Inn overlooks the historic Morazán Park, and is located in the main business and shopping district of downtown San José. It is also within walking distance of museums, restaurants and nightlife. With 200 rooms, the central location, panoramic views and full amenities, the hotel provides a comfortable atmosphere for a vacation, business trip, conference, wedding or other event. Five air conditioned meeting rooms have a maximum capacity of 300 persons complete with banquet service and audiovisual equipment. On the 17th floor you will find a casino, and “El Mirador” Restaurant, featuring fine international gourmet cuisine surrounded by a spectacular view of Costa Rica’s capital city. Phone: +506 2523-1000.

Ave del Paraiso
Do you want to be close to downtown, entertainment, shopping, plan to visit the University of Costa Rica and still want to be in an incredibly quiet place? This is your best choice! Hotel Ave de Paraiso is owner-operated. Kattia and Marek will be very glad to assist you in organizing your stay in Costa Rica. We speak Spanish, English and Polish. We are located within the wonderful University of Costa Rica campus which gives us a very special character. This hotel, operated as a Bed & Breakfast offers you tranquility and warm hospitality. It’s hard to believe we have 21 rooms, because it feels “just like home”. Come and enjoy all the little corners we have to sit around and read or relax looking at our tropical plants in the garden. The big balcony upstairs is a great place to settle down. Ours rooms are cozy and bright with comfortable beds. We arrange meals for groups, have free parking, car rental and tour arrangements, laundry service, free luggage storage, money exchange, post office, fax and e-mail service. Tel: +506 2225-8515

Best Western San Jose
The Best Western San José-Downtown is located to serve your needs whether it be for cultural, leisure or business activities. Enjoy the views of the mountains which surround San José, and the glamour of the old and rusty roofs of the city. A few blocks from the 69 room hotel, a historic fort has been restored and converted into a beautiful museum and landscaped park. Local calling is free from the hotel, and children under 12 years of age stay at no cost (up to 2 children). Close to the “El Pueblo” tourist center, National Theater, the Children’s Museum, and the Central Business District. American breakfast included with room rates. Tel: +506 2255-4766 Fax: +506 2255-4613

The Corobicí is located next to San José’s largest metropolitan park, tennis courts, running trails and art museum, and only 2 blocks from fashionable Paseo Colón, famed for its exclusive shops, malls, theaters and many fine restaurants. Swim or just relax in the pool or take advantage of the Corobicí’s modern fitness center with aerobic classes, state-of-the-art exercise equipment, massage service, jacuzzi and steam bath. An executive floor is available for business travelers along with fax, secretary and computer services. There are gourmet Italian and Japanese restaurants and an informal coffee shop for your dining pleasure. Convention rooms, with complete audio equipment, can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. Tel: +506 2232-8122 Fax: 506 2231-5834

Hotel Costa Rica Morazan
As soon as you enter our newly refurnished lobby our friendly staff strives to make our guests as comfortable, relaxed, and pampered as possible. On the second floor we are proud to be adding Virtual-reality on-line Casino, Sport Wagering and our Live Televised Horse Racing Parlor. Along with a beautifully appointed gambling area, to meet the needs of Our Special Clients. The second floor will be providing the spa, exercising, and massage area, providing a relaxing area to share with that special friend or family member. As well, there will be five beautifully appointed Jr. Suites, providing comfort and relaxation for our guests. On the third and fourth floor are 30 above-average rooms. Our hotel is completing renovations on the fifth floor. We will be offering our Presidential Suite, High Roller Suite, and 4 Special Fantasy Suites, luxuriously furnished, carpeted, and beautifully decorated, providing the ultimate in comfort, privacy, and pleasure for our guests.

Dunn Inn
The Hotel Dunn Inn is located in the historic neighborhood of Barrio Amón, just 5 minutes from museums, restaurants, and the many sights of San José. Cathedral ceilings, white walls and columns lend a spacious and natural illumination to the u-shaped hotel’s center. Much of the original Spanish architecture in the 24 room Dunn inn has been preserved and combined with the modern elements to provide historic charm and luxury. In the center of the Dunn Inn is a beautiful naturally lit garden restaurant that feature full and varied breakfast and lunch menus. Walk to nearby sights such as the National Museum, Gold Museum, and the Museum of Costa Rican Art. For tours, auto rental, or any other information, the bilingual staff is ready to arrange your vacation or business trip requirements. Restaurant Service.Tel: +506 2222-3232 or 222-3426 Fax: +506 2221-4596

Herradura Hotel
This deluxe hotel is located between the International Airport and downtown San José and has a total of 234 rooms. The most advanced technological Conference Center with a capacity of 2000 people in the main “La Paz” ballroom, is part of this unique hotel. To meet the most demanding taste, three Restaurants are offered featuring Sakura for Japanese food, Sancho Panza for Spanish cuisine and Tifany’s for International food. For cocktails, Bambolleo Lobby Bar and Splash Swim-up Bar will satisfy your needs. Golf and tennis facilities for all guests are available as well as free Shuttle Bus to downtown. For luck seekers come to the casino with the largest variety of games in town. Also, 24 hour room service is available. Tel: +506 2239-0033 Fax: +506 2293-2713

