A recent real life nightmare had three of us walking around downtown San Jose going from hotel to hotel trying to find some vacancy. After trying 6 or 7 different places we found The Palm House Inn. It was pretty expensive for Costa Rica, the first night we were three and a triple room cost $72 (in cash, pay by credit and the cost is $84) and the second night we were only two and that cost us $60 ($72 if paying with credit card).
The rooms were very nice and comfortable. Private, in room bathrooms with hot water showers, cable TV, and ceiling fan. No AC but at this time of year in San Jose you didn't need it. Opening the window was enough. They had WIFI but it only worked in the rooms on levels 1 and 2, we were on level 3 and I think there is a big suite on the forth level. Top two levels didn't get WIFI. Main floor they have a computer that you can use. The price included a continental breakfast; plate of fruits, coffee, tea or orange juice, toast, a piece of ham and cheese, and some small jam filled pastrys.
Location is good, you are right beside the artisan market and the national museum, walking distance from the cultural center, and the San Pedro Mall. Cab ride from the bus station was just under $10, but beware we found that most cab drivers have not heard of this hotel. You should keep the phone number of the hotel with you so that the cab driver can call the reception if he needs directions.
Definitely make a reservation, we got really lucky to find this hotel with vacancy because we learned from their pamphlet that they have less than 15 rooms.
I would stay here again, if I had the cash.
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- Also Known As:
- The Palm House Hotel San Jose
- The Palm House Inn Costa Rica/San Jose