Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 73
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by EvaSF Good location
Hotel is good location, close to center, easy to walk to restaurant, shopping area, and supermarket.
January 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by gameperson The bed was very comfortable and had great linens.
The only complaint I had was the service in the dining room. It was extremely slow and not very attentive to the customers.
The hotel was very nice, clean and very comfortable.
I really appreciated the wi-fi.
January 4, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Dropdown Wasted view
At the end of an excellent 2 week stay in Costa Rica our group of 6 used the HI as our final hotel prior to departure. The hotel was excellent, rooms very comfortable and clean. unfortunately the staff were a let down and the view from one of the tallest buildings in the centre of San Jose was wasted.
We were checked in and out by the same person and it looked like she'd done a plus 12 hour shift - I didn't see anyone else behind the desk even when 2 other groups behind us were trying to check in. As the Gold IHG rewards club member, card presented on arrival, she managed to give the better room and restaurant discount voucher to another couple our group, just sloppy. The room itself was exactly what you expect, clean and with everything you'd want.
Next we ventured upstairs to see the view other reviewers had mentioned. One bar was shut for a "business function" that wasn't happening and the waiter at the restaurant refused to speak any English, arrogant to expect everyone to speak English maybe, but having travelled is some pretty rural areas and found English spoken everywhere I would have thought there would have been someone who could have spoken to us. As we weren't eating we were not allowed in to see the view - or so we gathered in basic Spanish and hand signals.
So we went to the bar in the lobby area and at last found the level of service expected. The barman was excellent, polite, gave really good advice about where to go, which restaurants to go to, how to get to them and basic tourist safety in the city. Suggest rest of staff watch him to see how it was done.
Price wise it was expensive considering what we'd paid in the rest of CR and no breakfast included was a bit of a surprise. Especially as we'd paid less for a 5 star over Christmas.
All in all, hotel served its purpose effectively however not the experience it could and should have been. As for having earned IHG rewards points, I didn't see any benefits this time.
January 1, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Travel Costa Rica Hotel staff is wonderful
The hotel was clean, convenient and the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. The hotel is central to everything and walking distance to plenty of places to eat. The neighborhood seemed safe to us, we went out almost every night to shop or eat and we walked everywhere without any problems. I will stay at this hotel again.
The only problem was that the doors to the rooms closed very loudly as if they were being slammed when anyone came in or out. Unfortunately not everyone is considerate and they would come and go slamming the doors which would keep waking us up. Also they play loud music at the hotel so if you're trying to sleep ask for a quiet room. The last night we were there was Christmas Eve and they put a family taking up 4-5 rooms next to us. The family was having a big party and kept us awake until 2am. I called downstairs but it didn't seem to help they just kept partying and opening and slamming the doors.
December 28, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by gunterkarla Very old room. TV from museum..
The room was in a very bad shape. Furniture, TV, hairdryer need to be updated. I stay a lot in holiday Inn hotels but this hotel is far the worst hotel of the group.
December 24, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 Stay on executive floor
This stay was excellent. Best of all was the food excellent restaurant on the 17th floor. It is the best I've had in all the hotels I have visited. I recommend it stays that way. The waitress who took on the night November 29 was excellent and was always aware of our service. The detail of the bottle of wine was excellent too. The breakfast was also great.
The bad: Aurola offered me to go to the room, I was informed by email. I answered the email saying that if I wanted to go. Lasted days and did not answer my email. For that reason I had to call customer service in Mexico (call: 0800052 November 00) they solved my problem.
Overall I liked everything. Thank you.
December 3, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jose2stay Good Value
You get alot for what you pay here!
Also excellent location in Downtown San Jose across from a beautiful park.
Special thanks to Tony the doorman from Brooklyn!
November 21, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Reviewer59 Excellent staff
All staff are very courteous and make the stay very pleasant. The hotel seems to need a renovation.
November 17, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by IHGP Comfortable stay in downtown San Jose
This hotel is probably the oldest IHG property in town but it offers a nice luxurious feel. This property offers a very comfortable stay although some of the room amenities like the tvs are very out of date. Otherwise it's an all around good match of price and amenities. The staff is friendly and very eager to help. Going to the airport from this hotel on a weekday can be a traffic nightmare make sure to leave early.
November 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Taylor29 Great hotel in the heart of the city.
