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4.5 out of 5

"Solo backpacking through Costa Rica and ended my journey for a four night stay here in December 2021/Jan 2022. The location is perfect for exploring S ... " More

By a verified traveler on Mon 03 Jan 2022

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Hotel Description

4-star hotel near Plaza de la Cultura

Heart of San José

With a stay at this Catedral hotel, you'll be steps from Plaza de la Cultura and National Theater. Templo de Música and Parque Espana are also within half a mile (1 km).

Multiple dining options

This hotel features 2 restaurants and a rooftop terrace. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 24-hour business center, free WiFi in public areas, and airport shuttle. Relax with a drink at the bar/lounge and enjoy perks like free self parking.

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$126* Per night/room Mar 8 - Mar 9

Superior Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Superior Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Hotel Presidente ratings based on 11 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 5.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 5.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Hotel Presidente

Everyone (9) Family (2)
5 out of 5
Solo backpacking through Costa Rica and ended my journey for a four night stay here in December 2021/Jan 2022. The location is perfect for exploring San Jose's central avenue and central market. The property is modern, comfortable and clean. The rooftop restaurant is affordable and modern/classy for the perfect dinner overlooking the city. The best part of this hotel is the staff. Ive traveled all over the world and front desk staff at Hotel Presidente is one of the best. Every question answered, they went above and beyond to accommodate any request and did it all with genuine compassion and courtesy. From the security, maids, waiters and waitresses, front desk, to the shuttle driver... all were absolutely and pleasure. This will be the only place I stay when I return to San Jose. Pura Vida!!

Posted by on Jan 3, 2022

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4 out of 5
Very nice inside

Posted by on Dec 17, 2021

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5 out of 5

Posted by , from Newark on Dec 11, 2021

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4 out of 5
Staff are very nice. Place is very cute and clean but a bit old.

Posted by on Jan 10, 2021

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1 out of 5
We made reservations for the Radisson San Jose no for The Presidente Hotel I don’t like a made sure never reservations we your company

Posted by on Aug 14, 2019

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5 out of 5
First time in San Jose and decided to stay at the hotel presedente . The staff are very friendly and helpful!! The hotel was clean and the room was clean and comfortable!! If I’m ever back in San Jose that’s where I will stay

Posted by , from Panama City Beach Fl on Sep 19, 2018

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5 out of 5

Nice hotel in center of city

An oasis in middle of busy city center. Staff members are all friendly and very helpful. Restaurant on 4th floor was enjoyable. Breakfast was free and very nice hot buffet, eggs prepared for you and cold items. Was safe and secure. Room very nice.

Posted by , from Maryland on Nov 18, 2017

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5 out of 5

In the middle of city center

Pros: The atmosphere was great and makes you feel at ease with the help of staff, and the rooms make you feel nice and comfortable
Cons: Nothing except having a hot tub would be nice!
Location: Shopping and casinos!
I really liked this hotel. It looks like in the area you're in that it wouldn't look that great but once security lets you through that gate, you see how truly nice this hotel is. Staff was amazing (they even scheduled a shuttle for us to the airport at 4 in the morning!) and the beds/room/shower were great! You're also next to cute shopping stores!

Posted by , from orange county, ca on Jun 14, 2017

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5 out of 5

This is my favorite hotel to stay at

I really can't say enough about this hotel & its staff. Kindness beyond expectation and such a beautiful hotel... the roof top is epic and the rooms are beautiful. Perfect location in the down town are

Posted by on May 24, 2017

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5 out of 5

My mom's birthday trip

This wasn't my first trip to San Jose, but it was for my mother and sister. I chose to stay at Hotel Presidente because I've stayed before. The same girl that checked me in last year was still at the desk. She is so sweet and nice. They are all very helpful the room was clean and the breakfast was excellent. I love thier many choices. I will not stay at another hotel when I am in San Jose, this one is centrally located and walking distance to so many shops and so much food! Love it. Definitely staying again.

Posted by , from Houston, TX on Oct 27, 2015

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Property Features

There are 2 restaurants on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. There's an onsite 24-hour business center. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. A rooftop terrace, a library, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at the business-friendly Hotel Presidente. An area shuttle within 50 km and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) are available for a fee. Free self parking is available. This 4-star San José hotel is smoke free.

  • 80 guestrooms or units
  • 8 levels
  • 2 buildings
  • 2 dining venues
  • Built in 1963
  • Terrace on the roof
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Library
  • Garden
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Television in lobby
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site
  • Bar or lounge

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired internet


Free self parking


  • Train station: San Jose Procuradiria Museum Station (0.7 km / 0.4 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle and area shuttle within 50 km available for a surcharge
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Hotel Presidente offers 80 air-conditioned accommodations with laptop-compatible safes and complimentary bottled water. Each accommodation is individually furnished. Beds feature down comforters and premium bedding. 32-inch LCD televisions come with cable channels. Bathrooms include showers and hair dryers. This San José hotel provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Housekeeping is offered daily and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested.

  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • HD television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy full breakfast daily from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Las Americas Restaurant - This rooftop bar specializes in local cuisine and serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting).

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Horse riding nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golfing nearby


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Accessible bathroom (in select rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (in select rooms)
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility (in select rooms)

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at anytime
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). To arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 48 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Hotel Presidente offers transfers from the airport (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation 48 hours prior to arrival with your arrival details. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 10 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • Pets are welcome and stay free
  • Only dogs and cats are allowed
  • Maximum 1 per room


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, and JCB International. Cash is not accepted. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings. This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Pets allowed (no fees)
  • Temperature checks are available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are not washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-out is not available
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Protective clothing is not available to guests
  • Property follows sanitization practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Staffed front desk
  • Children stay free - maximum age 10
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Children stay free
  • Individually-wrapped food options are not available
  • Gap period enforced between guest stays - 24 hours


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for full breakfast: USD 16 for adults and USD 8 for children (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 35 per vehicle (one way)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Hotel Presidente
  • Hotel Presidente San Jose Costa Rica
  • Presidente Hotel
  • Presidente San Jose Costa Rica
  • Hotel Presidente San Jose City Center Costa Rica
  • Hotel Presidente Costa Rica
  • Presidente San Jose City Center Costa Rica
  • Presidente Costa Rica

You should know

  • Please note that this property can refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, which include pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
  • Children 10 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.