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Guatape, Colombia
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

Not knowing what to expect I thought is was okay for the time being. The room a private w/shared bathroom was very basic. The young Costa Rican guy working the front desk did not have a clue. He kept taking me to the map but was clueless as to where anything was in San Jose. Luckily there was a very... More 

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Thank Diego C
Los Angeles, California
1 review
Reviewed 16 March 2011

I stayed in Molino Rojo Hostel last year. It was a remarkable experience. Nice place, clean, good attention, excellent parties!!!! If you are going to visit Costa Rica, and need an inexpensive but comfortable place to stay in, Molino Rojo Hostel is your choice. Thanks for this great experience.

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Thank ligoca082008
New York City
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2010

I thought asking the staff about cheap and good food in the area was a good idea. No! I was wrong. We went to a Chinese restaurant half a block from Molino and I regretted it badly an hour later. I was sick with traveler's diarrhee for the first time in my many travels all over Central America. And I... More 

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Nottingham
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 25 July 2010

We moved to this hostel from the cheaper and much grubbier Galileo round the corner. The private room with ensuite was very spacious and clean. The staff were amazing. It is run by a British woman and her Costa Rican partner, who were outstanding when helping take my mother to hospital. They rang the doctor and got an appointment with... More 

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Thank chickeninabasket
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 27 June 2010

Due to Costa Rica's horrible bus system we hadto stay in San Jose 3 on seperate occasions all of which were stayed at Molino Rojo. First two times were great, booked a private twin room on hostelbookers and were given a room with two beds in seperate rooms with private bath. Toilet in private bath didn't work at first so... More 

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Thank Shannonluke
San Salvador
1 review
Reviewed 4 February 2010

We had a great time! The owners of the Molino Rojo are great people and always went out of their way to accomadate us. This is not the Shearton, but it's not advertised as the Sheraton. The bad reviews above are stupid and without merit in my opinion. My girlfriend and I stayed here for 4 nights and had nothing... More 

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Thank bradcris
South Florida, Florida
1 review
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Reviewed 22 January 2010

I think these guys must be running another business and the hotel is a cover up because their service was a joke! If you want a bath towel you have to ask for it. I asked for soap so I could take a shower and they looked at me like I was crazy and said, "there is soap in the... More 

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1 Thank wutisaw
Toronto
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 3 October 2009

My boyfriend and I stayed here a total of four times (our first night, last night and twice in the middle when we had to change buses in San Jose). We wouldn't have kept coming back if we didn't like it so much! I just have to disagree with a couple of the reviews below as it was spotless all... More 

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Thank lil_lottie
New York, NY
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2009

This hostel is ok for the price you are paying. We had a private room with bathroom for about $30 USD a night. Our room was not the cleanest and the bathroom was old (not newly renovated like the website says) and had a bunch of bugs flying around in it when we arrived. There was also a mushroom patch... More 

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1 Thank iheartwrldtrvl
uk
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 29 September 2009

i think me and my friend were the first travellers to stay at this newly opened hostel. we were greated nicer by the cockroach in our room than by the unfriendly owners. the owners were half assed- its better not to offer breakfast at all than to offer an old stale bit of bread not enough for one person and... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Molino Rojo Hostel is a brand new hostel in San José, Costa Rica. We have private rooms from $25 and dorm beds from $10. There is a garden, lounge, communal kitchen, computer room and bar. A laundry service, book exchange and DVD library are available. The reception is open 24 hours and all receptionists speak English and Spanish and can help arrange tours and car rentals. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Molino Rojo Hostel

Address: Paseo Colon y Calle 32, diagonal a KFC, San Jose San Jose, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Price Range: $13 - $53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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