I was not expecting this hotel to be so nice for the price I paid for. It was great! The location was great, the people were great and the room was very nice.
November 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BusinessASAP Great Location
Excelent for business and one night stays. Its closed to EVERYTING. I will be back!
November 4, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jorge47 An Oasis
We had spent a week in Arenal and the Coast and this was our last night before heading to the airport. We had enjoyed incredible views, friendly people, and the fascination of wildlife. Our reading before the trip had all suggested to not consider spending a lot of time in San Jose and that advice could not be more true. The hotel is well situated for walking to shopping/tourist areas, but the stark contrast of the beauty of the rural areas and the depressing reality of San Jose could not be more vivid. Because I'm IHG Platinum I did receive a room upgrade and it was very nice to have a large room and access to drinks and snacks. The room even had an impressive view-but once you experience the hopeless feeling outside one almost feels guilty about such relative luxury. I think Holiday Inn overall does a very good job- but I do hope the best for the city in finding a way to deal with its issues.
October 22, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by McGust Strategic Hotel in downtown San Jose
The hotel is well located, however, shows signs of old and not very comfortable to develop work. The TV and cable system show a diffuse signal on some channels. However, the room cleaning is spotless and the bed is very comfortable.
October 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by betsie Great People .
I have stayed at Aurola Holiday Inn many times and the hotel employees always make me feel comfortable and at home . This is so important to visitors .
October 20, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by moretherealone Friendly attention
It was nice, the way I was attended was kindly and friendly the food at the restaurant and the service room I loved it. But it was not what I was expected, the internet connection never worked, and the T.V was so old, the channels did not show a clear imagine.
October 7, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Robert1963 Excellent Service!!
The room was very beautiful, 10th floor overlooking San Jose, but the staff was the best, very friendly, professional and genuinely interested in assisting customers. Loved it!
October 7, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by rmbeer Final Bill
When I checked out last Wed. they were not able go give me a final bill because their computor system was down.
They told me they will send me a final statement withing a day.
Have not received the final bill yet as of today.
August 24, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by lostbird Nice hotel
It was a good place to stay, near the markets and the shops, reasonably priced. Hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. The buffet for breakfast was great as well as the view from the upper floor restaurant.
August 16, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Williewill Like it or Hate it
This was my second stay here. I booked a lesure king both times and the first time the hotel gave me astandard room. I did not know the difference. The second time I was ready. The hotel tried the same thing. I told the lady at the desk that I did not book a standard room. She said yes I did. I showed her my reservation and she tried to give me a standard room until I told her I will write a bad review and I want to speak to the manager. I was told it will be two hours before I can get my room because it needs to be cleaned. I said I want to talk to the manager and five minutes later I had my king room. I asked for a 0330 wake up call and I never got it. I was flying out the next day at 0700.
June 27, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by luisedu354 Good facilities but internet service is not good at all
The night I got to the hotel the internet service was down. I asked several times what the problem was and was told that internet was up and running. Staff was not helpful at all. Finally, and I guess that after several guests complained about the internet being down, they did something about it.
June 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BMW30 The best services.
I stay for a few days in the Holiday INN Aurola San Jose, all i can say is that the hotel was great and the service, the personel were fabulous, magnificent, better impossible. I truly recomend this hotel for your next trip to San Jose.
June 7, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Kachnik Food is terrible! "Mega awful"as per a previous review on tripadvisor
I was initially refused recognition as a Platinum member by Caroline at the front desk. I gave her my Priority Club credit card to pay for any charges and she said that I could use any credit card for any subsequent charges at hotel's facilites. I told her that I wanted to receive Priority Club points for incidentals during my stay, so I preferred to have the charges put on my hotel bill. She agreed and said that would be fine.
When I was taken to my room, I noted that the minibar was locked. The bellboy said he would go downsairs and get a key. He returned and told me that the front desk told him I was not allowed to have a key without paying a deposit. Mind you that the minibar was completely empty, the deposit apparetly was for the key alone. The front desk already had two credit cards on file, it was not clear what additional deposit they wanted and I was too embarrassed and angry to ask.