Hotel del Rey
The Hotel & Casino Del Rey is located in the heart of San Jose, Costa Rica within walking distance of the city’s museums, theatres, shops and night life. Located in a completely renovated neo-classic building, the Del Rey offers 104 rooms with all the amenities of a modern hotel including the 24 hour Casino Del Rey and San Jose’s #1 meeting spot, The Blue Marlin Bar, also open 24 hours. Hotel Del Rey’s travel desk, Costa Rica Travel Advisors, specializes in group and personalized tours. They can arrange for car rentals, daily and packaged tours, hotel reservations, airport transfers and domestic and international flights. The travel desk is open for your convenience from 7am to 9pm every day of the year. Del Rey Café is open 24 hours a day featuring seafood and international cuisine. Bar snacks and room service also available 24 hours a day. The world famous “Blue Marlin Bar” is also open 24 hours and is San José’s liveliest night spot. It is also headquarters for sportsmen is Costa Rica. All major sporting events are carried on big screen TV’s. Don’t miss San José’s #1 meeting place!

Hotel Europa Centro
Conveniently located in the heart of cosmopolitan San José, within walking distance of theaters, museums, shops, banks, and the business district. The Hotel Europa has seventy-two rooms and deluxe suites. Rooms are also available for three, four or five persons. Enjoy the famous international cuisine in the Restaurant Europa, or order your favorite beverages in the Cosmopolitan Bar. Corporate rates are available as meeting and banquet rooms have a capacity of 200 people. Relax in the swimming pool, or let the hotel provide all your travel arrangements in and around the country. Visit the well-known Art Collection. Tel: +506 2222-1222 Fax: +506 2221-3976

Gran Hotel Costa Rica
Next to the famous National Theater, the Gran Hotel Costa Rica offers 115 rooms, fine international dining, a twenty-four hour casino, twenty-four hour coffee shop, and a sidewalk cafe filled with the sounds of marimba music and open artisans market. Elegant banquet and meeting rooms overlook the city, and can accommodate up to 800 persons. The Junior Suites are ideal for the businessman. A full service tour desk is located in the lobby. The Gran Hotel Costa Rica is in the center of San José close to all the banks, business centers, post office, restaurants, and all the historic sights of the city. Tel: +506 2221-4000 Fax: +506 2221-3501

Hotel Grano de Oro
Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colon, San Jose’s main throughfare, Hotel Grano de Oro is a true oasis in the heart of the bustling city. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the hotel features 32 rooms in three different categories and 3 signature suites – with no two rooms or suites alike. The hotel’s charming atrium terrrace and corridors have sparkling fountains and lush tropical planting, and a roughtop deck offers soothing Jacuzzis and a spot for secluded sunbathing. The restaurant at the Grano de Oro is considered to be one of San Jose’s finest, serving continental cuisine in a warm and intimate atmosphere. Service is paramount and the perpetually smiling staff of the Grano de Oro welcome guests home time and again.

Hemingway Inn
“An authentic Spanish mansion, secluded and quiet, yet in the very heart of the historic quarter of San José, Costa Rica”. Friendly, clean and secure, the Hemingway is central to museums, galleries, the zoo, shopping and the infamous night-life circuit. It is the best location in San José, don’t be fooled by others. You’ll love the unusual plants, native art, rosewood decor, and the steaming Jacuzzi in the jungle garden. Included in your stay is an exotic tropical breakfast. All rooms have clean, new private baths and cable TV. Offering free luggage storage, the Hemingway is a great central home-base to discover Costa Rica. Parking and laundry services are also available.

Aranjuez Hotel
Quietly located in one of the oldest districts of San José, Hotel Aranjuez is away from the noise and smoke but still only a few minutes from downtown. The 35 room hotel offers the comfort and character of a genuine Costa Rican home. The Hotel Aranjuez is also an ecological hotel. The garbage is recycled, and the organics are composted for the gardens. Solar panels are used to heat water. Biodegradable products are used for cleaning and for washing clothes. Non-smoking areas are available. The Hotel Aranjuez is personally managed by its Costa Rican owners and provides warmth, privacy, convenience and tranquility. Local calls, e-mail service, and buffet breakfast are included with the room rates. Phone: +506 2256-1825, Fax +506 2223-3528.

