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Ara Macao Inn

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Calle 25 50 metros Sur de Pizza Hut, La California 09022 Costa Rica
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Your own home away from home! Convenient safe central location on a quiet side street. Easy walk to museums, restaurants, nightspots and casinos. The Ara Macao Inn has a charming patio with barbeque for cookouts and lounge chairs for sun bathing. Bilingual staff in a friendly, informal, relaxed atmosphere. Use the hotel as your home base to explore Costa Rica. The staff can make all your Costa Ric
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Adelita A wrote a review Mar. 2017
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Me pareció muy mala higiene, pues la habitación olía a gato ya que tienen gatos la persona de recepción, las dos noches encontramos cucarachas grandes y pequeñas, antes de dormir se tenía que revisar la habitación se le comentó a la persona de recepción pero no se hizo nada, trato amable, desayuno normal, lugar con poca. Higiene.
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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vivapisotes wrote a review Oct. 2016
Dijon, France1 contribution1 helpful vote
Emplacement parfait à proximité des bars et musées principaux de San José (à moins de 5mn), idéal pour découvrir la capitale avant de partir explorer le reste du pays. Alejandro se fera une joie de vous conseiller et de vous proposer des excursions. Les chambres sont assez simples mais confortables, chacune avec salle de bain privée. Prenez une chambre avec balcon si possible. Etudiant en stage, j'y ai passé six mois sans jamais être déçu et y ai découvert un autre style de vie. Pura Vida!
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Prenez une chambre avec balcon si possible
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Biff J wrote a review Jun. 2015
Pattaya, Thailand23 contributions4 helpful votes
I stayed at the Ara Macao at the recommendation of a friend in San Jose. The hotel is located just down Calle 25A from the Nicaraguan Embassy. It is NOT on Calle 27 as depicted on Google Maps. It is located next to a bar that was shut down one afternoon by the police while I was there. The people from the bar removed everything so it may be awhile before it reopens. While the room was OK the overall stay lacked some basics: Upon check-in there were two fresh towels and a full size bar of soap on the bed. I had to ask for fresh towels 3 of the 6 days. The other days I just reused them. The only "staff" I saw was Claudia, a young mother who let her 18-month old son crawl around. I almost stepped on him when coming down the stairs with my bag at check out. The room was never cleaned (that I noticed). The trash was only taken out once (fortunately I didn't create much). The floor is wooden and has broken pieces and creaks in spots. The wi-fi was a 1-bar at best. The counter top had a bad spot across it near the sink. Some basic plates, glasses and utensils were provided to be used with the 2-burner counter top "stove" but no towels or soap. There was a full-size refrigerator that did work well once we plugged it in. There was a large stain on the floor where the water had leaked from the line to the toilet. The toilet itself leaned to the left. The bathroom sink had damage as if it had been cracked and repaired. Both the toilet and sink where black (not dirty but actually black). The two cats from the adjacent hotel (Club 69) used the chairs on my balcony for sleeping leaving hair all over the cushions. On the plus side the ceiling fan did a good job of cooling the room at night. The water pressure was great with plenty of hot water. The local commuter train passes about 40 yards from the hotel about 8 times each weekday morning starting around 4:30AM. It does not travel very fast but does blow its whistle multiple times each time it passes. It's not a loud whistle like a locomotive but it is very audible.
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Date of stay: May 2015
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onestepmore wrote a review Aug. 2014
Houston, Texas68 contributions5 helpful votes
Stayed at this hotel when my first choice was unexpectedly unavailable. Location is within walking distance of principal museums and shopping. Breakfast was great. Best of all, the hostess was very helpful in navigating this area of San Jose. Price was $40/night including aircon, private bath, decent room. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: August 2014
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isakall wrote a review Oct. 2013
Ramsey, Minnesota5 contributions1 helpful vote
The Best part is the staff. They are very helpful and friendly. The location is perfect! Word of caution - Friday and Saturday night it is very loud since the hotel shares a street with 5 or 6 night clubs with loud music, and loud people on the streets. If that doesn't bother you, as it does not bother me, then don't worry about it. It is a 10 min walk (downhill) to the downtown shopping area, and several points of interest as the historical park and the museum were you can see the bullet holes in the towers left to remind the citizens why they don't have an army any more. The worst part is the rooms. Whole clean, they are in need of some serious updating. Our suite had a partial kitchen with a counter top that was broken right down the middle, and 3 tiles were missing in the shower. Had good hot water and water pressure. That said, I would go there again since the price reflects the room condition. Anyway; it beats sitting in one of those tourist hotels like the Holiday Inn, etc. Breakfast served was rice, beans, eggs, coffee, toast, orange juice, one morning; fruit, toast, coffee, orange juice, the other morning. Restaurants in general, are expensive in Costa Rice. We chose to eat out 1 or 2 times a day and bought stuff for sandwiches and had dinner in the room most nights. There is an excellent wood fired pizza grill right across the street that serves beer. You may find the server running across the street to the bar next to you hotel to get your beer, but it's all in a days work. Thanks for reading, and have a great time in Costa Rica
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Date of stay: October 2013
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US$42 - US$45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Costa RicaProvince of San JoseLa California
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12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ara Macao Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Ara Macao Inn?
Nearby attractions include Cine Magaly (0.3 km), National Museum Of Costa Rica (0.4 km), and La Carreta by Carpe Chepe (0.4 km).
What are some restaurants close to Ara Macao Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include 11.47 Restaurante, Cafeoteca Coffee Shop, and Limoncello.
Is Ara Macao Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of La California.
Are there any historical sites close to Ara Macao Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Teatro Nacional Costa Rica (1.2 km), Ruinas de Ujarras (1.6 km), and Chepeteando/ San José a pie (1.2 km).