July 31st, 2014

Nine Years–and a Happy Future–at the Sleep Inn Paseo las Damas

The Sleep Inn Paseo las Damas has been in operation for nine years, and it celebrates this anniversary with some exciting changes. Horlando Salas, the general manager of the hotel, has always looked to the future, keeping the standards of the hotel very high and at their most modern and convenient. The entire hotel complex now has wireless internet service, as do the Casino Club Colonial and the Magnolia Restaurant.

One of Costa Rica’s main daily newspapers, La República, detailed some additional changes, which include revamped guest rooms, a new color scheme in the public areas and new furniture throughout the Sleep Inn. Each room now has a new flat-screen television set as well.

Under the new plan, the lobby store is also open round-the-clock. Guests can now buy a snack, a drink or a charming Costa Rican souvenir at any time of the day or night. (We are particularly fond of the chorreador, the traditional Costa Rican coffee-making gadget.)

The Sleep Inn is a four star-rated hotel, and its management is impeccable. The staff is friendly, the rooms are scrupulously clean, and the grounds well-maintained. Its new conference room is ideal for corporate and social events.

Read more about the Sleep Inn Paseo las Damas and its changes.

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August 23rd, 2012

The Magnolia Restaurant is Fabulous

For those who haven’t yet eaten at the Magnolia Restaurant, it may really be time to start.

The Magnolia has always served delicious food, but because of its recent renovations, it has just received a fine award from the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT). The restaurant-rating branch of the ICT has given the restaurant four out of five forks, in recognition of its fine dining atmosphere and delicious food.

Magnolia chef Adrián Vera says that the Magnolia specializes in mediterranean food, with French and Italian accents. Diners can enjoy “anything from carpaccio to lobster, shrimp and corvina.” The staff is wonderful and happy to make suggestions about the restaurant’s many different menu items.

The Magnolia is centrally located, in the heart of downtown San José, with a safe parking lot. The restaurant is open all day, every day; it serves an executive menu from Monday through Friday, between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

On September 29, the Casino Club Colonial celebrates its 30th anniversary, and the Magnolia Restaurant will have a celebratory meal during the anniversary festivities.

But any meal is festive at the Magnolia!

Read more about the Magnolia Restaurant.

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March 8th, 2011

The Sleep Inn Triumphs Again

In February 2011, the Sleep Inn San José Downtown was named International Hotel 2010 for the region of Central America and the Caribbean. Although the Sleep Inn has received numerous awards for its quality of service and overall aesthetic appearance, this is the first time the hotel has been named International Hotel, an award given by Choice Hotels International, the Sleep Inn’s parent brand. This regional honor now qualifies the Sleep Inn for a still more prestigious continental award, to be determined by a vote at the Choice Hotels meeting in Boston in May 2011.

In addition to this great honor, the Sleep Inn San José Downtown won the Quality Assurance Review (QAR 2010), an award also presented by Choice Hotels International. To win the yearly Quality Assurance Review, the Sleep Inn competes against twelve other Choice Hotels in Central America and the Caribbean. Twice a year, Choice Hotels sends an inspector to each of the competing hotels. This inspector evaluates the cleanliness of the hotel, the efficiency of its various operations, the condition of the rooms and building and the hotel’s compliance with franchise requirements. After his second 2010 visit to the Sleep Inn, hotel inspector Nicolás González said that “in terms of cleanliness and maintenance and improvements, [the Sleep Inn and its staff] are simply excellent and significantly surpass the standards Choice has established for the region.”

The Sleep Inn San José Downtown has won the Quality Assurance Review four times in the past five years–in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. Guests are welcome to examine the award plaques, which hang in the hotel lobby on the wall next to the reception desk.

In 2010, the Sleep Inn also received a Certificate for Sustainable Tourism (Certificado de Sostenibilidad Turística), which indicates the hotel’s interest in the environment and in promoting “green” tourism. The hotel was given a designation of three leaves out of a possible five. Throughout its years of operation, the hotel has embraced environmentally friendly practices—saving water, recycling and conserving electricity—and it has encouraged its guests to do so as well. Horlando Salas, the hotel Manager expects that the hotel will receive a five-star rating this year.

The Sleep Inn is very proud of its wonderful employees, whose hard work and dedication have helped the hotel achieve its award-winning status. In addition to the faithful work of its employees, Horlando Salas notes that the success of the hotel depends on the added values he and his staff bring to the hotel. He says that the Sleep Inn offers services beyond those required by the franchise—free guest parking and free airport transportation, for example. The hotel’s Executive Housekeeper, Jendry Porras, and its Maintenance Manager, Christian Fallas, keep the hotel and its grounds in prize-worthy condition.

Read more about Costa Rica’s Certification for Sustainable Tourism.

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