Barcelo San Jose Palacio Hotel ★★★

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Check-in: Mar 6, 2016 Check-out: Mar 7, 2016

Very Nice Hotel

Would recommend Fri, Jan 6, 2012
We arrived a little later than I expected, but our room was ready. When I had trouble with the phone card voucher from O, the concierge, Renata, went out of her way, let me use her phone to call the US, where I was on the line for forty-five minutes, using up her telephone, for free. I REALLY appreciated that. She also gave me an internet cafe card for one hour because of all of the trouble. I really liked the hotel, unfortunately, some of the things were overpriced, the dinner buffet being one. I preferred the food from the bar. Also, there is an athletic room with a jacuzzi, treadmills, and raquetball courts, but on the door it says "Spa." Being me, I assumed this was also where the actual spa was located. Nope. I never actually found the spa, but called them on the phone. A one-hour massage was much more expensive than I was willing to pay, and they didn't have couples massages. Parking was interesting. If you have something more than a compact car, good luck because the parking garage is so tight to maneuver through. However, this is par for the course in Costa Rica. Taxis at the hotel were also overpriced. Instead of meters, they just have a flat rate. I found this was outrageous. The red taxis we found charged about half that much for the same route. The adventure desk was interesting. I felt bad once I found out what the median income is for the middle class in Costa Rica because we probably spent that much on day trips from San Jose during the week we spent there. Needless to say, they were a little overpriced. I'm sure the hotel gets a cut or percentage from booking the trip for you, but if you rent a car (which I also don't recommend) you don't need to pay extra for a trip that picks you up. Instead of spending twice as much at the adventure desk, just spend some time looking around the internet for package deals that you can drive yourself. Overall, good trip, good hotel, I would recommend. Oh, also, try the Pina Coladas at the hotel bar. Fantastic!!

Dining

If you rent a car and (definitely) get a GPS, don't use it to find local restaurants because half of them don't exist. They probably did at one time, but finding them is nearly impossible. Try instead to either ask for a cheap restaurant from the staff or from a taxi driver.

| Cheyenne, WY, USA Couples

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 3 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Very Decent Hotel for the money

Would recommend Thu, Jan 5, 2012
Hotel was very clean, rooms were decent size. Beds were very soft/plush and comfortable. I found the Dinner buffer a bit overpriced for the selection. And I didn't like the $10/night Internet fee that applies only to 1 device, so I'd need to buy 2 or $20 to get my Ipad and Iphone authorized to use the internet. If It was based on room, and not devices I wouldn't be upset at the $10/night fee. The pool was well maintained. and the staff was attentive at the pool side bar/cafe

Attractions

Lots to do within 45mins of driving, like the POAS volcano, breathtaking views and nice eateries on the drive up the mountain. visit the boca coffee plantation.

| Pittsburgh, PA, USA Family

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Good Hotel

Would recommend Wed, Jan 4, 2012
The hotel was very clean, the service was perfect the food was great. Good for the price.

Dining

The Hotel buffet is excellent!!

| Puerto Rico Family

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

missionery

Would recommend Tue, Dec 20, 2011
i had a great time i will love to go back i had agreat time in the Hotel

Dining

the city of san jose it is a great place to viste

| Chicago, IL, USA Singles

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 3 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 3 /5
  • Value: 3 /5

Very very good!!

Would recommend Thu, Dec 8, 2011
Great place to stay!!! very good location. The view to the small forest in the hotel was out of this world Very helpful and friendly staff can't wait to go again

| Miami, FL, USA Business

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

EXCELLENT SERVICE AND FOOD

Would recommend Sun, Nov 20, 2011
FRIENDLY, COURTEOUS, HELPFUL, GREAT BREAKFAST INCLUDED. HAD A BOTTLE OF WINE WITH NO OPENER AND CAME UP AND OPENED IT FOR ME. PARKING IS A LITTLE TIGHT BUT ADEQUATE IF YOU ARE CAREFUL.

Dining

NEED DIRECTIONS TO GO ANYWHERE. NO SIGNS ON THE ROADS. TRY TO FIND LOCAL ESTABLISHMENTS FOR INEXPENSIVE GOOD FOOD.

| INDIANAPOLIS` Business

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Great Value

Would recommend Fri, Sep 16, 2011
For the money the nicest hotel I've stayed at in San Jose. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. The sushi restaurant is VERY good. For Americans, there is a sportsbar that will show Monday Night Football etc...breakfast buffet was included for me and it was ok. The same restaurant has a buffet every night that is very good. The only drawback for me was the fact that I was in CR visiting a friend so I didn't rent a car. There is nothing within walking distance to do or to create other options to eat. Even so, I will absolutely stay here again.

Shopping hint

The Multiplex mall is a short drive away - it is as nice as any mall you will see in any city in the US. There is a movie theater there as well as a lot of dining options.

| Las Vegas, NV, USA Singles

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 3 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Friendly staff and great location

Would recommend Fri, Sep 9, 2011
We were a party of three women traveling for Dental work. This hotel was quiet and comfortable. The staff went out of thier way to help from setting up an english speaking taxi driver ( Juan Carlos Muniz) to Renata who greeted us and always offered to assist to another staff woman who spoke to the gift shop and assisted me in purchasing a phone card then showed me how to use it to call home. I admire thier language skills and the ease in which they move from spanish to english.

Shopping hint

Central Mercado Boulevard shopping good selecion Tico pricing.

| Florida, USA Friends

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Fantastic hotel!!!

Would recommend Wed, Sep 7, 2011
I've got everything I was especting from this hotel! It is an old one and it might need some fixing here and there but overall is a fantastic stay! The beds are absolutely miraculous! A night of sleep there and you feel a diferent person! Room service is exelent too! Location is veryy good! Amenities are complete! Nothing to complain about! A big thank you "Orbitz" ,for helping me find this hotel and book it!

| FLL Couples

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

A week of R&R

Would recommend Mon, Aug 29, 2011
Hotel is beautiful, large enough rooms and it has an awesome pool and poolside grill. This was my second stay at this hotel this year but until the knock came at the door every 30 45 minutes for several hours asking is everything was ok or if we needed anything I forgot how annoying my last trip was until I remembered to put the Do Not Disturb sign up - so be forwarned.....oh we also received 1 - 2 calls per night from customer service asking if all was well! LOL...at least they care???

Dining

Dining in the hotel was a bit pricey and there really isn't anything in walking distance so we ate an early dinner at the poolside grill most nights....but if you can make the short drive to the restaurant Aqui Es do so great food, large portions and great value.

| Florida Couples

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 3 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 3 /5
  • Value: 4 /5