Concorde Casino is part of the Irazu Best Western Hotel. This casino is in the heart of the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose, and is one of the most well-known casinos in the entire country, with most guests referring to it simply as “Irazu Casino.”
Its central location means it is nearby to the Juan Santamaria International Airport. It is a 15-minute drive from the airport and can be done via public bus and taxi, car rental, or with the hotel’s shuttle service which operates from 4 am to 10 pm every day. The shuttle will cost you $8 and guests are required to make a reservation beforehand.
Costa Rica is a Central American paradise that has black beaches, a wide selection of natural parks, and a few volcanoes. A few places to enjoy nearby the casino are the Costa Rican Art Museum, the Braulio Carrillo National Park, and the Paos Volcano.
The Best Western Irazu does not require jacket or tie and has a semi-casual dress code. The gambling age in Costa Rica is 18.
This 4,400 square foot casino is both large for Costa Rica standards and very popular. Its entrance is located inside the Best Western Irazu but is always open to the general public. The main gaming hall is home to their table games and electronic machines. Additionally, they have a private poker room, The Winners Club, where tournaments take place.
The casino is famous because it is one of the oldest and largest casinos in the capital of San Jose. The service is exceptional and casino guests have access to the restaurant and bar facilities in the hotel. They have a wide selection of both table games and electronic games as well as hosting many popular poker tournaments in The Winners Club room. The casino is open 24/7, but table games and tournaments only start in the evenings.
Another one of the main attractions at Concorde Casino is the high limit table games. Both their standard games and tournaments allow gamblers to play higher maximums. The standard games range with betting options starting at $5 and going up to $500.
Tournaments are mostly cash-only events and require a minimum buy-in of at least $100. The guaranteed prize pool at these tournaments is usually some of the highest in Costa Rica.
Concorde Casino has a total of 9 table games available in their main gaming hall. This does not include the poker tables found in The Winners Club. The table games are made up of roulette, poker variants, blackjack, baccarat, and craps.
There are 2 roulette tables available, both offering traditional ball-and-wheel with American rules.
Card games are popular at this casino and make up the most of their tables. Poker variants found on the main gaming floor include Three Card, Five Card, and Caribbean Stud Poker. In the poker room, Texas Hold‘Em is the main variation played.
Blackjack takes up about one-third of all tables, with three tables. Each offers different betting options; while baccarat only has a single table, which offers Punto Banco rules.
There are 250 slot machines that can be found at Concorde Casino. They include the latest machines as well as old-time classics. Denominations available vary and they have machines that only offer single denomination bets while others allow gamblers to vary their bets between spins. Some of their slot games are linked to in-house progressive jackpots.
Other electronic gaming machines offer video poker and electronic blackjack.
The Best Western Irazu is a quality hotel that has a wide arrange of rooms and services. It is the most convenient option for those gambling at Concorde Casino but the casino does not require you to be a guest of the hotel to play.
There are 194 rooms available at the Best Western with the majority falling into their three categories: standard (city view), standard (pool view), and apartments. They have suites available but should be booked in advance because of their limited supply. A standard room will cost between $125 – $135 a night.
Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, spa, restaurant and bar, complimentary breakfast, and free parking.
There are 2 restaurants available at Best Western Irazu and they offer different cuisines and atmospheres. Denny’s is an American-style diner and serves a wide selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. The restaurant is open all day and allows guests to enjoy their ‘all-day breakfast’.
Sangria Tapas Bar & Restaurant provides a more Spanish culinary experience. They are open most of the day, from 6 AM to 1 AM on Mondays to Saturdays, with Sunday’s closing over lunch from 11 AM to 3 PM. Apart from their meals, this is the best place to come for a sundowner and cocktail.