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Hostel Gran Imperial

First Avenue, 8th Street | just across the west side of the central market, San Jose 1914-1000, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

For the price (8000 Colones, or 16 USD; single), you can not beat it. You are right in the center of town. Two markets and street vendors allow travelers the option of cooking a nice meal in the high quality kitchen. The rooms are clean and simple, and the showers have hot water. A rare luxury for backpacker priced accommodation... More

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Matagalpa, Nicaragua
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11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

You cannot find a cheaper place in San José with the amazing location of this hostel. The place is simple and without any decoration, the beds are small and the appearence is not like a warm place, but you can have a private room for US$14 dollars, in front of the central market, where you can have very good food... More

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Hollywood, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

was there last night for maybe 30th time in 25 years. great location, close to all bus stops and downtown. you can walk everywhere. rooms are spartan with nice bath and shower (hot water) at the end of the hall. very clean and safe. rooms just went up to $14 (a steal for San Jose). The shared kitchen is no... More

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Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazan, Honduras
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9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

i spent 3 nights here because it was in front of the central market, and it was the cheapest i found in downtown San Jose, DUDE YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY a TAXI, but this place scare the hell out of me because looks like a mental institution but you have internet, kitchen, i stayed at the cheapest dorm room... More

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

This is the second time I have stayed here and probably the last. The central location makes it an easy walking distance from the Caribe Sur bus terminal and even shorter distance to the bus to the airport. This saves about $30 in taxi fares. We had a private room with private bath for $30. Very very basic but clean.... More

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Marseille, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Really good price for San José, The rooms are OK, the showers & toilets really good. Perfect location (center town), really close to most of the Bus terminals. But it is really noisy, and the kitchen is crap, oily, durty, and no equipement at all to cook... Good for one night but no much more!

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Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

I was searching for a place to stay for one night in San Jose, if possible in the middle of the center and that is where this place is located. Was not sure about the hostel considering some of the other reviews, but I decided to check it out, also because a private room is just 14 dollars. The other... More

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Hollywood, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

have been staying here more than 20 years. Great staff, high security, clean, sharing kitchen and a wrap around 2nd floor balcony overlooking mercado central. Can walk to many venues, no need to taxi. Close to bus terminal from Airport $1 not $15 and up taxi ride. Micro room with nice shared bath only $12.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2010

I went last october to san jose, costa rica and I stayed with a group of people in the hostel gran imperial...and it was awesome!!! the place, the staff, the service!!! IT WAS A REALLY NICE EXPERIENCE!! The staff of the hostel made us love the hostel...a nice room woth nice bathrooms, internet, kitchen, everything!!! and the BEST is that... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2009

Yes a couple of years ago it deserved a bad review. It is under new ownrship and under major renovation. The security is tops, no one gets past the front desk without being a registered guest. There are brand new tiled bathrooms although only cold water as of now. There is free coffee and a shared kitchen, the restaurant is... More

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Also Known As:
Hostel Gran Imperial Costa Rica/San Jose
Address: First Avenue, 8th Street | just across the west side of the central market, San Jose 1914-1000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 49 Specialty lodging in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hostel has been completely renovated and its daily supervision of its owners, makes the service be as good as being home! Just in the heart of downtown San Jose, across the Central Market makes it an unique place to stay, the site and easy access to all its surroundings, bus stations and airport is comfortable for all travelers and visitors. ... more   less 
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