Balmoral Hotel
The 116 room hotel is located in the heart of the capital, and is nearby shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Guestrooms are attractive, with four suites also available. Cable TV channels include HBO, CNN, ESPN, etc. Private covered parking area is free. Extra services are; Internet, fax, copies and courier service, a doctor on call and babysitting service. Five meeting rooms have capacity for a conference of 170 persons. Air conditioning, telephone, private bath, hot water, security boxes, laundry, restaurant, room service, bar casino, travel agency, car rental. All major credit cards accepted. Phone: +506 2222-5022, Fax: +506 2221-7826.

Britannia Hotel
Built in 1910, in the neighborhood of Barrio Amón, the Britannia Hotel is listed as a historic landmark for its beauty and architectural value. The hotel has 24 rooms and is divided into two parts, one is the main house which houses five deluxe rooms, five junior suites, as well as the restaurant which occupies what was once the old wine cellar of the house, appropriately named “The Cellar”. The new part of the hotel consists of a four story addition containing 14 standard rooms. The deluxe and junior rooms have a desk, a hair dryer in the bathroom, and either one king size bed or two queen size beds. Phone: +506 2223-6667, Fax: +506 2223-6411.

Hotel Cacts
The location of the hotel allows you to be very close to the downtown area (15 min walk). Many fine restaurants within walking distance serving local and international cuisine in all price ranges. The 30 room Hotel Cacts provides a complementary breakfast-buffet featuring native tropical fruits, fresh breads, juices, tea, and Costa Rican coffee, the finest in the world. An open breakfast area with access to a beautiful terrace and sun deck is located on the third floor. Enjoy a splendid view of the magnificent mountains that surround the San José valley. The warmth, courtesy and efficiency of the staff makes the Hotel Cacts your home away from home. Also two apartments for rent. Tel: +506 2221-6546 or 221-2928 Fax: +506 2221-8616 or 2222-9708

Hotel El Sesteo
The Hotel El Sesteo is conveniently located just 15 minutes from the International Airport and 5 minutes from downtown San José in a quiet residential neighborhood. Thirty-six rooms (20 with kitchens, 16 without). With the 177 acre Sabana Park just a few blocks away, along with a variety of shops, restaurants and businesses, this makes us an ideal base camp during your stay in Costa Rica. Whether it’s a swim in the pool, a soak in the jacuzzi, or simply relaxing with a good book, our tropical garden is an inviting place to unwind after a long day of sight-seeing or business. Continental breakfast included with room rates.
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Hotel Don Carlos
The Hotel Don Carlos expresses the warmth and charm of San Jose. Experience a glimpse into Costa Rica’s rich heritage in our 33 room deluxe hotel located near downtown San Jose in “the” oldest historical residential area. All of our facilities have been entirely renovated during 1996. Our great grandfather taught us never to compromise quality. Now in our fourth generation, our family continues to live by his words. We invite you to enjoy the quality that only a family business can provide, because Don Carlos is more then a corporate name, it is a family name. We are owned and operated by the Don Carlos Family.

Hotel Doña Inés
Discover Costa Rica beginning your adventure in the Hotel Doña Inés in the heart of San José, an old Colonial Style Villa completely restored retaining its original architectural structure. Inside are beautiful tropical gardens with 20 quiet rooms, all with radio and color televisions. The hotel is within walking distance to museums, theaters, zoo, shops, restaurants, casinos, discos and language schools. Some of the extra services the hotel provides are free luggage storage, foreign money and travelers checks exchange, fax, copy and post office service. The Hotel Doña Inés can help you to choose any destination you wish to visit in Costa Rica. Tel: +506 2222-7443 or 2222-7553 Fax: +506 2223-5426

Hotel Fleur de Lys
The guests of the hotel are comfortably hosted in an elegant Victorian Mansion, faithfully restored to its turn of the century glory. Each of the 31 rooms have been individually decorated and furnished with exquisite taste. Rather than impersonal numbers, each room has been named after a species of flower found in Costa Rica. Warm, rich woods and soft colors provide an atmosphere for complete relaxation, and large comfortable beds guarantee a good nights sleep. The intimate, elegant restaurant is well known for its International Cuisine. Every Tuesday and Friday night, guests can enjoy the happy hour in the cosmopolitan bar, from 5 pm to 7 pm. Breakfast included in room rates. Tel: +506 2223-1206 or 257-2621 Fax: +506 2257-3637

Hotel Kalexma
In a nice residential area, in the community of La Uruca, where you can walk around safely. 10 minutes from the Juan Santamaría International Airport. 10 minutes from downtown San José, the capital city. 1 block from the main highway that takes you to the main beaches. 10 minutes from the main bus stop La Coca Cola, where all bus stops to the beach are located. Services close to our B & B: a shopping center San José 2000, a bank, a supermarket, a Post Office, souvenir shops, four restaurants offering Chinese and Mexican, national cuisine and Sea Food, a Casino opened 24 hours a day, 1 block away to a Cyber Café, close to the main Rent-a-Car agencies,2 blocks from one of the main Hospitals: Hospital México. Facilities: 2 TV lounges, laundry service, luggage storage while you travel, tour information and reservations, own Spanish Language Institute to take some extra Spanish lessons. Phone: +506 2232-0115

