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Hotel Del Rey: Not for the faint of heart

The outside of the hotel is certainly worth a couple of pictures during the day time. Inside, the Blue Marlin bar is filled with working girls, 24 hours a day. There’s a constant stream in and out of the hotel and up and down the elevator.

There is no fitness center available. Food is brought across the road on trays from the Del Mar restaurant (covered by plastic). There is a casino on the premises.

Check your bill carefully. There was a $100 bar tab on my bill that I had to ask to have removed.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Casino and Gambling, Business Travel, Singles
  • Written August 29, 2006
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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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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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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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  • Sininen profile photo Sininen
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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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Gran Hotel: Historic Hotel

This was the most appropriate accommodation in the city center. It is close to everything--banks, museums, the national theatre, national post office, wonderful shopping--and right in the the heart of all the action. In addition, service and pricing were both excellent!

full of history and a true landmark, has amenities typical of a full-scale hotel in any major city in the world.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written April 29, 2007

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Casa Ridgway: Hostel with a conscious

$14/night single room, $12/night shared. With a small free breakfast.

Free use of internet, but they do ask for a donation. Very secure building. Not the Ritz Carleton, but $14 for a single room? Good enough for me to stay here twice. 1 block from the good restaurant, Shakti.

Kind of a hostel for adults, with quiet hours(Yea!) from 10pm to 7am.

Profits support the Peace Center next door.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written November 20, 2008
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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

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  • Written August 20, 2004
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The Green House Hostel: Good value, family run hostel

For our first night in Costa Rica, we chose a hostel in the capital with private facilities. The two beds in our room were wonderfully soft and we both had a perfect nights sleep. The guest rooms are built in a very large converted garage attached to a smaller building which serves as reception area, lounge and dining room. The main guest area is bright and sunny thanks to a transparent ceiling and cheerful decor.

Breakfast is simple toast, butter, jam and good local coffee. The hostel can arrange transfers to and from the airport and the fridge is always stocked with beer for a dollar a bottle.

The location of the hostel is good - close enough to the city centre for a pleasant stroll in and far enough away to be nice and quiet for lazy mornings. The area isn''t great but Jonathan & I walked everywhere - including to and from a nearby bar at ridiculous hours of day - and we didn't get into any trouble.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written April 16, 2007
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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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Couchsurfing: San José for free

In 2006 I discovered a website called www.couchsurfing.com. This webcommunity has several tens of thousands of members from all over the world who all offer a place to sleep for free for other members: you are offering a place to sleep in case someone asks you, and the other members are willing to welcome you if you ask to. No matter where you are looking for a place to sleep, you will always find some couchsurfers around. And so in San José you'll also find some.

In the capital we stayed with a single guy who welcomed us in the small apartment in a suburb of the city. The second night we stayed at his place he took us with him to his favourite hangout to watch some local football, and drink a local beer: a very nice way to get to know the real San José.

And besides all the advantages of staying with the locals in a unique atmosphere, of course it is all for free!

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Road Trip, Backpacking
  • Written May 25, 2008
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Hotel Barcelo Playa Tambor: A Blight Upon Nature

As a hotel, the Playa Tambor is adequate: clean, modern rooms, edible food, large pool, clean towels. One of the beds in our room smelled like sweaty sneakers, but we just used the other bed.

Drinks are "free" ie. included in the price. We tried a bunch of cocktails which were all poorly made by indifferent bartenders whose days were spent being badgered by drunken teenagers. These people know so little about what they are doing that they served their red wine chilled and offered ice in the beer.

The beach is lousy at best. The hotel guests leave their trash (predominantly paper cups) on the beach and the staff is slow to pick up after the immature crowd that frequents the resort. The beach is about 60 percent rocks, and the rest is sand mixed with dirt washed down from the hills. Not good for walking barefoot.

The entertainment starts with an odious audience participation event called "Icebreaker" but which is really "Humiliate the Audience". Alternating between boring (an hour of unanswerable trivia questions) and crass (boyfriend holds a red 18-inch piece of broomstick between his knees and blindfolded, tries to insert it into the core of a toilet paper roll held between girlfriend's knees), "Icebreaker" is like watching a trainwreck.

Worst of all is the "Eco Tour". Costa Rica is a natural paradise. At Playa Tambor, you can get a tour guided by a staff member who is completely ignorant of what he is showing you. The "Nature Park" is a swampy palm farm, with two native trees mixed in with the palms, some aligators in a cage and monkeys fed into docility. The only real nature is the mosquitos.

If you don't care about Costa Rica and only want to hang around a pool full of under-supervised teenagers and overweight people whose bathing suits are too small, try Orlando or Cancun, it's a lot cheaper and easier to get to those locations than to the Nicoya Peninsula.

A completely unnatural spot in a country known for its natural beauty

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Theme Park Trips, Family Travel, Spa and Resort
  • Written November 25, 2006

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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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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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The Dunn Inn: Gets the job Dunn but not cheap

I checked in to the Dunn Inn when I realized that I am not a backpacker type and that I was tired of smelling the sulfur/moldy smell of the Pangea Hostel day in and day out and passing random, hairy, burn-out types on the way to the shared showers with no hot water. I picked it because it was almost literally across the street from what I was trying to escape. I was disapointed to find that, in terms of quality, it was actually offering less than the Inca Real and charging more at 65USD. I was given, what I believe, was the worst room in the place. It was wedged in between the Internet cafe and the restaurant/Lobby Bar. I might as well have taken a blanket out to the benches in the lobby. I heard the music from the bar until 2AM every night and I had a "window" that faced the backs of the computer user's heads. It just didn't make any sense and I actually I think that that space was at one time part of the lobby and they walled it up and started jamming people in there in a desperate attempt to squeeze all of the money from the tourist market possible. At one point there was a guy supposedly doing some electrical work in the crawlspace over the roof of my room. I heard him telling his partner in Spanish, who was in the hallway, an itemized list of the stuff he saw in my room. That was over the top and after that I was outta there.

The hotel has paid Internet access on two computers near the lobby. There is a full restaurant and bar and I have to give them credit for mixing strong drinks there. There is no free breakfast offered so rather than eat at their restaurant I was in the habit of going across the street to the Best Western. They had a great open air restaurant and bar with live music in the evenings but the same restaurant also offered a great weekend brunch/buffet which was expensive but plentiful and diverse. They also had a guy there making custom made to order omelets which is always a nice touch. I inquired about staying there but it was far above my price range and the rooms were really dissapointing with respect to size and amenities.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Singles
  • Written January 13, 2007

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