Luxury Hotel Near SJO Airport That Won’t Break The Bank

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SJO airport is the starting point for many people’s Costa Rica vacations. Before embarking on a long car journey to visit all the beautiful places, sometimes it is inevitable to spend a night in San Jose. Just because you are making a quick stop near the airport, doesn’t mean that you can’t treat yourself to a luxury hotel stay to recharge after a long flight. The best place to do so is at Barcelo San Jose! The 5-star hotel has everything you need to feel relaxed and prepared to start your exploration of Costa Rica.

Barcelo San Jose Luxury Hotel Near SJO Airport

Barcelo San Jose: The Best 5-Star Hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica

With its location just 15km from the SJO Airport and 5km from the city center, Barcelo San Jose is a fantastic accommodation for transit passengers and visitors to the Central Valley. Formally known as Barcelo San Jose Palacio, this 5-star hotel connects you within minutes to San Jose’s main business, entertainment, and shopping areas. Perfect for those who want peace and quiet but still wish to be central.

Barcelo San Jose Luxury Hotel Near SJO Airport

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Exclusive VIP Services At The Premium Level

Hotel check-ins can be frustrating and time-consuming. But it is not the case at Barcelo San Jose.

A reservation at the Premium Level gave us access to exclusive, personalized services – and this included private check-in/check-out! At the private lounge, Kev and I received a warm welcome from the staff and were pleased with the quick and smooth check-in process.

Barcelo San Jose Luxury Hotel Near SJO Airport

private lounge area

As the Premium Level guests, we also enjoyed many other exclusive benefits, such as complimentary WiFi, daily newspapers, express laundry service, late check-out, and priority reservation at the a la carte restaurants. The best part is that food is available in the private lounge area throughout the day. There’s no need to worry about being hungry!

Barcelo San Jose Luxury Hotel Near SJO Airport

buffet at premium level

Not renting a car? Don’t worry. The hotel offers complimentary transfers to/from SJO Airport. All you need is a prior reservation.

If you’re looking to rent a car (which we strongly encourage if you’re planning to visit the volcanoes and beaches), the concierge can provide assistance with car rental. We suggest renting a 4WD if you’re visiting Monteverde. For car rental companies, we highly recommend Adobe Rent a Car, which offers good hassle-free service, reliable cars, and competitive prices with no hidden charges!

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Premium Level Superior Room

Premium Level rooms are situated on the 5th and 6th floors so you’re guaranteed a spectacular view.

Barcelo San Jose Luxury Hotel Near SJO Airport

Our superior room features a comfortable king-sized bed and a spacious living room looking out to the lush mountains. It is designed to help us feel refreshed and rejuvenated after a long day. And can you believe that a Premium Level room like this is priced as low as US$101 per night? What a steal!

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Leisure Facilities & Dining Options

With an outdoor swimming pool, a fully-equipped gym, sauna and steam room, squash and tennis courts, no leisure experience is overlooked at Barcelo San Jose.

Barcelo San Jose Luxury Hotel Near SJO Airport

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Besides the food service offered at the Premium Level, there are 3 restaurants and 1 bar onsite. From flame grilled dishes to international classics, you will always find something to tempt your taste buds.

Barcelo San Jose Luxury Hotel Near SJO Airport

Wondering where to stay in San Jose, Costa Rica? Check out Barcelo San Jose. It offered a great mix of comfort, luxury, and affordability for our trip. And we couldn’t recommend it highly enough to those who are looking for a luxury hotel near SJO Airport!

Barcelo owns a few other hotels in Costa Rica, including Barcelo Tambor, Occidental Tamarindo, and Occidental Papagayo. If you’re in these areas, you can take them into consideration. The level of service might vary so please make sure to check reviews prior to booking.

Disclaimer: This post is written in partnership with Barcelo San Jose. As always, all opinions on For Two, Please are my own and I only recommend brands that I 100% stand behind.


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16 Comments Leave a Comment »

  1. OMG i want to go to Costa Rica so bad and probs stay at this hotel just cause of the POOL! I want to hop across those little stones so bad. It’s so cute. I’m glad you had a fun trip!! 🙂

  2. Really lovely hotel, Cat! After my one day stop in Costa Rica on a recent cruise, I am definitely coming back to spend more time in this gorgeous country — and I’ll put the Barcelo San Jose on my list. Thanks!

  3. I love Barcelo resorts! Add a Costa Rica setting and it sounds like a perfect getaway!

  4. I had no idea San Jose could be so fancy! A lot of people suggest to skip it for other parts of Costa Rica. I’d love to visit, seems like an affordable and exciting destination! 

  5. We found out that the best way to get a car in Costa Rica is to take a hotel shuttle (free or not) and then have the hotel arrange your car rental when you need it. You can avoid a lot of fees if you rent off airport or even just not on they day you fly.

    This looks like a lovely property.

  6. Oh my the stepping stones in the pool are so cool! This looks like a great option near the airport. I’ve never been to Costa Rica but I’ll definitely keep this in mind when I do go!

  7. Barcelo as a chain probably has some of the best locations across the world. Given the charm of San Jose, Costa Rica and it becomes the perfect spot for a grand vacation.

    Love the look of the Premium Superior Rooms and at $101 is total ‘value for money’.

  8. I haven’t been to CR yet! It’s good to know this place is near the airport. That pool looks magical!

  9. This hotel is gorgeous and it’s great that it’s so close to SJO airport. We went to Costa Rica earlier this year and had to find accommodation near SJO just for one day. We loved the place we stayed at, but next time I would love to stay here! It’s great that they offer complimentary transfers to/from SJO Airport.

  10. I really like the idea of staying at a luxury hotel after a night of flying. Why not? I’m usually exhausted and the first thing I want is a shower and to chill! I can’t believe the premium room is only $101, that’s a total steal.

  11. This place looks both luxurious and welcoming. The pool area looks amazing and I am sure our kids would love it.

  12. I took the longest flight in the world (literally) earlier this year, from Auckland to Doha (19 hours straight in the air!) and really wish this would have been an option. Unfortunately we only had a few hours layover before another 8 hours to Rome… ugh! This looks like an ideal spot for post-travel relaxation!

  13. I flew into and out of San Jose when I visited Costa Rica, but didn’t spend any time in the city itself. If I return, the Barcelo San Jose looks like a great hotel to stay in! And that pool… so gorgeous. It sounds like such a steal!

  14. Barcelo San Jose sounds like an amazing place. I love that the price is right and that it’s really convenient for travelers that it’s right by the airport. It would be the perfect place to end a trip to Costa Rica to have time to relax before the flight. I would love to relax in that pool and read a book on that sofa. It’s pretty cozy-looking.

  15. The Barcelo San Jose looks absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful place to stay arriving in San Jose, or before departure. We are planning a trip to Costa Rica for the first time from BC Canada. Have definitely Pinned this for future reference. Great post! 🙂

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