Doubletree Cariari by Hilton Hotel

, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Doubletree Cariari by Hilton Hotel

, San Jose
Autopista Grl Canas, Cruce San Antonio - San Jose - 1007 - Costa Rica Hotel Website | 239-0022
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t like it - Dirty, dark room, unfriendly staff

from karybird
Our room was dirty and dark. There were weird stains in the bathroom and there was virtually no air circulation in the room. Our view was of the very ugly rusty metal roofs of the other buildings - and that's all. It was dark and depressing.

As for outside the room, the pool was pretty, the casino was a bit of a joke, but a diversion I guess. The service in the bar was apalling, they just left us there to fend for ourselves. The restaurant was OK I guess, but WAY overpriced.

The location is close to the airport, but there are better options.

The staff was not friendly at all - they even flat out refused to help us coordinate meeting up with our rental car pickup person.

Pricey but sufficient gateway to Costa Rica

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Melia Cariari on our first night in Costa Rica. It is very close to the airport. The rooms arent brand new, but ok and the air con works almost too well. There is an am/pm next door which is good for purchasing groceries for your trip.

The staff was mediocre except for the business center woman who gave us 15 minutes free and a woman at the front desk who booked our transport to La Fortuna.

The Costa Rican soccer team stayed at the hotel while we were there and made it into the World Cup. It was fun to see them and to see the media there interviewing them.

Wonderful place to stay!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Although the rooms are very basic, the hotel was friendly and very helpful. It is located in a safe area (all areas are not!), and excursions in either direction were were possible from here.

The casino was small, and very unlike Las Vegas, but provided the late night activity we enjoyed after a day of taking in the sights.

Someone was always cleaning something, and the hotel was spotless. The bed was a little hard, but the room was kept very clean.

For a hotel in Central America, I was totally happy with the accommodations, and would not hesitate to recommend this place to anyone.

The most amazing bed ever

from A TripAdvisor Member
Oh my, this was our final night before flying home and I am so glad we had an afternoon flight. We lolled in those beds not even wanting to go to the bathroom. After a day of whitewater rafting and a week of quaint B+B type places a real hotel with that bed was exquiste. I cannot say enough of my sore muscles and weary bones loved that bed. Ok for the last time, It was the finest bed (except for my old waterbed) that I have ever slept in in m life. I want one.

I only had breakfast and compared to the fresh fruit and breads of the countryside it was a bit pale. I did however, get one final bite of gallo pinto before returning to the US.

I went to the bar because I tried everywhere to get a Mojito instead the bartender made me a drink using Costa Rican sugar cane liquer which was nice. Apparently there is a nationwide shortage of the mint to make a mojito.

Overall a great place

A fine gateway to the wonders of Costa Rica

from A TripAdvisor Member
I spent my first (and last) days in Costa Rica at the Melia Cariari and found it to be a wonderful gateway to this amazing country. The design of the building itself is fascinating--covered outdoor hallways, surrounded by tropical gardens, lead to the rooms and facilities. The room itself was spacious and comfortable, with a spectacular view of the volcano mountains surrounding the Central Valley.

I had just one full day in the San Jose area and used the time to visit the capital city itself. I found San Jose to be a tawdry but vibrant city, colorful and energetic. The National Theater is its place of pride, a lovely building featuring both Costa Rican and European art. Although I had no problem wandering through the city, I did meet someone who got robbed. My sense is that San Jose is no more dangerous than any North American city--just avoid following friendly strangers down back alleys or showing off your expensive new camera and you should be fine.

The resort facilities at the hotel were decent. The pool was large, but the weather was just a triffle too cold for much swimming. The restaurant was very good (by the standards of Costa Rica's mediocre cuisine). The casino is small, but if I was looking for glitz and glamour, I'd have gone to Vegas or Aruba.

I found the Melia Cariari to be far superior to the hotels I saw in San Jose proper (the Cariari is in the suburbs). It's a fine place to relax and get ready for the adventure of exploring the rest of Costa Rica. Although you could, in theory, spend a week or more here and visit the country through day-trips, I don't recommend it. You'll get much more of the flavor of the country by visiting some different regions. And while the hotel is comfortable and well-run, it's by no means a first-class resort. But it remains a fine place to begin your journey through the land of pura vida.