Hotel Kekoldi
Hotel Kekoldi is proud to announce the opening of it’s new facilities in the historic Barrio Amón, just 75 meters (85 yards) away from it’s former location. You find us in Avenida 9 as before, now between Calles 3 and 5 in a beautiful Art Deco building, keeping you away from the noise and hectic of the streets of downtown San Jose. We are located only walking distance to all points of tourist interest like, bars, restaurants, clubs, movie theaters, bus stations, museums, etc. Your home in San Jose offers now superior quality with 10 elegant, well appointed guest rooms, all with large private bathrooms with hot water shower, comfortable Queen size beds, telephones, cable TV and safety boxes. Our private garden invites you to watch birds, take your breakfast or take the first suntan in your vacation. Our rates include a breakfast buffet which will be served in the garden. We speak English, panish, German and Italian. Laundry service, Coffee shop and luggage store are available for your clients.It’s a pleasure for us to welcome you and we are delighted to be your friend in Costa Rica. We are the place where people meet! Tel: +506 2248-0804 Fax: +506 2248-0767

Hotel Palma Real
Palma Real, The Boutique Hotel, is located 15 minutes from the International Airport and just 5 minutes away from the business district, entertainment spots and shopping centers. We offer a unique and personalized service of a recent 4 star hotel. Any of our many qualified services will make our hotel your best option in San José when visiting Costa Rica. Each one of our 65 delux rooms are totally equipped with telephone, bath tub, airconditioning, minibar and cable tv. We will be waiting for you!”

Hotel Presidente
Located on the downtown boulevard at Central Avenue, we give you the five elements that make for a complete stay… Business District, Shopping, Culture, The central point for traveling though the country, Good times.
Our rooms feature AC, Cable TV, Mail Box and Digital Phones, Safety Boxes. Additional service include the famous News Cafe, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam Room, Casino, Business Center, Laundry Service, Tour Desk, Souvenir Store, Private parking. Rates Include American Breakfast Buffet.

Hotel Santo Tomás
Awarded Frommer’s Best Value Star and Lonely Planet’s Excellent Recommendation and receives best value ratings in many other guidebooks. The Hotel Santo Tomás is a carefully restored turn of the century coffee plantation home built from 1908 to 1910. It has twenty rooms, embellished with King Louis XV furniture, Queen size beds, individual tiled baths, cable color television and telephone. We are located in Barrio Amón, which is one of the most classical neighborhoods in San José, and considered part of the National Heritage because of its architectural, historical and cultural values. It is just four blocks from the Plaza de la Cultura and Central Avenue, location of the National Theater and the precolombian indigenous Gold Museum. Three blocks east you will find the famous Jade Museum in the National Insurance Institute building. The Santo Tomás hotel is conveniently located in downtown San Jose. Tel: +506 2225-0448

Hotel Vesivio
The Hotel Vesuvio is located within walking distance from the most important points of interest of the city, such as the National Theater, the Cultural Plaza, the National Library, museums, shops, restaurants, banks, nightclubs, and beautiful exotic parks. The 20 room hotel is in Barrio Otoya, one of the oldest districts in the area and is away from the noise and traffic of downtown, yet close enough to be able to walk the the central business district within a few minutes. The management makes it a priority to give their guests the fullest attention to every detail. Personalized service is the key to this owner-managed hotel. Breakfast included with room rates. Tel: +506 2221-7586 Fax: +506 2221-8325

Le Bergerac Hotel
All the refinement of an elegant French inn in the sunlit heart of Costa Rica. Hotel Le Bergerac is located in the quiet, secure embassy district of Los Yoses, a 10 minute walk to downtown. The immediate neighborhood offers ample shopping, recreational and service business, in proximity to San Jose’s San Pedro. Graceful serenity pervades the lobby area and restaurant, overlooking the sun terrace and fountain, where classical music blends with the songs of resident birds. “Le charme discret” of gourmet candelight dining awaits you. European refinement characterizes the spacious rooms with their thoughtful amenities, period furnishings and fully-tiled bathroom. A private garden terrace completes the deluxe rooms. The honeymoon suite opens to a balcony with mountain view. Hotel Le Bergerac is owner-operated by hotel professionals, ensuring personalized “savoir-faire”, cultural activities information, and the convenience of Alexis Travel to assist you in organizing your stay in Costa Rica. English, Spanish, French, Italian and German spoken. Phone: +506 2234-7850.

