InterContinental Real Hotel & Club Tower CR Rating: 4.5 Pearls
San Jose, Costa Rica

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Pros

Cons

  • Wi-Fi is $15/day or $40/week
  • Cigarette smell in some hallways
  • Little local charm

Bottom Line

The 372-room Intercontinental is the biggest and best-equipped hotel in the San Jose area, with a pool complex, enormous spa, five restaurants, a rental car desk, and even foreign currency exchange. It's a haven for business travelers, and offers some truly luxe accommodations in its Club Tower. But it feels like a large chain hotel, so leisure travelers who want to experience some local charm might want to consider the nearby Marriott San Jose.

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 Scene

Large and luxurious, but slightly generic

The Intercontinental wows with its sheer scale: The soaring lobby, the numerous help desks (the check-in counter, the rental car counter, the business services counter, the concierge counter...), the five restaurants, the big pool complex, and Central America's largest urban spa.

But all that size and efficiency comes at a small cost -- namely, the local charm that attracts many leisure travelers to Costa Rica. A few details -- wood on the lobby ceiling, colorful furniture in Azulejos restaurant, local art for sale in glass cases -- nod to the hotel's location, but for the most part the hotel still feels like it could be an Intercontinental anywhere in the world. For some travelers, the convenience, and the luxurious accommodations in the Executive Club Tower, will amply compensate.

 Location

The hotel is located in Escazú, a short drive from downtown San José and home to malls and chain restaurants.

The InterContinental is located in Plaza Real in affluent Escazú, a suburban area six miles from downtown San Jose. Spread out on a hillside overlooking San José and Heredia, Escazú has one of the nicest views in the area. Three neighborhoods with three very different flavors compose the suburb: San Rafael is packed with shopping malls and chain restaurants; Escazú centro is more relaxed, with local shops and narrow streets; and entirely residential San Antonio offers spectacular views of the valley.

  • 15-minute drive to the National Museum
  • 15-minute drive to the National Center of Culture
  • 15-minute drive to Valle del Sol golf course
  • 20-minute drive to San José International Airport (Juan Santamaría Airport)
  • 40-minute drive to Braulio Carrillo National Park
  • 50-minute drive to Irazú Volcano National Park
  • 90-minute drive to Jacó
  • 2-hour drive to Arenal Volcano National Park
  • 3-hour drive to the Central Pacific Coast beaches

 Rooms

Big and luxurious, especially in the newer, nicer [/costa-rica/hotels/intercontinental-real-hotel-and-club-tower-cr/photos/the-hotel--v755382/ |Club Tower]]

Deluxe Room
Deluxe Room

The rooms are actually split between two different, connected buildings: the 274 standard rooms are in the original main building, which also houses the hotel’s meeting facilities and the restaurants; and the Executive rooms and suites are in the newer Club Tower, which also houses the spa and fitness center.

 Features

Two swimming pools, a tennis court and Central America's largest urban spa

The pool
The pool
  • Three outdoor swimming pools, including a kids pool
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • The InterContinental's 16,000 square-foot spa is the largest urban spa in Central America. It features 12 treatment rooms, a whirlpool, a sauna and a beauty salon, and offers facials, pedicures, body therapy, reflexology, hydrotherapy treatments, yoga classes and personal training. Open daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Tennis court
  • Business center: Staffed between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.; features computers, printers, fax machines
  • Wi-Fi for $15/day or $14/week
  • Travel services: rental car desk, concierge, travel agents desk; foreign currency exchange
  • 24-hour lobby lounge
  • Meeting and events space: 23,143 square feet, including 21 meeting rooms and three ballrooms with balconies

 Food

Italian cuisine, an Asian-inspired lounge and a steak and lobster restaurant

  • Azulejos: Casual, buffet-style restaurant serving international cuisine for breakfast and lunch
  • Alfredo: Italian cuisine; open for lunch and dinner
  • Steak and Lobster Factory: Serves imported beef and local fish for lunch and dinner; outdoor terrace
  • Nau Lounge: Asian-inspired lounge serving fresh sushi and sashimi for lunch and dinner
  • Zambra Lobby Bar: Cocktails from late morning through midnight; frequently features live music

 Bottom Line

The 372-room Intercontinental is the biggest and best-equipped hotel in the San Jose area, with a pool complex, enormous spa, five restaurants, a rental car desk, and even foreign currency exchange. It's a haven for business travelers, and offers some truly luxe accommodations in its Club Tower. But it feels like a large chain hotel, so leisure travelers who want to experience some local charm might want to consider the nearby Marriott San Jose.

Things You Should Know About InterContinental Real Hotel & Club Tower CR

Address

  • Prospero Fernandez Hwy., San Jose, 1000, CR

Room Types

  • Accessible Room
  • Club Suite
  • Club Tower Pool View Room
  • Club Tower Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Pool View Deluxe Room
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 372
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Address: Prospero Fernandez Hwy., San Jose, 1000, CR
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