Admittedly, when most people visit Costa Rica, it's for lush tropical escapes, not the bustling urban streets of San Jose. However, for the business visit or layovers that find you in the city, Hotel Presidente places you in a pleasant pedestrian area with lots of local color.
The hotel décor is modern and simple with few frills. Rooms look recently updated and well-maintained. While rooms may not be flush with amenities, the hotel provides many free services: Wi-Fi for everyone, an evening reception and a daily hot breakfast buffet.
It is easy to explore San Jose from this hotel because almost every attraction is less than a mile away. Hotel Presidente sits on the corner of Avenida Central in the center of San Jose next to a pedestrian mall that is lined with restaurants, shops and fast food. This area is where tourists can buy traditional Costa Rican bric-a-brac to bring home as gifts. Local cuisine is found just outside the door within the pedestrian mall and surrounding areas.
A four-minute walk will take you to Casino Club Colonial, a full casino that also houses a 24-hour restaurant and bar, great for a night out. Other attractions such as the Jade Museum, Gold Museum and Chinatown are a one- to five-minute walk from the hotel.
From the press:
“Set right on Avenida Central, the city’s bustling commercial center” -- Frommer’s
“The rooftop terrace with a hot tub has one of those great views of the city people keep a secret” -- Fodor’s
Gym / fitness center
Currency exchange available.
24-hour front desk
Airport transfer (fees apply)
Laundry / dry cleaning
Room service (limited hours)
Iron and ironing board available on request.
Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
Check-in time starts at 2pm Check-out time is 12pm
You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.
Know Before You Go
This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details 48 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
Children 10 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
Airport shuttle fee: CRC 18500 per vehicle (one way)
Late check-out fee: CRC 17500
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.
Mandatory Fees and Taxes
You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
Deposit: CRC 15000 per night
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.
Hotel Presidente is a 40-minute drive from Juan Santamaria International Airport, and a taxi can cost anywhere from $25-$35.
Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.
You will pay the hotel in the hotel's local currency. The rate displayed (in CAD) is an estimate based on today's currency exchange rate.
The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.
*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.
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