- Reviews: 29
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.
- Reviews: 93
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!
- Reviews: 11
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.
- Reviews: 148
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
- Reviews: 50
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
- Reviews: 141
Hostelling International Toruma, San Jose
( http://www.hicr.org/eng/h_toruma.html )
$11 with HI card. $13 without.
Clean and spacey.
- Reviews: 562
Calle 19, Avs....
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.
- Reviews: 10
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.
- Reviews: 1
hotel fortuna: safe & sound
This well positioned hotel ,just 2 blocks from the parque central is safe & has a caring feel ,
perfect to do your sightseeing or shopping.
The manager speaks good english too.
He can plan your tours or excursions from there ,his prices are good value.
Safety is the main thing in most latin cities , no exception in San Jose.
This place fits the requirements.
- Reviews: 207
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).
- Reviews: 74
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
Big TV Room
just check the site
- Reviews: 148
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
- Reviews: 148
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
- Reviews: 1
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,
- Reviews: 378
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).
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