$79 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Jul 17, 2014 Check-out: Jul 20, 2014

Hotel Presidente

4 stars
Central Avenue Blvd 7th Street, San Jose, 0
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
163 reviews
Very good choice

Everything is walking distances. I suggest eating at El Patio restaurant. Good prices and excellent... See full review

  • Olga Nelly
  • Jun 26, 2014
Great place

Beautiful room, got upgraded to a suite for free. Great location, perfect place to be in the middle... See full review

  • Meliton
  • Jan 27, 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 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

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    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.

    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 (163)

    Ratings and reviews for Hotel Presidente

    Overall score

    3.9 / 5
    5.01.0
    163 out of 163
    Amenities:
    3.7
    Room cleanliness:
    4.5
    Hotel staff:
    4.3
    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
    Davis / fireball
    St. Petersburg,Fl
    Aug 9, 2011

    Beautiful hotel, great price.

    Wanted to see the downtown area of San Jose. Great location for walking and seeing the historic area. Good restaurant close by.Rooms are very comfortable, staff was helpful, nice breakfast buffet.

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

    Reviewer score

    3
    5.01.0
    FLASH 55
    Washinton, D.C.
    Jul 20, 2011

    The good, the bad and the ugly

    This is my 4th stay at the Presidente and my least enjoyable. The staff was friendly and were doing their job accordingly. However, the Presidente has put a guest policy in place that is a shot in the dark as to who they will let enter the hotel. Although I like the hotel I will not stay there again and my many friends will not also. They will feel the effects of this policy when they review their bottom line in about 90 days when the guest policy really gets out.

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

    Reviewer score

    3
    5.01.0
    Anonymous
    Burlington, NC
    Jul 12, 2011

    Nice hotel...not so nice area

    Hotel itself was beautiful, but our room was not and the surrounding city of San Jose is not a very good area. Our "view" was the internal fire escape and smelled musty. There was no tub for the shower, just a small raise in the floor in the bathroom so when we showered, it leaked all the way out of the bathroom to the bed!! The description said there was a pool, but there wasn't. The food was excellent, we ordered dinner from room service (quesadilla & pepper steak) and we ate in the restaurant for breakfast (loved the coffee). Hotel felt secure since there was a "guard" at the entrances and the parking lot (what little one there was) was gated.

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

    Lots of shopping!!

    Review of Hotel Presidente

    Reviewer score

    3
    5.01.0
    Anonymous
    Burlington, NC
    Jul 12, 2011

    Nice hotel...not so nice area

    Hotel itself was beautiful, but our room was not and the surrounding city of San Jose is not a very good area. Our "view" was the internal fire escape and smelled musty. There was no tub for the shower, just a small raise in the floor in the bathroom so when we showered, it leaked all the way out of the bathroom to the bed!! The description said there was a pool, but there wasn't. The food was excellent, we ordered dinner from room service (quesadilla & pepper steak) and we ate in the restaurant for breakfast (loved the coffee). Hotel felt secure since there was a "guard" at the entrances and the parking lot (what little one there was) was gated.

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

    Lots of shopping!!

    Review of Hotel Presidente

    Reviewer score

    3
    5.01.0
    petemoss44
    columbia, maryland
    Jul 10, 2011

    Dishonest & Safety Concerns

    Management is dishonest. Before i booked, i asked about their guest policy and was emailed a copy of the hotel's policy. According to the presidente hotel guest policy; you are allowed one guest as long as she is in proper atire. but every guest i brought to the hotel was denied entry due to 'prior problems'. my 3rd guest was actually staying at the hotel & as a test i asked her to try to get in w/ me. she was denied! even the virgin mary would not be allowed in as a guest! the hotel's dishonest policy creates a safety issue because you are sent back out into the nite when most of the crime is occurring. IF YOU ARE SINGLE; STAY ELSEWHERE; THE hotel presdente WILL NOT ALLOW GUESTS IN!!

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

    hotel del rey was great, much cheaper than presidente & upfront about its policies.

    Review of Hotel Presidente

    Reviewer score

    3
    5.01.0
    petemoss44
    columbia, maryland
    Jul 10, 2011

    Dishonest & Safety Concerns

    Management is dishonest. Before i booked, i asked about their guest policy and was emailed a copy of the hotel's policy. According to the presidente hotel guest policy; you are allowed one guest as long as she is in proper atire. but every guest i brought to the hotel was denied entry due to 'prior problems'. my 3rd guest was actually staying at the hotel & as a test i asked her to try to get in w/ me. she was denied! even the virgin mary would not be allowed in as a guest! the hotel's dishonest policy creates a safety issue because you are sent back out into the nite when most of the crime is occurring. IF YOU ARE SINGLE; STAY ELSEWHERE; THE hotel presdente WILL NOT ALLOW GUESTS IN!!

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

    hotel del rey was great, much cheaper than presidente & upfront about its policies.

    Review of Hotel Presidente

    Reviewer score

    4
    5.01.0
    hugoboss
    long beach, ca
    Jun 9, 2011

    costa rica fun

    breakfast was great- the only thing i didnt like was no wi fi in the rooms- i always had to go downstairs- besides that everything was perfect!

    Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
    Amenities:
    5
    Room cleanliness:
    5
    Hotel staff:
    5
    Room comfort:
    5
    Location:
    5
    Value:
    5
    Dining tip: In Hotel

    great food, breakfast lunch and dinner

    Review of Hotel Presidente

    Reviewer score

    4
    5.01.0
    Bronson71
    Aventura, FL
    May 23, 2011

    No Female Friends Allowed!

    This hotel instituted a ridiculous,discriminatory and prejudicial policy of not allowing women to enter the hotel with guests staying at the hotel. This is a warning for any single guys to stay elsewhere if they want to have a good time in San Jose, Costa Rica. Otherwise, the hotel is well run and the rooms are very nice. The buffet breakfast is the same thing every day, but there is enough to please just about everybody.

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

    Stay at a different

    Review of Hotel Presidente

    Reviewer score

    4
    5.01.0
    Anonymous
    USA
    May 23, 2011

    great service

    The hotel was clean, the staff, especially [...] were helpful and friendly. The first day there the elevator to our floor broke down and we had to go down one level and around to another elevator, this was still not fixed when we left.The servers in the restaurant, particulary [...] were efficent and pleasant and the food was good.The breakfast is excellent,

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

    Take the combo tour, it was great.

    Review of Hotel Presidente

    Reviewer score

    4
    5.01.0
    Bronson71
    Aventura, FL
    May 23, 2011

    No Female Friends Allowed!

    This hotel instituted a ridiculous,discriminatory and prejudicial policy of not allowing women to enter the hotel with guests staying at the hotel. This is a warning for any single guys to stay elsewhere if they want to have a good time in San Jose, Costa Rica. Otherwise, the hotel is well run and the rooms are very nice. The buffet breakfast is the same thing every day, but there is enough to please just about everybody.

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

    Stay at a different

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