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“Quirky, lovely” 4 of 5 stars
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Hemingway Inn
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Avenida 9, Calle 9 | Barrio Amon, San Jose 10000, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #14 of 54 San Jose B&B and Inns
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Quirky, lovely”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

My husband & I started our Costa Rica vacation here, staying 2 nights in late February 2014. We took a cab from the airport - turns out we could have taken the shuttle arranged by the Hemingway for about the same price, but it was not a problem. The staff at this B&B is very friendly, for the most part, most of them speaking English very well, which is helpful. The rooms are small, contain the basics, nothing more. There's a small tv in the room with about 4 channels in English, seems to be the standard. The bed was not great, pretty worn out & small, but sufficient. The bathroom was tiny, but very clean & there was plenty of hot water. Be warned - the hotel, like many things in San Jose, is on a very steep hill. If you cannot carry your luggage up a narrow flight of stairs, you're out of luck - the rooms are upstairs & there's no elevator. The Inn is small, but intimate. The breakfast is lovely - eggs or pancakes made to order (I'd highly recommend Anna's pancakes, they were fantastic), with plenty of fresh fruit, very good coffee, fresh juice, etc. This is not your standard Americanized chain hotel; if you keep that in mind and appreciate the lovely wood furniture & the general laid-back atmosphere, you can be very happy staying here.
There is a fabulous little coffee bar just up the street, the best coffee I've ever had. And there are 2 hotels with restaurants within 2 blocks easy walk, great for a bite. Additionally, right next to the coffee bar is an italian restaurant - realy cute, good prices, good food.
Finally, the Hemingway is within an easy walk of the Teatro Nacional, several parks, and some fantastic architecture. Bring really good walking shoes! They'll be happy to help arrange for any tours you want to do at the front desk. Although I was a bit concerned about crime, I felt really safe in the Inn and walking aroudn during daylight - at night, I woudln't want to wander too much.
Enjoy!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • 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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Chicago, Illinois
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60 reviews 60 reviews
50 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

The hotel has probably seen better times, it is not in the best shape. There was smell in the bathroom, the common area (inner garden) looked like someone was not showing up for work for a while. The breakfast was good, but very slow.

The owner is an amiable American guy, but it does not seem he spends a lot of time taking care of the property.

It is OK to stay there solo (more or less clean and has its own charm), but I would not go there with someone (a friend or a significant other), especially with someone who is particular about cleanness, smell, or sound proof.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We enjoyed staying at this place. Our room was clean, large and had hot water too. There was a bit of noise from the street before 8pm but it was quiet when we wanted to rest. The staff were good and the breakfast in the courtyard was goo. Enjoyed the painting of the walls and the history of the place too. Very helpful arranging transport too.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Ottawa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I spent 2 nights at the Hemingway Inn, and overall found the hotel to be adequate for the price paid. The staff were friendly, and the location was fine. The room facilities were very basic but generally clean and functional. I found the rooms to be noisy (particularly the door bell) so best to come prepared with ear plugs. The hotel did recommend a tour by Expediciones Tropicales (the combo tour of Poas Volcano, Doka coffee tour and La Paz Waterfall) which was enjoyable and a good way to experience more of the area. I found that a day exploring the city of San Jose was enough; I would recommend staying elsewhere in the very beautiful Costa Rica if time allows.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sandefjord, Norway
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256 reviews 256 reviews
102 hotel reviews
Reviews in 118 cities Reviews in 118 cities
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

If you can afford something better, look elsewhere. This place is really basic, and in desperate need of renovation.
If you do stay here, make sure to avoid the rooms at the ground floor. Or you will hear every noise from reception and bar. And they will hear every sound you produce.

Rooms small and poorly equipped.
The matrasses have been around for a very long time, which affected sleep quality.

On a positive note, there are safecty lockers, staff is friendly AND the 5 Usd Breakfast not bad

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Easley, South Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

This is a nicely priced hotel on a safe and pretty street. The staff is very friendly and the rooms are OK. The WiFi worked real well. The food is fantastic. The breakfast is included with the room and its hot cooked as you order with delicious Costa Rican coffee.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Anchorage, Alaska
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
72 hotel reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

It was a nice hotel, very clean...although my room didn't have hot water (apparently they were having issues one night?). The staff (except overnight guy - hard to tear him away from poker) wer super friendly and really helpful booking tours for me.

Room Tip: Heminway room was great! Loved how they painted it.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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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 #14 of 54 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hemingway Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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
Hemingway Inn Costa Rica/San Jose

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