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Hotel Colonial

Calle 11, Avenidas 2 y 6 Behind La Soledad Cathedral, San Jose 10106 Costa Rica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 28/09/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Hotel Colonial
Updated 28/09/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#45 of 97 hotels in San Jose
We're your perfect hosts for a restful vacation in cozy surroundings, a restored neocolonial building nearly a century old.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Car hire
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Outdoor pool
Coffee shop
Poolside bar
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Rooftop bar
Taxi service
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Glenn H wrote a review Dec 2021
Toronto, Canada6 contributions
The room was comfortable and spacious enough, there is no a/c but the it was not that hot and ceiling fan was sufficient. There is no sound mitigation. The surrounding area at rush hours is endless traffic honking and train sounds, although it was quiet overnight. As the units open out into a courtyard/mezzanine you can fully hear all talking from the dining area below or outside your room and its very annoying...there was some voice on a megaphone a few blocks over for hours on end. Bathroom was decent but weak shower. The best part was the cafe/restaurant which had delicious meals and excellent service for dinner. Included breakfast was fairly limited but sufficient for a short stay.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Response from Silvia Vargas, Director General at Hotel Colonial
Responded 5 Dec 2021
Es un gusto saber que en general tuvo una estancia agradable y que disfrutó nuestro restaurante. Lamentamos la situación con el ruido, que es típico de la ciudad.
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Rotemamir wrote a review Sep 2021
4 contributions
Amazing device by David. I wanted a certain cocktail and they didn’t have in the menu, but David didn’t give up and made me a new cocktail of his own invention, even when I told him that is ok .best service and very professional.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from Silvia Vargas, Director General at Hotel Colonial
Responded 5 Dec 2021
Nos encanta saber que disfrutaste tu estadía en nuestro hotel, y que fueron atendidos de la mejor manera. Esperamos poder servirle en una próxima oportunidad
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904agnesc wrote a review Jan 2021
Zoutleeuw, Belgium211 contributions95 helpful votes
Easy to find : go to the Chinese gateway on Avenida 2, 2nd left and you walk right into the hotel. The city center, all the parks, the museums, the Mercado artisanal, bus stops, it is all just a 5 minutes walk away. Quiet at night, helpful staff and OK breakfast.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
1 Helpful vote
Response from Silvia Vargas, Director General at Hotel Colonial
Responded 13 Jan 2021
We aprecciate your review! We are happy that you had a good experience while staying with us. We will keep working on improve our quality.
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Quoi N wrote a review Dec 2020
San Francisco, California3 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband asked for a quiet room on the upper floor when we booked it. When we got there, one of unfriendly staff said she was giving us the first floor since my husband asked for. Since we were tired, we didn't argue and stayed on the first floor. Until late night, I could hear all the noise from its dining area. Please make sure you don't want the first floor. When we walked into the room, it was humid and had bad smell. I didn’t even want to sit. The room is small. OK. That's ok that's what we paid for. Breakfast: It was supposed to be served from 7:30. Only one staff worked. Each day whoever served the meal had different rules. Terrible breakfast. Continental breakfast, two pieces of white bread, jam and fruit. Poor. That’s ok it may be that’s what we paid for. Thank God, I stayed only 2 days. It is hard to believe 5 star reviews. Whoever left 5 star review, did you guys really stayed there?
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Date of stay: December 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: First floor rooms can hear everything. It will wake you up from the noise outside. You will hear...
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Response from Silvia Vargas, Director General at Hotel Colonial
Responded 28 Dec 2020
Agradecemos su tiempo en calificar nuestros servicios. Lamentamos que su experiencia no haya sido agradable. Ciertamente estamos en el proceso de acomodarnos con la nueva normalidad, y dado que no habíamos tenido un flujo importante de huéspedes hasta esta semana, estábamos trabajando con poco personal; no obstante, ya hemos corregido esta situación para evitar inconvenientes. Con respecto al desayuno, igualmente estamos encontrando las mejores formas para no afectar el funcionamiento y garantizar la seguridad de todos nuestros huéspedes ante la amenaza del Covid. Lamentamos lo del ruido, por esa razón nuestro restaurante cafetería cierra a las 8 de la noche para evitar molestias en su descanso.
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Christine G wrote a review Mar 2020
Scotland, United Kingdom482 contributions216 helpful votes
Stayed here for two nights. The hotel is small and when you try to take a taxi to it the taxi drivers are likely to take you to the much bigger colonial centre. It's right in the centre of town so it's in reach of all the main sites in the city. The staff are friendly and helpful and our room as well as the hotel was clean and fresh. It has a small pool but not big enough for swimming. We had a nice lunch there.
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Date of stay: February 2020
2 Helpful votes
Response from SilviaVargas, Gerente at Hotel Colonial
Responded 10 Mar 2020
Muchas gracias por dejarnos sus lindos comentarios. Nos motivan a seguir trabajando y dando nuestro mayor esfuerzo. Con respecto a la piscina, efectivamente es pequeña, pero es un extra en la ciudad, pues casi ningún hotel tiene esta opción.
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US$61 - US$98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Colonial
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Colonial?
Nearby attractions include Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (0.4 km), Jade Museum (0.2 km), and Pre-Columbian Gold Museum (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Colonial?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Colonial?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, blackout curtains, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Colonial?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, free breakfast, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Colonial?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Colonial?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tenedor Argentino, La Esquina de Buenos Aires, and Sapore Trattoria.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Colonial?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Hotel Colonial located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of San Jose.
Does Hotel Colonial offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Colonial?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Colonial?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (0.4 km), Ruinas de Ujarras (1.4 km), and Chepeteando/ San José a pie (0.5 km).