$71 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Aug 19, 2014 Check-out: Aug 22, 2014

Hotel Presidente

4 stars
Central Avenue Blvd 7th Street, San Jose, 0
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
166 reviews
Great location and hotel services

We stayed for one night in route. The service was wonderful - dried our wet clothing at no cost... See full review

  • Hammyham
  • Jul 23, 2014
Perfect for San Jose

Spent our first night here in San Jose. We decided to rent a car at the last minute and were... See full review

  • Jamison like the drink
  • Jul 23, 2014
Explore San Jose from hotel with central location, free breakfast

The Hotel Presidente sits at the heart of downtown San Jose, within a few blocks of the National Theater, Pre-Colombian Gold Museum and Central Market. A posh retreat in the capital's government and business district, the Hotel Presidente offers amenities to suit business and leisure travelers. Hotel Presidente guests receive a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning, free Wi-Fi access, and the hotel has a full-service spa and fitness center on-site.

Highlights
  • Walking distance to downtown attractions
  • Spa and fitness center
  • Complimentary breakfast buffet
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet access
  • On-site casino with free drinks and hors d'oeuvres
Rooms

The Hotel Presidente features 92 guest rooms and suites. Standard guest rooms come with either single king-size beds or pairs of double beds, and suites boasts king-size beds and spacious living rooms. Spa rooms feature two-person Jacuzzi tubs. In-room amenities include laptop-size room safe, hair-dryer, air conditioning, LCD TV with cable, mini bar and free high-speed Internet access. Room service is available.

Features

Located at the heart of downtown San Jose, the Hotel Presidente boasts lushly designed interiors and relaxing amenities to provide guests a relaxing respite from their daily activities. The hotel features a fitness center and the on-site spa offers a full range of massages and body treatments (fees apply).


Guests can find a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning at the News Cafe, a casual restaurant that serves sandwiches and salads for lunch, and pasta and steak for dinner. Business travelers can stay connected with free Wi-Fi Internet access, and the hotel also offers complimentary computer terminals. Other on-site amenities include currency exchange, luggage storage and tour desk.

Transportation
  • Coca Cola Bus Station (1 mi/1.6 km)
  • Juan Santamaria International Airport (11.5 mi/18.6 km)
Attractions
  • Pre-Colombian Gold Museum (1 block)
  • National Theater (Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica)(2 blocks)
  • Central Market (0.5 mi/0.9 km)
  • Simon Bolivar Zoo (0.6 mi/1 km)
  • Museum of Costa Rican Art (2.4 mi/3.8 km)
  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens (30.8 mi/49.6 km)
Business
  • Computer terminals
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet access
Policies and fees
  • Non Smoking Policy: Due to Costa Rican law, city hotels are non smoking facilities.
  • Visitors Policy: As a safety and securtity measure, access to the guestroom floors of the Hotel is limited to registered guests only. Visitors are welcome to the ground level facilities and services.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Hotel Map

9.9336 -84.0752
Area served
Downtown, San Jose, Costa Rica.
Nearby airports
  • Juan Santamara International Airport
  • Area description
    Bustling downtown San Jose houses Costa Ricas financial district, along with most governmental offices and institutions. The Central Avenue Boulevard and its surrounding parks and plazas have been called the biggest outdoor shopping center in Central America.

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    Hotel Presidente Rooms

    JUNIOR SUITE CITY VIEW

    Newly renovated Junior Suites offer 570 - 650 square feet of spacious accommodations in a warm and inviting decor. Luxuriate in the comfort and convenience of separate living room and bedroom areas. Junior Suites feature a comfortable king size bed and outstanding mountain and city views.

    In-Room Amenities:
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobe
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Cable/Satellite TV-color TV
  • Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Laundry service
  • Mini Bar
  • Modem / Data Port Connection
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Safe in Room
  • Telephone and Voice Mail


  • STANDARD CITY VIEW

    The most traditional room type provides our guests with 215-375 square feet of living space. Standard Room offers Two Queen Beds or One King Size, making them ideal for both business and leisure travelers.

    In-Room Amenities:
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobe
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Cable/Satellite TV-color TV
  • Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Laundry service
  • Mini Bar
  • Modem / Data Port Connection
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Safe in Room
  • Telephone and Voice Mail


  • STANDARD ROOM

    The most traditional room type provides our guests with 215-375 square feet of living space. Standard Room offers Two Queen Beds or One King Size, making them ideal for both business and leisure travelers.

    In-Room Amenities:
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobe
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Cable/Satellite TV-color TV
  • Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Laundry service
  • Mini Bar
  • Modem / Data Port Connection
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Safe in Room
  • Telephone and Voice Mail


  • GRAND SPA SUITES

    Grand Spa Suites are truly inspired. These spectacular 650 square feet suites feature a glass enclosed two-person Jacuzzi, and are designed with your ultimate relaxation in mind.

