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Aldea Hostel
Avenida 2, Calle 28 100m sur Pizza Hut Paseo Colon | Frente a la Sala Garbo, San Jose 10001, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Petit Victoria)   |  
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Loud”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

Good place to stay for a dorm room, it's only 6 dollars. But, if you get a private room for 38, it's overpriced. And, the hot water didn't work one out of the three times I have stayed in a private room. The computers are nice, and they have three of them. Also, there is free and fast WiFi as well. Recommend for the dorm room, but not the private rooms. And to be fair, they are pretty strict on the 10 pm noise curfew, but all day starting early until 10 pm there is very loud music and people.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Windhoek, Namibia
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126 reviews 126 reviews
45 hotel reviews
Reviews in 63 cities Reviews in 63 cities
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

In my opinion Costa Rica is not one of the best countries in Central America, however, as we were crossing Central America overland ... we were forced to spend a night in the capital San Jose. We decided to spend the night in this Hostel for being next to the bus terminal to the next destination and have good references. We can prove that the rooms are clean, the bathrooms have hot water only from 7 pm until the next morning. The kitchen is well organized and has space for everyone. The staff is also excellent. We recommend.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Emirhan, Receptionist at Aldea Hostel, responded to this review, May 3, 2012
Simonest, Thank you for your recommendation of us. Glad that you noticed the cleanliness of our hostel- it is one thing we do truly pride ourselves on here at Aldea.
Mateo
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jj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2011

Stayed at this hostel several times throughout this year, while travelling in Central America!
You wouldn't want to stay ANYWHERE else in San Jose!! Its clean, safe, friendly, fun, close to transport- u can even get there easy by local bus from the airport for less than a dollar! Would stay there again ANYTIME! The owner/manager guy is ace! Enjoy your stay, you wont be disappointed!

  • Stayed July 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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Emirhan, Receptionist at Aldea Hostel, responded to this review, May 3, 2012
j j, Happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us at Aldea, and we really do hope that you stop on back here when you head back to San Jose in the future. You certainly already know how easy it is to get here from the airport by bus!
Mateo
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Paris, France
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93 reviews 93 reviews
54 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011 via mobile

This relatively new hostel in the West of town has bright, contemporary decorated rooms and a relaxed & welcoming vibe. There's a large kitchen & dining room, good common area with Tv & pool table and free computers and free wifi. A home from home in Sa Jose

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Emirhan, Receptionist at Aldea Hostel, responded to this review, May 3, 2012
kris10Paris_France, thanks very much for your kind words. Here at Aldea, we pride ourselves on creating a homely environment and endeavor to make our guest feel as comfortable as possible. Glad that you too felt at home at Aldea.

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2011 via mobile

Stayed in a private double for just one night as we needed to catch a bus to Managua the next day. On arrival the room we had booked had not been registered on their system (thank you hostelworld!) but the staff members quickly arranged a room for us while we played a game of pool and used the computers. The was about the only bad experience of the place. It is in a nice neighbourhood that feels safe at night (something definitely not true of many other hostels in San Jose), with plenty of food close by including numerous westerns chains side by side with little local sodas.

Wireless connection was available on the ground floor and the computers provided were pretty standard fare for what one would usually get at a hostel.

The best thing about it for those traveling through San Jose is it's location a couple of blocks from the Tica Bus station, which is perfect if you need to catch an early bus.

Would recommend.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

Stylish and clean hostel.
Friendly and helpful staff.
Great location right off the Paseo Colon.
Tastey BBQs.
No complaints.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2011

This hostel has its good points but overall my stay wasn't great and I probably wouldn't stay here again. I'll start with the good news... this hostel looks fantastic its nicely decorated with cool artwork on the walls and the furniture is stylish and comfortable. In the lounge there is a huge wide screen TV. The location is great, close to amenities and a great location if you are stopping over in San Jose for the night and want to be close to bus stations. Breakfast is included and you just help yourself from the communal kitchen! The staff are very friendly although they are not always available at reception when you need them and as a couple of previous posts commented, they seem a bit too relaxed and don't really seem to care. I got chatting to a couple of them and they just seemed to be other travellers who were stopping off in San Jose to earn some cash before moving on in a couple of weeks.
I stayed in a private room, upstairs which was huge and when we first arrived It didn't look like the sheets had been changed and there was no toilet paper. The room only had one double bed and had no curtains. I realise that you shouldn't expect too much from a hostel but the room felt cavernous and because the window was so huge as soon as there was a hint of sunlight in the morning I woke up, at 5am!
Wouldn't recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: Avenida 2, Calle 28 100m sur Pizza Hut Paseo Colon | Frente a la Sala Garbo, San Jose 10001, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Petit Victoria)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 51 Specialty Lodging in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Aldea Hostel San Jose, we offer all the creature comforts a providing you with a home away from home. We have a fun, young and enthusiastic team of receptionists, all of which are bilingual, attentive to your personal needs and vigilant about your security. They will always be more than happy to help offer advice about what to do and where to go to make your trip a memorable one. We are right in the sweet spot of San Jose where all the best happenings take place. Standing in front of the famous Sala Garbo movie theater, which shows a selection of intellectual foreign films. You will be no more than 100 meters from Paseo Colon, the street where most national celebrations take place such as Festival de la Luz and El Tope which start off the New Year's party! We are within walking distance from the main bus terminals that take you to all your desired destinations around Costa Rica We pride ourselves in having a "chill out" environment with a touch of sophistication. The Main Room allows you to socialize over a game of billiards or while sharing a film on movie night with the fellow guests on our big screen TV. Our ample backyard has ping-pong table and a grill dying to be lit, and our large eat-in kitchen is great for social meal times. At night you can enjoy a drink with your new friends at our bar-style counter-tops. ... more   less 
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