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  • Reviews: 207

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Gran Imperial: Cheap and basic hotel

This hotel is very basic and the rooms are small and prisonlike with no windows or furniture, apart from beds.
We stayed here because it was cheap.
I didn't feel safe in the neighbourhood alone.

There is a restaurant with good prices and there are internet.
We paid 2600 Colones for a doubleroom (year 2000 prices).

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written January 6, 2006
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View from the hotel in the morning


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  • Sininen profile photo Sininen
  • Reviews: 727

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CASA RIDGWAY: COSY AND TRANQUIL

I stayed in the dormitory of three bunk beds and had the whole room all to myself. There were other guests too, whom I saw occasionally. The bathrooms are shared but I never saw anybody else using them, so I might as well have them as private baths. The dormitory was clean and basic. I paid $10 per night.

Breakfast was included in the price. Toast, butter, marmalade, lots of fresh fruit, cake. Coffee and tea you could have all the time. Communal kitchen at your disposal. Smoking, alcohol and drugs are forbidden there!

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Women's Travel, Historical Travel, Architecture
  • Written November 6, 2005
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  • happyhourkid profile photo happyhourkid
  • Reviews: 152

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Hotel Del Rey: Is partying more important than sleep?

Here we go. Let's just say that I am so glad that we did stay at the Holiday Inn and NOT the Del Rey! Don't get me wrong, it's clean enough, the accomodations are thorough, and they seem to charge very reasonable rates. But, the Blue Marlin Bar is located on teh first floor, and is the center of everything sinister that goes on in life-Never mind Costa Rica!

If you want interrupted sleeps, or you just want 100% convenience, somewhere to keep your luggage, and don't plan on sleeping but rather drinking instead, then by all means, the Hotel Del Rey is your kind of place!

Home of the world famous Blue Marlin Bar. Across from the town square. Has its own casinos.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written September 7, 2005
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Hotel Del Rey, San Jose, Costa Rica


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  • quime profile photo quime
  • Reviews: 147

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Tica Linda hostel: Bad Lonely Planet recommendation

as usual, I took advice from my lonely planet book, but, this time failed!
the pace is just gross, the bed deserve to be in the trash from years ago!
tin walls, everything was bad.only the owner Charo was nice but it is not enough!
4 usd the bed

there is another Tica Linda, called anexo, runned by her brother that is just worst!!! and they looks mad with each other, refuse to bring info of the other place.
4 usd the bed

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking, Road Trip
  • Written August 8, 2005

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  • quime profile photo quime
  • Reviews: 147

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Hotel Washington: Near the Tica Bus station

if you want a central place to be in san jose area. also good for early or late departure to all central america by Tica Bus, see ticabus.com

somewhat clean place, cheap price 10 usd double 5 usd single. share bathroom

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Road Trip, Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written August 8, 2005

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  • quime profile photo quime
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Hostel Elvis: near the soth area buses terminal

Clean, which is esential to me, cheap 6 USD and 12 double.

New hostel on a dangerous area, where there are a lot of horrible motels full of rats and thief...no kidding.
Practical for early departures to south places or south border

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Backpacking, Road Trip, Budget Travel
  • Written August 8, 2005

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  • Grootpiet profile photo Grootpiet
  • Reviews: 228

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Orquideas Inn: Orquideas Inn

We were looking for a one-night place to stay before flying out early the next morning. The Orquideas Inn was great for this purpose, although slightly overpriced.

Arrival and check-in were great, and we were upgraded to their mountain suite (see pic) which was spacious but dated.

Dinner was excellent, they have great food and a varied menu. You can choose to eat either in the Marilyn Monroe bar outside or in the dining room above.

The advertised coffee in the bar area at 6AM was not there until we had to leave at 6:30, and when we tried to smoothen our check-out by paying the previous night it took the reception staff an hour to sort out errors that had been made on the restaurant bill where a number of rooms had been mixed up.

Pleasant countryside feel to the property. Friendly, although not always efficient staff.

Great food.

Shuttle to the airport is 10 USD, where most similar hotels provide it for free.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written August 2, 2005
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  • kunchik profile photo kunchik
  • Reviews: 258

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Hotel Principe: the phantom hotel

Hotel was cheap and adequate....it had a large number of rooms, but we never saw anyone else there...not sure if we were the only ones...so my friend called it the phantom hotel.
It gets quite noisy...but that's probably true of any hotel in central San Jose.
You don't really want to walk around this area at night, but there are 24 hr sodas (cheap restaurants) within a block.

$16/2 bed room/hot shower in room

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written April 20, 2005

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Cacts: If you need help...

