Hotel Fleur de Lys: Swiss hospitality in the heart of San Jose.

By Silvanna Pacheco, April 30th, 2024

San Jose, the bustling capital of Costa Rica, can feel overwhelming at first, but nestled right downtown is a quaint hotel with a taste of Europe amidst the Central American energy.

Hotel Fleur de Lys is a 3-star hotel housed in a beautifully restored Victorian mansion. This is a National Heritage site brimming with history. The Chézière family, originally from Switzerland and France, transformed this house into a hotel back in 1991, and their dedication to Swiss hospitality is evident in the warm welcome you’ll receive.

Imagine stepping into a fine lobby with beautiful original tile floors. A friendly staff greets you, ready to assist with your needs. Your room, named after a beautiful Costa Rican flower, offers all the modern conveniences you expect including 24 hour front desk service.

Hotel Fleur de Lys’ location is unbeatable. Major landmarks like Plaza de la Democracia, the National Museum, the Jade Museum, and the vibrant Artisans Craft Market are all within walking distance. This makes this hotel a convenient spot for your first night in Costa Rica, allowing you to explore the city and learn about local culture and its people.

The on-site restaurant serves a traditional Costa Rican breakfast buffet that’s included in your room rate. Delicious fresh brewed coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, gallo pinto, plantains, a variety of local fruits and more, it is a delightful way to start your day and experience local flavors. The hotel is currently re-establishing its full-service restaurant to offer lunch and dinner, as well as reopening its once-famous bar. 

Or, you can visit the several fantastic international restaurants nearby, like Tin Jo Asian Restaurant and La Esquina de Buenos Aires, known for great Argentinean steaks.

San Jose offers a vibrant cultural scene but as with any major city, it’s wise to be aware of your surroundings and take some basic safety precautions to ensure a smooth and enjoyable vacation. At night time, stick to the hotel’s taxi service and make sure to talk to the front desk about their local recommendations.

Photo by Cesar Badilla Miranda

Whether you’re just arriving in Costa Rica or looking for a convenient base to explore the city, Hotel Fleur de Lys is the perfect choice for your budget and your time. No need to waste precious vacation time dealing with the city’s traffic – all the must-see attractions are right at your doorstep!