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  • Reviews: 3

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Scotland Apartments: Budget Short-term Apartment

I stayed at Scotland Apartments with a buddy of mine for a month in April 2006. The lady that worked there was really friendly, spoke English, and never gave us any problems. She was actually really helpful with directions and general advice.

As far as the apartment goes, the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom were all standard fare. But for $650/month, we couldn't beat it. Staying at hostels is great, but sometimes you just want to have a place of your own for a little while. If you're taking classes near San Pedro Mall, and have a friend studying with you, this is the place for you.

Really secure apartment. 24 hour guards and a locked gate.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Study Abroad
  • Written March 13, 2007

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  • sabogg01 profile photo sabogg01
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Hotel Balmoral: Okay location but not a very nice place to stay

I stayed at this hotel March 2006 for 4 days. It does have a good location as it is in downtown San Jose with a Casino right across the street. However, right behind the hotel is the very "bad" section of town. One of the people with us had someone attempt to steal her purse while in a store shopping and a guy that was with us, on a seperate occasion had someone pull a knife on him.
The hotel was very worn looking and seemed very out of date.
The first room that we received did not have a door that would open, after making a 3 hour drive from our previous destination we wanted in our room to rest. The person at the front desk told us to go wait and someone would be with us in a few minutes. After about 30 minutes we went back to the front desk and was assured someone would be along shortly, so finally another hour later our door was unlocked for us. Apparently the maintenence person broke the lock because at that point the door would no longer lock. The staff told us they didnt have anymore rooms and we would have to keep that one anyway.
We did not want to stay in a hotel that had a door that would not lock! Much less go anywhere because we had to keep an eye on our stuff.
FINALLY our leader of the Study Abroad program convinced them to give us a different room. The door worked fine but we had a window that would not shut all the way.
The hot water did not work either so we had to take cold showers.
I would defintly advice staying somewhere else!

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written May 9, 2007

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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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  • quime profile photo quime
  • Reviews: 147

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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: Road Trip, Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written August 8, 2005

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  • franar profile photo franar
  • Reviews: 50

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If you are in downtown avoid...

If you are in downtown avoid going to search a place on the side south or near 8 or 12 street, that's a very dangeorus zone, a great place to stay is the zone east, near of university of costa rica, there lots of bed and breakfast so I guess prices are competitives.
The rest the same as any place at the world if you show it all…..you're fu*****, so carry only first hand stuff, good luck

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  • Written August 25, 2002

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  • markymark profile photo markymark
  • Reviews: 141

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Hostelling International...

Hostelling International Toruma, San Jose
( http://www.hicr.org/eng/h_toruma.html )
$11 with HI card. $13 without.

Clean and spacey.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written August 25, 2002
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  • drolkar profile photo drolkar
  • Reviews: 562

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HOTEL ARANJUEZ
Calle 19, Avs....

HOTEL ARANJUEZ
Calle 19, Avs. 11 & 13, 200 m. norte
200 m. oeste y 25 m. sur de la Iglesia Sta. Teresita
Downtown San Jose
SINGLE: USD $18 per night with shared bath, USD $24 per night with private bath

DOUBLE: USD $21 per night with shared bath, USD $30 per night with private bath

A GOOD MAP OF SAN JOSE IS AVAILABLE AT THIS HOTEL! This may seem like a strange criterion for a hotel, but for some reason I was unable to buy a good, detailed street map of San Jose anywhere else. Also, the reverse side of the hotel's San Jose map has a good map of all of Costa Rica.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written August 24, 2002

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I would recommend the Bed and...

I would recommend the Bed and Breakfast Hotel California. The owner, Bruce Cohen, is a great host and a new friend of mine. The hotel is located in Escazu minutes outside the captial San Jose. Hot water and a great breakfast are the norm and always help if you need it.
for one night it will cost about $20-$40 a night(depending on the size of the room)

Hotel California has one of the best views of San Jose at night and Bruce is very helpful.....he's orginally from Philly but he's lived there for 18 years.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written August 24, 2002
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  • yyzgrl profile photo yyzgrl
  • Reviews: 5

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D'Galah Hotel and Spa: Friendly, clean and inexpensive hotel

Loved it. Breakfast was nice. Rooms were nice and clean. Staff extremely helpful. Good location close to the University of Costa Rica. Can't comment on spa facilities, as we didn't use any.

Small pool, nice for the heat of the day.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written February 11, 2008

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  • metteks profile photo metteks
  • Reviews: 207

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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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  • 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: Backpacking, Road Trip, Budget Travel
  • Written August 8, 2005

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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, Road Trip, Backpacking
  • Written August 8, 2005

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  • americanincostarica profile photo americanincostarica
  • Reviews: 1

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orbit car rental network costa rica: costa rica car rental reviews and references

Car rental in Costa Rica is often confusing to tourists since the so called famous names they are used to in the states are not the same ownership but essentially paying royalty to rent the names. Prices are all over the map but most low ball prices especially the ones who claim to have the lowest price usually end up as bait and switch. Also the government of Costa Rica has specific policies that tax new cars at 59% to 100% import duty thus cars are much more expensive here than the states. If the rental car company is authorized they get a 50% discount on this import tax but the process causes delay in getting delivery of new models which means the 2007 model that is on show room floor in states september 2006 probably will not be in rental fleet in costa rica till late in 2007. While it will be brand new still it confuses tourists.
The government monopoly insurance is very complicated and basically forces the car rental company to charge liability insurance and collission even if the tourist wants to decline. Credit card companies like amex, visa, mastercard will not cover liability in Costa Rica and sometimes will cover collission but mastercard especially limits time of coverage. American Express has better policy.
Many complaints have occured over the years with tourists being surprised on return of vehicle with excessive damage claims. This is how the less than honest rental car companies make up for low ball prices. The best idea is read references and reviews from past tourists and make sure to believe those references where there is an email or telephone attached to the reference since it is easy to make great references with incomplete info like james b. , columbia , missouri with no address, telephone, or email address.
orbitcostarica.com/carrentals.htm has scores of real references and i suggest you read them.

brand new vehicles, no hidden charges, 24 emergency service, free airport shuttle, free hotel delivery to most hotels, good selection of 4x4 rentals,

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Family Travel, Surfing
  • Written November 5, 2006

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  • Dutch1980 profile photo Dutch1980
  • Reviews: 74

4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Cosy Hostel: Costa Rica Backpackers

If you want a good not to crowded Hostel you must stay at Costa Rica Backpackers.
Its in a better neighbourhood but always watch out.
The staff is friendly

Restaurant
Swimming Pool
Big TV Room
Book exchange

just check the site

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking, Road Trip
  • Written October 21, 2007

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  • BEETLE_VERTE profile photo BEETLE_VERTE
  • Reviews: 378

4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

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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