WHAT THE GUIDEBOOKS SAY
Frommer’s Costa Rica 2006 - "If you're looking for a small hotel that is unmistakably Costa Rican and hints at the days of the planters and coffee barons, this is the place for you. Located in an old residential neighborhood, only blocks from the business district, the Don Carlos is popular with both vacationers and businesspeople. A large reproduction of a pre-Columbian carved-stone human figure stands outside the front door of this gray inn, which was a former president's mansion. Inside you'll find many more such reproductions, as well as orchids, ferns, palms, paintings, and parrots.
"After a day of exploring the capital, there's nothing like settling down in the lounge, the small courtyard, or the sunny deck, where the wicker furniture, bubbling fountain, and tropical breezes will make you think you're Hope or Crosby on the road to somewhere. The rooms are distinct and vary greatly in size, so be specific when you reserve, or ask if it's possible to see a few when you check in. Breakfast is served in an outdoor orchid garden and atrium. The gift shop here is one of the largest in the country, and guests have free use of the hotel's Internet access." (From: Frommers.com)
COSTA RICA EXPEDITIONS DESCRIPTION
Located just a few blocks from the central plaza in downtown San José, this hotel is located in an old Victorian-style mansion. The hotel has 38 rooms, all with private baths. There is a bar and restaurant, a sundeck, gym and souvenir shop. The hotel also offers an important collection of Costa Rican painting and sculptures Guests have free access to email services. Room rates include continental breakfast. The hotel offers apartments at another location with weekly rates. Temperate climate.
FROM THE HOTEL'S WEB SITE
Located in the oldest historical section of San Jose, the Hotel Don Carlos is a small, but significant part of Costa Rica’s heritage. A one-time residence for two previous Presidential families, the historical Hotel Don Carlos’ warmth and charm graciously awaits you. Enjoy Costa Rica’s finest art works as you stroll through the gallery-like corridors and maze of quiet garden and fountain settings, restaurant, and Jacuzzi. Wander into Annemarie's Boutique and get lost within this unique world of local artistic creations in Costa Rica's #1 gift shop.
We take a great deal of pride in our helpful and courteous English speaking staff, the distinct character found in each of our thirty-three comfortably appointed rooms, and our general attention to detail in everything we do to serve our guests. Near the heart of San Jose, Hotel Don Carlos is a fun, quiet and secure place to stay while getting to know Costa Rica. As the most recommended small hotel in the country, come see why our growing numbers of ‘return’ guests and friends all comment, “Hotel Don Carlos is beyond a doubt, the best hotel in all of San Jose!”