Hotel Milvia
The nine room Hotel Milvia is the restored home of Ing. Ricardo Fernández Peralta. Dating from 1930 it still conserves its original ambiance and architectural design. Restoration was undertaken with the aim of creating a unique atmosphere. It’s mix of antique furnishings combined with modern amenities and a truly personal service to provide a relaxing oasis, a home-away-from-home, minutes from the city yet calm and tranquil. The hotel is set in the suburb of San Pedro, home to the nation’s largest university. You’ll find shops, nightlife, and plenty of cafes and international restaurants, many of them bargain priced. The hotel is only ten minutes from downtown San José, and half an hour from the international airport. Breakfast included. Tel: +506 2225-4543 / 2283-9548 Fax: +506 2225-7801

Hotel Parque del Lago
The best of Costa Rica tradition with the conveniences of today. In an unmistakable and tempting air of tradition, friendliness and efficiency, Parque del Lago Hotel & Executive Center offers a relaxed atmosphere offering state-of-the-art features and conveniences, plus that spirit of spontaneous cordiality and sincere joy in serving clients, in an elegant setting that evokes early century San José. Whether you are planning a pleasure or business trip there is no better place to go. Only 15 minutes from the International Airport and 5 minutes from downtown San José, and just across the street the beautiful park and lake of La Sabana. The best restaurants, night attractions, office centers, shopping areas and main roads to sightseeing, Parque del Lago & Executive Center offers a strategic location. Tel: +506 2257-8787 Fax: 2233-1617

Pension de la Cuesta
This nine room bed and breakfast is located within blocks of downtown San José. It is a peaceful place in colonial style, very close to the city’s museums, theaters, botanical zoo, discos, shops, restaurants and language schools. In the living room among many plants you have the opportunity to share stories of self & travel with people from all over the world, enjoy 45 channels of cable TV, or quietly read a book from the small library. Also free use of the kitchen. One of the only lodgings where internet service is free. The management can help you get anywhere you want to go in Costa Rica; mountains, beaches, parks, scuba diving, rafting, horseback riding, bungee jumping, etc. Tel: +506 2256-7946 Fax: +506 2255-2896

Raya Vida Villa
The Raya Vida Villa is elegant, quiet and secure with five rooms. A 10 minute walk to the center of San José, the zoo and museums. A running track and soccer field are nearby. Many restaurants are within walking distance as well as a taxi stand. There are three movie theaters close by and VCR movie rental available for the guests’ enjoyment. Michael Long, owner and operator of Raya Vida Villa also manages the All Costa Rica B&B reservation service which is a free service to help guests plan their itinerary based on budget and interest. Tel: +506 2223-4168 Fax: +506 2233-2387

Scotland Apartments
Located just nine blocks from the main plaza and one block from Central Avenue but are in a residential neighborhood on non-through streets. Within a couple of blocks are restaurants, supermarket, pharmacy, theater, and other shops. There are two excellent Spanish language schools nearby. Some of the apartments have extra sofa-beds. The only extra charges are for any cleaning or laundry and for outgoing phone calls. There is also a $100-200 security deposit. Use of new Maytag washers and dryers and of safety deposit boxes are available. Tel. +506+ 2223-0833 Fax: +506 2228-2211

Villa Tournon
The Villa Tournon, a four star hotel with 80 rooms, rests on the north side of San José, in the exclusive Barrio Tournon area, seven minutes walking distance from downtown. An international cuisine is served in the pleasant atmosphere of the dining room, a favorite among the locals and tourists. A forty person conference room is available and furnished with all the equipment needed for a successful event. The hotel is one block from “El Pueblo”, the most known night tourist center in the city, with its variety of restaurants, bars, discos, and shops. Relax in a solar heated pool and Jacuzzi, or let the hotel’s travel agency Eclipse Tours arrange any tour to any destination in the country. Tel: +506 2233-6622 Fax: +506 2222-5211
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San Jose – Escazu

Apartotel Maria Alexandra
Leave stress behind you and enjoy a quiet and relaxing atmosphere at the Apartotel Maria Alexandra. With 14 apartments and nestled within the residential area of Escazú and just a few minutes from downtown San José, you can enjoy the charming village of San Rafael de Escazú. The beautiful surrounding area includes shopping centers, restaurants, grocery stores and other services. The apartotel features swimming pool and sauna. The lounge and restaurant offer European cuisine and a warm relaxing atmosphere. All apartments include stove, refrigerator, microwave, blender, coffee maker, juice extractor, toaster, cooking utensils, cutlery and dishes, washing machine, private line telephone. Phone: +506 2228-1507, Fax +506 2289-5192.

