Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Hotel Fleur de Lys -places to stay in Costa Rica part 5

We enjoyed our brief stay at the Hotel Fleur de Lys in February '06. We were still part of a group and given a suite since Azure was with us. The suite opened into a sitting area with a futon and bar (which seemed strange to me). Off this sitting area was a bedroom with a king bed, large closet, and tv. Two separate entrances into the bathroom which was entirely made of black marble (yuck)! Mom and Phil had a smaller room with a queen bed and bath. This room was barely big enough to walk in!

The hotel itself was decorated with local art work which was wonderful. All of the art is available for purchase and they also have a small gift shop with an assortment of items such as tshirts, cigars, pottery, paintings, etc.

The restaurant around the corner, Nuestra Tierra, is highly recommended! Lonely Planet reviewed this restaurant and placed it as one of the best budget places to eat in San Jose (we agree so far!). The first time we ate there was a Monday evening around 8pm. I mention this because a couple men were playing the marimba and it really added to the enjoyment of our last night in San Jose. The delicious food will keep us going back. We even made a point to eat there again in November when we returned to San Jose. The casados (local dish of rice, beans, steak or chicken, salad, and plantains) set us back only $5!

The hotel does have a restaurant but we didn't eat there since Nuestra Tierra is literally around the corner. Others in our group said the food at the hotel was good...

The Fleur de Lys is located as the Eastern end of downtown San Jose. It is within walking distance of the Central Market and the pedestrian mall. Some of the best local art at the best prices can be found across the street from the Nuestra Tierra in the Artisan Market.

Website for Hotel Fleur de Lys: http://www.hotelfleurdelys.com/

(the photo of the hotel is taken from their website)

sorry this picture of Nuestra Tierra was taken from the window of the bus!

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