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Avenida 11 Calle 3 Bis Barrio Amon, San Jose 10103 Costa Rica
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#19 of 97 hotels in San Jose
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Taormina Hotel and Casino is strategically located in the historic neighborhood of Barrio Amon in San Jose, Costa Rica near the Financial Center of the Capital. It is close to cultural attractions, entertainment, and only 25 minutes away from the Juan Santamaria International Airport. The property features 90 magnificent rooms, distributed in a four story building. We're a very inviting hotel with a distinguished Costa Rican style and a friendly bi-lingual staff.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Casino and Gambling
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Car park
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Snack bar
Car hire
24-hour security
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Clothes dryer
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Interconnected rooms available
Safe
Telephone
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Modern
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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CaptainKuddles wrote a review Oct 2021
Miami Lakes, Florida448 contributions187 helpful votes
I have stayed in this hotel many times. My last time before this trip was in late 2019 before the Pandemic. Hotel is still in ok physical condition. I travel on business. MUCH has changed here since 2019. Mostly all new staff and ownership. New chef and different menu in restaurant. The hotel is well located near the central plaza of San Jose. I really liked staying here before, nice rooms, bathrooms, bar and restaurant. ROOMS, now are ok except for some rapid deterioration evident. BAR, well it is now full of "outsiders" who are not guests especially the majority are "working ladies (if you can call them that)". Worst, the Bar and Lobby and sometimes restaurant are full of AMERICANS mostly looking for a "special type of tourism". Almost No One inside the bar is ever wearing a mask even if they are not drinking. RESTAURANT, is ok, but not the same menu or quality as before, and also many "working ladies" inside the restaurant when the bar is full. I am in the medical business and this hotel has become in my opinion a "breeding ground" for Covid 19. The area outside the hotel during daylight is ok and I would consider safe. At night the over flow crowd (working ladies and who comes with them) are standing outside, I do not think it is safe. I had a business meeting here one day and it was embarrassing, the Pharmacist Lady who showed up almost left without entering due to the atmosphere. BREAKFAST, those who complain are crazy, they give 2 free choices. The TIPICO a Costa Rican Brakfast which I had every day and the AMERICAN. Breakfast is good, no complaints here. The TAORMINA Hotel has now become the New "Hotel El Rey and Blue Marlin Bar" in San Jose. I will not stay here again unless it changes completely back to what is was before. If you want to see the WORST of America, come to this Hotel & Bar around 7pm you will be amazed by what is transpiring.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Only Come If You Are a Man Looking for Special Female Tourism
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Edwin D wrote a review Sep 2021
Florida9 contributions3 helpful votes
Nice hotel for single travelers to enjoy nightlife, casino, bar. Beware of the charge of an extra $10 for anyone you take into the room and be charged on the credit card. Good breakfast will cost an additional $5 from their free breakfast.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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RDG66 wrote a review Sep 2021
Racine, Wisconsin116 contributions94 helpful votes
This hotel is NOT for families or couples, it is for single people. Think of it as a vintage Las Vegas hotel. If you understand that, then you will make the right choice. And I feel the hotel does a very good job indicating who its target customers are. It has a small casino, (2) bars (that get fairly loud), and a LOT of working girls. When I checked in I was told it was only a small charge to take each lady to my room, so that tells you the focus point here. As that was not my intention, I simply told him it would not be necessary in my case. But I can tell you that the environment is very professionally managed, and I feel most of the staff are very good. They control the environment well! It is very safe, and no one will approach you inside the hotel unless you wish it. So do not worry about the anyone there being a problem. I found the whole experience entertaining, as I love to “people watch”. As for the rooms, I found mine to be generally nice, though there were carpet stains, broken hardware, etc. Bed was a bit firm for me, but the pillows were fantastic! I always check my rooms well and found no insect issues. However, when I asked the room attendant (whom was VERY rude) for toilet paper, I found several bugs inside both rolls! Luckily I was able to kill them all before they got loose! Much to my surprise, I found the Italian restaurant food was very good and affordable. The Fettuccine was the best I’d ever had! Was so sad I tried it only on my last night. Also tried their “Massage Spa” (which is not a spa but a room with a massage table) and found the room was very nice and the woman very professional. However, the table is a VERY cheap and uncomfortable one, and the woman was massaging me while checking her phone several times. She also cut the hour down to less than 50 minutes - not good. But I was the last client of the day at 4pm, so she was likely tired, thus I understood. I was only there for (3) days and found the location convenient to the center. The area isn’t the best, but it also is not that bad. You may sometimes be bothered by beggars and such, but not often, and you will always be safe here. Again, just know what to expect. The last thing I want to say is that the place is noisy during the night! I was put on the 4th (top) floor, as I believe the management tries their best to give customers a great experience and the top floor is the farthest from the partying in the bars. Problem is that those party people go back and forth to their rooms and they are generally NOT considerate like the hotel staff. And there is a lot of traffic noise outside also. So sleeping will be a challenge for most. I used earplugs every night or I wouldn’t have slept at all. It’s unavoidable in that environment, so be warned! Would I return? Not likely, but only because of the noise. It is a nice hotel and many people will love it there. I feel the owners and staff are doing their best, and their best is pretty good!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Rob L wrote a review Aug 2021
