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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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Hollywood, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Clean, safe, friendly staff, great location to bus terminals and downtown. Computer lists price at $22 a single but I paid less than $18 in colones. There are 3 free computers and a kitchen if you chose to cook. food can disappear from the fridge. backpackers should really skip CR it has become to pricey.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for 1 night. It is close to the busstation from the airport and close to other terminals to leave the next day. Service was good and friendly. Rooms were secure as was the hostel. Though there were men selling things in front of the door so sometimes difficult to pass. Rooms were okay. Television with a lot of... More 

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Bristol
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The rooms were fairly clean, bed ok, but the walls are really thin and there were some slanted vents at the top of the wall next to the hallway which let in light and more noise... The staff seemed ok - the guy in the morning was very helpful guiding us to the bus stop for the airport and telling... More 

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Norway
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I used Imerial twice while in San Jose. This of course, is a hostel not a hotel and you´ll get what you pay for. The whole business is family run, meaning it´s a family that runs it for the owners. The price is awesome, since I stayed for a few days I got a discount on my room I also... More 

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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 hotel reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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7 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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