We arrived in San José and were unpleasantly surprised at how little there was to do in the city. Casa Conde is a ways away from the heart of the city, and anything worth doing requires a long ride or a rental car. San José driving is frightening. I'm not sure if it's the unfamiliarity with the roads, the amount of motorcycles on the roads, or the haphazard way in which everyone speeds and cuts each other off that turned me off from driving; I think it was a combination of all three.
The hotel grounds themselves are decent. The hot tub was out of commission for repairs and it was too cool in early March to use the pool. The rooms have the faintest smell of toilet water and look less glamorous than they do in the pictures. We were so displeased with the quality of the suite we rented that we called to arrange for a hotel transfer before the staff at Casa Conde upgraded us to a junior suite. Sounds good, right? Well, the jacuzzi tub in the jacuzzi suite takes hours to fill up so it was useless and the air conditioner leaked so we turned it off. We booked 5 nights and only stayed for two before heading to a more tourist-friendly part of the country. Overall, we got over the flaws of Casa Conde but with nothing to do in San José we decided to leave.
The staff is nice and the food is pretty good, especially the free breakfast!