i booked this hotel online for the queen room,as per their information and pictures i was booking a queen size bed,including a/c and a fridge..but as we enter the room we see a rather smaller bed,i meassured and found that bed to be only 54 inches wide,thats full size mattress,we couldnt fit properly..and the a/c on the wall had no remote control,the girl said that it was out of order,no way to find out because theres not remote control.. the room is big so is the shower,the house is a colonial type ,well preserved...then if they charge me for queen size bed and got the full size i think i was overcharged
Although the accommodation itself was a "fairly average" one in a 6-bed room (with no a/c but just a fan and also with lockers not big enough for backpacks), my 7-night stay was actually more or less a "pleasant one" at this place which likely was some "mansion of the well-to-do" back in the day (and likely still maintains its original structures such as the spiral staircase between the two floors & the square railing on the 2nd floor where the nice wooden floor is also likely the original one). Then, there's also a "nice convenience" about this place: with an in-house restaurant (with actually a pretty good selection of items among which I can personally suggest a nice soup & a nice burger that I had although I had most of my meals during my stay at the restaurant right beside which also is a great place with reasonable prices); with a convenience store at just a few-minute walk to the right after coming out (a small one but with plenty of various essential items and where you can actually also sit down & eat some fast food); and with the Ticabus bus station at just about a 5-minute walk away first to the left after coming out followed immediately by another left and just about 2 blocks before another left to the station (for buses to & from countries like Panama & Nicaragua). And yes above all, a nice stay was mainly due to the great guest service of being provided: the nice daily breakfast (a "fairly-filling" one at about 2,000 colons for guests which is half of its regular price), the same-day laundry service, and the bookings for my "day tours" to Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio & Volcan Arenal with Baldi Hot Springs (many thanks to Tatiana for those bookings and also the gentleman during the day who provided a detailed instruction how to get to Volcan Irazu on my own). And also, as for the "convenience of sightseeing", just at about a 10-minute walk to the left after coming out of this place is the "pedestrian street" Av. Central (its west end from which it goes on quite a few blocks to the east lined with all miscellaneous shops on both sides) then about a further 5-minute walk to Mercado Central (for a "pretty good" souvenir shopping where there are also a number of mini-restaurants) followed by a short walk further to Teatro Nacional (with a nice "guided tour" of its beautiful interior) where in the vicinity of the Theater are also two other great sites namely the city's "main cathedral" Catedral Metropolitana & the national history museum Museo Nacional de Costa Rica.…
Worst Hotel in the world !! I have stayed at more than 1000 hotels around the world and this one is by far the worst ! Even if you would pay me 1000 usd to stay 1 night I would refuse ! Trust me stay far away from this place ! On arrival, the front desk lady was not welcoming. She asked me to pay for my reservation which I have already fully paid ! I told her and after a while It was ok. That was the first lie. She gave me a “quiet room” like I asked. I had to go deep in the hotel which look like a service area. It was room 209. The room was super tiny no window, only had a hole in the wall of the bathroom to the streets. It was an awful room, you can not find that kind of room in any of their reservation websites. It looks to be a staff room or whatever. I had to go ask the front desk to get the room I paid for, that the room was way too tiny and not the superior room I paid for. She told me she sent me an email telling me that I would get a small and quiet room. This was the second lie! I received an email about a quiet room not about a tiny room with no window! So, she gave me a room straight at the corner of the street! Which was still not what I paid for, but I took it. It was room 201, if you get this room refuse straight away trust me! For you to understand this hotel, it is on the busiest intersection of San Jose! Probably of Costa Rica. There are terminal bus stops and bus stops all around the hotels. You have an insane traffic 24/7. It never stops! The hotel is really old and you can see all around doors/windows outside ! It is basically trying to sleep on the road between trucks, buses and cars. It was impossible to sleep or even watch tv, nothing. I went back to see the front desk lady asking for earplug or anything. No earplug available, no solution. Every 30sec I would jump out of my bed whenever a truck would horn etc It was so intense that for the first time of my life I got a panic attack!! Again, I went down to front desk. Told the lady everything. She seemed to absolutely did not care! I asked to get back