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“Excellent location in the middle of San Jose” 4 of 5 stars
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Casa Alfi
459 Calle 3, Entre Av 4 y 6, 200 sur de Theatro Ntional | Frente de Colegio Senoritas, San Jose, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #10 of 55 San Jose B&B and Inns
Sydney, Australia
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14 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Excellent location in the middle of San Jose”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

We stayed only the night whilst passing through San Jose but you cannot beat the location for walking distance and access to everything.
The rooms are spacious and very clean. The beds are comfortable and we had one of the best nights sleeps in a long time. It's true you do hear the noise from outside early in the morning, so if you want to sleep in, bring earplugs. But this is normal for anywhere i've found in Costa Rica thus far.
There is a parking station on the next street if needed and they can tell you where to go (which was great for us).

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Ramon, Costa Rica
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

A group of 15 of us went to San Jose to see the Nutcracker Ballet and spent the night at this little known gem of a place. It was clean, had a great homy atmosphere and the employees were helpful.We all live in Costa Rica but do not spend much time in San Jose. This was a very pleasant surprise. Two blocks from The National Theater, so we could walk and there was no need for a cab. It is also within very short walking distance from the Gold Museum, National Museum, beautiful parks, and Chinatown. There are excellent restaurants nearby and lots of places to shop and find almost anything you want. You can book tours through the hotel if you want a guide. The owner speaks English and is onsite. 'Can't say enough about this place. We plan to go back again in a couple of weeks for the Grand Tope of San Jose and will be staying again at Casa Alfie. It is only 2 blocks from the theater and the parade route. These two blocks are closed to all but foot traffic....very handy. Alfie is an excellent host and cook. If you ask you can very some very interesting stories.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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virginia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

Pro: Location- very centrally located, 2 blocks from National Theatre. As a solo female traveler, I felt very safe in this location. Breakfast: Best gallo pinto! Free computer/internet use in the patio. The owner: Alfi is a very interesting and nice person. He offered me a free upgrade, which I should have taken but I was too lazy to move all my stuff.

Con: The single rooms are windowless and so I felt a bit claustrophobic. But to repeat, I was offered a free upgrade. I just mention this because if a window is important, you might want to ask. And by the way, bring earplugs...but this is true in many places in San Jose.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

Alfi is great! At casa alfi you get a lot more than just a hotel! Alfi cooked for us and all his guests and he sat down at a table and we enjoyed a fabulous meal and conversations until late at night. He has experienced so much in his life and it's fantastic to listen to him! The room was perfectly clean and very spacious and the price was totally reasonable! The breakfast that was included was very tasty, fresh and sufficient. We didn't feel like guests at a hotel but we felt like alfis personal guests! Definitely a place to stay in San Jose!

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Miami Beach, Florida
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

I Arrived on Sunday May 6 to San Jose very tired from my flight..Where i found The best Comfort and rest in SanJose??Of course in Casa Alfil with Mr.Alfil..Maid Mercedes The best maid he ever got...
On Tuesday I made a quick trip to Quepos But had to come back to San Jose latenight on Wed and Mr.Alfil very happy to See Us again..
On saturday I will probably had to come back to San Jose for my Sunday flight and guess where I will stay again(this time my 4TH TIME)
Maid Mercedes a beautiful nica will do laundry for U and even get breakfast the way U want it
free breakfast with GALLO PINTO..scrambled eggs,milk coffee and fruits

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

The floor had sticky spots on it, in more than one place, the sheets didn't fit the bed, it was loud in the room, the neighborhood was sketchy and there was a broken window pane in the bathroom. The room was really beat up.
We did get our 3am wake up call, the staff was nice and it was close to the attractions of San Jose, but for the $62, with tax, it wasn't worth it at all.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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seattle
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

spent my last 3 days a Alfies,i reccomend this quaint hotel,clean room,good price,full breakfast,unlimited interent access,take some time and chat with Alfie,colorful past thanks Stuart

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 459 Calle 3, Entre Av 4 y 6, 200 sur de Theatro Ntional | Frente de Colegio Senoritas, San Jose, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 55 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Alfi is a new boutique hotel in the center of San Jose, Costa Rica conveniently located 200 meters south, on the new pedestrian boulevard from the National Theatre/Grand Hotel/Plaza de la Cultura.Our Bed and Breakfast offers you cozy Junior suites, standard rooms, single rooms and a handicapped room. Enjoy your stay at our comfortable rooms, with new orthopedic mattresses, private bathrooms, wireless internet, and many other amenities one expects to find in a first class hotel, but with a more familiar atmosphere and a truly personalized service. ... more   less 
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