I had arrived after a long journey with a ravenous appetite. The hotel highlights an upscale restauran called El MIarador on the 17th floor. It was late evening, one couple was leaving so we were left alone.I wanted to order the sea bass which was a whole fish, but the waiter insisted another fish portion was larger. I was shocked at the minuscule portion that was served. It tasted of freezer burn and tasted absolutely awful. I mentioned this to the waiter and suggested he mention it to the chef. He simply shrugged and walked away, never offering any apology. We spent 20 minutes after the meal while the waiter stood a few feet away chatting with his coworkers with his back to us. It;s not as if he was busy and it was pretty obvious we had finished our meal.
The next day when I went to eat at the bar, where the food was bad, also, but at least not as expensive, I was embarrased when I was told I could not charge the meal to my room. When I went to the front desk, suddenly they found my credit card on file
Gerardo, the bellman, was abslutely fantastic always smiling always helpful.OTOH, Carolina looked she ws afraid if she smiled she would lose her job.
May 27, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by anothertraveller great customer service
hotel location is very central, many restaurants around. Carlos at the front desk was extremely helpful and polite, recognized my elite status which does not happen in general with Priority Club hotel staff.
May 26, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 PESIMO SERVICIO
****************INVENTARON UNA RESERVACION Y ME COBRARON A MI TARJETA ESTA PENALIZACION DE NOCHE QUE NO TOME***********************************************************************
NO SIRVE EL INTERNET, PESIMO SERVICIO
NO SIRVEN LAS TARJETAS
NO RECONOCEN TU NIVEL DE PRIORITY CLUB
NO DEJAN ORDENADA LA HA BITACION DIARIAMENTE
NO ES BUENO EL DESAYUNO
MAL SERVICIO DEL FRONT DESK
May 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BusinessASAP Very Efficient
Great staff, and even when its in downtown its easy to move everywehere in the city.
May 15, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jason8TL Nice views & rooms - Breakfast & Local Area disappointing
Caveat: I stayed just one night with a friend so I didn't have the chance to explore the hotel amenities or get a better feel for the area.
Positives: Our room was very comfortable with nice beds. The bathroom wasn't anything special, but not bad. Best part of the room was the great views of San Jose and mountains in the background.
The lobby was nice with chairs for relaxing. The front desk staff and breakfast dining staff were all very friendly and helpful.
Negatives: I had two primary negatives with the place. 1) The food quality at breakfast was rather 'eh. Wouldn't recommend eating there, but I'm also not sure if there are other suitable options in the area as well. 2) When we asked the front desk where we could walk to in the area for dinner and a nightcap, the guy handed us a rather vague photo copy of a map. We were expecting a colorful flier with restaurants and shops clearly marked, but it was nothing close to that and very hard to follow. So we walked for about 30-40 minutes in the area, which was supposedly the downtown area of San Jose where all the action was, and my friend and I couldn't find anything that was open. Granted, it was a Wed night at 10pm, but I definitely expected more sign of life.
Overall, the hotel is quite fine, but the San Jose area wasn't my favorite.
April 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DOTZOY Great place for a rest
I've been a weekend there with my wife and we have found a nice place to rest with excellent attention, warm people, good location and a very nice room.
We recommend this hotel when you visit San Jose.
April 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BillT01 A Pleasant stay
Very nice Hotel centrally located in the city everything is within walking distance.
Very clean and I felt very safe, the Hotel Security Manager is very professional and does a very good job in looking out for their patrons. Hats off to Her.
My only objection was that the breakfast is very over priced.
I would stay there again.
April 2, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by CanadianTraveler GREAT bed and GREAT staff
The staff are great and worked hard to make me welcome. The room was clean and comfortable.
The breakfast buffet never changes and they do not leep it full. If you go after 9PM, it is sad.
The Executive Lounge is plesant but the food they serve is sad.
Internet was out of service in my room a number of times.
Still the best hotel in downtown.
March 2, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by aviola1965 45 minutes waiting to dinner and more
I sat down...exactly 10 minute after somebody told me good night...45 minutes later the chciken sandwich come up. I stand up very frustrated, refusing to eat it. I discussed with the cashier because she wants to charge me a glass of wine that I have ordered.
It is really hard to understand this hotel is 5 stars, plus a holiday inn.
The bar tender, Gabriela, is awesome. she treats really well to all the people with a smile. no one else do that.
I travel a lot. sometimes I come back to the hotel just to eat something and go to bed. Is it so difficult to be asked how was your day?
Internet didn´t work at the room....sometime happens
February 27, 2013