The Club Colonial is part of the Colonial Group of casinos and can be found in the downtown area of San Jose, Costa Rica. The Club Colonial property is situated right in the center of the nightlife district and it has a friendly atmosphere, attracting both tourists and locals alike. The area is always lively, and is known for its cultural attractions and abundance of bars.
You can find the casino on 1st Avenue between 9th street and 11th street. Surrounding the casino are the Jade Museum and the National Museum which are popular with tourists. Also located nearby is Morazán Park. You can easily reach the casino from the airport by taxi, which is about a 26 minute ride.
If you have a car and want to drive there, then you can take advantage of the casino’s 24-hour parking facility. The parking lot can get quite busy in the evenings, but the staff always seems to be able to fit you in on arrival and get you out quickly when you want to leave.
Finally, the casino has a “smart casual” dress code, but the rules can be bent slightly as some people like to wear costumes. Additionally, the casino welcomes tourists that may be a little more casually dressed.
Casino Club Colonial was formed in 1982 at the time the casino industry in Costa Rica was just starting out. The casino was originally located in a house that is currently still there at the front of the casino. However, the casino had its grand re-opening in 1996, which is where the current casino still resides. The new establishment is bigger and wider than its predecessor with more games filling up the casino floor and an electric atmosphere.
You will find a unique collection of games available at the casino, all of which are similar to Caribbean Poker, Roulette, and Blackjack, but with the casino’s own twist added to each of the games. You can play any of these games any time of the day or week as it is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This makes it well-suited for night owls that are visiting an area known for its lively atmosphere from the evening until the early hours of the morning.
Grupo Colonial is the group that owns the casino and is made up of three businesses. Casino Club Colonial, Sleep Inn, and the Café Colonial Magnolia Restaurant. The newest addition to the group since 2007 is its Café Colonial; while, the Magnolia Restaurant is also part of the overall service provided.
If you want to join the casino’s membership program, the “Players Club” is available online or at the casino. You will be provided with a Club Colonial membership card so the casino can award loyalty points for each bet placed. Once you build up enough points, you will be able to exchange them for gifts, meals, and tickets for events.
At the Casino Club Colonial, the table games are traditional to Costa Rica, offering you something slightly different than the norm. The games are easy to learn, and you can even practice on the casino’s website, so you are up to speed before you play for real money.
You will find the basket game directly on the casino floor. It is much like American Roulette except instead of a wheel there is a lotto style basket that will produce a number. You will find the same inside and outside you would expect on a Roulette table.
The Rummy table is Casino Club Colonel’s own unique version of Blackjack, so if you are familiar with the rules of Blackjack, you will pick up Rummy very quickly. One the key differences is that Blackjack is known as a Rummy in this game.
Tote is another traditional Casino Club Colonial card game. It is a form of poker with five cards and players play against the house. It is similar to 5-card draw or Caribbean Stud Poker and has the same idea, which is to beat the dealer’s hand with a better five card poker hand.
There are over 200 different machines to play at the casino, which surround the main casino floor. These are all slots that come in multiple denominations from ¢1 to ¢100. There are plenty of different themes available thanks to the wide selection of slots available in the casino.
There is hotel accommodation available at the Casino Club Colonial under the hood of its flagship company, Grupo Colonial. The hotel is called the Sleep Inn and is situated right next door to the casino. This means you will have direct access to the casino 24/7 and access to local tourist attractions within walking distance as well as the nightlife entertainment the downtown area is so well known for.
Rooms go for around $100 per night sometimes as low as $70 a night with free breakfast and Wifi available. You can book a two-queen bed, one Queen Bed or one King Bed bedroom or pay a bit more for one of the hotel suites. Rooms are also available with smoking or non-smoking options. More hotel info can be found on Agoda.com.
Part of the casino group is the Magnolia Restaurant, which is open 24 hours a day and has a 70-person capacity.
This is a lavish establishment with a huge menu offering local culinary delights. Enjoy Pasta, Carnes, Poolo, Pescado, Salads, eggs, and an array of other fine dining plus some mouthwatering desserts. Check out the Magnolia Restaurant website for a complete overview of their menu. Even if you not in town to play at the casino, you should consider eating here for at least one night.
The restaurant is also open in the mornings providing a breakfast menu and its usual menu. There is also the Café Magnolia which is ideal for coffee shops and the café has a delicious selection of sandwiches.
If you are looking for alcohol and sports, then check out the sports bar too. Plenty of spirits and beers are available plus the bar also has some extravagant bar snacks or you can just simply go for a burger or baguette and chips.