    The Grand Spa Suite offers the spacious luxury of a king size bed, ample living room and a balcony offering unparalleled mountain views of San Jose's Central Mountain chain.
    JUNIOR SUITE TWO BEDS

    Newly renovated Junior Suites offer 570 - 650 square feet of spacious accommodations in a warm and inviting decor. Luxuriate in the comfort and convenience of separate living room and bedroom areas.Junior Suites feature Two Double Bed

    In-Room Amenities:
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobe
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Cable/Satellite TV-color TV
  • Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Laundry service
  • Mini Bar
  • Modem / Data Port Connection
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Safe in Room
  • Telephone and Voice Mail


  • SPA ROOM SUITES

    Lavish Spa Rooms feature a two-person Jacuzzi. These rooms were designed with your relaxation and comfort in mind, and include a lounging area and a King Size Bed or Two Double Bed in an ample 480square feet space.

    In-Room Amenities:
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobe
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Cable/Satellite TV-color TV
  • Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Laundry service
  • Mini Bar
  • Modem / Data Port Connection
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Safe in Room
  • Telephone and Voice Mail


  • Amenities

    • Free buffet breakfast
    • Free internet
    • Free parking
    • No smoking rooms/facilities
    General
    No smoking rooms/facilities
    Concierge
    Pet friendly
    Elevators
    Activities
    Fitness center or spa
    Fitness Center
    Casino
    Spa
    Dining
    Free buffet breakfast
    Bar/Lounge
    Restaurant
    24 hour room service
    Room service
    Services
    Business center
    Laundry service
    In-Room Safe
    Tour desk
    Conference facilities
    Doctor on call
    Currency exchange
    Internet
    Free internet
    Parking
    Free parking
    Accessibility
    Handicapped rooms/facilities
    Wheel chair access
    Accessible parking
    Public areas wheelchair accessible for disabled
    Wheelchair accessible elevators
    Ramp access to buildings

    Nearby points of interest

    • Precolumbian Gold Museum: 0.1 mi
    • Plaza de la Cultura: 0.1 mi
    • National Theater: 0.1 mi
    • Parque Espana: 0.2 mi
    • National Museum (Museo Nacional): 0.3 mi
    • Central Park (Parque Central): 0.3 mi
    • Parque Zoologico Nacional Simon Bolivar: 0.4 mi
    • Museum of Contemporary Art and Design: 0.5 mi
    • Spirogyra Butterfly Garden: 0.5 mi
    • Jade Museum (Museo Nacional del Jade): 0.6 mi
    • El Pueblo: 0.6 mi
    • Museo de los Ninos: 0.6 mi
    • Museo de Arte Costarricense: 1.6 mi
    • Correos de Costa Rica: 3.9 mi
    • Pueblo Antiguo (Parque Nacional de Diversiones): 4.3 mi
    • Precolumbian Gold Museum: 0.1 mi
    • Plaza de la Cultura: 0.1 mi
    • National Theater: 0.1 mi
    • Parque Espana: 0.2 mi
    • National Museum (Museo Nacional): 0.3 mi
    • Central Park (Parque Central): 0.3 mi
    • Parque Zoologico Nacional Simon Bolivar: 0.4 mi
    • Museum of Contemporary Art and Design: 0.5 mi
    • Spirogyra Butterfly Garden: 0.5 mi
    • Jade Museum (Museo Nacional del Jade): 0.6 mi
    • El Pueblo: 0.6 mi
    • Museo de los Ninos: 0.6 mi
    • Museo de Arte Costarricense: 1.6 mi
    • Correos de Costa Rica: 3.9 mi
    • Pueblo Antiguo (Parque Nacional de Diversiones): 4.3 mi
    • Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ): 14.8 mi
    • Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo: 18 mi
    • Chirripo National Park: 50.5 mi

    Dining

    LA CAFETERIA RESTAURANT

    In San Jose, Costa Rica, delicious food is a ritual to be enjoyed and shared with friends and family. Gather around a table in the relaxed dining room or take in the energy of our bar and toast to the simple life. A lively restaurant in San Jose, Costa Rica, La Cafeteria offers chef-inspired cuisine and daily specials, La Cafeteria is a dynamic culinary adventure in downtown San Jose. Enjoy the cuisine and culture of Costa Rica at our casual bistro any time of day.

    Restaurant Offers
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Hotel Policies

    Check-in:
    1400
    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.

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    Guest Reviews (166)

    Ratings and reviews for Hotel Presidente

    Overall score

    3.9 / 5
    5.01.0
    166 out of 166
    Amenities:
    3.7
    Room cleanliness:
    4.5
    Hotel staff:
    4.4
    Room comfort:
    4.3
    Location:
    4.1
    Value:
    4

    86% would recommend to a friend.

