Sleep Inn Paseo Las Damas
Avenida 3 entre calles 9 y
Phone: (506) 25 216500
Avenida 3 entre calles 9 y 11 Frente al Parque Morazan, San Jose, CR
- Phone: (506) 25 216500
Fried chicken, chicken burgers, chicken with French fries- close your eyes and you could be in Kentucky! If you are in the mood for some reliable fast food, come here for a North American type of meal. Travelers with children will also feel welcome here, and there is nothing that even the most conservative child will turn up his or her nose to. A range of soft drinks is also available.
'El Mirador' restaurant is located in the grand and royal Aurola Holiday Inn. Soothing piano music and the view of the Centre Valley make it an ideal venue for a romantic dinner. Local cuisine introduces the guests to the real Costa Rican flavors. International delicacies have something for everyone. The stylish and classy decor and the picturesque settings complete the frame.
More, much more than a Chinese restaurant, this is a culinary experience of different tastes and flavors from all of Asia. Here, you can try specialties from India, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Japan and, of course, China. It is not unusual, then, that a mixture of smells comes from the kitchen including curry, ginger, soy, lemon grass, garlic and onions, in a parade of magical olfactory seduction. When you feel it is time for a gastronomic change, the Tin Jo can give you a marvelous culinary tour through those exotic places.
This restaurant at the Hotel Castillo lets you enjoy lunch on the terrace or in covered balconies on the second floor. You can also have a romantic dinner in warm interior corners decorated with fine national woods. This mansion was restored recently to house the restaurant. The specialty here is Peruvian food with an emphasis on seafood prepared in a variety of ways, including appetizers, soups and main courses.
This pleasant bar features live jazz and blues. However, there is no regular schedule, so if you want to be sure to see a performance you should telephone ahead. Even if you are not lucky enough to hear a band, this is a pleasant place to enjoy a few beers, with its vaguely bohemian atmosphere. This bar is a unique and interesting place to visit.
As the night spreads its shroud and the explosion of the sunset's wildest colors start giving way to the blinking of the stars, many go home to rest. However, many others start a new life cycle: "Living La Vida Loca" (Living the crazy life). El Cuartel is the perfect place to do so. Here, people of all ages, colors and backgrounds gather to eat, drink, listen to the music, and make new friends. It has three different areas, including an art gallery, so you can "Live La Vida Loca" the way you like it best.
What used to be a disco like any other, gave way to this establishment for audiences that are more selective. Jazz, Trova, Pop and even Rave are programmed to satisfy such musical tastes. Darts, backgammon and chess are part of the experience, and if you want tropical music, Salsa 54 is one level down. On Wednesdays live Jazz performs on stage for lovers of this genre. If you have some old LPs, or would like to buy a few, the Acetates Club, which meets here on Thursday night, might be just for you.
Three years in existence, the Papa Pez Restaurant has filled the expectations of those seeking to enjoy the delicacies of the sea in a central location. During happy hour, you can serve yourself from the buffet located on the terrace, in front of the garden. Modern and spacious, and its ornamental plants make you feel a sensation of freshness. Their main living room is decorated with beautiful landscapes of national artists. The paella, octopus lobster, ceviches and soups are prepared in exquisite and diverse ways, according to your pleasure. National and fine liquors are also available.
La Cocina de Leña is one of the most experienced places in San Jose for quality and the serving of traditional Costa Rican cuisine. It has been listed as one of the finest establishments to offer authentic Costa Rican food. Their décor combines architecturally coffered wooden ceilings and traditional elements reminiscent of the old Costa Rican colonial homes. It has exquisite food, and presents cultural events such as dances and folk music during the week. Enjoy and delight with the local flavor of the "picadillos" served in "gallitos," which is a sort of taco with corn tortillas. Liquors and international food are served a la carte.
The tango has made its way up from South America and you can hear it played here, as in many other parts of Central America and Mexico. The atmosphere is pleasant and adult-oriented; good for a romantic evening or a prelude to some more fun. A suggestion is to dance the tango here only if you really know how. Otherwise, you may feel quite uncomfortable amid the more experienced dancers.
Lubnan is known among the locals for its delicious Lebanese specials. Hommus Mdammas, Fattush, Khiar blaban, Baba Ganoj, kebabs, Shwarma, Falafel are some of the must-try dishes here. At Lubnan, food arrives in generous portions and can be best complemented with beers, cocktails as well as traditional Lebanese beverages. The place has a lovely charm, it is dimly lit and is decorated with Middle-Eastern paraphernalia. Certain nights at Lubnan see performances by talented Belly Dancers.
You can eat traditional Costa Rican food in this roadside restaurant, and enjoy the view of the green valley spreading out before you. This is a good place to stop for lunch or a snack if you are heading south. The food is relatively simple, but tasty- try the fried fish, which is taken directly from a nearby lake. If you are planning to attend as a large group, call ahead to plan a special menu and arrange a group price.