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Nuevo Maragato Hotel & Hostel

Avenida Central Entre Calles 1 Y 3 Antiguo Hotel Gran Via, San Jose 10101 Costa Rica
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#52 of 97 hotels in San Jose

Hotel El Maragato is an excellent choice for travellers visiting San Jose, offering a budget friendly environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.

Hotel El Maragato offers guests an array of room amenities including air conditioning, and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available.

The hotel offers 24 hour front desk, a concierge, and newspaper, to make your visit even more pleasant. The property also features free breakfast.

Nearby landmarks such as Plaza de la Cultura (0.1 mi) and Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana) (0.2 mi) make Hotel El Maragato a great place to stay when visiting San Jose.

While in San Jose, you may want to check out some of the restaurants that are a short walk away from Hotel El Maragato, including La Esquina de Buenos Aires (0.3 mi), Restaurante Grano de Oro (1.1 mi), and La Terrasse French Cuisine (0.5 mi).

If you’re looking for something to do, Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (0.1 mi), Precolumbian Gold Museum (0.1 mi), and Mercado Nacional de Artesanías (0.4 mi) are a nice way to spend some time, and they are all within walking distance of Hotel El Maragato.

Enjoy your stay in San Jose!

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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Car hire
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Breakfast in the room
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Non-smoking rooms
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish


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malpais wrote a review Jan 2020
West Tisbury, Massachusetts10 contributions
Old but Clean and safe. Exceptional staff. Under new managemet change is underway to brighten up the hotel. I have seen many changes at this hotel over the past 5 years and with Luis as the new owner I see positive progress. Within waalking distance to all top cultural San Jose . 5 minite walk to bus for airport
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Date of stay: December 2019
Coto Brus wrote a review Dec 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We’ve been going to Hotel El Maragato for over a decade. WARNING! There’s a thief with access to the room keys. On Nov 29th, 2019, we locked our room and went to dinner. At 3am, I discovered my MacBook Pro missing as we went through airport security. The only time it was out of my sight is when we went to dinner. I alerted the night clerk immediately. He checked the room and found nothing. It’s now Dec 11th, and I’m STILL waiting to hear from the manager. I’ve called repeatedly. I'm always told that the manager will view the security footage, then contact me. Meanwhile, a charge appeared on my credit card from UNIVERSIDAD FORMARTE SAN JOSE. This is an online trade school. (Huh?!) It’s owned by El Maragato’s financial advisor. The amount is the same as our hotel bill. Are they trying to hide their revenue? Overall, the hotel is good for the price and location. Bring earplugs. The inside rooms away from the main street are quieter, but you’ll still hear noise all night long. There’s hot water, but use it when the other rooms on your floor are vacant. Otherwise, you’ll get a trickle every time someone else turns it on. The staff has been very nice on the majority of our visits, including long-time manager Daniel Venega. (Although he was rude when we had a complaint a few years ago.) Regardless, if he won’t view the security footage to catch their thief, more valuables will be stolen. For my part, my laptop was the most valuable thing I owned. I’ll never go there again!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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GaryDietz wrote a review Nov 2019
Celina, Ohio8 contributions3 helpful votes
When I was looking for a room for San Jose CR I used the filters and checked airport shuttle. The night before I was to arrive I called to arrange for pickup at airport and was told the shuttle cost was $65.00 for round trip. When I asked the guy why I should pay $65.00 for a $ 52.00 room he just laughed. I canceled and stayed near the airport with free shuttle
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Date of stay: November 2019
ptrigg68 wrote a review Aug 2019
Sheffield, United Kingdom73 contributions16 helpful votes
Hotel El Maragato is fine if you're looking for somewhere close to the centre of San Jose for a night or two, it's literally 100m from Teatro Nacional. The photos on booking.com are not reflective of what you get, call it artistic licence! The rooms are tired and souless although the price is good for the location. The breakfast is ok at best. Aside from the location the best thing about this hotel are the staff who are very friendly and helpful 😊
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
sjorsp wrote a review Apr 2019
The Hague, The Netherlands1 contribution1 helpful vote
Hotel staff at the reception was clearly high on drugs. Had to pay upfront. The staff member had us wait for 25mins while he was playing on his Nintendo right in front of us. He almost broke my credit card while smashing it into the machine several times. Had to do it myself in the end because the staff was too high to do so. After we paid we were told that there was no running water and it would take half an hour to fix it. In the end, we didn’t have running water for the entire stay and we weren’t compensated for it in any way(?!). (Was that the reason why we had to pay upfront?) The hotel room was extremely dirty and smelly (sweat and smoke). DO NOT BOOK This hotel. Zero value for money
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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US$22 - US$92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nuevo Maragato Hotel & Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Nuevo Maragato Hotel & Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Galeria Namu (0.4 km), Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (0.10 km), and Jade Museum (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Nuevo Maragato Hotel & Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and meeting rooms.
What food & drink options are available at Nuevo Maragato Hotel & Hostel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a snack bar during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Nuevo Maragato Hotel & Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Rojo, Tenedor Argentino, and POPS.
Is Nuevo Maragato Hotel & Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of San Jose.
Are pets allowed at Nuevo Maragato Hotel & Hostel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Nuevo Maragato Hotel & Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Nuevo Maragato Hotel & Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (0.10 km), Ruinas de Ujarras (1.8 km), and Chepeteando/ San José a pie (0.05 km).