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Street 19 Corner of Avenue 11 and 13, 200 meters north, 200 meters ouest and 25 south from the Santa Teresita Church, San Jose 2070 Costa Rica
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#14 of 97 hotels in San Jose
GreenLeaders Platinum level
Hotel Aranjuez is located in San Jose and is surrounded by a tropical garden. Free breakfast buffet, free WiFi access and free private parking are available. Each room here features an authentic historic decor and will provide you with a cable TV, an outdoor seating area and a private bathroom with a bath or shower and a hairdryer. All rooms have a desk and a safety-deposit box. Our wonderfull Breakfast Buffet is also included. At Hotel Aranjuez you will find a 24-hour front desk, a garden and a terrace. Other facilities offered at the property include a tour desk, luggage storage and laundry facilities. The property offers free parking. The hotel is 1.1 km from Pre-Colombian Gold Museum, 1.2 km from National Theatre of Costa Rica and 1.4 km from Metropolitan Cathedral. Juan Santamaria International Airport is 16 km away.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Taxi service
24-hour security
Baggage storage
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Car park
Breakfast buffet
Convenience store
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Wardrobe / wardrobe
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish


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Grade: 89 out of 100
39Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
5Attractionswithin 0.5 km
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Mark L wrote a review 4 Jan
Cambridge, United Kingdom78 contributions43 helpful votes
If you want Best western generic , look away this not for you , the quirkiness has good n bad the rooms are hit n miss some better than others we got a short straw but was a late booking , basic and functional a standard double that might be a bit small for some, the hotel is charming made of old traditional houses knocked into one , breakfast on the patio was great , lots of little chill out areas enjoy a glass such a lovely chilled atmosphere, the staff where all great especially the girl on reception helping our stay run smooth and booking a great priced driver to take us to Manuel Antonio. locally couple good restaurants the hotel offering looked good also , 15 mins walk to city centre. we only booked this originally as we where concerned that arriving in the early hours would be an issue unlike other hotels who didn't even reply to emails this one replied instantly to confirm they check in 24hrs , we certainly be checking in there again soon I hope
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Date of stay: December 2021
Room Tip: away from reception
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Response from Sandra Jara Castro, Director General at Hotel Aranjuez
Responded 6 days ago
Hi Mark, Thank you very much for your comment! We're glad that you enjoyed your stay with us! Hope to see you again in the near future. Thanks!
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Margaret W wrote a review Dec 2021
7 contributions1 helpful vote
We were so lucky to stay there. Checked in December and my husband got sick. He was in pain and his back and leg were hurting. NOT COVID This messed up our trip to costa rica. BUT the hotel and staff were wonderful about it. They let us stay extra nights (9 we were booked for 1) they got a wheelchair for us, and called cabs. The room was cute. Service and breakfast were great. And we were able to continue our trip after many trips to the hospital.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Sandra Jara Castro, Director General at Hotel Aranjuez
Responded 6 days ago
Hi Margaret! Thank you very much for your comment! We hope your husband is OK now and that you're enjoying your trip in Costa Rica. Thanks for staying with us! Happy New year!
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Raquel M wrote a review Dec 2021
22 contributions21 helpful votes
The best value option in San José. And probably one of the best hotel breakfasts in any hotel I've ever been. It also has a beautiful green area that makes you feel as if you were in a mountain hotel. It is our usual hotel when we have to stay in San José downtown, highly recommended
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Date of stay: September 2021
Room Tip: The difference on price between the standard and the superior room is minimal . And those 10...
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Response from Sandra Jara Castro, Director General at Hotel Aranjuez
Responded 6 days ago
Hola Raquel, Thank you very much for trusting us for your stay in San José. Hope to see you again, take care and have a happy New Year!
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vzoccali wrote a review Aug 2021
Bethesda, Maryland4 contributions3 helpful votes
I booked the hotel based on all the positive reviews, but it feels like I was duped. The hostel we stayed at before coming to Hotel Aranjuez seemed like luxury in comparison. The issues spanned multiple areas: 1) Check-in: When we first arrived, the hotel front door was locked, so we rang the doorbell and waited. We rang the doorbell 5 times over the course of 15 minutes until a front desk person finally showed up to let us in. During that time, a man angrily approached us on the street for money. 2) Room cleanliness: Once we were able to check in and go to our room, the first thing we noticed were the bugs. There was a cricket the size of my palm on the wall and bugs throughout the room and bathroom. I noticed the windows were open and didn't have screens, which is very unusual in Costa Rica since bugs are everywhere. Closing the windows helped, but there were so many spiders in the bathroom and shower, we didn't even feel comfortable showering. There was also mold on the bathroom ceiling. We ended up sleeping with the light on and only stayed 1 of the 2 nights we had booked. We booked a different hotel instead for our second night because we felt so uncomfortable. I am a low-key traveler and have stayed all over the world in different levels of accommodation, and I have never felt more uncomfortable than at Hotel Aranjuez. 3) Breakfast: Even though breakfast was included in the price, they only had 2 time slots available which we conflicted with an appointment we had, so we were not able to take part. 4) WiFi: We were only able to connect to the WiFI once for a few minutes. The rest of the time, it seemed like it would connect but it wouldn't actually work.
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Date of stay: August 2021
kelsie122 wrote a review Aug 2021
Columbus, Ohio17 contributions4 helpful votes
We decided to stay at Hotel Aranjuez after reading the description of the hotel in the Costa Rica Moon Guides book. We were pretty happy with our stay, the hotel was easy to find and within walking distance of many of the sites and restaurants in the city. Booking through trip advisor/ Expedia for the discounted rate will get you the room right behind the reception desk though. It wasn’t too bad but it was loud at times, especially when the doorbell rang. The absolute best part of our stay though was the breakfast! Im not sure how often they change the menu because it was the same both days we stayed, but there are three options so you can change it up a little! I’m sure during non covid times there is a buffet of sorts, but we just ordered off the menu. The little dining area is so cute, it’s nice to be outdoors for breakfast. The room was fine, there is no fridge. The shower worked well and had hot water, but the sink only runs cold. If you drive, just park on the street. The staff assured us it is a safe neighborhood and it’s not worth the hassle of having them unlock the gate to park in the little driveway. Overall we had a decent stay and had quality sleep!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Plan to Uber or walk places, don’t take a taxi. Have dinner next door at 11.47 Restaurante!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Aranjuez
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Aranjuez?
Nearby attractions include Parque Nacional Park (0.1 km), Feria Verde de Aranjuez (0.1 km), and Parque España (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Aranjuez?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Aranjuez?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Aranjuez?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Aranjuez?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Terrasse French Cuisine, 11.47 Restaurante, and Cafe Mundo.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Aranjuez?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Aranjuez?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (1.2 km), Ruinas de Ujarras (2.0 km), and Chepeteando/ San José a pie (1.2 km).
Is Hotel Aranjuez accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.