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Barceló San José

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2487 reviews


Located between the airport and the city of San José
Wellness Centre and a wide variety of sports
Conference center for 1,100 people
Free Airport Transfers
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San JoséCosta Rica’s vibrant capital combines a lively urban environment with an impressive natural setting. Located in the central valley, with the Talamanca mountains to the south and a series of volcanoes to the north, San José brings together the best of both worlds. It has large museums and beautiful architecture, but visitors will never be far away from the natural wonders of Costa Rica's many national parks. The best hotels in San José offer views of mountainous horizon. Conservation and education are two priorities in Costa Rica, and the locals, known as Ticos, are friendly people and proud of their country.

Cultural Treasures in San José

Most guests of the san josé hotels visit the Plaza de la Cultura, in the city center. The inhabitants of San José meet here, making it a good place for discover the local atmosphere while you enjoy a delicious coffee with churros. The city was built thanks to the richness generated by coffee plantations, some of which are still operating on the outskirts. The National Theatre is the main building in the central square. An example of Neoclassical architecture is the interior decoration of the theater, a marvel that is worth seeing, especially if there is a set for music or dance.

Surprisingly, one of the city’s main attractions is underneath the square. The Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) is part of an underground complex of museums that is controlled by the Central Bank. Entering the museum is like reliving the dream of a Spanish explorer. Gold is everywhere and there are representations of ancient gods, as well as pottery objects, stone sculptures and textiles. Near there, the Museo de los Niños (Children's Museum) has interactive exhibitions that will entertain the youngest guests for hours, especially the earthquake simulator and the sloped house.

To explore the city’s Victorian architecture, guests at the hotels in San José can take a walking tour of Barrio Amón, where rich residents built elegant homes in the 19th century.

Visit a Volcano

The best hotels in San José offer easy access to day trips outside the city. There are countless possibilities, although the most attractive is a excursion to the Arenal Volcano. Three hours from the San José hotels, this imposing peak has a classic cone shape and a variety of eruptions, although it remains calm since 2010. The volcano rises up above Lake Arenal. Visitors can walk beyond the waterfalls and lush forests, and bathe in a natural hot spring to relax. For anyone who wishes to see the iconic turtles of Costa Rica, the excursion to Tortuguero National Park is the perfect choice. A raft trip along the freshwater channels will take travelers to the place where green turtles nest, a protected species in danger of extinction. Visitors to San José will find everything from nature to culture.