We intended to spend 10 nights in this hotel and arrange day trips to the country from here. This was a wrong idea.
The hotel is on a busy street where old trucks speed down the hill and make a big banging sound on the bottom of the hill, right in front of the hotel. Not a very pleasant wake-up sound at 6 am, and on.
We requested two connecting rooms. We got it. Except there was no door in between the two rooms. So, when the trucks were not running, I was listening to my father's snoring. We might as well slept in one room, it would not have made a difference.
The small breakfast buffet often ran out of the most popular items by the time we went down (at around 8 am.), and it was not always easy to find clean plates or glasses.
The jacuzzi was either out of order or simply dirty - I did not explore it further, it did not look appealing.
Our one week old $700 camera has got stolen from the locked room. The management was not excited about the news at all and made no effort to find it.
As I see on the web page, the hotel has done some improvement since our stay, but I still think that it looks much better on the pictures and description than in real life. Probably if you get a room away from the road, facing the tiny garden, you have a better experience than we did.
Unique Quality: Good location - if you want to spend time in San Jose.
I have been to the Hemingway Inn 2 times, once for a week and again for 10 days (Spetember both times). Both times I thought I'd just stay here a few days then move on, but to be honest - the place is so unique and the people so nice, it would have been a mistake. From the moment you arrive to the time you leave, it's at the Hemingway Inn where you can dump your bags and enjoy your stay. There is always delicious coffee available, and there is a free tropical breakfast, with fresh juice and other goodies. The place is always clean, and the rooms are good size with hot shower, armoir, free local calls, and they also have free internet service. Cold beers sit waiting for you and they are cheap and good local beer. I highly recommend this hotel because they way I was treated, everyone here was like a friend to me. Despite me knowing almost no Spanish, Costa Rica is a dream location.
Unique Quality: The cleaning staff fixes your room daily, and will do laundry for you too for a small fee. The hotel is a converted Spanish Style Mansion with lots of Stucco and hues of reds, orange and natural textures, and stone floors, with hardwoods in the rooms. The back of the hotel is the eating area and the Jacuzzi (warm and clean) beckons those who arrive. The people are the main igredient for success here, and Amanda the new Manager from Texas is awesome, fun and a seasoned traveller.
Directions: The Hotel is behind the INS building - a good tip if telling a cabbie where you want to go!
I won't bother you with a loooooong story of mails exchange but it turned out to be a great choice! its staff is really friendly and the environment very comfortable.
they have cable TV, free calls within Costa Rica and hot water (which is not so usual in CR) shower.
breakfast is included and you can have bread, preserves, fruit, cheese, boiled eggs, gallo pinto, tomales, fruit juices, coffee or tea.
a note: each room is different and has the name of something/someone famous, the one in the pic is the Steinbeck room.
it's not easy to say the price as of course a double always comes out ot be cheaper than a single and then I had got a special price for that long story I mentioned, anyway the average price for a double is around 50 US $, check the site for updated tarifs.
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