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Hotel Presidente

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- Good value central hotel
- 20 minutes from airport
- Lovely rooftop bar/restaurant
- Coffee shop, gym, spa

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Hotel Presidente is a centrally located, midrange hotel in the buzzing capital city of San Jose, in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica. This comfortable downtown property offers 92 rooms and suites, an airy rooftop bar and restaurant, and a coffee shop, gym and spa, all located in the heart of the city, within walking distance of key visitor sites including museums, parks, restaurants and shopping areas. With San Jose’s international airport only 20 minutes’ drive away, the Presidente is a good value option for a stopover at the start or end a Costa Rica visit.

Communal areas include a smart, contemporary rooftop restaurant and bar, with an airy alfresco terrace filled with bougainvillea and great views of the Central Valley and surrounding peaks. Open from afternoons till late, it offers welcome respite from the busy streets below. The ground floor News Café Restaurant is an ideal spot for people watching. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the menu includes international and Costa Rican dishes. There’s a gym on the 7th floor, and beauty treatments and massages are available at the tranquil in-house spa.

The hotel’s central location makes it a great base for exploring the sights of this lively metropolis. The city’s bustling Central Market, popular with locals and visitors alike, is a few minutes’ walk away. The verdant Parque Central is also within easy reach, along with the National Museum, the elegant National Theatre, and the Jade Museum.

The accommodation comprises 92 rooms and suites, varying in size. Compact standard rooms have a double or twin beds, an ensuite bathroom and a comfortable lounge area with floor-to-ceiling windows and a small private balcony. Substantial ‘spa’ rooms offer king size beds, lounge areas and Jacuzzi baths. Suites are larger again, and contain a king or twin bedroom, a separate lounge, a spacious bathroom (many including a double Jacuzzi), and a private balcony with lovely views of the distant Central Mountains. Most impressive of all, the master suite boasts two king size bedrooms and a whopping 1900 square feet of living space, including an airy living room, dining room, bar, and bathroom with open air shower and large Jacuzzi. All rooms come with satellite TV, air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, a minibar, and room service. Due to some access issues with accommodation on higher floors, we recommend only taking rooms on the first three floors of the hotel.

Children are extremely welcome at the Presidente. Guests up to 12 years of age stay free of charge when sharing a room with adults, and standard rooms accommodate up to three guests.

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    Missingfiona g reviewing Complete Vietnam For Families on 15 April 2024

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    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

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