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    Review of Hotel Presidente

    Reviewer score

    4
    5.01.0
    Cantthinkofanythingelse
    Iowa City, Iowa
    Jun 17, 2012

    Comfortable stay

    Our stay was very comfortable at Hotel Presidente. The staff was very welcoming and helpful and our room was clean and spacious. The hotel is located right downtown.

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

    Reviewer score

    3
    5.01.0
    batsphere
    Business
    Chicago
    May 31, 2012

    Family and Gay friendly Hotel

    This hotel is for family and also if you are gay. If you are looking to bring guests to your room, stay away, especially femaie guests are not allowed. Otherwise a 3* hotel, no pool, spa is nothing biut one masseuse, and lobby bar pathetic, restauranct is mediocre at best. It is a good paid Jail for femaies, you can get in but can not in/go, security asks all kinds of questions and ID every time you want to enter after 8pm. Staff is not friendly, and they dont know fiteen from fifty five. Confused staff.

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

    Business

    Review of Hotel Presidente

    Reviewer score

    4
    5.01.0
    Carlos y Griselle
    Miami, Florida
    May 15, 2012

    Great Hotel for San Jose

    the hotel was great with a great location, walking distance from main attractions in San Jose city. Staff was very helpful and nice. Breakfast is great, good quality and variety. I will stay there if I have another stop in San Jose.

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

    In about 8 blocks from Presidente Hotel there is a restaurant called "La Casona tipica" across the " La Merced church" very authentic Meals, great prices and great service. Don't fall for "el patio" restaurant across from the Hotel, it is very expensive for San Jose.

    Review of Hotel Presidente

    Reviewer score

    1
    5.01.0
    J. Douglas
    San Jose
    Apr 3, 2012

    Very Disapointed

    After booking my room with my girlfriend from Costa Rica the Hotel would not let her check in because she arrived 3 hours after me and was not dressed appropiate, accouding to them. We were told this after I had already unpacked and after her 4 hour bus ride and my 6 hour flight. I was forced repack everything and move to a different hotel. I was also informed that the Presedente was going to charge me for a whole day even though I was only there for 3 hours. The hotel was also under construction which I was not told about either. Horrible experience.

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

    Reviewer score

    4
    5.01.0
    Sam Mantha
    Central Jersey, NJ
    Mar 15, 2012

    Nice Place and Great Price

    It's a very nice hotel considering it was in the middle of the busy city of San Jose. It was walking distance to a lot of attractions and stores. Staff was very helpful and polite. My husband and I felt very safe and would stay there again. The hotel also gave us an upgrade to a nicer room.

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

    Reviewer score

    3
    5.01.0
    Deuce M
    Houston, TX, USA
    Mar 7, 2012

    Depends. On Visitor

    this hotel is very friendly and professional. Went with a bunch of college buds and didn't know what to expect. This hotel is geared towards a family or couple experience. A group of guys would prefer a different hotel. Location is great. Casino below average since no tables were available.

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

    Del ray and horseshoe casino block away

    Review of Hotel Presidente

    Reviewer score

    5
    5.01.0
    Jon 555
    Miami, FL, USA
    Feb 1, 2012

    A Bit of Luxury in San Jose

    We checked in early with no problem. We were told we were upgraded for free, the room was incredible. Lots of space. The bathroom was one of the best hotel bathrooms I've ever seen. They let us come back and park our car after we checked out. The location was awesome, right on the central avenue. The restaurant had good, cheap food. Breakfast was nice too. The bar wasn't great but there's other options nearby.

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

    There is a big store on the central avenue 3/4 blocks west called Universal (good place to shop). Head through Universal and out the back door to a bar across the street where the locals gather. Cheap beer and authentic food. I recommend the Chifrijo with an ice cold pilsen.

    Review of Hotel Presidente

    Reviewer score

    4
    5.01.0
    Schnappi
    Malibu, California, USA
    Jan 21, 2012

    Centrally located

    I chose the hotel because it was centrally located and we could see and do a lot of things in the afternoon we were in San Jose. They are renovating the lobby area and when they are done it will be a perfect downtown location, on the corner, having a coffee or a meal watching people walk by (it is in a pedestrian zone). Right now they have the restaurant and bar opposite the reception area and it does quite well. What is really great is that they have airport transportation which is only 25US Dollars.

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

    Reviewer score

    4
    5.01.0
    Stepin
    Orange County, CA
    Dec 24, 2011

    Great location in the middle of San Juan

    Just one block from the plaza de cultural and all the local sites. Good bar and restaurant across the street and gringo fast food joints. Gave us a free upgrade with the outdoor jacuzzi.

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

    Reviewer score

    4
    5.01.0
    pointngdog
    Business
    Lexington, Kentucky
    Dec 2, 2011

    Great Downtown Hotel

    Great Hotel. Navagating San Jose traffic to reach hotel was a nightmare.

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

    Business

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