$42 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: May 28, 2015 Check-out: May 31, 2015

Hotel El Maragato

2 stars
View map of Central Avenue between Street 1 and 3, San Jose, 1

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.3
out of 5
20 reviews
Great location, great staff, great breakfast...

Right downtown San Jose, perfect for walking. Not good if you have a car - no parking. In fact,... See full review

  • Rebecca B.
  • Feb 4, 2015
Perfect, Central Location. Great Value.

I stayed at this hotel twice and it was great both times. You get a very nice, cooked to order... See full review

  • Brandon J Backer
  • Feb 3, 2014
Convenience and comfort in the heart of San Jose
Offering comfortable accommodations positioned near tourist destinations, Hotel El Maragato makes for a strategic starting point for travelers in the Costa Rican capital. Centrally located in downtown San Jose, this modern hotel places tourists near historic and cultural attractions in the city, such as National Theatre of Costa Rica, Plaza de la Cultura, Museo Nacional de Costa Rica and Parque Zoologico Simon Bolivar.

Patrons at the El Maragato wake up to filling continental breakfast on site. During free time, guests can relax while having coffee or other drinks at the lobby.  This San Jose hotel features tour assistance, laundry services and concierge.
3 Reasons To Stay
  • Central San Jose location
  • In-room Wi-Fi access
  • Steps away from The National Theatre and Plaza de la Cultura
Hotel El Maragato Rooms
All inviting rooms at Hotel El Maragato are furnished with private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, refrigerator, safe deposit box, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, coffee maker, desk, and Wi-Fi access. Some units have mini bar and balcony. 
Things To Do
  • National Theatre of Costa Rica (0.1 mi/0.1 km)
  • Plaza de la Cultura (0.1 mi/0.1 km)
  • Costa Rican Center of Science and Culture (0.5 mi/0.9 km)
  • Parque Zoologico Simon Bolivar (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
  • Pre-Columbian Gold Museum (0.1 mi/0.1 km)
  • Museo Nacional de Costa Rica (0.4 mi/0.7 km)
  • Museum of Contemporary Art And Design (0/4 mi/0.7 km)
  • Museo de Jade (0.3 mi/0.5 km)
  • Museo Calderon Guardia (0.8 mi/1.4 km)
  • Melico Salazar Theatre (0.1 mi/0.1 km)

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Hotel El Maragato Rooms

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The Maragato standar offers One King bed or 2 double beds
Maximum Capacity: 4 Guests

In Room Amenities
  • Working Desk
  • Air Conditioning
  • Mini bar
  • Cable T.V.
  • Coffee maker
  • Security safe box
  • Internet
  • Refrigerator
  • Hot water
  • Amenities

    • Free continental breakfast
    • WiFi
    • No smoking rooms/facilities
    General
    No smoking rooms/facilities
    Concierge
    Elevators
    Dining
    Free continental breakfast
    Bar/Lounge
    Room service
    Services
    Laundry service
    Childcare Service
    In-Room Safe
    Internet
    WiFi

    Nearby points of interest

    • Plaza de la Cultura: 0.1 mi
    • Precolumbian Gold Museum: 0.1 mi
    • National Theater: 0.1 mi
    • Central Park (Parque Central): 0.1 mi
    • Parque Espana: 0.3 mi
    • National Museum (Museo Nacional): 0.5 mi
    • Parque Zoologico Nacional Simon Bolivar: 0.5 mi
    • Museo de los Ninos: 0.5 mi
    • Museum of Contemporary Art and Design: 0.6 mi
    • Spirogyra Butterfly Garden: 0.6 mi
    • Jade Museum (Museo Nacional del Jade): 0.6 mi
    • El Pueblo: 0.6 mi
    • Museo de Arte Costarricense: 1.5 mi
    • Correos de Costa Rica: 3.7 mi
    • Pueblo Antiguo (Parque Nacional de Diversiones): 4.1 mi
    • Plaza de la Cultura: 0.1 mi
    • Precolumbian Gold Museum: 0.1 mi
    • National Theater: 0.1 mi
    • Central Park (Parque Central): 0.1 mi
    • Parque Espana: 0.3 mi
    • National Museum (Museo Nacional): 0.5 mi
    • Parque Zoologico Nacional Simon Bolivar: 0.5 mi
    • Museo de los Ninos: 0.5 mi
    • Museum of Contemporary Art and Design: 0.6 mi
    • Spirogyra Butterfly Garden: 0.6 mi
    • Jade Museum (Museo Nacional del Jade): 0.6 mi
    • El Pueblo: 0.6 mi
    • Museo de Arte Costarricense: 1.5 mi
    • Correos de Costa Rica: 3.7 mi
    • Pueblo Antiguo (Parque Nacional de Diversiones): 4.1 mi
    • Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ): 14.9 mi
    • Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo: 18 mi
    • Chirripo National Park: 50.7 mi

