$44 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Aug 2, 2014 Check-out: Aug 4, 2014

Hotel Europa and Casino

3 stars
Central Street 3rd & 5th avenue, San Jose,
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.4
out of 5
20 reviews
Excellent Value!!!!

The staff is great. I know little or no spanish and they were very helpful The free breakfast... See full review

  • TonyLoco
  • Jan 4, 2014
stay for day trips

As usual, I can only say the best about Hotel Europa! I got to the hotel about 3:00 am. Hotel was... See full review

  • jupdog
  • Nov 29, 2013
The only hotel conveniently located in the heart of San Jose with an outdoor pool.

The Hotel Europa within walking distance to the National Theater of Costa Rica, the Plaza de la Cultura, museums, shops, bars, restaurants, and night life will make your stay a great and affordable experience.Built in 1911 the famous and renovated hotel Europa is the oldest hotel in San Jose, offering to the hotel guests nearly a century of experience in the field of hospitality and personalized service.

The hotel offers a Coffee Shop - Restaurant with great typical lunch buffet for less, a bar Lounge and Casino.

Guests are offered a complimentary breakfast. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Event facilities consist of a ballroom, conference/meeting rooms, and banquet facilities. The staff can arrange concierge services, tour/ticket assistance, event catering, and business services. The hotel is looking forward to welcoming you in the hotel. The hotel wish you a great stay with the hotel and encourage you to ask the hotel friendly team members at the front desk for anything you would need. The hotel is delighted about taking care of your needs and also to guide you for a pleasant stay in San Jose. The hotel offers high-speed internet access in all of the guest rooms and the hotel hope you will stay connected with the hotel in the future.

The comfortable 70 guestrooms feature air conditioning, televisions with cable channels, wireless Internet access, and provide desks, in-room safes, and direct-dial phones. Bathrooms offer quality showers, large mirrors, and hair dryers. In the hotel Europa you'll find the following features and amenities Hotel Facilities: Business center, Casino, Swimming Pool, Meeting rooms, Private car Parking, Lobby, Bar & Restaurant with lunch buffet, Non-smoking rooms, Game room. Hotel Services: Wireless internet in public areas, Air Conditioning, TV, Telephone with direct line to exterior, Safe box, Electronic Key Card, Audio-visual equipment, Automatic wake up service, Laundry and ironing service, Multilingual Staff, 24h Reception, Rent a Car, City Tours & Tours assistance, Taxi Calls, Medical Service.

Hotel Map

9.9387 -84.096
Area served
San Jose, Costa Rica.
Nearby airports
Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).
Area description
Hotel Europa is located in the heart of the city of San Jose between national monuments, historical landmarks, squares, parks, museums, shops and pedestrian streets. San Jose sits in the center of the country in the Central Valley and is surrounded by gorgeous untouched cloud forests. Serving as a hub to the rest of the country, San Jose is the perfect place to use as a base camp to tour Costa Rica. San Jose is considered to be among the most cosmopolitan cities in Latin America. Here, you can find wonderful museums, bars, restaurants, shopping centers, colorful markets and a fast paced nightlife. Downtown San Jose is the busiest part of town. A maze of streets and avenues, here you can find most of the city's attractions.

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Hotel Europa and Casino Rooms

Standard Single or Double Room
Standard Single or Double Room offers 1 queen or 2 queen beds with air conditioning, alarm clock, balcony / terrace, cable / color TV, disabled facilities, en-suite / private bathroom, hairdryer, internet access, laundry service, room service, safe in room and telephone.

Amenities

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free internet
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Casino
Night club
Game room
Dining
Free buffet breakfast
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
Childcare Service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Doctor on call
Currency exchange
Internet
Free internet
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Nearby points of interest

  • Museo de Arte Costarricense: 0.3 mi
  • Museo de los Ninos: 1.1 mi
  • Central Park (Parque Central): 1.2 mi
  • Plaza de la Cultura: 1.3 mi
  • National Theater: 1.3 mi
  • Precolumbian Gold Museum: 1.4 mi
  • El Pueblo: 1.5 mi
  • Parque Espana: 1.5 mi
  • Jade Museum (Museo Nacional del Jade): 1.5 mi
  • Parque Zoologico Nacional Simon Bolivar: 1.6 mi
  • Spirogyra Butterfly Garden: 1.6 mi
  • Museum of Contemporary Art and Design: 1.6 mi
  • National Museum (Museo Nacional): 1.7 mi
  • Correos de Costa Rica: 2.5 mi
  • Pueblo Antiguo (Parque Nacional de Diversiones): 2.9 mi
  • Museo de Arte Costarricense: 0.3 mi
  • Museo de los Ninos: 1.1 mi
  • Central Park (Parque Central): 1.2 mi
  • Plaza de la Cultura: 1.3 mi
  • National Theater: 1.3 mi
  • Precolumbian Gold Museum: 1.4 mi
  • El Pueblo: 1.5 mi
  • Parque Espana: 1.5 mi
  • Jade Museum (Museo Nacional del Jade): 1.5 mi
  • Parque Zoologico Nacional Simon Bolivar: 1.6 mi
  • Spirogyra Butterfly Garden: 1.6 mi
  • Museum of Contemporary Art and Design: 1.6 mi
  • National Museum (Museo Nacional): 1.7 mi
  • Correos de Costa Rica: 2.5 mi
  • Pueblo Antiguo (Parque Nacional de Diversiones): 2.9 mi
  • Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ): 16.2 mi
  • Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo: 18.2 mi
  • Chirripo National Park: 51.9 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1300
Check-out:
1200

