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Sheraton San Jose, Costa Rica - A Splendid Business Stay

Discussion created by ssindc on Nov 28, 2019

I was very pleasantly surprised by my three-night stay at the Sheraton San Jose, in Costa Rica.

 

Full disclosure: I initially expected the worst - fearing a massive comedown after a sublime weekend in the (much) further from the city center, Marriott Hacienda Belen, which I reviewed at length here: Costa Rica! Marriott Hacienda Belen: Central Valley, Toucans, Waterfalls & Pics & more...  

 

 

Alas, the Marriott was (much) too far for my daily work commute while I was in San Jose - and the traffic is TERRIBLE, ... so I switched hotels, again, frankly, expecting to be disappointing. 

 

 

As an aside, not far away there was also an AC property and, as I recall, a Courtyard, but the Sheraton appeared to offer better room and pricing options, so my expectations were modest, at best...

 

Also, while the lounge was dominated with business travelers, there were plenty of tourists and families there as well.  Go figure...

 

My fears were compounded when I saw that the hotel was connected to a medium sized casino (which is not my cup of tea) ... and one of it's chief selling points is that it's near the multi-mall... , but ... well ...I was wrong.  I really enjoyed the hotel!

 

Oh, let me start with the view from my room ... with a little warping due to my mobile phone's super-wide angle lens...

Sheraton San Jose

Two small things: (1) if you watched those trees, in the lower right hand corner, groups of BRIGHT GREEN parrots flew between the trees putting on quite a show; and (2) behind the trees, you can see the Intercontinental, which is actually where I stayed my first time in San Jose (a number of years ago)....

 

Anyway:

 

  • My executive level room had a great view (see above), a fully functional desk, a terrific close (and bureau), a comfortable bathroom, a perfect king-size bed, and very good lighting (and plentiful outlets);

  • And, yes, brightlybob, it had robes and slippers - but what I'd call standard fare robes...

  • The concierge lounge - which was very nicely staffed - was attractive, comfortable, and generous beyond imagination... 

    • Open all the time - for drinks and coffee and fruits and the views - like the view from my room, there was eye candy in all directions!!!;

    • It also served a bountiful breakfast - with omelettes made to order (a personal favorite) ... and a diverse, full-dinner buffet and dessert spread in the evening.  (The offerings were so good - not just plentiful and diverse but visually attractive and extremely tasty - that I never made it to the sushi bar on the ground floor ... and, for me, that's saying something!)  My last evening there, one of the main course/entree options was some of the best barbecue I've had anywhere (and, remember, I went to school in Texas, so I have strong feelings on the topic)!  There also appeared to be free-flowing alcohol (not really my thing), but the staff was constantly circulating with the wine offerings, and they appeared to make what cocktails that guests requested....

  • Roof top pool - with killer views in multiple directions - and a very nicely stocked gym as well;

  • Interesting innovation (or approach) on in-room water bottles - see this thread: Plastic Water Bottles ... The Beginning of the End?  - although they had plastic water bottles in the concierge lounge.

 

Really impressed with this Sheraton - a very comfortable business stay!  Once again, I feel like we won (particularly in terms of choices) - in the big picture - with the SPG merger.

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