    Dining

    SUPER MARKET
    There is a Supermarket inside the property, just go dowsntairs your room and you will have access to all type of merchandising

    Hotel Policies

    Check-in:
    1:00 PM
    Check-out:
    12:00 PM

    Terms and conditions

    Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

    The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

    Ratings and reviews for Hotel El Maragato

    Overall score

    3.5 / 5
    5.01.0
    13 out of 20
    Amenities:
    3.3
    Cleanliness:
    3.6
    Hotel staff:
    4.2
    Comfort:
    3.6
    Location:
    4.5
    Value:
    4.2

    100% would recommend to a friend.

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    Reviewer score

    5
    5.01.0
    Rebecca B.
    Business
    Rocky Mountain House
    Feb 4, 2015

    Great location, great staff, great breakfast...

    Right downtown San Jose, perfect for walking. Not good if you have a car - no parking. In fact, vehicle access is limited by the central ave being pedestrian only. I stayed on the 7th floor, facing the street. It was a bit noisy, as other people have commented. Get some ear plugs, you'll be fine. And it dies down by about 10pm-ish. Nice enough place, good enough price that I extended my stay by two days to finish some errands in town. It sounds a bit silly, but I really felt looked after while I was there. This was my first trip outside of Canada as a single female traveler. Staff had plenty of information on fun stuff to see around town, felt safe in the hotel. Good value - coffee and fridge in room. Comfy bed.

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    4
    Cleanliness:
    5
    Hotel staff:
    5
    Comfort:
    5
    Location:
    5
    Value:
    5
    Trip purpose:

    Business

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    Reviewer score

    4
    5.01.0
    Kenzuli
    Business
    Liberia, Costa Rica
    Aug 18, 2014

    Only Place I Stay When in San Jose

    I travel to San Jose every month or so and I always stay at the El Maragato. It is located right in the heart of the city; right on the central avenue. I recommend a room in the back and as high up as possible (without balcony). A balcony can be nice but is not worth the street noise and yelling vendors. The ones in the back are nice and quiet. The breakfast is simple but delicious and filling. The staff is very friendly and helpful and 1,000 colones tip here and there goes a long way. If you use the mobile app and special offers you can secure a room for 2 with breakfast for less than $35 a night. You will be steps from the National Theater and Cultural Plaza and a couple blocks from the Central Market, National Museum, Gold Museum and PreColumbian Museum. Can't be beat for the price!

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    3
    Cleanliness:
    3
    Hotel staff:
    4
    Comfort:
    4
    Location:
    5
    Value:
    5
    Trip purpose:

    Business

    Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

    Book through the mobile app and save!!!

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    Reviewer score

    4
    5.01.0
    Bobbytour
    Business
    Bermuda
    Aug 1, 2014

    Great Location

    Staff was helpful, location perfect, everyday had room service and morning breakfast was ok. Like the coffee too!

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    3
    Cleanliness:
    4
    Hotel staff:
    5
    Comfort:
    4
    Location:
    5
    Value:
    5
    Trip purpose:

    Business

    Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

    Everything needed was near hotel. Very convenient for shoppers!

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    Reviewer score

    2
    5.01.0
    Anthonyj24
    Business
    davenport, fl
    Jul 30, 2014

    ok

    if you are simply looking for a place to lay your head as you explore san jose and the surrounding areas this is the place. Nothing fancy. In fact, there was an issue with the bed, the carpet is dated and old. However, the selling points are the bathroom was really good, location is perfect, and the staff is tremendous and helpful in every way. Plus, free breakfast which is good. I would recommend but don't expect a five star hotel.