41 contributions11 helpful votes
My stay in August was my first at Taormina, although I had been to the casino in the past. I do not know why people lie on these reviews, besides having a stick up their ___. The rooms are NOT worn out, they are in great shape. I opted to rent a suite, (#411) which had a living room area with a guest bathroom, and a master bedroom with a private bathroom. The bed was very comfortable, the furniture was classy and clean, and the bathrooms functioned well and were very clean. I also saw my buddies "superior" room which was also very nice (No living room). I scheduled my return Covid test for Monday afternoon at 2pm and the front desk called me at 2pm to say that the nurse was on her way up. $50 and 2 hours later, my results were emailed to me. The hotel manager also printed out a hard copy for me, which he surprised me with at check-out. The free breakfast was NOT two pieces of toast and fruit. You can choose from an American or Tipical Costa Rican breakfast. My american breakfast was Juice or coffee, fresh fruit, 2 eggs, hash brown, crispy bacon and toast. There were also extras (pancakes, waffles, etc) that you could order. The casino has slots and table games, (Roulette, blackjack, and others) and the sports bar has video gambling (Roulette and blackjack) too. The sports bar is empty during the day, but after 5pm the chica's start arriving. It's nothing too intimidating, and you can easily find a love affair for the evening if you so choose. The casino stays open later than the Covid curfew if you are staying at the hotel. The area around Taormina was safe for exploring during the day and was only a few blocks away from the main city center. Room service was great - Same menu as sportsbar and restaurant downstairs, but they also will bring you beers, drinks and shots as well. The prices were not more expensive and there was no service charge. The Wifi was great, I had multiple devices connected at all times with no issue. I did not see anyone having a bad experience at Taormina. All the guests were very friendly and we all spoke together at breakfast. My agent Elizabeth made all the reservations for me, including the Covid test. She got me the suite, got me a nice airport transfer, offered tour info, and even got the hotel to put a stand-up fan in my room for nighttime use. Elizabeth - 506 8742 3796 Whatsapp The General Manager (Sorry, I forgot his name) was on-site to say hello everyday. His front desk manager saw me waiting at the front door for the rain to slow down, and he came over with his personal umbrella to loan me to go outside. The front door guy checks everyone's temperature upon entering, and he will get you a cab if asked. I cannot recommend this hotel enough. If you are a single guy, or couple with no children, this hotel and casino is clean, safe and comfy. Families might want to consider the evening "scene" before booking. But to be clear, there is nothing crazy like nudity or fighting going on. There are just a bunch of ladies dressed sexy in the private sportsbar (There are frosted windows).....which your kids shouldn't be in anyways.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Cotobruseno wrote a review Jul 2021
Jaco, Costa Rica8 contributions1 helpful vote
I so enjoy coming to the Taormino and being in a luxurious room with a king bed, nice furniture , great coffee maker, endless hot showers , big views of the city , and generally very quiet atmosphere up on the fourth floor. This in contrast to living out on my farm in Southern Costa Rica or staying at modest hotels in beach towns and other tourist spots where things are decent but always a little simple. The Taormino feels modern and brings me back to civilization. The neighborhood is Barrio Amon and has a lot of colorful architecture and nice buildings from the last century . Very nearby is the zoo and several hectares of old forest right in the middle of the city . Exploring on foot is nice and felt quite safe to me in the daytime. Ten blocks away and your in the heart of downtown with the big pedestrian streets and various tourist destinations : The Gold Museum , The Theatre , etc. I dont do casinos but they do have a small one there with lots of games.and the food looks really good there. The bar at the casino is populated with ladies of the night if you are looking for company. There is a professional massage service during the day that can come to your room for a very reasonable price : $40-$60 for an hour plus. The restaraunt -cafe is nice and totally open to the street which can be noisy at times. Its a nice hotel and strategically located for tourism.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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US$82 - US$122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Hotel Mona Lisa
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of San JoseSan Jose MetroSan Jose
NUMBER OF ROOMS
87
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Frequently Asked Questions about Taormina Hotel and Casino
Which popular attractions are close to Taormina Hotel and Casino?
Nearby attractions include Carpe Chepe (0.4 km), Galeria Namu (0.2 km), and Spirogyra Butterfly Garden (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Taormina Hotel and Casino?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Taormina Hotel and Casino?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Taormina Hotel and Casino?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Taormina Hotel and Casino?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Taormina Hotel and Casino?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Rojo, Restaurante Silvestre, and La Criollita.
Does Taormina Hotel and Casino have airport transportation?
Yes, Taormina Hotel and Casino offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Taormina Hotel and Casino located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 1.0 km away from the centre of San Jose.
Are any cleaning services offered at Taormina Hotel and Casino?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Taormina Hotel and Casino offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Taormina Hotel and Casino?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.