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“Casual Atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
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Casa 949 en Barrio Otoyo, San Jose, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #22 of 56 San Jose B&B and Inns
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Casual Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

If you are a guy(group of guys) and you want to meet people this is a great hotel !
Lots of sports on TV, great bartenders and good food menu at bar.
Lots of friendly local talent stops by afternoons and evenings.
Casual atmosphere.
I was there in mid October 2012. Good security and that is all handled right at hotel entrance.
Neighborhood is very nice Barrio Otoyo (former coffee baron home area).
Pargue de Simon Bolvar is nearby.
Always cabs by hotel if you need a ride somewhere.
As noted in other reviews: There is no pool and the hotel is not a high rise.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Muskegon, Michigan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

The picture of the pool is for a hotel in California, not Costa Rica. Soeone needs to correct that. While I have never stayed at this hotel I did eat there often as it was the nearest place to eat from where I was staying. I always enjoyed the food and the menu. My time in Costa Rica was in 2008 and 2009. While I did mark another time period, I had to do that because it was required to submit review and the time period I was there was not available.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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60 hotel reviews
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

The hotel is an unashamedly Gringo hangout with all that comes with that. But the rooms are very very nice, the staff are friendly and helpful, the security is excellent, and the bar and restaurant can't be beat. After a week or two of back-packing around Costa Rica this is a great place to finish off a trip.
The rooms have great beds, fantastic bathrooms, and elegant furniuture.
The bar has non-stop sports channels with just about everythuing you might want to watch. If you sport is not showing, just ask the bar staff to change one of the TVs.
I had a room just off the bar during a previous visit but I didn't find the noise too bad. On my last visit, i stayed in the club section and it was super quiet.
All the bar staff are extremely pleasant and friendly, and the female patrons are always entertaining to say the least.
To avoid any complications at check-out, ask for your mini-bar to be emptied when you check in.

Room Tip: The club section is very quiet.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 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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Mission Viejo, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

Cool place for a few drinks, great TV's to watch sports and cheap drinks. We didn't stay here overnight but the we didn't have to be here long to see the 'ladies of the night,' the migration started about 4 pm.
Come for the cocktails, stay for the people watching, leave and be glad you didn't have to hide and lock everything up in your room because you invited the local red light district crowd.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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4 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

This is about my fourth stay in four years. Recommend booking early as at some times of year...March is one.. they book up and a room you like may not be available. Check out their web site before you get started. There is no swimming pool on the property. This is not a hotel for families or married couples. It is pretty much a guys place. The staff is great at helping you with tour bookings and suggestions from everything from rainforest gondola rides to sport fishing. The bar area has many local gals looking for company and the hotel itself is very guest friendly. You can also change US dollars to colones at fair rates ie 490 per dollar at the hotel and about 500 at banks here in March 2012. The hotel can arrange airport pickup and return for you easily. Room rates are very good for what you get. The value is excellent but expect an average look to the room. They include mostly king beds, safes, and some have small fridges. The do have occasional problems with maintenance in rooms but normally take care of things right away when you let them know. Maid service is excellent. The restaurant and bar have descent menus and service is good. There is also room service provided until the kitchen closes at 10:30p. The breakfast included with your room is a small collection of coffee, orange juice, toast, yogurt, fruit, and a few small muffins. Not too exciting but often is all I need. You can order a full breakfast separately and the food is good. Rooms on the bar floor are great deals and nice rooms but beware they can be noisy. Most rooms have a/c but be sure to check as that is not always the case. This trip I met up with another travel buddy and we decided to share the two bedroom Penthouse as a combination party place and lodging. The Penthouse has two big jacuzzis. Anyway neither room was very large but the second bedroom was way too small and had no a/c....actually neither room had a/c...it was vented off the main large living room a/c which was a constant challenge of too cold and too hot. I would not recommend two guys rented the Penthouse as it is. Use the second bedroom as a crash place after a party and use the master bedroom for one person. Then get another room. Or if there are three or four of you each kick in money for the Penthouse to party and have one stay in it and then get the rooms you want. I am nearing the end of my two week stay here and it has been great. Next trip I will get one of my favorite rooms....Torro Negro upstairs (only downside) in mansion suites...it has a jacuzzi (separate) in the room and a nice king bed and shower. Leon is also a nice room and I seem to recall a jacuzzi but not sure. Nice room. Would book either next trip. The Presidential suite at 109 per night is a great deal and a very large room. Only problem is noise. If that does not bother you it is a great deal and lots of room. Sofa makes into an extra bed when needed. Take a look. Look forward to my next trip. Front desk staff is always helpful and also helpful booking your stay (call or email them), helping with trips, and helpful with changing money and getting your room cleaned while you are out.

Room Tip: Suggest rooms in the mansion wing for better quality rooms and quiet. Some have separate jacuzzi in...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beaumont, Texas
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5 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

This place is situated in the old part of the city where the original coffee and plantation families lived, Barrio Amon. Wow! what a super nice place! Room rates are anywhere from 50.00 USD to 250.00. The attention to customers is over the top. I stayed here last year, and will be going there next month. Very nice rooms and open air bar. Great food also. From here you can walk to all other popular places in the area. Yes, there are many beautiful women that visit, more the better! The owner is American, and a fantastic host...enjoy!

Room Tip: The less expensive rooms are more than adequate, but when on vactation, why not splurge?!
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  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 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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Houston, TX
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

Great place, Stay in the Mansion section for less noise and better rooms. Large room, great staff.. There are a few girls lerking in the bar area looking for a 1 hr room stay!! Very good looking ones too.. They are very friendly and loving until they collect their "fee" Then its lets hurry and get this show over!!! IF YOUR GONNA TAKE A GIRL to your room,
Lock up all your valuables, AND hide the snacks and drinks that are billed to you if used. They will empty the stash which is about a $60 charge to your room.. They will lift everything that isnt screwed down.. Beware! You have been warned.. They will drive up your stay and the hotel will not tell you this because it would cut into their revenue.. Other than that, its a great place..

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sportsmens Lodge

Address: Casa 949 en Barrio Otoyo, San Jose, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 56 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose
Number of rooms: 30
Also Known As:
Sportsmens Hotel San Jose
Sportsmens Lodge Costa Rica/San Jose

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