Casa de las Tías
Casa de las Tías is a sprawling victorian-style house set on a 2,300 m. lush garden estate, in the charming town of San Rafael de Escazú, just 10 minutes from San José The airy cedar house is unique, each room decorated with original art from various Latin American countries, and featuring private bath and ceiling fan. Within a block, visitors can enjoy a wide choice of fine restaurants and shops, as well as easy access to transportation. Casa de las Tías is a great start for fabulous beach vacations and an ideal base for trips to Central Valley mountains, volcanoes, quaint towns and jungle adventures. Guests’ letters abound with praise for the tranquil hospitality, hearty tropical breakfasts and considerate help with tours, car rentals, reservations and travel tips. Airport transfers can be arranged for easy arrival and departure. Facilities: 4 rooms, 1 junior suite, ceiling fans, television, hot water, security box, telephone, private bath, laundry service, parking area, tours, car rental, full gourmet breakfast included, English, French and Hebrew spoken. Tel: +506 2289-5517 Fax: +506 2289-7353

Costa Verde Inn
For your stay in the capital, the Costa Verde Inn offers the warmth and comfort of a relaxing country inn. Located in the hills of Escazu, the Inn is only 15 minutes from San Jose and the international airport. Frommer’s 1997 Costa Rica Guide has this to say about the Inn: If you’re a tennis player or someone who values peace and quiet, the Costa Verde Inn is an excellent choice. This sprawling, modern home incorporates flagstone and stone walls throughout and has a vaguely colonial feel. A large and lush garden, complete with lighted tennis court, surrounds the inn. My favorite rooms are the two by the tennis court, one of which has a sunken, stone-floored shower. Other rooms have hardwood floors, and in all the rooms you’ll find king-size beds. The suites are quite a bit larger and have complete kitchens. Common areas include a large living room with fireplace and a wide tiled patio that overlooks the garden. You can find out here about various excursions around the country, and the inn offers airport pickups. The inn is located 100 meters west and 300 meters south from the cemetary in Escazu. Tel: +506 2228-4080 Fax: +506 2289-8591
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Posada El Quijote
The Posada El Quijote is located in the mountainside town of Escazú, ten minutes from San José. This eight room Country Inn with two apartments is a Spanish colonial country manor filled with an outstanding collection of modern art set against a backdrop of spectacular views of the central valley and the city of San José. The quiet, comfortable accommodations feature tastefully decorated rooms each with king, queen or twin beds, private bathrooms, cable television and telephones. Beautiful gardens filled with flowers and trees and comfortable lounging terraces. A full North-American style breakfast is included in the room rates and a complete bar is available including tropical fruit drinks. Excellent restaurants are located nearby in the Escazú area. Airport pick-up is also available. Discounts for weekly and longer stays. Sorry, no children under age 12. Surcharge of 7% to credit cards. Tel: +506 2289-8401 Fax: +506 2289-8729

San Jose – Santa Ana

Alta Hotel
All guestrooms have a breathtaking view of the Valley of the Sun, mountains and the city stretching out in the distance. Each of Alta’s sixteen deluxe rooms, 4 suites and the penthouse have been individually planned by New York designer, Keler Henderson. Custom-crafted furniture has been selected to provide a deluxe and comfortable atmosphere. The penthouse, located on the top floor, features three guest rooms, an exquisitely appointed living area, dining and reception room, private kitchen and fountain patio. Nighttime awakens the cascades of silvery stars floating over the city below. Hotel Alta is located in the mountains of the exclusive Alto de Las Palomas and only 15 minutes from the International Airport. All rooms have central air conditioning, telephone, color television with cable, mini bars and balconies. Its luxurious bathrooms offer a host of thoughtful amenities, exquisitely tiled vanities, bath robes and hair dryers. Guests may also enjoy a full range of luxury hotel conveniences such as room service, gift shop, laundry and special travel arrangements from the concierge desk. Hotel Alta is situated approximately five miles west of the capital city of San Jose.

Posada Canal Grande
The Hotel Posada Canal Grande is located in Piedades de Santa Ana with a quick and easy access from any point of the city of San José or the Juan Santamaria International Airport. Posada Canal Grande offers twelve rooms comfortably furnished and decorated to satisfy even the most distinguished taste. Sauna, pool, spa. A refrigerator and cable TV are included in rooms. You can enjoy a very personalized service in an intimate and comfortable environment, green gardens with breathtaking views of the Central Valley, Gulf of Nicoya, and the Poas Volcano. The restaurant offers international cuisine with delicious plates. Tel: +506 2282-4101 Fax: +506 2282-5733


II Millenium
II Milenium is a new Bed and Breakfast located approximately half a mile from the International Airport and Close to San José and to other main cities, as well as the Buses stop, also near all rent-a-cars. Airport pick-up. English speaking owner, well-run friendly atmosphere. Private bath with hot water, Cable TV, Restaurant Services also available and Parking. Monthly rates upon request. One kilometer east of the International Airport. Aesthetic Center available. Tel / Fax: +506 2441-2365

Aeropuerto Hotel
Located only 3 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport. It offers free transportation to and from airport; free full breakfast buffet; air conditioning; television; hot water; phone; 2 queen size beds; safety box; tour arrangements; typical and international food; free taxi expenses to hotel. Take any cab at airport and the hotel will pay for it. Phones: +506 2433-7333, +506 2433-7724, +506 2433-7352. Fax: +506 2433-7933.

