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Hemingway Inn
2.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Avenida 9, Calle 9 | Barrio Amon, San Jose 10000, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #16 of 52 San Jose B&B and Inns
Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
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“Great location and ultra friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Stayed two nights in December. Safe, pretty, central location. A couple of great restaurants close by for dinner. Breakfast is included with copious amounts of coffee. Service from the team is exceptional - they really cannot do enough for you, and the bonus, as in most parts of Costa Rica is there are bilingual speakers everywhere, both Spanish and English.

The room - stayed in the Ginsberg room (room 9) - small room, single very comfy bed, awesome shower, nice breeze as has two window aspects up top. I have heard from people staying here with me that the larger rooms are really quite nice. The communal areas are really quite funky, with lots of nice little touches.

I didn't mark this as 5 stars purely because my room was the "box room" of the hotel. However, I have already pre-booked for my last night before flying out home.. so it has already served it's purpose!

Room Tip: San Jose is fairly noisy everywhere, but being up a hill, the noises from downtown don't travel...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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hollywood
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5 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Stayed here on two occasions and the experiences were great. The owner is a cool guy and he's protective of his guests which is a plus because its a little dangerous at night.
I stayed here for just $25 a night in October 2010 and $35 a night in March 2011.

Clean bathrooms and comfortable beds. I definitely recommend this place for the budget traveler.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

While clearing customs another USA citizen asked where I was going to stay & where I was going ? I replied I don't know & this is how a travel most times away from home. After thinking hard & long he said I know a friend who owns a hotel in the city of San Jose. Off I was to the Hemingway Inn. Upon arrival & check-in I asked if the owner Calvin, was in; hearing he was not I left a message for him. After getting some rest, Calvin called & introduced himself.
Calvin very knowledgable about the city, history of the country, sights & tours of what my interest were.
The entire staff that I came in contact with was nothing short of helpful, willing to assist & made me feel right at home as my new central american family. Surprise birthday parties, chefs coming twice a week for special meal preparations, music/tv for late night or early morning gatherings near & under the open roof area, Eveyone is invited, it does NOT get any better than this.
The rooms are clean, hardwood floors & paneled walls with art throughout.
Located in the heart of the city, safe area, excellent value for the money and friendly customer service orientated staff. FUN TIMEs.
I will be back.

Room Tip: I stayed in room # 2
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  • Stayed September 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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HemingwayHotel, General Manager at Hemingway Inn, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
Thank you Melvin. The management and staff are grateful for your visit. We value your business and friendship. We are constantly working on ways to improve the Hemingway Inn and to make it a better place for current and future guest.
Our door is open to travelers and our staff looks forward to assist our guest in anyway possible while at the Hemingway or during their Costa Rica vacation.
Thank you once more.
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

When you stay at the Hemingway you will be taking care in special way, the place is close to all the atractions of San Jose. The staff Calvin, Ellis, Pilar will take care of all the details to make your staying confortable and full of information and clear connections with all Costa Rica. The breakfast is gourmet and delicious. The interactions with other costumers is easy and full of histories and information to make your trip to Costa Rica enriching and full . They will provido with all the help you need to make you comfortable.
Jaime Koss

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Uppsala, Uppsala Län, Sweden
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10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Good location in central San Jose. Friendly staff and nice environment in common areas of the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Hemingway Inn. Calvin and the staff were very helpful and friendly. The rooms are cozy and there's is Hemingway memorabilia everywhere. Every room is different with lots of wood floors and paneling. Great breakfast and a safe area of San Jose.

Room Tip: Room #2 -- very nice
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

We stayed at Hemingway in April for 10 days. I emailed hotel for more information before I book, and Ellis, the hotel manager replied me within one hour, and he answered all my questions clearly. They arranged a private taxi from airport to the hotel, and always asked us if we needed any helps! It was our first trip to Costa Rica, so It was really nice. The hotel was in hands of a new ownership, and they were trying to make the hotel even better. We enjoyed the food and imperial beer every night. The bartender was really kind man, and the owner was super relaxed and cool person, and I got to talk about Hemingway story with him.It was interesting. The location was really good too. It is in the safe area. More than anything we loved the family atmosphere. Thank you Hemingway Inn!

Room Tip: I requested a room with windows, and I got it. You should always ask what you are looking for. Each...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hemingway Inn

Address: Avenida 9, Calle 9 | Barrio Amon, San Jose 10000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > San Jose
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hemingway Inn 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hemingway Inn is an authentic Spanish mansion in Barrio Amón. Hemingway Inn is a famously photographed building in San José, Costa Rica. Though the city has grown around it, it was originally built as a large hacienda for the family of a wealthy coffee plantation owner in the 1920´s. Though none of the seventeen guest rooms are the same, they all have singles, queen or king beds, WiFi/Wireless Internet, cable television with over 60 channels in English and Spanish, telephone with free calls within Costa Rica (and ability to make international calls with a credit card or charged to your bill).Hemingway Inn is in an excellent location, in the historic quarter of Barrio Amon San José, within easy walking distance of all the museums, great restaurants, the National Theater,Parks, souvenir shopping, banking, the central market and the infamous night life circuit.It will be a pleasure to host you at the Hemingway Inn. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hemingway Hotel San Jose
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