What year is it?

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Regal Beagle meets a nursing home. I could not help but look around for Jack Tripper. This place was so outdated and OLD that I literally opened the door to my room, looked inside and promptly dropped my key at the front desk and booked a room at the Marriott (down the street). I really felt liked I was checking into a nursing home. The whole atmosphere was very depressing and gross. If however, you wish for the 70's again you will be thrilled with this swell place.

Great Service

from A TripAdvisor Member
We booked our trip on Orbiz and got a great price. When we came to check in we were told to hold on and our "buttler" would be down to take us up to our room and check us is. We got the "royal service," which we didn't expect. They gave us free alcholic drinks at check in and from 5 to 8:30 pm. Free non-alc. drinks all day and a free cont. breakfest. Our room had robes, slippers, and they came in to turn down our beds. The Casino is really small, gift show is over priced, but the hotel is beautiful. We enjoyed our stay - it was our last night in CR, so it was nice to be pampered.

Resort atmosphere

from A TripAdvisor Member
Lovely, tropical and comfortable. Great poolside bar and restaurant. Close to airport in San Jose. Good jumping off point to visit sites and return. Golfing community. The room was large and well equipped, including a safe for your valuables. I would suggest using the safe whenever, wherever one is available. Staff was professional, helpful and friendly.


from Phenobarbara
The bad parts:

When I arrived to check-in, I was informed that I didn't have a reservation, even though my travel agent confirmed it twice with them in the days before. It wasn't until I got very firm with them that they suddenly "found" my reservation.

The next night, after returning to my room from a day of sightseeing, I noticed that the books and raincoat I'd left on the chair beside the bed were gone. I phoned the front desk who phoned housekeeping. The maid returned the items to me, saying she thought I'd checked out. ??

Now for the good parts:

The rooms were clean and the air conditioning worked beautifully. (I was there in December 2004 and the days were very warm)

The restaurant staff was super friendly and helpful and the food was pretty good.

I would stay there again, but I would urge the front desk staff to communicate better with the housekeeping staff so people's items don't get taken out of their rooms.

good base for San Jose area

from fairmaid
We enjoyed our stay and would recommend the Melia Cariari. It's the right side of the city to be close enough to the airport but far enough out to be quiet at night.

The lobby is beautiful and welcoming, the staff efficient and friendly, and the rooms spacious. We had a junior suite which was lovely apart from the bathroom - very tired, dank and in need of refreshment! Not what I expected from a 5-star hotel!

The grounds are lovely, but too close to the Pan-American Highway to be a breath of fresh air! This busy, busy dual carriageway is the other side of a small grassy, tree-lined strip from the access road to the hotel. Inside the hotel grounds, however, you can remain blissfully unaware of it!

The Plaza Cariari shopping mall is directly opposite the hotel but, bizarrely, there are no pedestrian crossing points, bridges or underpasses to it. You have to either get a cab for approx $3, or walk across the road bridge just down the street - easier said than done as there is no footpath and no pedestrian lights to aid crossing. Safe enough so long as you are careful, but not a pleasant walk.

The trips that can be arranged from the hotel are highly recommended, as is a trip into San Jose. Not one of the world's great cities, but very chilled, laid-back and a great atmosphere. We booked our trips from San Jose thinking they'd be cheaper, but they're the same price and the same companies as you get in the hotel anyway!

Food at the Melia Cariari is good, although pricey for the area - try the coffee cheesecake, it's to die for!! Much nicer than it sounds, trust me! We shopped a lot at the supermarket the other side of the car park; much cheaper for pastries, beer, ice-cream and all sorts of bits & pieces!

Other names for Doubletree Cariari by Hilton Hotel

  • san jose hilton
  • doubletree san antonio de belen
  • Address: Autopista Grl Canas, Cruce San Antonio - San Jose - 1007 - Costa Rica
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