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. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (20)

Ratings and reviews for Hotel Europa and Casino

Overall score

3.3 / 5
5.01.0
9 out of 20
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3.3
Hotel staff:
4.1
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3.6

78% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Hotel Europa and Casino

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
TonyLoco
Denver, Colorado
Jan 4, 2014

Excellent Value!!!!

The staff is great. I know little or no spanish and they were very helpful The free breakfast which included rice, beans, plaintain, eggs, fruit , bread and coffee was a real plus. Some mornings they would make omlettes, pancakes and sausage. The building is very old, but the room was very clean and the bed was comfortable and changed every day. They gave me a refrigerator at no extra cost and the room has a safe for $3.00 per day. The window air conditioner worked perfectly. There is no coffee maker in the room. They will do your laundry for a charge-about the same amount as a laundromat. There is a very nice pool on the first floor. It was a very good place to get some work done. There are two bars, one in the restaurant where the food is good and reasonably priced and another in a small lounge area where they play music and people can dance. They are very friendly. I have never been to Costa Rica before and this was an excellent introduction, especially if you want to tour the city, which I did and save some money. I will definitely return.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Go to Chelles Restaurant and Bar. The food is excellent and reasonably priced ($8 per person on average). It is on Avenida Central near Hotel Del Rey. It is one of the oldest restaurants in the city.

Review of Hotel Europa and Casino

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Scotty Rich
Portsmouth, NH
Dec 27, 2013

Decent Value

Very dated, built in 1911! Pool is great, breakfast is fine. The decor really needs updating but it is clean and the staff is friendly. Luxury it's not, but located in the center of town near most everything in San Jose.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Hotel Europa and Casino

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
AlexanderG
Miami, Florida
May 10, 2013

Great service, friendly staff.

I have stayed at this hotel a few times and overall had good experiences. It is an older building but it’s kept clean. Like most Costa Ricans the hotel’s staff is very nice and helpful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Hotel Europa and Casino

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Chukee
Chicago IL
Mar 20, 2013

Nothing special

Staff is dressed nice- but needs training for service- some staff it seems to be an effort to do the job- others lack the basic hospitality skills - smile,attention to customers needs etc. The owners children get more attention than the hotel guests- the security/ doorman are very nice- if you speak spanish- need to watch yourself outside though. If you are comfortable with the Spanish language -it is ok but not very English friendly.Lunch buffet at hotel draws alot of locals- avoid any meats(steak/pork) very tough- stay with chicken or fish- expect to wait for service-(SLOW) it is Costa Rica- and paperwork is mandatory!-- A simple deposit in a bank will take you 30-40 miniutes!!!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
2
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The local Colombian bakeries(Panderia)- good food ,reasonable prices, staff helpful---point and number of fingers- -- easy- breakfast ,lunch or diner.

Review of Hotel Europa and Casino

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Alexander h
San Fran California
Mar 5, 2013

Excellent stay for the price

Excellent stay and location centrally , easy to get around , breakfast a OK , staff great , value OK .

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Hotel Europa and Casino

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Puzzled by it all
Seattle
Mar 3, 2013

Hotel casino with pool for a week?

The Casino portion of the lobby was about 50% about half the machines we not functioning. The outdoor pool was completely enclosed and left unkept for months. The water was green so there was essentially no pool..; a year ago I stayed in a different place nearby that was delightful. Goes to show not to choose the cheapest deal. It would not cost that much for them to replace the worn out toilet seats.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
2
Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Cabs are plentiful, however very few drivers speak English. Be sure they understand where you want to go or find another cab driver to avoid going off in the wrong direction then in circles.

Review of Hotel Europa and Casino

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Ns2012
Va
Nov 26, 2012

Functional hotel

Functional hotel, very basic but good value in downtown sj

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Hotel Europa and Casino

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
johntraveller
Denver
Nov 18, 2012

Adequate, but not great

This hotel is well located in the middle of San Jose, which is also its detriment, because San Jose is far from a pleasant place to visit. The hotel has some charm to it and the staff was quite accommodating. The hotel, though, is dated and could really use a face lift, particularly in replacing carpeting which is well stained and used. But, you get what you pay for and other than the dowdiness, it does provide value for money.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

There is a KFC and several other chicken places close to the hotel.

Review of Hotel Europa and Casino

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
AlexanderG
Miami, Florida
Jul 8, 2012

Central location; great staff.

I visit San Jose at least once a year and Hotel Europa has been the hotel I have stayed for the past three years. I love the centralized location and the staff is very helpful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
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