No longer a best kept secret in San José, Costa Rica, the Hotel Aranjuez is an outstanding deal for lodging under $50.00, but it never seems crowded even when it's full. Room rates includes a sumptuous buffet breakfast that has become a signature of this family-friendly hotel.
Hotel Aranjuez — Photo courtesy of Sophia LaMonica
Designed and laid-out to capture the experience of a real traditional Costa Rican home, the Hotel Aranjuez is a multi-level maze of indoor and outdoor spaces, interspersed with tropical gardens and casual seating areas, decorated with a seriously enviable collection of art. Each room is distinctly different, but all have the gleaming wood floors and classic character of a home of decades past, meticulously preserved and updated with fine furnishings, hot water, satellite TV, a computer room and WiFi access.
The buffet breakfast is served from 7am to 9am, during which guests are invited to dine in the sunken garden of an inner courtyard. Tables are piled high with fruit, homemade bread and pastries, and gallo pinto; an omelette maker will custom craft your eggs however you like. Although the dining room closes after breakfast, there is always a carafe of hot Costa Rican coffee set out for guests to enjoy all day long.