My brother, Johnny, and his friend Connie were in Costa Rica this past week, spending a little time with her dad (who retired here a few years ago). My boyfriend and I met up with them at the hotel they were staying at - Apartotel El Sesteo Costa Rica. I had promised them a full day of sightseeing, after which we agreed to spend the night with them in their hotel room (since it had two full beds). Since I was pleased with the hotel, I thought I'd add a review of it here on my blog.
The Apartotel El Sesteo Costa Rica is located off a quiet street in west San Jose, two blocks from the famous park known as La Sabana, and about the same distance from the recently built National Stadium. There a shuttles available to and from the San Jose airport, and you can book a variety of sightseeing tours once you're at the hotel.
The room we stayed in was clean, and the beds were comfortable. We did not have air conditioner (which is pretty common for San Jose hotels), but the night air was cool, and with the ceiling fan we were fine. The TV was quite small, but really, who's comes to Costa Rica to stay in a hotel room watching TV anyhow? The bathroom, on the other hand, was comfortably large and there was hot water (a bit of a luxury in many parts of Costa Rica). The Apartotel El Sesteo Costa Rica was in walking distance to a strip containing restaurants, bars, and other attractions. You can also easily catch a cab if you want to explore the actual center of San Jose (where you'll see its most famous sites including the Metropolitan Cathedral, Central Park,
National Museum, National Theater, , and Mercado Central). Museum of Gold
The rooms at the Apartotel El Sesteo Costa Rica are situated around an inner courtyard with a pool and dining area where breakfast is served (see photo below). The breakfast is included in the price of your stay and is available from 7:00a.m.-9:00a.m. They offered the traditional gallo pinto dish, eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, toast, juice,coffee and tea. The hotel also provided gated parking at no extra charge, so we could feel secure about our car overnight.
After a little bargaining, my brother and his friend were able to get the room at Apartotel El Sesteo Costa Rica for $50 a night. I'd definitely recommend this small hotel. It's not luxurious by any means - but it's clean, felt safe, the price was right, and it was pretty centrally located.
|Johnny and Connie Lounging on One of the Beds Inside the Hotel Room|
|Inner Courtyard area (view from our room towards the pool)|
|Large Colorful Oxcart in Inner Courtyard Area|
|Dining Area in Courtyard (where free breakfast is served)|