Hotel El Maragato

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Overview of Hotel El Maragato

Hotel El Maragato

3-star property
Family-friendly San José hotel with restaurant, connected to a shopping center

7.2/10 Good

462 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
Ave Central, between street 1 and 3, San José, San Jose
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Breakfast available
  • Room service
  • Coffee shop/cafe
  • Babysitting
  • 24-hour business center
  • Conference center
  • Airport shuttle
  • Casino shuttle
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Babysitting (surcharge)
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom
  • Premium TV channels
  • Terrace

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About this area

What's nearby

  • Heart of San José
  • National Stadium of Costa Rica - 45 min walk
  • Sabana Park - 14 min drive
  • Multiplaza Mall Escazu - 22 min drive

Getting around

  • San José (SYQ-Tobías Bolaños Intl.) - 28 min drive
  • Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) - 35 min drive
  • San Jose Procuradiria Museum Station - 11 min walk
  • San Jose Atlantic Station - 13 min walk
  • San Jose Pacific Station - 14 min walk
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Casino shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Hotel El Maragato

3-star family-friendly hotel connected to a shopping center
A roundtrip airport shuttle, a free grocery shopping service, and a terrace are just a few of the amenities provided at Hotel El Maragato. The onsite coffee shop, Restaurante Maragato, features international cuisine. Stay connected with free in-room WiFi, and guests can find other amenities such as shopping on site and a coffee shop/cafe.
You'll also enjoy the following perks during your stay:
  • Breakfast (surcharge), a casino shuttle, and concierge services
  • Free newspapers, luggage storage, and tour/ticket assistance
  • A gift shop, a 24-hour front desk, and coffee/tea in the lobby
  • Guest reviews say great things about the helpful staff
Room features
All guestrooms at Hotel El Maragato feature comforts such as pillow menus and air conditioning, as well as amenities like free WiFi and safes.
More conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding, pillowtop mattresses, and down comforters
  • Bathrooms with rainfall showers and free toiletries
  • 25-inch LCD TVs with premium channels
  • Balconies, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers


English, French, Italian, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in
Guest rooms kept vacant for 48 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 39 rooms
  • Arranged over 7 floors


  • Check-in time starts at 10 AM
  • Express check-in/out
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 12:30 PM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Up to 3 children (4 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • Babysitting*
  • Supervised childcare*


  • Pets stay free


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in rooms


  • No onsite parking


  • Airport shuttle (available on request)*


  • Casino shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Snack bar/deli

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free
  • Supervised childcare (surcharge)
  • Grocery/convenience store

What to do

  • Shopping

Working away

  • 24-hour business center
  • Meeting room
  • Computer station
  • Conference center (65 square feet of space)


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Free grocery shopping service
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Umbrellas


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 1993
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Television in common areas


  • Elevator
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel


  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 25-inch LCD TV
  • Premium cable channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Minibar
  • Espresso maker

Sleep well

  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Pillow menu
  • Down comforter
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Pillowtop mattress

What to enjoy

  • In-room massage
  • Balcony
  • Individually furnished

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator (on request)
  • Microwave (on request)


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Access via exterior corridors

Special features


Restaurante Maragato - This coffee shop specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Dial-up Internet access is available in guestrooms for an extra charge
  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Casino shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Children & extra beds

  • Supervised childcare is available for an extra charge
  • Babysitting is available for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in is available.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 48 hours between bookings, and can be accessed from outside the building via exterior corridors.


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

El Maragato
El Maragato San Jose
Hotel El Maragato
Hotel El Maragato San Jose
Hotel El Maragato Costa Rica/San Jose
Hotel El Maragato Hotel
Hotel El Maragato San José
Hotel El Maragato Hotel San José

Frequently asked questions

Does Hotel El Maragato offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Hotel El Maragato does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Hotel El Maragato?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Hotel El Maragato?
Yes, pets stay free.
Is parking offered on site at Hotel El Maragato?
Sorry, there's no onsite parking at Hotel El Maragato.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Hotel El Maragato?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Hotel El Maragato?
You can check in starting at 10 AM. Check-out time is 12:30 PM. Express check-in and contactless check-in are available.
Are there restaurants at or near Hotel El Maragato?
Yes, Restaurante Maragato offers international cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Choko (3-min walk), La Tortilleria (3-min walk), and Mama's Place (3-min walk).
Does Hotel El Maragato have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a balcony.
What's the area around Hotel El Maragato like?
Hotel El Maragato is in the heart of San José, a short 1-minute walk from Plaza de la Cultura and 2 minutes' walk from National Theater. Travelers say the area is walkable and good for shopping.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

10/10 Exceptional

Wintom, 14-night family trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Very reasonably priced and the location was excellent.
2-night family trip
Verified Travelocity guest review

8/10 Very good

1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

4/10 Fair

Dont go here! Let me first say i dont do bad reviews or comments but the reviews i read and what i got were not the same. I also want to say im a backpacker and im used to sleeping on the ground so my standerds are not high. 2 days we didnt have water. They ebed up fixing it after about a hour each time. No parking, you have to park 2 blocks away at 2 dollars a hour, do the math if you leave your car because you book trips, and they pick you up it adds up really quick not counting the meter is running when your sleeping, and if you get back late at night its a scary walk back to the hotel at night. spend the extra cash for a hotel that has parking. all the staff but one was good! We stayed a week left a day early. Rooms were horrable and i do not have high standerds at all again. Last night we found a much better hotel near the air port with parking and shuttel. This was my first trip to c.r. i would highly recomand staying outside of s.j. and drive in for the day, night time can get pretty hairy. The good: staff was good and at day time you are smake in the middel of down town market. The bad: the room, parking, night time safty, no water when you try to take a shower
donovan, 6-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Great location, great breakfast, dated facilities friendly service
2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

The staff was very helpful to assist me in setting up my local Sim card. Also the breakfast was delicious and finding the fridge stocked with juice and beer and snacks was another nice touch.
2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

2-night trip
Verified Orbitz guest review

6/10 Good

Hotel is in a great location in downtown San Jose. Everything you need is well within walking distance. Staff was very friendly and helpful.
Mike, 11-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

The hotel looked old and rundown, there was a weird scent in our room. The hotel was on a street that cars couldn't access, so we had to get picked up and dropped off around the corner and walk. The hotel was in a very busy area and there were a few restaurants within walking distance. I had never been to San Jose before, so I'm not sure if the whole city is this way, but I didn't feel like the hotel was in the safest area. The hotel staff was friendly enough, especially the man who checked us out in the morning- he called a taxi for us and was chatting with us while we waited. Complimentary breakfast was fine- nothing fancy.
Alyson, 2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Location, location, location !!!! At this place, you're a the center of everything in San Jose !!!
Miguel, 1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review