At first, I have to say, the room is very disapointing and I wish I had listen to our taxi driver ("no good"). The "regular" room we had was dark (the two windows giving on the inside of the hotel, one on the interior garden in construction and one on the hallway), dusty and not so clean (as the stain on the bedspread was screaming!). The hot water was almost a dream as you have to run the water very slowly to get it hot.
But the staff wins all. I had to make a list of all the questions I had for the clerck since we had so many, but she took the time to answer everything very nicely for me, pointing on the map and recommanding cheap restaurant without lifting an eyebrow. And not trying to sell us any tours (which is rare).
And the rest of the hotel was finaly quite good, nice open terrace on the roof with a magnificient view for a nice (included) breakfast or sunbathing, lounge area with tons of books and tv, and very secure (fence and electric door, in front of the police quarter). We paid 49$ including tax, a drink and half an hour of internet.

Very very friendly staff, great view.
I would not recommend taking a "regular" room, even if it's more expensive, take the "de luxe" room (10$ more I think).

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written February 7, 2005
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Cacts


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Hotel Bougainvillea: A comfortable retreat

Gardens, swimming pool and sauna.

Free shuttle bus to city centre.

Comfortable rooms with en suite facilities.

Very good restaurant with excellent service.

Tours can be arranged.

Small shop

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written August 20, 2004
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  • aliang9 profile photo aliang9
  • Reviews: 11

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Gran Hotel: Terrible

This hotel was given 3 stars. I figure that if it had a casino in there, it would be less dangerous. Wrong!!! The room did not have air-conditioning. Security was surely lacking. Anyone can go up to the rooms. It look more like a love motel which people rent out by the hour. The only good thing about it is its convenient location.

The service at the outdoor cafe is very bad.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written June 5, 2003

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  • Reviews: 189

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Sleeping in San José

The cheapest but nastiest places you'll find in the neighboorhood of the Coca Cola Market. The most places you'll pay less than $5 a night but rooms are tiny, often without windows and not really clean, but good for the budgettraveller just passing by one night.

An other interesting and cheap place to stay is the 'Costa Rica Bacpakers Hostel' where you'll find accomodation for $7 a night including 24h/7d free internet, garden pool, free coffee & tea, cable tv room, hot showers and fresh linen.
Internetadress: www.costaricabackpackers.com
Adress: De la isquina noreste de la corte de San José 50 mts al este rotulo azul y amarillo con la tortuga

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written June 2, 2003
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Apartamentos Amueblados y Equipados: Donna Helena...

the name I mentioned isn't a "real" name and it means: furnished apartments but Donna Helena, the owner, must have a name at least in the area if you just need to make her name and give a small tip (500 colones = less than 2 dollars) to the man at the corner of the street guarding a covered parking to have also your car in the street kept watch all night...
and here the price seems to be 15 US $ per person so in two in a double room also if with an extra bed you pay 30 US $.
there were TV in the room, a bathroom in common but there was no other guest in that flat when I overnighted there and a furnished kitchen.
in the morning you have to ring Donna Helena's ring and you get: toasts, butter, jam, eggs your style, fruit juice, coffee and a chat, or at least I got also the last one...

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Adventure Travel
  • Written April 29, 2003
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  • Reviews: 183

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Comfort Inn Hotel - Hotel Real Santa Ana: Comfort Inn Hotel - Hotel Real Santa Ana

This is the four-star place where I was lodged during my stay in San José. In general it was OK, but it has its pros and cons.
Pros
- lovely location (in Santa Ana, with mountains surrounding the place)
- delicious breakfast and meals, and the restaurant had also service to the room.
- gym
- swimmingpool
- free shuttle to take you to Escazú, the Multiplaza mall, the airport and other places (good way to save the taxi!)
- TV cable to watch before going to sleep
- nice crew, very helpful at ANYTHING
Cons
- the price did not include the business center, so the use of Internet would cost you US$7 just half an hour! Sorry but my pocket ached!
- the cost of calling was excesively high: I had to pay US$70 for a miserable 8-minute call to Lima! Advice: get a card for international calls or do it from any of the internet cabines at Avenida Central.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Business Travel
  • Written March 8, 2003
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Comfort Inn Hotel - Real Santa Ana


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In San Jose I have to...

In San Jose I have to recommend the hotel 'Del Rey'. It is a 24 our party machine..... It has 24 our room service, bar and Casino. It is the hotel who NEVER sleeps, and it has good standard.
I think it was about 80 dollars a night in December 1999 (high-season).

24 our service in the restaurant. Travel agent are located in the lobby.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written September 12, 2002
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