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Aurola Hilton | 5 Star in San Jose Costa Rica

The Aurola Hilton in downtown San Jose is the perfect place to kick back and start your vacation in Costa Rica.  We toured this facility with the manager to make sure this was the perfect spot for our clients to enjoy their ultimate vacation.  We were greeted with a warm friendly hand shake from the Marketing & Sales Director Jorge.  Jorge speaks excellent English is case you are concerned about travelling to a foreign country.  I have to say I was impressed with the look of the lobby.  Clean, elegant  and inviting was the vibe I got along with friendly TICO hospitality.  This location is not only central to many interests in San Jose but close enough for tours as well.

hotel lobel

The Lobby

The hotel hosts 195 rooms with 155 standard, 40 junior & executive suites.  The standard room you will find from floors 4 to 14 with executive rooms on the 15- 16 floor.  The hotel itself is located conveniently in downtown San Jose only 26 km from the airport.  There is parking for 200 vehicles.  If you have never been to San Jose you will appreciate this.  The location is perfect for accessing local museums, art galleries, restaurants and shopping all within walking or a short taxi ride.  Read our guide on taking taxis in Costa Rica.

hotel room

One of the rooms

The rooms are very comfortable with sound proof walls.  All the rooms have high speed internet perfect for business clients or tourists needing to check up on emails or flight times.  Check in is 3pm and check out is 12pm (noon) at this hotel.  Ask at the front desk if you happen to have forgot any essential items.

hotel president suite room

The President Suite

We were privileged on our site tour to see the president suite.  Located in this suite is a kitchen for staff to prepare your meals if you wish and a private office to sign special documents if needed.  The bathroom has an enclosed glass shower, soaker jacuzzi tub and private sauna setting the mood for a nice relaxing end to a busy day.

hotel bedroom president suite

presidential bedroom

hotel gym

the gym

Don’t miss a beat with your exercise program.  This gym adds great value to your stay as well as keeping you fit.  If you have don’t travelled to Costa Rica before I will let you in on a secret.  The country is noted for adventure.  Costa Rica has plenty of day tours to explore the countries great flora and fauna.  If you like hiking or birding you can easily combined this activity as part of your daily exercise program.  Climbing up steep volcanos or hiking trails are sure to get your heart pumping.

boardroom small

smaller boardroom

If you have a business conference or wedding in mind the Aurora Hilton has 9 rooms from smaller boardroom style to auditorium style hosting up to 400 people.   A great hotel to book for special occasions or a business conference.   Planning that special wedding?  Be sure to looking into their wedding planners for assistance if you need it.

hotel pool

the indoor pool

If you love pools like I do you will appreciate that this hotel has a heated indoor pool with jacuzzi tucked in the corner.  One thing I always look for is does the hotel have a pool or is close to the beach.  There is nothing worse that being in a tropical country and having no access to either.

hotel lobey

Tropicana Restaurant

This is the main floor restaurant where you can enjoy a buffet breakfast.  Make sure to eat plenty before heading out for a busy day of sightseeing or shopping.   Our hint:  If we are taking a day tour we always pack a few snacks including water and fresh fruit from the buffet.

the views from the 17th floor


  • The location is perfect to take in a performance at the National Theatre or visit the many museums such as the Children’s Museum with your family.
  • From your room you can see one of the many volcanoes in Costa Rica.
  • The views of the surrounding volcanoes are beautiful
  • The hotel is built to withstand earthquakes
  • Close to parks
  • Take a day tour
  • Close to the volcanoes
  • Close to Sibu Chocolate Tour (Ask us about our experience for this tour)


  • Staying in downtown San Jose can be very busy with many people and cars.
  • Take local taxis if travelling at night

Location Map


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Our review of this hotel is our own.  We were not asked in any way to write a positive review.  We would have no doubts about staying and feeling safe in this hotel and recommending to our friends.



About the Author:

Laurie Johnson is travel writer, agent, and founder of Pura Vida Vacations. She finds her inspirations from travelling of the beaten path, meeting the locals, and sharing her travel stories, reviews, and tips with her readers.

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