Beautiful boutique hotel
Posted Aug 8, 2015
This hotel is Costa Rican to the core! Friendly doorman, receptionist, and staff made the stqy very pleasant. There was air conditioning (if needed, which is seldom in San José), good TV reception, a good safe in the room, walk-in shower, and comfortable beds. I liked the location which is on the edge of the old part of the city. Nearby Plaza Espagna is a good introduction to the various trees you will encounter in the countryside. The restaurant in the hotel is very good. In fact, I preferred to dine there and they make their own desserts (the coconut flan was outstanding). It is only two stories, but a series of adjoined former homes with a series of patios filled with Pre-Columbian copies and Peruvian (Costa Rican?) Spanish Colonial Oil paintings. There is an excellent souvenir store. Within walking distance of the beautiful art houveau Teatro Nacional and Gold Museum (in the same Plaza), and also to the brand new spectacular Jade Museum and its neighboring National Museum located in a former fortress (you enter through a butterfly conservatory with the neon royal blue butterflies. This museum also has a great Pre-Columbian collection. For anyone interested in archeology, these museums are definitely a must.
Between the two museums is an arts and crafts market where you can bargain for some fine artwork. Only recently has the city put in some street signage, still not sufficient. I continually got lost, but in the process discovered some interesting plazas.