The Crowne Plaza San Jose Costa Rica was where we started and ended our Costa Rican Adventure. It was fine, however, with the gift of hindsight I would certainly do things differently. Our biggest mistake was booking two rooms. Those of you with families of 5 or more will know how hard it is booking a hotel room for a larger family. Our boys are still young so one room for all of us or interconnecting is the best option. I believe we could have had a roll out bed in a family room, but were warned it would have been a squash. We therefore opted for 2 rooms. The problem was that interconnecting rooms are not guaranteed. After a long flight, wait for baggage and horrendous traffic to the hotel the last thing I wanted to hear was that we weren’t in rooms near to each other. We weren’t even on the same floor. We coped, but it was a pain. We weren’t at the hotel for long at all and on the plus the breakfast was lovely.
On our return journey, I am pleased to say we had interconnecting rooms. Here we were able to see more of the hotel and San Jose. If you are booking a holiday to Costa Rica with children, my biggest recommendation is to spend as little time as possible in San Jose. There is little to do with children.I Googled Trip Advisor and the number 6 thing to do with children was to visit a park which happened to be by our hotel. Bargain I thought….
With the equipment falling apart and rusty nails sticking out, it didn’t leave me wanting to find any of the suggestions below 6!
We ventured into San Jose itself again to be disappointed. It was the only place in Costa Rica that I didn’t feel particularly safe. There were lots of people asking for money. We got a coffee and cake and headed back to the hotel.
We had chose the Crowne plaza due to it having a swimming pool, however, in hindsight, it wasn’t heated and was cold. We also didn’t really fancy having a load of wet clothing to pack onto the plane.
The restaurant was nice, but the service was a bit over the top. I am a stickler for being sold water and even though I asked for “house water” which every other hotel in Costa Rica gave us and often offered, the waiter insisted on giving us (and charging us) for bottled water.
So in short, Costa Rica is a fantastic place to visit with children of any ages. Smaller children will love the wildlife and bigger ones will love the adrenaline activities they have to offer. I am planning on going back when the boys are bigger. I personally wouldn’t book any longer than you need in San Jose. Spend an extra night in one of the beautiful resorts. The Crowne Plaza is fine for a stop over but if like us, you have a family of 5, it might be best to squash into one room rather than be on separate floors.
Have you visited Costa Rica? Which part did you like best?