Buena Vista Hotel
Hotel Buena Vista is a Spanish Colonial style resort with two stories. The hotel was completed in 1995. There are 11 rooms, 3 junior suites, and 1 junior suite with private sundeck on the 2nd floor, and 10 rooms downstairs. The rooms have two queen size beds, color TV, private bath, individual hot water heater, and are carpeted. The hotel is the only one in the area to enjoy a 360 degree panoramic view of the Poas, Barva and Irazu volcanoes as well as the central valley and the city of San Jose. The hotel is at an altitude of 4185 feet and it enjoys an ideal climate. The daily range of temperature is 80 – 62 degrees. There is a fine dining restaurant that serves international cuisine at reasonable prices, bar, swimming pool, laundry, and gift shop. The hotel was built and is operated by its owners. Phone: +506 2442-8595, Fax +506 2442-8701.

El Cafetal Inn
Delightful El Cafetal Inn of 10 rooms, is just 20 minutes from the airport. The spectacular two-story house with rounded glass corner alcoves overlooks the Colorado River Valley and fields of coffee and sugarcane, with views of Alajuela, part of Heredia, and Poas, Barva and Irazu Volcanoes. Lee and Romy Rodrigues greet you at the door and treat you as an honored guest throughout your stay. It is a classy place, shining marble floors, a soothing waterfall in the two story atrium that is a lovely lounge area, light and airy rooms, deep cushions on wicker furniture, lots of floor to ceiling windows. Nothing ordinary about the meals here – Romy dons the chef’s hat and cooks with a flair. Down a garden path through coffee plantation is a large pool and a rancho with hammocks. We produce our own coffee “La Negrita” brand. We also offer over 22 different tours. Tel: +506 2446-5785, 2446-7361 Fax: +506 2446-5140, 2446-7028

Hotel El Rodeo
A suburban hotel located 10 minutes south of the San Jose International Airport and just 15 minutes west of downtown San José, classified as a “Four Stars Inn” by the Costarrican Institute of Tourism as well as by the Menlo Consulting Group from California, U.S.A. Executive atmosphere. The famous ”El Rodeo Steak House” the best in town for over 18 years. Where people gather to enjoy the most delightfully marbled grilled steaks. Two excellent Bar & Restaurants to choose from, Convention center and meeting rooms, 22 deluxe rooms with Queen & King size beds and spacious baths with tub and hot water, Color CABLE TV & telephone, In room safety deposit boxes, Room service, Free luggage storage, Free private parking, Professional tennis court, Steam room & Jacuzzi, Adults & children swimming pools, Airport shuttle service, English, Spanish & Italian spoken, Fax & photocopying service, Postal service, Tour Desk arrangements, Gift shop, Baby sitting, Children’s playground, Tel: +506 2293-3909 Fax +506 2239-3464

Resort Martino Hotel & Spa
Only 15 minutes away from San José’s International Airport you will find the new Resort Martino Hotel & Med-Spa. Nestled in one of the most beautiful areas of San Jose, our hotel is located in an area which is reputed one of the best climates in the world with a constant temperature of 19-23 degrees Celsius. Free access to the splendid bird park just across the road. The hotel is family-owned and operated in the best of European tradition combined with the magical touch of the tropics. Costa Rica’s newest all-suite hotel offers 34 luxuriously furnished, air-conditioned suites complete with mini-bars, telephone, satellite television, room service, gourmet dining prepared by one of Italy’s most famous executive Chef’s, three bars, one of the largest private gyms and Spas in Central America offering state of the art, sauna, steam room, natural jogging trail, large swimming pool, spa with beauty center and medical staff. First-class conference center, casino, laundry service, airport transfers, shuttle service, tour desk and money exchange. La Garita, Alajuela, Costa Rica. Tel +506 2433-9052 Fax +506 2433-9052

La Rosa de America
Hotel La Rosa de America is a gorgeous property located at an elevation of 3000 feet in the Central Valley of Costa Rica, halfway between the towns of La Garita and Alajuela. Warm days with pleasant breezes and cool nights provide this area the distinction (according to National Geographic) of having the best climate in the world! The Hotel La Rosa de America has twelve spotlessly clean rooms (with private entrances) in two and three room bungalows, a crystal clear swimming pool, a dining room (gathering place), and a comfortable lounge (with DVD’s and VCR’s), all set in an acre of beautifully tended tropical gardens. The hotel is centrally located to all of the most popular Central Valley tourist locations, making it an ideal spot from which to spend a few days exploring the wonders of the valley. Its closeness to the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) International Airport (7km due west) also makes it the perfect place for your first and last night’s stay in Costa Rica. The Hotel La Rosa de America provides you with all the amenities and services that will ensure your stay is a memorable experience. Hotel La Rosa de America is a gem for the naturalist. The gardens contain scores of native trees and flowers and an abundance of birds of numerous species. If you are a bird lover, you can log a dozen unique species before breakfast. The swimming pool is probably the most inviting in all of Costa Rica! Spotlessly clean and meticulously cared for, it is perfect for relaxing after a day of exploring. Lit at night, it can even be enjoyed under the stars! Tel: +506 2433-2741

