"Only come here if your spending more than one nigh"
If you need a hotel for the night before you catch a flight then I would recommend staying in Alajuela. It's closer cheaper and more convenient to the airport. Downtown San Jose is about 30-45 min drive depending on traffic, and there will always be traffic. On top of that the hotel charges $35 each way to shuttle. You could prob get a cab cheaper I found one for $20 but on the way out I couldn't. Another option is the bus which is super cheap if your more adventurous.
Hotel is modern, nice and close to everything. The beds were not great, I had a hard time sleeping, and I like a hard mattress but when you can't get your pillow to conform it's going to be very uncomfortable.
This family-friendly La California hotel is located near the airport, steps from Morazan Park, National Theater, and Gold …More
I've stayed in amazing hotels all around the world, but Xandari has moved into first place as my all-time favorite. It's like a little Eden on Earth. The room filled with original art was wonderful - the grounds were beyond gorgeous - the free breakfast was fabulous. I could have stayed there, never leaving the grounds, for at least a week. We were there two days and didn't get to experience even half of it. It is truly a healing place. The refrigerator - with the daily replenished free snacks - was an added bonus. The view was also spectacular. I loved how each room felt so private. The shower was incredible. Also the security was reassuring. Loved this place!
Traveller from Washington
Situated near the airport, this spa resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Alajuela Cathedral, Doka Estate, and Estadio Alejandro …More
I've stayed at a lot of very nice hotels but nothing with as great of service as this coffee plantation hotel. The entire staff was friendly and all but a couple maids spoke perfect English. The chef is friendly and outgoing so have a chat with him at the outdoor dining area and bar while enjoying your afternoon free cookies and amazing coffee. He's trained in Orlando and spent many years as a chef in Naples, FL. His food is as good as any 4 star restaurant in the US and most of it comes from the green house and chickens onsite. After the first dinner we decided to eat every meal we could at the hotel and work our way through the entire menu. The spa was was excellent as well and very accommodating. My wife and I arrived about 3:00 and each had a spa treatment before dinner. I wish I'd made time for another one before I left.
The only downside is driving near San Jose. I rented a car and mapped out my route thoroughly but once I left the airport I found out that Costa Rica does not have street signs and most roads are barely two lanes with no lines painted and run through neighborhoods. The only way to navigate is by getting a hot spot device and using Waze on your cellphone. The turn to the hotel is almost impossible to find and the sign on the road can only be read from 10 feet away. Just stop at Britt Cafe and ask for directions while loading up on the chocolates you'll pay triple for at the airport.
I'll definitely be back with a larger group next time!
Traveller from Houston, TX
Situated near the airport, this spa resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of ARA Project, Cafe Britt Coffee Farm, and Ultrapark Free …More