DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari
The DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari is a pleasant low-rise hotel set in leafy gardens on the outskirts of San Jose.
Not only is this agreeable hotel handy for visits to the centre of the capital but it is also just 8 km from the international airport, making it a good choice for arrival to and departure from Costa Rica by air.
The two storey building circles a huge heated freeform pool, fringed by tropical plants. Guest rooms, lining long corridors over the two floors are large and comfortable: décor is not cutting edge but clean and bright with air-conditioning, iron and ironing board, hair-dryer, coffee-maker and TV. There's a semi al-fresco bar and restaurant also with views over the pool. The English=speaking staff are friendly and accommodating. The hotel welcomes business and leisure guests, including families, so, as well as the pool and its sun-loungers, there is an impressive range of facilities including a gym, beauty salon, gift shop, car rental agency, tour desk, laundry, luggage storage, ATM and convenience store.
What our clients say
It was all pretty memorable but the view of the Arenal volcano from our boat transfer across the lake sticks in my mind. It was a completely clear day and the volcano was steaming. Also the sleeping toucan on the El Refugio Twilight Tour. Also Rio Perdido was a lovely place for a couple of days relaxation.EW, Newport
Highlights: Bird watching at Tortuguero and snorkelling on the reef in Belize which was simply amazing.GW, Winchester
So many brilliant memories but if we had to pick one it was witnessing the sea turtle lay eggs on beach in Tortugero.PG, Galway
Turtle watching tour, zip wiring and white water rafting. Also enjoyed seeing all the wildlife living in its natural habitat.IH, Ipswich
Everything felt "easy" and stress free. The most memorable aspect was driving through fantastic scenery, so much to see!AF, Cardiff
Costa Rica lived up to our expectations in every way. We all had a fantastic family holiday.EJ, London
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