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3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

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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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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  • 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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3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

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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These are a couple of...

These are a couple of recommendations for San Jose Centro:

1) La Amistad Inn (http://centralamerica.com/cr/hotel/amistad.htm)

This Bed & Breakfast is located in Barrio Amon, north of Parque Morazan, close to the Zoo and to other fine B&Bs & restaurants. Room rates are from $30-$40 and include breakfast.

2) Ara Macao Inn (http://www.hotels.co.cr/aramacao.html)

Located in Barrio California, half-way between San Pedro Mall and San Jose Centro. On a small, quiet street. Room rates are around $40. Nice rooms, breakfast is only toast, fruit, juice and coffee.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written August 26, 2002
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