"One night stay - nice!"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 26, 2013
The hotel offers a lot of nice amenities - the free calls to the USA were a nice perk to check in with family back home, the free happy hour is always a plus, the swimming pool and hottub were very nice, the free airport shuttle was excellent, and the room was comfortable. The neighborhood leaves a lot to be desired but for a quick one night stay - it was perfectly fine! We found an excellent Chinese restaurant within a few minutes walk (random, I know) but the food was amazing. The Denny's free breakfast in the morning was a nice way to start the day before heading out of San Jose. I would recommend this hotel for a quick stay. All the right amenities and nice service. I wouldn't stay here for an extended stay unless you have a car to visit other areas.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 25, 2013
This was my 2nd time staying at the B.W. Downtown and I was there on New year's eve 2012 and also back in August. The staff is pleasant, the hotel is clean, there is free internet and international calls. There is a Gray line tour office on site and the guy who runs it is extremely helpful. He set up a day trip for me to play golf at la Iguana golf course on the coast. For the price of the rooms it can't be beat. You are only 15min from the airport. The money you save here can be better used exploring the city and country.
"Good San Jose option"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 23, 2013
For a reasonable price I think Palma Real wasn't a bad option especially with all that was included for the price. There was a free airport transfer via another company but which was arranged through the hotel. I had a few minutes on the phone when I got there with reception before someone could give me details about the transfer.... never the less it was sorted out in the end.
Check-in process was smooth and very helpful with all the necessary info on breakfast and free wifi. Very spacious room on the second floor. I did have a request for a king bed and despite that, both times we checked in there we got rooms with 2 separate double beds. The hotel itself and rooms all seemed modern and very updated ... Major plus in my books !!
Buffet breakfast was good with adequate choices and seating areas.... hours run the typical 6 - 10 AM. A short walk from the hotel you also have a few other fast food options (Subway, Burger King etc).
The park and stadium are also within a short 5 minute walk along with the bus stop that would take you directly into San Jose in less than 15 minutes for less than $1
One last thing that was very good and helpful.... we went to another part of Costa Rica for a few days, so rather than lugging around our large checked luggage, they were able to store it at the hotel until we came back. That was a real time & money saver !!
"Cozy and cheap place to stay"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 14, 2013
The hotel is located near downtown, the theatre, etc. so we were able to easily walk around. The cab drivers had trouble finding the hotel. It's not a well known hotel. We had a tiny room with two twin beds. The accomodations were slightly above a hostel. But, it felt like you were staying at someone's place (since it's a converted mansion). We paid $70/night. For $100/night we also stayed at the Radisson in San Jose which was a million times nicer (but in a terrible and unsafe location). Stay at the Grand Oro if you can afford it.