La Terraza B&B
An intimate b & b located within 30 minutes from the international airport and within 5 minutes of both Grecia & Sarchi. River front private terraces outfitted with rocking chairs. Queen size beds with down comforters, ceiling fans, and handmade bamboo furniture all make for a memorable stay. The hot tub overlooking the river is ready night and day for your enjoyment. Breakfast consists of homemade baked goods, organic eggs, homemade fruit juices, fresh fruit and coffee.


Casa Turire
Casa Turire recalls the gracious charm of a colonial plantation home. This beautiful estate is enfolded by the wild Reventazon River with the imposing presence of the Turrialba Mountains forming a dramatic backdrop. The hotel features twelve deluxe rooms and four suites as well as a charming restaurant. A myriad of tours, nature hikes and excursions abound. World class white-water river rafting and kayaking are just at the doorstep and horseback riding, mountain biking, trekking and bird watching are also available. Starting the middle of 2000, there will be additional activities in the new lake surrounding the hotel.

Hotel Wagelia
Eighteen rooms. Located in the town of Turrialba a few hours drive east of the capital city of San José. Turrialba is home to some of the most famous white water rafting tours in the world, on the Pacuare River or the Reventazon. One or two day rafting tours are available with the most spectacular scenery you’ll see anywhere. Other attractions in the area are the Irazu and Turrialba Volcanoes and the Guayabo Archeological National Park. Tel: +506 2556-1566 Fax: +506 2556-1596


America Hotel
Hotel America is located in the heart of the city of Heredia. It has 36 rooms and has excellent access to the Juan Santamaria International Airport and also to San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. The altitude of this area is 1500 mts above sea level and provides great fresh air, where air-conditioning is not necessary. The hotel offers fans to those guests that request them. The bar and restaurant is open 24 hours. Shopping is close by within the downtown district of Heredia. Phone: +506 2260-9292.

Apartotel Roma Suites
In Heredia, called “City of Flowers”, Costa Rica, near the National University, you will find Roma budget Suite Hotel, a place to feel at home…surrounded by a peaceful, safe atmosphere of a residential zone, just 7 minutes away from the International Airport, 15 minutes from downtown San Jose and just 2 minutes from the great malls, commercial centers and institutes. Laundry service (economic rate). Room service (with no additional cost). Safety box (for free). Currency exchange. Transfer to the airport. Restaurant with typical Costa Rican Food. You have internet access at each suite-apartment. Lending of books in English and executive desk lamps (free). You will also have English books available for your reading enjoyment, tourist information services, organization and reservation of tours throughout Costa Rica, security at nights and fax service, among others. Information, organization and reservation of touristic sites (free). Office service, messages, fax (no charge to receive), mail (free), e-mail, plus much more. Apart-Hotel Roma also has special rates and convenient long-term stay packages for executives, school principals, teachers, professors and students. Tel: +506 2260-0127

Bougainvillea Hotel
Set among ten acres of lush gardens in Santo Domingo de Heredia, the comfortable 82 room Hotel Bougainvillea provides a quiet hideaway where guests can truly experience the world famous natural beauty of Costa Rica, and just ten minutes away from San Jose. A country setting with its crisp air, refreshing breeze and panoramic vistas seems worlds away from city life yet it is less than five miles from downtown via a free hourly shuttle bus. Surrounded by coffee plantations and citrus orchards, the lush gardens provide an enticing setting for jogging through winding trails, tennis or relaxation by the swimming pool. The gourmet restaurant features international cuisine. Every detail of the hotel and restaurant operation is personally supervised by owner Hans van der Wielen, who brought his extensive European experience with him when he moved to Costa Rica in 1961. Phone: +506 2244-1414, Fax +506 2244-1313.

Nestled in the verdant central valley, the Cariari is only 5 minutes from the international airport and 7 miles from downtown San Jose, Costa Rica. Cariari guests enjoy privileges the 18 hole golf course and 11 championship tennis courts. There’s a complete gymnasium with fitness equipment, aerobic classes, saunas, massage service, children’s play area and game room. The three swimming pools include a huge free form pool with swim-up bar! Each of the Cariari’s 220 magnificently furnished rooms and suites has remote control TV, air conditioning, safety deposit box, electronic key system, mini bar, direct dial telephone and 24 hour room service. Suites and many of the rooms open to the pool or offer private balconies. Tel: +506 2239-0022

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