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    3
    Cleanliness:
    3
    Hotel staff:
    5
    Comfort:
    3
    Location:
    5
    Value:
    4
    Trip purpose:

    Business

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    Review of Hotel El Maragato

    Reviewer score

    3
    5.01.0
    The Christmas Kid
    Business
    Western Montana
    Jul 30, 2014

    Basic accommodations

    The room is pretty pedestrian, but for the cost per night it was decent. The hotel entrance is on a "walking mall" in the heart of San Jose. Easy walking access to the main tourist sites downtown. It would be a good stay for someone on a budget who likes the hustle and bustle of the city. The free continental breakfast is a nice perk. Ask for a room away from the street if you prefer a quiet night's sleep.

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    3
    Cleanliness:
    3
    Hotel staff:
    3
    Comfort:
    3
    Location:
    3
    Value:
    4
    Trip purpose:

    Business

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    Review of Hotel El Maragato

    Reviewer score

    3
    5.01.0
    tombo
    Business
    oklahoma
    Jul 27, 2014

    ok

    it is a good hotel and a good small breakfast.the bed is a little hard and they could us some new ones.the room is a good size and the bathroom is small but nice.

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    3
    Cleanliness:
    3
    Hotel staff:
    3
    Comfort:
    3
    Location:
    3
    Value:
    3
    Trip purpose:

    Business

    Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

    i had no problems

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    Review of Hotel El Maragato

    Reviewer score

    3
    5.01.0
    zoopa
    Business
    San Antonio,TX
    May 14, 2014

    My 12 day stay

    This is not a big fancy hotel,8 floors & 29 rooms,if u prefer quiet time get a regular room & if u prefer a view get a room with balcony & be prepared for a lot of noise!!You get basics,regular TV(no flat screen & no HD),small fridge & a mini bar,good size room with renovated bathrooms with daily cleaning on demand by this sweet lady name Olga.The carpet inside the rooms are very old & dirty could use some attention,the supermarket next door makes it very convenient for snacks & drinks:)),daily breakfast is also good,& free wifi worked just fine on the 7th floor for me.The people in front desk MR Al Paulo,Luis & Jorge are very kind & polite & speak good English,when asked to change my room for a room with balcony they did it the next day:)),this hotel is in the middle of everything if u don't mind to walk a couple of blocks & after all you can not complain for what ur getting for the price($35 if reserved on Internet)

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    3
    Cleanliness:
    3
    Hotel staff:
    5
    Comfort:
    3
    Location:
    5
    Value:
    5
    Trip purpose:

    Business

    Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

    If ur single check Del ray hotel,about 5 blocks away:))

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    Reviewer score

    3
    5.01.0
    Guy C.
    Business
    Panama
    Apr 10, 2014

    Costa Rican Trip

    Good location with a small but friendly staff and good complimentary breakfast. The amenities are scare and the rooms have the bare minimums but if you're looking to spend to majority of your time away from your hotel room then this is a good spot.

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    3
    Cleanliness:
    3
    Hotel staff:
    4
    Comfort:
    2
    Location:
    5
    Value:
    3
    Trip purpose:

    Business

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    Review of Hotel El Maragato

    Reviewer score

    3
    5.01.0
    dennis w. patterson
    Business
    sj
    Mar 28, 2014

    cheap, just a room

    No major problems. Help seem annoyed when asked for help

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    3
    Cleanliness:
    3
    Hotel staff:
    3
    Comfort:
    4
    Location:
    4
    Value:
    4
    Trip purpose:

    Business

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    Review of Hotel El Maragato

    Reviewer score

    4
    5.01.0
    kevintravelslots
    Business
    Los Angeles, California
    Mar 20, 2014

    Great location & service

    The staff was very helpful and friendly, and the location cannot be beat for access to central San Jose. Wifi rarely worked which was disappointing but overall it was a comfortable room. Breakfast was good.

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    3
    Cleanliness:
    4
    Hotel staff:
    5
    Comfort:
    3
    Location:
    5
    Value:
    4
    Trip purpose:

    Business

    Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

    There is a market literally right next door making snacks & drinks very convenient.

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