the crappy room, expecting to have less noise. Then around 30/40 people from outside came into the hotel with huge speakers and sound system. They started to have a party! They played karaoke, danced etc. The hotel was vibrating, our beds included. it was a nightmare. My friends were staying in room 202 just on top of the party. Around midnight we went to see the staff and tell then it was not correct for us we could not sleep. They did not care and were not able to speak English. Only thing they could say was “it was a private event”. I had to put two towels around my head to fall asleep after being so exhausted, it was around 2:30am. My friends were able to barely sleep after 3:30am when the party stopped. Then they woke up at 5:30 am when the traffic was getting denser. When we woke up, we found out that people from the party dirt our rental car, we even saw them just sitting on it during the party. We had to go pay to get our car clean before giving back to our rental agency! We tried to look for hotel staff to talk about the issues, no one could speak English!! Finally, later this morning the front desk lady came in. She was upset about the review that my friends left! Seriously?! She told me that she was the owner !! new surprise! I told her about the night and she said she did not know about the party! again another lie because she was there was the party started ! I asked her to refund me because I will not spend another night here. She refunded me only for my last night at a cheaper rate that I paid for because of fees from the booking site! What a lie she could just refund me the total straight from the reservation site. I did not want to argue, I just grabbed whatever she gave me and I left for a much much better hotel just close by. All in all trust me when I say I would not stay here a night even if I was paid 1000 usd ! Worst hotel experience of my life ! This hotel should not even exist! This could ruin your trip and experience of this beautiful country!…
Classic san jose style hostel, near to san jose downtown, bus stations to beaches and airport. Really nice rooms to sleep really quiet, good food and lovely bar. Price is good on this location around San Jose.
Very interesting and unique historical building with beautiful architectural designs throughout but our room was anything but comfortable. The sheets did not appear to have been washed. Filled with grit and hair. Ended up sleeping on top of covers. Bed was so uneven that I almost rolled off of bed. Rest of room was reasonably clean. Very, very noisy. The free breakfast not worth staying for. It was the only bad meal we had in our week long stay in the country. The staff was very friendly
This grand house has been restored into the hotel and hostel it now is, with restaurants and nice bar, lovely grand room to sit and meet, to use your computer, prices are decent for Costa Rica and the location is the best there is.
We came here on our way out on a tour. We had a family room which was very basic but had bathroom and a/c. The food was OK and the main sitting areas comfortable and elegant. Ok for a short night but I wouldn’t want to be there for long.
A really nice place to stay in the heart of San Jose. It's within a 10 minute walking distance of the main shopping district and a short taxi journey to tracopa bus station. I only stayed one night in a private room, which was very clean and well ventilated. Breakfast was included and I can highly recommend the gallo pinto, the national dish.
PROS The price can’t be beat! Friendly and helpful staff Convenient location easy walking distance to town center (20 minutes) Lovely second floor outdoor space with tables & chairs Convenient adjacent restaurant and bar for lunch & dinner Variety of restaurants within walking distance (Italian, Chinese, Lebanese, fast food) Free Internet (works in the rooms, but better signal in lobby) Flatscreen TV: Many stations. CBS and ABC from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale in English. Other stations in English including movies. Daily housekeeping service (bathroom, floor, towels) and bed change every 3 days Laundry service (bag of laundry returned within 3 hours) My room had room air-conditioner and ceiling fan CONS Traffic noise (trucks, motorcycles, police sirens) prominent in the rooms facing the streets No ergonomic work space (can use tables & chairs in dining area or outdoor area) Linens, upholstery, room amenities are threadbare and shabby and/or stained Items in room may be broken or missing (but were immediately replaced upon request) No hot water in the rooms for two days (over a weekend) Very fine road soot drifts in through window cracks Surrounding neighborhood area is not scenic or historic; unsafe for walking at night Onsite breakfast (free) is limited selection & poor quality Most restaurants in the area are mediocre In-room lighting is dim…
Nice, quiet hostel with excellent wi-fi, included breakfast and friendly, helpful staff and safe Central location. Not the best hostel for socialising with other travellers or partying. I feel the hostel could improve by using the common space to hold more social events for residents e.g trivia, pub crawl